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Journal Articles Journal of Geophysical Research Space Physics Year : 2022

Massive Multi‐Mission Statistical Study and Analytical Modeling of the Earth's Magnetopause: 4. On the Near‐Cusp Magnetopause Indentation

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The shape and location of the magnetopause current sheet in the near-cusp region is still a debated question. Over time, several observations led to contradictory conclusions regarding the presence of an indentation of the magnetopause in that region. As a result several empirical models consider the surface is indented in that region, while some others do not. To tackle this issue, we fit a total of 17,230 magnetopause crossings to various indented and non-indented analytical models. The results show that while all models describe the magnetopause position and shape equivalently far from the cusp region, the non-indented version over-estimate the radial position of the near-cusp magnetopause. Among indented models, we show that the one designed from non-linearmagneto hydrodynamic simulations fits well the near-cusp magnetopause location, while the other underestimate its position probably because their design was possibly based on magnetopause crossing catalogs that contain cusp inner boundary crossings.
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hal-03841328 , version 1 (07-11-2022)

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G. Nguyen, N. Aunai, Bayane Michotte de Welle, A. Jeandet, B. Lavraud, et al.. Massive Multi‐Mission Statistical Study and Analytical Modeling of the Earth's Magnetopause: 4. On the Near‐Cusp Magnetopause Indentation. Journal of Geophysical Research Space Physics, 2022, 127 (1), pp.e2021JA029776. ⟨10.1029/2021JA029776⟩. ⟨hal-03841328⟩
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