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[PEM18-13] A new perspective of MI-coupling in auroral zone associated with Pi2 pulsations
Keywords:substorm, MI coupling, Auroras
(1). During the substorm onset, the surface waves are excited in the nighttime sector by the K-H instability at the earthward interface of the flow diversion.
(2). The surface waves were coupled to the Alfven waves in the magnetosphere, where a strong wave coupling that leads to FLR was not assumed.
(3). The weakly coupled Alfven waves may not carry field-aligned currents (FAC) from the magnetosphere but generate the convergent electric field regions in the ionosphere by the combined modes of the field line oscillations.
The convergent electric fields produce loop currents in the ionosphere, as well as upward FAC at the center and downward FAC in the peripheral. The FAC system may be sustained directly by the enhanced parallel flows of plasma sheet electrons and their returns. The convergent electric field regions correspond to the westward traveling surge (WTS) in the active auroras.
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