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Generation of EMIC Waves Observed by Van Allen Probes at Low L Shells

Observation of linearly polarized He+-band electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves at low L shells is a new, and quite unexpected, result from the Van Allen Probes mission. Here we analyze the two EMIC wave events observed by Van Allen Probes at low L shells and put forward a new-generation mechanism for the low-L EMIC waves. Both events were observed at L \~ 3 but one of them has a discrete spectrum near the O+ gyrofrequency and its second harmonic, whereas the second event has a broad spectrum between the O+ gyrofrequen ...

Gamayunov, Konstantin; Min, Kyungguk; Saikin, Anthony; Rassoul, Hamid;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.1029/2018JA025629

effects of wave superposition on EMIC waves; EMIC wave generation; EMIC waves at low L shells; growth rate calculations for EMIC waves; polarization properties of EMIC waves; Van Allen Probes; Van Allen Probes observations at low L shells


Model of electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves in the inner magnetosphere

The evolution of He+-mode electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves is studied inside the geostationary orbit using our global model of ring current (RC) ions, electric field, plasmasphere, and EMIC waves. In contrast to the approach previously used by Gamayunov et al. (2009), however, we do not use the bounce-averaged wave kinetic equation but instead use a complete, nonbounce-averaged, equation to model the evolution of EMIC wave power spectral density, including off-equatorial wave dynamics. The major results of our stud ...

Gamayunov, K.; Engebretson, M.; Zhang, M.; Rassoul, H.;

YEAR: 2014     DOI: 10.1002/jgra.v119.910.1002/2014JA020032

electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves; outer radiation belt; ring current