Magnetohydrodynamic Simulation of Interaction Between the Solar Wind and Magnetosphere

OGINO Tatsuki
Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University


The earth's magnetosphere is influenced by the solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). The dynamics of the magnetosphere are dominantly controlled by magnetic reconnection, whose occurrence is favored by the anti-parallel field condition. The behavior of magnetic reconnection is very complicated when the IMF and the solar wind vary as a function of time. Therefore, animated movies and three dimensional visualization of the simulation results are effective for understanding the complicated phenomena arising from solar wind-magnetosphere interaction.


    Animation 1: QuickTime movie format for the steady earth's magnetosphere when the IMF orientation rotates.

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