spacepy.irbempy.find_footpoint(ticks, loci, extMag='T01STORM', options=[1, 0, 3, 0, 0], hemi='same', alt=100, omnivals=None)[source]

call find_foot_point1 from irbem library and return a dictionary with values for Bmin and the GEO (cartesian) coordinates of the magnetic equator

- ticks (Ticktock class)containing time information
  • loci (Coords class) : containing spatial information

  • extMag (string)optional; will choose the external magnetic field model

    possible values [‘0’, ‘MEAD’, ‘T87SHORT’, ‘T87LONG’, ‘T89’, ‘OPQUIET’, ‘OPDYN’, ‘T96’, ‘OSTA’, ‘T01QUIET’, ‘T01STORM’, ‘T05’, ‘ALEX’, ‘TS07’]

  • options (optional list or array of integers length=5) : explained in Lstar

  • omni values as dictionary (optional) : if not provided, will use lookup table

  • (see Lstar documentation for further explanation)

  • hemi (string)optional (valid cases are ‘same’, ‘other’, ‘north’ or ‘south’)

    will set the target hemisphere for tracing the footpoint

  • alt (numeric) : optional keyword to set stop height [km] of fieldline trace (default 100km)

- results (spacepy.datamodel.SpaceData)containing keys

Bfoot - Magnitude of B-field at footpoint [nT] loci - Coords instance with GDZ coordinates of the magnetic footpoint [alt, lat, lon] Bfootvec - Components of B-field at footpoint in cartesian GEO coordinates [nT]

See also

get_Lstar, get_Bfield, find_Bmirr, find_magequator


>>> t = Ticktock(['2002-02-02T12:00:00', '2002-02-02T12:10:00'], 'ISO')
>>> y = Coords([[3,0,0],[3,0,0]], 'GEO', 'car')
>>> spacepy.irbempy.find_footpoint(t, y)
{'Bfoot': array([ 47559.04643444,  47542.84688657]),
 'Bfootvec': array([[-38428.07217246,   4497.31549786, -27657.19291928],
       [-38419.08514332,   4501.45390964, -27641.14866517]]),
 'loci': Coords( [[ 99.31443778  55.71415787 -10.21888955]
 [ 99.99397026  55.70716296 -10.22797462]] ), dtype=GDZ,sph, units=['km', 'deg', 'deg']}