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Title: Measurement and modeling of the refilling plasmasphere during 2001

The Naval Research Laboratory SAMI3 (Sami3 is Also a Model of the Ionosphere) and the RAM-CPL (Ring current Atmosphere interaction Model-Cold PLasma) codes are used to model observed plasmasphere dynamics during 25 November 2001 to 1 December 2001 and 1–5 February 2001. Model results compare well to plasmasphere observations of electron and mass densities. Comparison of model results to refilling data and to each other shows good agreement, generally within a factor of 2. We find that SAMI3 plasmaspheric refilling rates and ion densities are sensitive to the composition and temperature of the thermosphere and exosphere, and to photoelectron heating. Furthermore, results also support our previous finding that the wind-driven dynamo significantly impacts both refilling rates and plasmasphere dynamics during quiet periods.
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  1. Naval Research Lab., Washington, DC (United States)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  3. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (United States)
  4. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2169-9380
Grant/Contract Number:
NNX10AQ60G; AGS1105790; AGS1265651; AC52-06NA25396
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 165; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 2169-9380
American Geophysical Union
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States