Quantification of Energetic Electron Precipitation Driven by Plume Whistler Mode Waves, Plasmaspheric Hiss, and Exohiss

TitleQuantification of Energetic Electron Precipitation Driven by Plume Whistler Mode Waves, Plasmaspheric Hiss, and Exohiss
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsLi, W, Shen, X‐C, Ma, Q, Capannolo, L, Shi, R, Redmon, RJ, Rodriguez, JV, Reeves, GD, Kletzing, CA, Kurth, WS, Hospodarsky, GB
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume46
Issue7
Pagination3615 - 3624
Date Published03/2019
ISSN0094-8276
Keywordselectron precipitation; hiss; plasmaspheric plume; Plume wave; Van Allen Probes; whistler mode wave
AbstractWhistler mode waves are important for precipitating energetic electrons into Earth's upper atmosphere, while the quantitative effect of each type of whistler mode wave on electron precipitation is not well understood. In this letter, we evaluate energetic electron precipitation driven by three types of whistler mode waves: plume whistler mode waves, plasmaspheric hiss, and exohiss observed outside the plasmapause. By quantitatively analyzing three conjunction events between Van Allen Probes and POES/MetOp satellites, together with quasi‐linear calculation, we found that plume whistler mode waves are most effective in pitch angle scattering loss, particularly for the electrons from tens to hundreds of keV. Our new finding provides the first direct evidence of effective pitch angle scattering driven by plume whistler mode waves and is critical for understanding energetic electron loss process in the inner magnetosphere. We suggest the effect of plume whistler mode waves be accurately incorporated into future radiation belt modeling.
URLhttps://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2019GL082095
DOI10.1029/2019GL082095
Short TitleGeophys. Res. Lett.


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