Nonlinear Electric Field Structures in the Inner Magnetosphere

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Abstract
Van Allen Probes observations are presented which demonstrate the presence of nonlinear electric field structures in the inner terrestrial magnetosphere (< 6 RE). A range of structures are observed, including phase space holes and double layers.These structures are observed over several Earth radii in radial distance and over a wide range of magnetic local times. They are observed in the dusk, midnight, and dawn sectors, with the highest concentration pre-midnight. Some nonlinear electric field structures are observed to coincide with dipolarizations of the magnetic field and increases in electron energy flux for energies between 1 keV and 30 keV. Nonlinear electric field structures possess isolated impulsive electric fields, often with a significant component parallel to the ambient magnetic field, providing a mechanism for non-adiabatic wave-particle interactions in the inner magnetosphere.
Year of Publication
2014
Journal
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume
41
Start Page
5693
Date Published
08/2014
URL
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/2014GL061109
DOI
10.1002/2014GL061109