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  Information - ST12 Processes at the magnetopause, cusp and boundary layers: Cluster and DoubleStar together with first results from THEMIS

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The magnetopause is the current layer across which plasma from the solar wind enters the magnetosphere and plasma from the magnetosphere escapes into the magnetosheath. The process of reconnection explains many aspects of the transfer of mass, energy, and momentum through the magnetopause. However, many modes of reconnection have been proposed. Reconnection may require nearly antiparallel magnetic fields on either side of the magnetopause or only magnetic fields having opposite components. Wave enhancements, rolled-up waves generated by the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, plasma jets or pressure pulses may trigger or enhance reconnection. The cusp, low latitude boundary layer, and mantle frequently exhibit telltale signatures of reconnection. This session invites papers on the various processes (both reconnection and otherwise) at work at the magnetopause, cusp and boundary layers, including their dynamic response to variable solar wind and magnetosheath conditions. Special emphasis is given to recent Cluster, Double Star, and THEMIS observations, a comparison of these observations with results from previous missions, as well as relevant ground-based data and theory.

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