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Simulations of Electron Energization and Injection by BBFs Using High-Resolution LFM MHD Fields

We study electron injection and energization by bursty bulk flows (BBFs), by tracing electron trajectories using magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) field output from the Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry (LFM) code. The LFM MHD simulations were performed using idealized solar wind conditions to produce BBFs. We show that BBFs can inject energetic electrons of few to 100 keV from the magnetotatail beyond -24 RE to inward of geosynchronous, while accelerating them in the process. We also show the dependence of energization and injection on the initi ...

Eshetu, W.; Lyon, J.; Hudson, M.; Wiltberger, M.;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.1029/2018JA025789

Van Allen Probes


Pitch Angle Scattering of Energetic Electrons by BBFs

Field line curvature scattering by the magnetic field structure associated with bursty bulk flows (BBFs) has been studied, using simulated output fields from the Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry global magnetohydrodynamic code for specified solar wind input. There are weak magnetic field strength (B) regions adjacent to BBFs observed in the simulations. We show that these regions can cause strong scattering where the first adiabatic invariant changes by several factors within one equatorial crossing of energetic electrons of a few kiloel ...

Eshetu, W.; Lyon, J.; Hudson, M.; Wiltberger, M.;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.1029/2018JA025788

Van Allen Probes