Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

Presentation information

International Session (Poster)

Symbol P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-EM Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Electromagnetism & Space Environment

[P-EM06] Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) mission -- A new age of magnetospheric physics

Tue. May 24, 2016 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL6)

Convener:*Seiji Zenitani(National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Naritoshi Kitamura(Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Yoshifumi Saito(Solar System Science Division, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Paul Cassak(West Virginia University), Li-Jen Chen(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Craig Pollock(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

[PEM06-P01] Identifying magnetic reconnection events using the FOTE method

*Huishan Fu1, Jinbin Cao1, Andris Vaivads2, Yuri Khotyaintsev2, Mats Andre2, Malcolm Dunlop1 (1.Beihang University, 2.Swedish Institute of Space Physics)

Keywords:Magnetic reconnection , MMS mission, FOTE , Magnetic null , X-line , O-line

A magnetic reconnection event detected by Cluster is analyzed using three methods: Single-spacecraft Inference based on Flow-reversal Sequence (SIFS), Multi-spacecraft Inference based on Timing a Structure (MITS), and the First-Order Taylor Expansion (FOTE). Using the SIFS method, we find that the reconnection structure is an X-line; while using the MITS and FOTE methods, we find it is a magnetic island (O-line). We compare the efficiency and accuracy of these three methods, and find that the most efficient and accurate approach to identify a reconnection event is FOTE. In both the guide- and non-guide-field reconnection regimes, the FOTE method is equally applicable. This study for the first time demonstrates the capability of FOTE in identifying magnetic reconnection events; it would be useful to the forth-coming MMS mission.