Formation of the mass density peak at the magnetospheric equator triggered by EMIC waves

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Abstract We report a simultaneous observation of two band electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves and toroidal Alfvén waves by the Van Allen Probe mission. Through wave frequency analyses, the mass density ρ is found to be locally peaked at the magnetic equator. Perpendicular fluxes of ions (< 100 eV) increase simultaneously with the appearances of EMIC waves, indicating a heating of these ions by EMIC waves. In addition, the measured ion distributions also support the equatorial peak formation, which accords with the result of the frequency analyses. The formation of local mass density peaks at the equator should be due to enhancements of equatorial ion concentrations, which are triggered by EMIC waves’ perpendicular heating on low energy ions.
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Year of Publication
2021
Journal
Earth and Planetary Physics
Volume
5
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eepp2021008
Date Published
03/2021
URL
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.26464/epp2021008
DOI
https://doi.org/10.26464/epp2021008