Eigenmodes of the transverse Alfvénic resonator at the plasmapause: a Van Allen Probes case study

TitleEigenmodes of the transverse Alfvénic resonator at the plasmapause: a Van Allen Probes case study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMager, PN, Mikhailova, OS, Mager, OV, Klimushkin, DYu.
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Date Published09/2018
KeywordsMagnetosphere; Plasmapause; poloidal Alfven waves; transverse resonator; ULF waves; Van Allen Probes; Wave‐particle interaction
AbstractA Pc4 ULF wave was detected at spacecraft B of the Van Allen Probes at the plasmapause. A distinctive feature of this wave is the strong periodical modulation of the wave. It is assumed that this modulation is a beating of oscillations close in frequency: at least two harmonics with frequencies of 15.3 and 13.6 MHz are found. It is shown that these harmonics can be the eigenmodes of the transverse resonator at the local maximum of the Alfvén velocity. In addition, the observed wave was in a drift resonance with energetic 80 keV protons and could be generated by an unstable “bump on tail” distribution of protons simultaneously observed with the wave. The estimate of the azimuthal wave number m made from the drift resonance condition gives a value of about −100, i.e., it is a westward propagating azimuthally small‐scale wave.
URLhttps://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GL079596
DOI10.1029/2018GL079596
Short TitleGeophys. Res. Lett.


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