Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 287–305 | Cite as

A self-consistent two-dimensional approach to magnetospheric structures

  • M. Soop
  • K. Schindler


A simple self-consistent description of the geomagnetic tail is given and its consequences are explored. The model is two-dimensional, ignoring the spatial variation along the direction of the tail current. A discussion of equilibria is based on the assumption of an isotropic pressure. One of the conclusions is that the transition between the dipolar and the tail region will take place over a fairly short distance. The analytical results are supplemented by a numerical example. Properties of configurations containing field line loops are investigated. A stability discussion includes the effect of the net magnetic flux through the neutral sheet. The results have consequences for current magnetospheric problems.


Spatial Variation Short Distance Magnetic Flux Field Line Tail Region 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Soop
    • 1
  • K. Schindler
    • 2
  1. 1.European Space Operation Center (ESOC)61 DarmstadtFRG
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische PhysikGarching bei MünchenFRG

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