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Nonlinear acceleration of dispersive effects in field line resonances

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  • Nonlinear dynamics of a dispersive field line resonance (FLR) is investigated in a dipolar magnetic geometry using a new finite element code TOPO. Time dependent dispersion and steepening of the perpendicular Alfvén velocity profile lead to the acceleration of dispersive effects and to localization of the FLR within an ionospheric density cavity. Consequently, shear Alfvén waves are trapped between turning points inside nonlinear density perturbations. This results in a complicated nonlinear FLR structure and an associated overlap of timescales for dispersion and nonlinearity. We show that nonlinear effects lead to fine scale structuring produced by the interplay of nonlinear and dispersive effects. We discuss the relevance of our results to observations of FLR's in the auroral zone.

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    © 2003 American Geophysical Union. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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    • Lu, J. Y., Rankin, Robert, Marchand, Richard, & Tikhonchuk, Vladimir T. (2003). Nonlinear acceleration of dispersive effects in field line resonances. Geophysical Research Letters, 30(10), [pp. 1-4].
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