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Traveling foreshocks and transient foreshock phenomena

Kajdič, P.; Blanco-Cano, X.; Omidi, N.; Rojas-Castillo, D.; Sibeck, D.G.; Billingham, L.. 2017 Traveling foreshocks and transient foreshock phenomena. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122 (9). 9148-9168. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JA023901

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Abstract/Summary

We use the multispacecraft capabilities of the Cluster and Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) missions to show that two types of foreshock may be detected in spacecraft data. One is the global foreshock that appears upstream of the Earth's quasi-parallel bow shock under steady or variable interplanetary magnetic field. Another type is a traveling foreshock that is bounded by two rotational discontinuities in the interplanetary magnetic field and propagates along the bow shock. Foreshock compressional boundaries are found at the edges of both types of foreshock. We show that isolated foreshock cavities are a subset of the traveling foreshocks that form when two bounding rotational discontinuities are so close that the ultralow-frequency waves do not develop in the region between them. We also report observations of a spontaneous hot flow anomaly inside a traveling foreshock. This means that other phenomena, such as foreshock cavitons, may also exist inside this type of foreshock. In the second part of this work we present statistical properties of phenomena related to the foreshock, namely, foreshock cavities, cavitons, spontaneous hot flow anomalies, and foreshock compressional boundaries. We show that spontaneous hot flow anomalies are the most depleted transient structures in terms of the B field and plasma density inside them and that the foreshock compressional boundaries and foreshock cavities are closely related structures.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JA023901
ISSN: 21699380
Date made live: 09 Jan 2018 12:47 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/518910

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