The case for transient magnetopause reconnection
Lockwood, M. (1996) The case for transient magnetopause reconnection. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 77 (26). p. 246. ISSN 0096-3941
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Recent studies indicate that magnetopause reconnection can, at times, occur exclusively as a series of separated, short bursts. Reconnection generates “open” magnetic flux that threads the magnetospheric boundary, the magnetopause, and so connects the magnetosphere with interplanetary space. The rate at which open flux is generated by a line of unit length in the magnetopause is called the reconnection rate. By Faraday's induction law, the reconnection rate is a boundary-tangential electric field, Et, along that line (called an X-line).