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- 13Rankin, Robert
- 4Lu, J. Y.
- 4Marchand, Richard
- 4Tikhonchuk, Vladimir T.
- 3Kabin, Konstantin
- 3Watt, Clare E. J.
Two flybys of Mercury by the NASA MESSENGER spacecraft on January 14 and October 6, 2008 provide insight into the spatial distribution of the heavy ion exosphere around the planet. The relatively quiet solar wind conditions and interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) orientation allow us to compare...
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...
Self‐consistent electron acceleration due to inertial Alfvén wave pulsesournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 110(A10), [ppDownload
We present self-consistent kinetic simulations of the electron response to finite duration shear Alfven wave pulses in a magnetized plasma. In Earth's magnetosphere, the evidence suggests that parallel electric fields in inertial scale shear Alfven waves can accelerate electrons in the...
Numerical modeling of drift resonance and drift-bounce resonance between ultra-low frequency waves and energetic particles in the inner magnetosphereDownload
The main topic of this thesis is the investigation of drift resonance and drift-bounce resonance between energetic particles and Pc3-5 Alfvenic ultra-low frequency (ULF) waves in the Earth's inner magnetosphere. We have developed numerical models to simulate how the dynamics of O+, H+ ions and...
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...
A two-dimensional nonlinear multi-fluid MHD model of the ionosperic Alfven resonator is presented. The resonator is excited by a packet of shear Alfven waves propagating downward toward the ionosphere from high altitudes. It is shown that the nonlinear (ponderomotive) force of standing...
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...
In this thesis we examine the generation mechanisms of Pc 5 ULF waves during geomagnetic storms. Also, we study the interaction between Pc 5 ULF waves and energetic particles in the radiation belts and the observed energetic particle flux modulation by Pc 5 ULF waves is verified using particle...
On the basis of magnetohydrodynamic simulation results for northward interplanetary magnetic field ( IMF) and significant dipole tilt, we describe internal reconnection processes that occur earthward of the magnetopause subsequent to magnetopause reconnection. We discuss the associated...