Electron Distributions in Kinetic Scale Field Line Resonances: A Comparison of Simulations and Observations

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Abstract
Observations in kinetic scale field line resonances, or eigenmodes of the geomagnetic field, reveal highly field-aligned plateaued electron distributions. By combining observations from the Van Allen Probes and Cluster spacecraft with a hybrid kinetic gyrofluid simulation we show how these distributions arise from the nonlocal self-consistent interaction of electrons with the wavefield. This interaction is manifested as electron trapping in the standing wave potential. The process operates along most of the field line and qualitatively accounts for electron observations near the equatorial plane and at higher latitudes. In conjunction with the highly field-aligned plateaus, loss cone features are also evident, which result from the action of the upward-directed wave parallel electric field on the untrapped electron populations.
Year of Publication
2018
Journal
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume
1201224130424426104115121391201216911312141101691970121121251011059998349921100102103321021029910798
Date Published
06/2018
URL
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GL077748
DOI
10.1029/2018GL077748