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2019

Quenching of Equatorial Magnetosonic Waves by Substorm Proton Injections

Near equatorial (fast) magnetosonic waves, characterized by high magnetic compressibility, are whistler-mode emissions destabilized by proton shell/ring distributions. In the past, substorm proton injections are widely known to intensify magnetosonic waves in the inner magnetosphere. Here we report the unexpected observations by the Van Allen Probes of the magnetosonic wave quenching associated with the substorm proton injections under both high- and low-density conditions. The enhanced proton thermal pressure distorted the ...

Dai, Guyue; Su, Zhenpeng; Liu, Nigang; Wang, Bin; Zheng, Huinan; Wang, Yuming; Wang, Shui;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.1029/2019GL082944

Bernstein mode instability; magnetosonic wave; Radiation belt; ring current; substorm injection; Van Allen Probes; Wave-particle interaction

2018

Magnetosonic harmonic falling and rising frequency emissions potentially generated by nonlinear wave-wave interactions in the Van Allen radiation belts

Magnetosonic waves play a potentially important role in the complex evolution of the radiation belt electrons. These waves typically appear as discrete emission lines along the proton gyrofrequency harmonics, consistent with the prediction of the local Bernstein mode instability of hot proton ring distributions. Magnetosonic waves are nearly dispersionless particularly at low harmonics and therefore have the roughly unchanged frequency-time structures during the propagation. On the basis of Van Allen Probes observations, we ...

Liu, Nigang; Su, Zhenpeng; Zheng, Huinan; Wang, Yuming; Wang, Shui;

YEAR: 2018     DOI: 10.1029/2018GL079232

Bernstein mode instability; magnetosonic wave; Radiation belt; ring current; rising/falling frequency; Van Allen Probes; wave propagation

2017

Direct observation of generation and propagation of magnetosonic waves following substorm injection

Magnetosonic whistler mode waves play an important role in the radiation belt electron dynamics. Previous theory has suggested that these waves are excited by the ring distributions of hot protons and can propagate radially and azimuthally over a broad spatial range. However, because of the challenging requirements on satellite locations and data-processing techniques, this theory was difficult to validate directly. Here we present some experimental tests of the theory on the basis of Van Allen Probes observations of magneto ...

Su, Zhenpeng; Wang, Geng; Liu, Nigang; Zheng, Huinan; Wang, Yuming; Wang, Shui;

YEAR: 2017     DOI: 10.1002/2017GL074362

Bernstein mode instability; magnetosonic waves; Radiation belt; rising tone; substorm injection; Van Allen Probes; Wave-particle interaction



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