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Magnetosonic wave excitation by ion ring distributions in the Earth\textquoterights inner magnetosphere

Combining Time History of Events and Macroscale Interaction during Substorms (THEMIS) wave and particle observations and a quantitative calculation of linear wave growth rate, we demonstrate that magnetosonic (MS) waves can be locally excited by ion ring distributions in the Earth\textquoterights magnetosphere when the ion ring energy is comparable to the local Alfven energy. MS waves in association with ion ring distributions were observed by THEMIS A on 24 November 2010 in the afternoon sector, both outside the plasmapause ...

Ma, Qianli; Li, Wen; Chen, Lunjin; Thorne, Richard; Angelopoulos, Vassilis;

YEAR: 2014     DOI: 10.1002/2013JA019591

magnetosonic waves; ring current; THEMIS observation; wave excitation