A nonstorm time enhancement of relativistic electrons in the outer radiation belt

TitleA nonstorm time enhancement of relativistic electrons in the outer radiation belt
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSchiller, Q, Li, X, Blum, L, Tu, W, Turner, DL, Blake, JB
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Pagination7 - 12
Date Published01/2014
KeywordsVan Allen Probes
AbstractDespite the lack of a geomagnetic storm (based on the Dst index), relativistic electron fluxes were enhanced over 2.5 orders of magnitude in the outer radiation belt in 13 h on 13–14 January 2013. The unusual enhancement was observed by Magnetic Electron Ion Spectrometer (MagEIS), onboard the Van Allen Probes; Relativistic Electron and Proton Telescope Integrated Little Experiment, onboard the Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment; and Solid State Telescope, onboard Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS). Analyses of MagEIS phase space density (PSD) profiles show a positive outward radial gradient from 4 < L < 5.5. However, THEMIS observations show a peak in PSD outside of the Van Allen Probes' apogee, which suggest a very interesting scenario: wave-particle interactions causing a PSD peak at ~ L* = 5.5 from where the electrons are then rapidly transported radially inward. This letter demonstrates, for the first time in detail, that geomagnetic storms are not necessary for causing dramatic enhancements in the outer radiation belt.
Short TitleGeophys. Res. Lett.

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