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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


Simulated prompt acceleration of multi-MeV electrons by the 17 March 2015 interplanetary shock

Prompt enhancement of relativistic electron flux at L = 3-5 has been reported from Van Allen Probes Relativistic Electron Proton Telescope (REPT) measurements associated with the 17 March 2015 interplanetary shock compression of the dayside magnetosphere. Acceleration by \~ 1 MeV is inferred on less than a drift time scale as seen in prior shock compression events, which launch a magetosonic azimuthal electric field impulse tailward. This impulse propagates from the dayside around the flanks accelerating electrons in drift r ...

Hudson, Mary; Jaynes, Allison; Kress, Brian; Li, Zhao; Patel, Maulik; Shen, Xiaochen; Thaller, Scott; Wiltberger, Michael; Wygant, John;

YEAR: 2017     DOI: 10.1002/2017JA024445

17 March 2015; MeV electron acceleration; Radiation belt; test-particle simulation; Van Allen Probes

ULF Wave Analysis and Radial Diffusion Calculation Using a Global MHD Model for the 17 March 2013 and 2015 Storms

The 17 March 2015 St. Patrick\textquoterights Day Storm is the largest geomagnetic storm to date of Solar Cycle 24, with a Dst of -223 nT. The magnetopause moved inside geosynchronous orbit under high solar wind dynamic pressure and strong southward IMF Bz causing loss, however a subsequent drop in pressure allowed for rapid rebuilding of the radiation belts. The 17 March 2013 storm also shows similar effects on outer zone electrons: first a rapid dropout due to inward motion of the magnetopause followed by rapid increase in ...

Li, Zhao; Hudson, Mary; Patel, Maulik; Wiltberger, Michael; Boyd, Alex; Turner, Drew;

YEAR: 2017     DOI: 10.1002/2016JA023846

March 2013; March 2015; radial diffusion; Radiation belt; Van Allen Probes


Global ULF wave analysis of radial diffusion coefficients using a global MHD model for the 17 March 2015 storm

The 17\textendash18 March 2015 storm is the largest geomagnetic storm in the Van Allen Probes era to date. The Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry global MHD model has been run for this event using ARTEMIS data as solar wind input. The ULF wave power spectral density of the azimuthal electric field and compressional magnetic field is analyzed in the 0.5\textendash8.3 mHz range. The lowest three azimuthal modes account for 70\% of the total power during quiet times. However, during high activity, they are not exclusively dominant. The calcul ...

Li, Zhao; Hudson, Mary; Paral, Jan; Wiltberger, Michael; Turner, Drew;

YEAR: 2016     DOI: 10.1002/2016JA022508

March 2015; radial diffusion; radial diffusion coefficient; Radiation belt; ULF waves; Van Allen Probes


Magnetohydrodynamic modeling of three Van Allen Probes storms in 2012 and 2013

Coronal mass ejection (CME)-shock compression of the dayside magnetopause has been observed to cause both prompt enhancement of radiation belt electron flux due to inward radial transport of electrons conserving their first adiabatic invariant and prompt losses which at times entirely eliminate the outer zone. Recent numerical studies suggest that enhanced ultra-low frequency (ULF) wave activity is necessary to explain electron losses deeper inside the magnetosphere than magnetopause incursion following CME-shock arrival. A ...

Paral, J.; Hudson, M.; Kress, B.; Wiltberger, M.; Wygant, J.; Singer, H.;

YEAR: 2015     DOI: 10.5194/angeo-33-1037-2015

MHD; Van Allen Probes

Modeling CME-shock driven storms in 2012 - 2013: MHD-test particle simulations

The Van Allen Probes spacecraft have provided detailed observations of the energetic particles and fields environment for CME-shock driven storms in 2012 to 2013 which have now been modeled with MHD-test particle simulations. The Van Allen Probes orbital plane longitude moved from the dawn sector in 2012 to near midnight and pre-noon for equinoctial storms of 2013, providing particularly good measurements of the inductive electric field response to magnetopause compression for the 8 October 2013 CME-shock driven storm. An ab ...

Hudson, M.; Paral, J.; Kress, B.; Wiltberger, M.; Baker, D.; Foster, J.; Turner, D.; Wygant, J.;

YEAR: 2015     DOI: 10.1002/2014JA020833

Van Allen Probes; CME-shock


Simulated magnetopause losses and Van Allen Probe flux dropouts

Three radiation belt flux dropout events seen by the Relativistic Electron Proton Telescope soon after launch of the Van Allen Probes in 2012 (Baker et al., 2013a) have been simulated using the Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry MHD code coupled to the Rice Convection Model, driven by measured upstream solar wind parameters. MHD results show inward motion of the magnetopause for each event, along with enhanced ULF wave power affecting radial transport. Test particle simulations of electron response on 8 October, prior to the strong flux en ...

Hudson, M.; Baker, D.; Goldstein, J.; Kress, B.; Paral, J.; Toffoletto, F.; Wiltberger, M.;

YEAR: 2014     DOI: 10.1002/2014GL059222

Van Allen Probes


Radiation belt 2D and 3D simulations for CIR-driven storms during Carrington Rotation 2068

As part of the International Heliospheric Year, the Whole Heliosphere Interval, Carrington Rotation 2068, from March 20 to April 16, 2008 was chosen as an internationally coordinated observing and modeling campaign. A pair of solar wind structures identified as Corotating Interaction Regions (CIR), characteristic of the declining phase of the solar cycle and solar minimum, was identified in solar wind plasma measurements from the ACE satellite. Such structures have previously been determined to be geoeffective in producing e ...

Hudson, M.; Brito, Thiago; Elkington, Scot; Kress, Brian; Li, Zhao; Wiltberger, Mike;

YEAR: 2012     DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2012.03.017

Magnetosphere; Modeling; Radiation belts; Solar wind


Radial diffusion and MHD particle simulations of relativistic electron transport by ULF waves in the September 1998 storm

In an MHD particle simulation of the September 1998 magnetic storm the evolution of the radiation belt electron radial flux profile appears to be diffusive, and diffusion caused by ULF waves has been invoked as the probable mechanism. In order to separate adiabatic and nonadiabatic effects and to investigate the radial diffusion mechanism during this storm, in this work we solve a radial diffusion equation with ULF wave diffusion coefficients and a time-dependent outer boundary condition, and the results are compared with th ...

Fei, Yue; Chan, Anthony; Elkington, Scot; Wiltberger, Michael;

YEAR: 2006     DOI: 10.1029/2005JA011211

Radial Transport


MHD/particle simulations of radiation belt dynamics

Particle fluxes in the outer radiation belts can show substantial variation in time, over scales ranging from a few minutes, such as during the sudden commencement phase of geomagnetic storms, to the years-long variations associated with the progression of the solar cycle. As the energetic particles comprising these belts can pose a hazard to human activity in space, considerable effort has gone into understanding both the source of these particles and the physics governing their dynamical behavior. Computationally tracking ...

ELKINGTON, S; Hudson, M.; Wiltberger, M.J; Lyon, J.;

YEAR: 2002     DOI: 10.1016/S1364-6826(02)00018-4

Shock-Induced Transport. Slot Refilling and Formation of New Belts.