JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

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[EE] Poster

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

[P-EM14] [EE] Dynamics in magnetosphere and ionosphere

Sat. May 20, 2017 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL7)

convener:Tomoaki Hori(Graduate school of Science, University of Tokyo), Yoshimasa Tanaka(National Institute of Polar Research), Aoi Nakamizo(Applied Electromagnetic Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology), Mitsunori Ozaki(Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of Science and Engineering, Kanazawa University)

[PEM14-P02] Origin of the interplanetary magnetic field By-controlled field-aligned current systems on the dayside

*Masakazu Watanabe1,2, Takashi Tanaka1, Shigeru Fujita3 (1.International Center for Space Weather Science and Education, Kyushu University, 2.Graduate School of Science, Kyushu University, 3.Meteorological College)

Keywords:field-aligned current, magnetospheric dynamo, magnetohydrodynamics

It is well accepted that the field-aligned current systems (FACs) on the dayside are controlled by the dawn-dusk (By) component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). We here describe the FAC systems for southward IMF. During IMF By-dominated periods, there appears a pair of FAC sheets in the midday sector. When IMF By is positive, in the Northern Hemisphere, the equatorward current flows into the ionosphere while the poleward current flows away from the ionosphere. The flow directions are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere. When IMF By is negative, the above-mentioned flow directions reverse. Although the morphology is well established, as for the understanding of the magnetospheric sources of those currents, there has been almost no progress in the past two decades. This is because what we can know from observations is very limited. To overcome the difficulty, we performed numerical magnetohydrodynamic simulations using the REPPU (Reproduce Plasma Universe) code recently developed by T. Tanaka. In the talk, we discuss the dynamo processes revealed by the numerical modeling.