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Magnetospheric physics

Turbulence on a small scale

The four-spacecraft Cluster mission has identified small-scale vortices in Earth's magnetosphere. The observation reveals processes that transfer energy and momentum from the solar wind to the magnetosphere.

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Figure 1: Transverse cut of Earth's magnetosphere.

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Goldstein, M. Turbulence on a small scale. Nature 436, 782–783 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1038/436782a

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