Comparative study of global MHD simulations of the terrestrial magnetosphere with different numerical schemes

Yosuke Matsumoto, Naoki Terada, Takahiro Miyoshi, Keiichiro Fukazawa, Takayuki Umeda, Tatsuki Ogino, Kanako Seki

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We compare recent global MHD simulation models of the terrestrial magnetosphere based on different numerical schemes. The schemes include the finite-difference method based on the modified leapfrog (MLF) scheme, and the semi-Lagrangian scheme based on the constrained interpolation profile (CIP) algorithm. With the two models, we examined the simulation under a northward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) condition. As a result, we found out that the two simulation models give consistent results on the magnetopause locations at the subsolar point and the terminator, and the overall structures of the cusp in the meridian plane. However, discrepancies are also found in the location and jump conditions of the bow shock. The MLF model showed higher thermal pressure value and weaker magnetic field strength in the downstream than those in the CIP model. The difference in the jump condition across the shock is also reflected in the difference in the length of the magnetotail in the two models. The magnetotail is shorter in the CIP model than that in the MLF model. We conclude that further comparative studies with finite-volume methods are necessary to verify the solution of the bow shock formation and the location of the last closed field line under northward IMF conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5540305
Pages (from-to)2229-2235
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number9 PART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Sept


  • Magnetosphere
  • numerical model
  • plasma simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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