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- 9Alfven Waves
- 5Field Line Resonances
- 2Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability
- 8Rankin, Robert
- 4Tikhonchuk, Vladimir T.
- 3Samson, John C.
- 2Lu, J. Y.
- 2Marchand, Richard
- 2Samson, J. C.
The process of magnetospheric radiation belt electron transport driven by ULF waves is studied using a 2-D ideal MHD model for ULF waves in the equatorial plane including day/night asymmetry and a magnetopause boundary, and a test kinetic model for equatorially mirroring electrons. We find that...
We present a case study of Field Line Resonances (FLRs) in the dayside magnetosphere, observed in both electric and magnetic field components at multiple L-shells near the equator. The event measured by the five THEMIS probes and the nearby GOES and Geotail satellites provides a unique...
Using 1D Vlasov drift-kinetic computer simulations, it is shown that electron trapping in long period standing shear Alfvén waves (SAWs) provides an efficient energy sink for wave energy that is much more effective than Landau damping. It is also suggested that the plasma environment of low...
Ionospheric electron heating by resonant standing shear Alfvén waves in Earth's magnetosphere is investigated. It is demonstrated that in field line resonances (FLRs), electron heating by Alfvén waves produces ionization and large changes in the ionospheric Pedersen conductivity. This leads to a...
Existing theories do not explain large parallel electric fields that are associated with keV electron precipitation in auroral arcs. The MHD electron response results in an electrical conductivity in the low altitude magnetosphere that is two orders of magnitude greater than is required. We...
The three-dimensional, nonlinear evolution of a shear how (or Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH)) instability driven by a large-amplitude shear Alfven wave (SAW) in the Earth's magnetosphere is studied by using numerical solutions to the complete set of ideal magnetohydrodynamic equations. An initial setup is...
Compressional Alfvén waves in the terrestrial magnetospheric cavity constitute a discrete spectrum of global modes which can resonate with specific components of the continuum spectrum of shear Alfvén wave (SAW) field line resonant frequencies. We investigate the effect of the ponderomotive force...
A three-dimensional compressible resistive magnetohydrodynamic simulation code, with inclusion of the fully generalized Ohm's law, has been developed to study the nonlinear evolution of field line resonances in Earth's magnetosphere. A simple Cartesian box model of an inhomogeneous plasma with...