Multiple bidirectional EMIC waves observed by Cluster at middle magnetic latitudes in the dayside magnetosphere
2013 (English)In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, Vol. 118, no 10, 6266-6278 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
It is well accepted that the propagation of electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves are bidirectional near their source regions and unidirectional when away from these regions. The generally believed source region for EMIC waves is around the magnetic equatorial plane. Here we describe a series of EMIC waves in the Pc1 (0.2-5 Hz) frequency band above the local He+ cyclotron frequency observed in situ by all four Cluster spacecraft on 9 April 2005 at midmagnetic latitudes (MLAT = similar to 33 degrees-49 degrees) with L = 10.7-11.5 on the dayside (MLT = 10.3-10.4). A Poynting vector spectrum shows that the wave packets consist of multiple groups of packets propagating bidirectionally, rather than unidirectionally, away from the equator, while the local plasma conditions indicate that the spacecraft are entering into a region sufficient for local wave excitation. One possible interpretation is that, while part of the observed waves are inside their source region, the others are either close enough to the source region, or mixed with the wave packets from multiple source regions at different latitudes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 118, no 10, 6266-6278 p.
magnetosphere, EMIC waves, solar wind, geomagnetic activity, Cluster
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219220DOI: 10.1002/jgra.50600ISI: 000330180600026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-219220DiVA: diva2:698747