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Characteristics of foreshock subsolar compressive structures
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  • Niki Xirogiannopoulou,
  • Oleksandr Goncharov,
  • Jana Safrankova,
  • Zdenek Nemecek
Niki Xirogiannopoulou
Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

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Oleksandr Goncharov
Umeå University
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Jana Safrankova
Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
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Zdenek Nemecek
Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
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The turbulent foreshock region upstream of the quasi-parallel bow shock is dominated by waves and reflected particles that interact with each other and create a large number of different foreshock transients. The structures with the enhanced magnetic field (Short Large Amplitude Magnetic Structures, SLAMS) and density spikes named plasmoids are frequently observed. They are one of the suggested sources of transient flux enhancements (TFE) or jets in the magnetosheath. Using measurements of the Magnetospheric Multiscale Spacecraft (MMS) and OMNI solar wind database between the 2015 and 2018 years, we have found that there is a category of events exhibiting both magnetic field and density enhancements simultaneously and we introduce the term “mixed structures” for them. Consequently, we divided our set of observations into three groups of events and present their comparative statistical analysis in the subsolar foreshock. Based on our results and previous research, we discuss the properties, possible origin and occurrence rates these events under different upstream conditions and their possible relation to the jet and plasmoid formation in the magnetosheath.
01 Sep 2023Submitted to ESS Open Archive
11 Sep 2023Published in ESS Open Archive