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Mirror waves and mode transition observed in the magnetosheath by Double Star TC-1

Mirror waves and mode transition observed in the magnetosheath by Double Star TC-1

Publication date: 22 January 2009

Authors: Du, J. et al.

Journal: Ann. Geophys.
Volume: 27
Issue: 1
Page: 351-355
Year: 2009

Copyright: EGU

The Double Star TC-1 magnetosheath pass on 26 February 2004 is used to investigate magnetic field fluctuations. Strong compressional signatures which last for more than an hour have been found near the magnetopause behind a quasi-perpendicular bow shock. These compressional structures are most likely mirror mode waves. There is a clear wave transition in the magnetosheath which probably results from the change of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) cone angle. The wave characteristics in the magnetosheath are strongly controlled by the type of the upstream bow shock.

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