Data Mining for Vortices on the Earth’s Magnetosphere – Algorithm Application for Detection and Analysis

Abstract: Unsteady processes in the solar wind– magnetosphere interaction, such as vortices developed at the magnetopause boundary by the Kelvin–Helmholtz instability, may contribute to the process of mass, momentum and energy transfer into the Earth’s magnetosphere. The research described in this paper validates an algorithm to automatically detect and characterize vortices based on velocity data from simulations. The vortex identification algorithm (VIA) systematically searches the 3-D velocity field…

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