Basics of Rotating Magnetospheres: Equilibrium and Stability
Author: Ferrière, K.M.
Source: Astrophysics and Space Science, Volume 277, Numbers 1-2, 2001 , pp. 247-257(11)
Abstract:We present the basic characteristics of a rotating magnetosphere. More specifically, we describe its overall equilibrium state, explain the `subcorotation' phenomenon resulting from plasma production or from outward transport, discuss the conditions under which a magnetospheric system is driven unstable, and comment on the nature of the unstable motions, with emphasis on the interchange motions believed to be responsible for the outward plasma transport.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, 14 avenue E. Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
Publication date: January 1, 2001