Simulations of MHD wave propagation and coupling in a 3D magnetosphere

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A novel simulation grid is devised that is optimized for studying magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) wave coupling and phase mixing in a dipole‐like magnetic field. The model also includes flaring on the dawn and dusk flanks. The location of the magnetopause is quite general. In particular, it does not have to coincide with a coordinate surface. Simulations indicate the central role of global fast waveguide modes. These switch from being azimuthally standing in nature at noon, to propagating antisunward on the flanks. The field line resonances (FLRs) seen in the simulation results are three dimensional and not strictly azimuthally polarized. When a plume is present, the FLRs cross a range of 2 in shell, and have a polarization that is midway between toroidal and poloidal.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2019JA027589
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2020


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