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dc.contributor.advisor Toffoletto, Frank R.
dc.creatorSchutza, Aaron Moore
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-26T21:49:17Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-26T21:49:17Z
dc.date.created 2015-05
dc.date.issued 2015-04-23
dc.date.submitted May 2015
dc.identifier.citation Schutza, Aaron Moore. "Simulation of Dislocated Flux in Space Plasma Environments: Applications in Geospace Modeling and Ionosphere-Magnetosphere Coupling." (2015) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/88148.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/88148
dc.description.abstract In this study, simulations of a dislocated flux tube are used to model oscillatory flow events and to explore possible ionospheric-magnetospheric coupling mechanisms. A numerical code called the Thin Filament Code (TFC) has been developed using a thin filament approximation to simulate flux tube motion in a stationary 2D background. Previous studies using similar magnetohydrodynamic thin filament models have been used to describe fast flow events and interchange oscillations in the Earth’s plasma sheet. A significantly extended numerical model is employed to explore additional applications. Simulation results include the time evolution of isolated flux tubes with a wide range of stationary background environments and boundary conditions defined by field aligned current systems. Simulations suggest that ionospheric disturbances can introduce waves that propagate to the magnetosphere triggering activity in the magnetotail. Oscillatory motion is simulated on a background model fitted to observation demonstrating new capabilities of the TFC.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectMagnetosphere
Magnetotail
dc.title Simulation of Dislocated Flux in Space Plasma Environments: Applications in Geospace Modeling and Ionosphere-Magnetosphere Coupling
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.committeeMember Wolf, Richard A
dc.contributor.committeeMember Ecklund, Karl M
dc.date.updated 2016-01-26T21:49:17Z
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thesis.degree.department Physics and Astronomy
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science


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