Wave Normal Angle Distribution of Fast Magnetosonic Waves: A Survey of Van Allen Probes EMFISIS Observations

TitleWave Normal Angle Distribution of Fast Magnetosonic Waves: A Survey of Van Allen Probes EMFISIS Observations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsZou, Z, Zuo, P, Ni, B, Wei, F, Zhao, Z, Cao, X, Fu, S, Gu, X
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Volume124
Issue7
Pagination5663 - 5674
Date Published07/2019
ISSN2169-9380
KeywordsEmpirical Model; Fast Magnetosonic Waves; latitudinal dependence; power‐weighted wave normal angles; spatial distributions; Van Allen Probes
AbstractUsing Van Allen Probe Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science (EMFISIS) wave observations from September 2012 to May 2018, we statistically investigate the distributions of power‐weighted wave normal angle (WNA) of fast magnetosonic (MS) waves from L = 2–6 within ±15° geomagnetic latitudes. The spatial distributions show that the MS WNAs are mainly confined within 87–89° near the geomagnetic equator and decrease with increasing magnetic latitude. Further quantitative investigation demonstrates that the WNAs normally distribute as a mixture of two Gaussian distributions ranging from 85° to 88°, and the tangent of it can decrease as a Kappa distribution function when the waves propagate to higher latitudes. Our study completes the survey of spatial distributions of MS WNAs and provides quantitative dependence of the WNA distribution on the magnetic latitude in the inner magnetosphere, which can be readily useful in future global simulations of radiation belt particle dynamics.
URLhttps://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2019JA026556
DOI10.1029/2019JA026556
Short TitleJ. Geophys. Res. Space Physics


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