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The AMPTE CCE satellite frequently observed transient (1 ≤ τ ≤ 8 min) events marked by magnetic field strength increases and bipolar magnetic field signatures (peak-to-peak amplitudes ≥ 4 nT) while in the outer dayside magnetosphere. We report a survey of 59 prominant events observed from August to November 1984. The bipolar signatures and minimum variance analysis reveal that most events move poleward and antisunward, except in the immediate vicinity of local noon. Here the motion of the events appears to be better governed by the spiral/orthospiral interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) orientation than magnetic curvature forces associated with IMF By. The IMF orientation appears to have little or no influence on event occurrence or orientation. We interpret the events in terms of solar wind/foreshock pressure pulse induced ripples on the magnetopause surface. Our results can be reconciled with those obtained in previous studies which made use of ISEE 1/2, AMPTE IRM, and AMPTE UKS observations if pressure pulses produce large-amplitude events and bursty merging (or reconnection) produces small-amplitude events.

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Copyright 1996 by the American Geophysical Union.

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Sanny, J., D. G. Sibeck, C. C. Venturini, and C. T. Russell (1996), A statistical study of transient events in the outer dayside magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 101(A3), 4939–4952, doi:10.1029/95JA03063.

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