Predicting ring current development using global MHD simulations of geomagnetic storms

Robert Jeffrey Bruntz, University of Texas at El Paso


Space physics and computational physics are two fields of physics which, while coming from different sources in their infancy, have developed many connections as they have matured. Satellite missions have become more and more dependent on computers for collecting and analyzing their data. Modern simulations are making it possible to simulate and understand the data, allowing us to explore times and locations in the solar system when and where observational data are not available. ^ The current work will analyze one type of simulation of the space environment near Earth during magnetic storms to find evidence in the computational model for the evolution of the ring current. This evolution is known to occur physically but is not explicitly included in the model, thus making the ability to predict ring current development a potentially useful additional tool for analyzing the effects of magnetic storms. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)^

Subject Area

Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics|Physics, Electricity and Magnetism|Physics, Fluid and Plasma

Recommended Citation

Bruntz, Robert Jeffrey, "Predicting ring current development using global MHD simulations of geomagnetic storms" (2005). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1425910.