Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-18-2009

Publication Title

Europhysics Letters (EPL)

Abstract

We present auroral evidence for multiple and, most probably, small-scale reconnection in the near-Earth magnetospheric plasma sheet current layer during auroral activity. Hall currents as the source of upward and downward field-aligned currents require the generation of the corresponding electron fluxes. The auroral spatial ordering in a multiple sequence of these fluxes requires the assumption of the existence of several —and possibly— even many tailward reconnection sites.

DOI

10.1209/0295-5075/85/49001

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