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Energetic Electron Bursts in the Magnetopause Electron Layer and in Interplanetary Space

Bieber, J. W. and Stone, E. C. (1979) Energetic Electron Bursts in the Magnetopause Electron Layer and in Interplanetary Space. In: Magnetospheric boundary layers : a Sydney Chapman conference : proceedings of an international conference held in Alpbach, Austria, 11-15 June 1979. ESA Special Publication. Vol.ESA SP-148. No.SP-148. European Space Agency , Paris, pp. 131-135.

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The magnetopause electron layer in the distant magnetotail is an annular region encircling the magnetopause in which bursts of tailward-streaming energetic (E > 200 keV) electrons are almost continually present. Sunward-streaming electron bursts with time scales and energy spectral indices similar to those of layer bursts are sometimes observed in interplanetary space upstream of the earth. Evidence is presented to show that the layer bursts and the interplanetary bursts have a common source. With the aid of a new coordinate system -- geocentric interplanetary medium (GIPM) coordinates -- appropriate for describing the access of energetic charged p[articles in the inner magnetosheath to a spacecraft located in interplanetary space, it is shown that the interplanetary bursts occur predominately on the sunward extension of the field lines associated with the magnetopause electron layer.

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Additional Information:We thank L. A. Frank for providing us with Imp-8 Lepedea energy-time spectrograms. We also thank R. P. Lepping and N. F. Ness for providing us with Imp-8 magnetometer data through J. H. King of the National Space Science Data Center. We are grateful to R. E. Vogt, who has been closely associated with this investigation, and to W. E. Althouse, D. N. Baker, G. J. Hurford, J. E. Lupton and R. A. Mewaldt, who made significant contributions to various phases of this program. This work was supported in part by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under contract NAS5-11066 and grant NGR 05-002-160.
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