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Equivalent circuit analysis of neutral wind effects on equatorial electrojet

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The generation of electric fields and currents by local winds in the equatorial electrojet is treated by an equivalent electric circuit method. Apart from its mathematical simplicity, the method provides a full and clear view of the physical processes involved in the generation of currents and electric fields by shearing winds, and thus permits a straightforward interpretation of the main effects of winds. The method is valuable for the theoretical analysis of the wind-related electrodynamics of the equatorial electrojet.

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