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Paper: Global Hybrid Simulations of the Earth's Magnetosphere
Volume: 359, Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows: Astronum-2006
Page: 257
Authors: Karimabadi, H.; Vu, H.X.; Krauss-Varban, D.; Omelchenko, Y.
Abstract: The interaction of solar wind with the Earth's magnetosphere has turned out to be much more complex than originally thought. A major reason for this complexity and richness in the type of underlying processes is that the interaction occurs in a regime where kinetic effects dominate the physics and affect the large-scale dynamics of the magnetosphere. Spacecraft observations have established the fact that most critical plasma processes regulating mass and energy transfer in the magnetosphere take place at relatively thin boundaries/discontinuities between major regions of geospace. The traditional tool for global studies of the magnetosphere has been MHD simulations. Recent advances in technology and simulations are, however, making global kinetic simulations possible. In this paper we present an overview of the specialized multi-scale techniques that we are developing and show examples of our global simulations.
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