Intense duskside lower band chorus waves observed by Van Allen Probes: Generation and potential acceleration effect on radiation belt electrons

TitleIntense duskside lower band chorus waves observed by Van Allen Probes: Generation and potential acceleration effect on radiation belt electrons
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSu, Z, Zhu, H, Xiao, F, Zheng, H, Wang, Y, He, Z, Shen, C, Shen, C, Wang, CB, Liu, R, Zhang, M, Wang, S, Kletzing, CA, Kurth, WS, Hospodarsky, GB, Spence, HE, Reeves, GD, Funsten, HO, Blake, JB, Baker, DN, Wygant, JR
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Volume119
Issue6
Pagination4266 - 4273
Date Published06/2014
KeywordsVan Allen Probes
AbstractLocal acceleration driven by whistler mode chorus waves largely accounts for the enhancement of radiation belt relativistic electron fluxes, whose favored region is usually considered to be the plasmatrough with magnetic local time approximately from midnight through dawn to noon. On 2 October 2013, the Van Allen Probes recorded a rarely reported event of intense duskside lower band chorus waves (with power spectral density up to 10−3nT2/Hz) in the low-latitude region outside of L=5. Such chorus waves are found to be generated by the substorm-injected anisotropic suprathermal electrons and have a potentially strong acceleration effect on the radiation belt energetic electrons. This event study demonstrates the possibility of broader spatial regions with effective electron acceleration by chorus waves than previously expected. For such intense duskside chorus waves, the occurrence probability, the preferential excitation conditions, the time duration, and the accurate contribution to the long-term evolution of radiation belt electron fluxes may need further investigations in future.
URLhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/jgra.v119.6http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/2014JA019919
DOI10.1002/jgra.v119.610.1002/2014JA019919
Short TitleJ. Geophys. Res. Space Physics


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