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1 University of Alberta Edmonton

Abstract : We use a test particle model to explore anisotropy and fast flows in the central plasma sheet CPS that are a consequence of plasma sheet boundary layer PSBL ion beam dynamics. Ion distributions and flows velocity moments in the CPS and equatorial current sheet CS are compared and we find that mirroring of initially earthward beams from the PSBL, and their subsequent convection to the CS region, results in strong anisotropy throughout the CPS. At higher latitudes, velocity moments are field-aligned and feature earthward flow. Deeper in the CPS, velocity moments yield flows in the anti-earthward direction. There is no clear distinction between the PSBL and CPS, since velocity distributions with large streaming components occur throughout the model CPS, but in the CS region they are anisotropic and nongyrotropic. In the CS region velocity moments can feature anti-earthward cross field flows. These tailward flows > 400 km-s are observed in the CS region between X = - 20 to - 30 RE due to nonadiabatic effects. Model results suggest that fast tailward plasma flows can be obtained without necessarily appealing to magnetotail processes associated with dynamic geomagnetic activity.

Autor: J. A. Wanliss - R. D. Sydora - G. Rostoker - R. Rankin -

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