Investigation of the Magnetotail and Inner Magnetosphere with Combined Global Hybrid and CIMI Models

Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Yu Lin1, Xueyi Wang1, Joseph D Perez1 and Mei-Ching Hannah Fok2, (1)Auburn University, Auburn, AL, United States, (2)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
The interconnection between the Earth’s inner and outer magnetospheric regions is calculated by coupling an existing 3-D global hybrid simulation code to an existing ring current and radiation belt code, the Comprehensive Inner Magnetosphere/Ionosphere (CIMI) model. In the hybrid simulation, the global dynamics are driven by the solar wind and a southward IMF, and the simulation domain includes the plasma regions from x=-60RE to +20RE . Evolution of the magnetotail is revealed in the hybrid simulation. The response of the ring current and radiation belts is calculated by coupling the CIMI model to the global hybrid model. The hybrid simulation results provide the CIMI model with the magnetic field and electric potential at the high‑latitude ionosphere boundary and plasma density and full ion phase space distribution function at the outer boundary at the equator. Our simulation shows that the ion velocity distributions in the tail are non-Maxwellian, with the existence of multiple ion beams, which have a significant impact on the ring current and the convection electric field. Detailed results will be presented for cases with various IMF and solar wind conditions, and the simulation will be compared with satellite observations.