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Oxygen ion energization by waves in the high altitude cusp and mantle
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala Division.
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2012 (English)In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 30, no 9, 1309-1314 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We present a comparative study of low frequency electric field spectral densities and temperatures observed by the Cluster spacecraft in the high altitude cusp/mantle region. We compare the relation between the O+ temperature and wave intensity at the oxygen gyrofrequency at each measurement point and find a clear correlation. The trend of the correlation agrees with the predictions by both an asymptotic mean-particle theory and a test-particle approach. The perpendicular to parallel temperature ratio is also consistent with the predictions of the asymptotic mean-particle theory. At times the perpendicular temperature is significantly higher than predicted by the models. A simple study of the evolution of the particle distributions (conics) at these altitudes indicates that enhanced perpendicular temperatures would be observed over many R-E after heating ceases. Therefore, sporadic intense heating is the likely explanation for cases with high temperature and comparably low wave activity. We observe waves of sufficient amplitude to explain the highest observed temperatures, while the theory in general overestimates the temperature associated with the highest observed wave activity, indicating that such high wave activity is very sporadic.

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2012. Vol. 30, no 9, 1309-1314 p.
Keyword [en]
Magnetospheric physics, Magnetopause, cusp, and boundary layers, Magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions, Space plasma physics, Wave-particle interactions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-184489DOI: 10.5194/angeo-30-1309-2012ISI: 000309421400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-184489DiVA: diva2:565714
Available from: 2012-11-08 Created: 2012-11-07 Last updated: 2012-11-08Bibliographically approved

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