Observations of impulsive electric fields induced by Interplanetary Shock

TitleObservations of impulsive electric fields induced by Interplanetary Shock
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsZhang, D, Liu, W, Li, X, Sarris, T, Xiao, C, Wygant, JR
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Date Published07/2018
Keywordselectric field; inner magnetosphere; interplanetary shock; particle accelaration; Van Allen Probes
AbstractWe investigate the characteristics of impulsive electric fields in Earth's magnetosphere, as measured by the Van Allen Probes, in association with interplanetary shocks, as measured by ACE and Wind spacecraft in the solar wind from January 2013 to July 2016. It is shown that electric field impulses are mainly induced by global compressions by the shocks, mostly in the azimuthal direction and the amplitudes of the initial electric field impulses are positively correlated with the rate of increase of dynamic pressure across the shock in the dayside. It is also shown that the temporal profile of the impulse is related to the temporal profile of the solar wind dynamic pressure, Pd. It is suggested that during the first period of the impulse the evolution of the electric field is directly controlled by external solar wind forcing, and thus finite rates of change of Pd should be considered in the study of the interactions between solar wind and magnetosphere. Implications of shock‐induced impulsive electric fields on the acceleration and transport of radiation belt electrons are also discussed.
Short TitleGeophys. Res. Lett.

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