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The effect of a distorted interplanetary magnetic field configuration on the December 7-8, 1982, ground level enhancement

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Cramp, JL and Duldig, ML and Humble, JE, The effect of a distorted interplanetary magnetic field configuration on the December 7-8, 1982, ground level enhancement , Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics, 102, (A3) pp. 4919-4925. ISSN 0148-0227 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1029/96JA03698

Abstract

The cosmic ray ground level enhancement (GLE) of December 7-8, 1982, occurred when the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) direction measured near Earth indicated significant distortion from the nominal form. We have modeled the ground level response to this event to derive rigidity spectra and pitch angle distributions centered on apparent arrival directions. A deficit region associated with a near-Earth magnetic cloud-like structure has been modeled during the initial phase of the GLE. Using this modified model, we find agreement between the derived particle arrival directions and the measured IMF directions. We find a significant contribution from pitch angles greater than 90° throughout the event. This is probably due to scattering in the turbulent region behind the cloud-like structure. Copyright 1997 by the American Geophysical Union.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical and Space Sciences
Research Field:High Energy Astrophysics; Cosmic Rays
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Author:Cramp, JL (Ms Jennifer Cramp)
Author:Duldig, ML (Dr Marc Duldig)
Author:Humble, JE (Dr John Humble)
ID Code:10309
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11
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