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The Influence of IMF Clock Angle on Dayside Flux Transfer Events at Mercury
journal contributionposted on 2018-05-09, 08:19 authored by Roger P. Leyser, Suzanne M. Imber, Stephen E. Milan, James A. Slavin
Analysis of MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) data has shown for the first time that the orientation of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) in the magnetosheath of Mercury plays a crucial role in the formation of flux transfer events (FTEs) at the dayside magnetopause. During the first 4 Hermean years of MESSENGER's orbit around Mercury, we have identified 805 FTEs using magnetometer data. Under conditions of near‐southward IMF, at least one FTE was detected on nearly 70% of passes through the magnetopause but the observation rate during northward IMF was less than 20%. FTEs were also observed preferentially in the prenoon sector.
CitationAmerican Geophysical Union, 2017, 44 (21), pp. 10829-10837
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