Reconstruction of the reconnection rate from Cluster measurements: Method improvements
A remote-sensing method for reconstructing the reconnection rate and the location of X-line from single-spacecraft observations developed recently is extended to a compressible plasma and an asymmetric magnetic field configuration. The method is based on the two-dimensional analytical model of time-dependent Petschek-type magnetic reconnection. The reconstruction technique is applied to a nightside flux transfer event recorded by Cluster spacecraft in the near-Earth magnetotail on 26 September 2005. The reconnection rate is found to be 3.7–4.8 mV/m; the reconnection distance is around 9–11 Re in the tail.
JGR: Space Physics
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Ivanova, V. V.; Semenov, V. S.; Penz, T.; Ivanov, I. B.; Sergeev, V. A.; Heyn, M. F.; Farrugia, C. J.; Biernat, H. K.; Nakamura, R.; Baumjohann, W. (2007). Reconstruction of the reconnection rate from Cluster measurements: Method improvements, JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS. Vol. 112, No. A10. DOI: 10.1029/2006JA012183