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Fractal properties of the IMF and the Earth’s magnetotail field

Earth, Planets and Space201450:BF03352089

DOI: 10.1186/BF03352089

Received: 19 December 1996

Accepted: 29 September 1997

Published: 6 June 2014


The time series of the interplanetary and Earth’s magnetotail magnetic fields are analyzed. The data subsets taken by the IMP 8 spacecraft outside and inside of the Earth’s magnetosphere show clearly the fractal properties: their “box dimensions” are found to be close to 1.7 and 1.5 respectively. It is shown that data gaps have a little effect on the results. The magnetic field increment distributions are found to be non-Gaussian, but self-affine.