Towards a self-consistent model for the convective auroral electrojet

U Becker*, GT Birk, T Neukirch, J Dreher

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It is shown that the intensification of electric field dominated auroral electrojets in the morning and evening sectors of the auroral oval on be understood in a self-consistent fluid model as the ionospheric response to enhanced magnetospheric plasma convection. Starting from a self-consistently calculated equilibrium characterized by current-closure in the partially ionized ionosphere we perform fluid simulations to study the dynamics of the ionospheric current system in response to enhanced magnetospheric convection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-57
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Scripta. Topical Issues
Publication statusPublished - 1998




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