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Title: Particle tracing modeling of ion fluxes at geosynchronous orbit

The initial results of a coupled MHD/particle tracing method to evaluate particle fluxes in the inner magnetosphere are presented. This setup is capable of capturing the earthward particle acceleration process resulting from dipolarization events in the tail region of the magnetosphere. On the period of study, the MHD code was able to capture a dipolarization event and the particle tracing algorithm was able to capture our results of these disturbances and calculate proton fluxes in the night side geosynchronous orbit region. The simulation captured dispersionless injections as well as the energy dispersion signatures that are frequently observed by satellites at geosynchronous orbit. Currently, ring current models rely on Maxwellian-type distributions based on either empirical flux values or sparse satellite data for their boundary conditions close to geosynchronous orbit. In spite of some differences in intensity and timing, the setup presented here is able to capture substorm injections, which represents an improvement regarding a reverse way of coupling these ring current models with MHD codes through the use of boundary conditions.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1364-6826; TRN: US1703078
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Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
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Journal Name: Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics; Journal ID: ISSN 1364-6826
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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United States
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; Heliospheric and Magnetospheric Physics; Geosynchronous fluxes; Substorms; Particle tracing
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