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Volume 34, issue 10
Ann. Geophys., 34, 901–915, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-34-901-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Ann. Geophys., 34, 901–915, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-34-901-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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Filamentary field-aligned currents at the polar cap region during northward interplanetary magnetic field derived with the Swarm constellation

Hermann Lühr et al.
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ESA's constellation mission Swarm makes it possible for the first time to determine field-aligned currents (FACs) reliably in the ionosphere. FACs are able to transport energy from the solar wind to the Earth and heat the upper atmosphere. Here we investigate FAC structures that have been missed by previous satellite missions. Most of them are found poleward of the northern light zone. The energy sources seem to be located on the nightside of Earth about 100 000 km away.
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