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A New Open-source Geomagnetosphere propagation tool (OTSO) and its applications
  • Nicholas Larsen,
  • Alexander L. Mishev,
  • Ilya G. Usoskin
Nicholas Larsen
University of Oulu

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Alexander L. Mishev
Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory
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Ilya G. Usoskin
Space Physics and Astronomy Research Unit
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We present a new open-source tool for magnetospheric computations, that is modelling of cosmic ray propagation in the geomagnetosphere, named the “Oulu - Open-source geomagneToSphere prOpagation tool” (OTSO). A tool of this nature is required in order to interpret experiments and study phenomena within the cosmic ray research field. Within this work OTSO is applied to the investigation several ground level enhancement events. Here, we demonstrated several applications of OTSO, namely computation of asymptotic directions of selected cosmic ray stations, effective rigidity cut-off across the globe at various conditions within the design, general properties, including the magnetospheric models employed. A comparison and validation of OTSO with older widely used tools such as MAGNETOCOSMICS was performed and good agreement was achieved. An application of OTSO for providing the necessary background for analysis of two notable ground level enhancements is demonstrated and the their spectral and angular characteristics are presented.