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


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.


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Kabin, K., Papitashvili, V.O. Fractal properties of the IMF and the Earth’s magnetotail field. Earth Planet Sp 50, 87–90 (1998).

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  • Solar Wind
  • Fractal Property
  • Interplanetary Magnetic Field
  • Fractional Brownian Motion
  • Solar Wind Turbulence