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Whistler mode waves atmagnetotail dipolarization fronts
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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2014 (English)In: J GEOPHYS RES-SPACE, ISSN 2169-9380, Vol. 119, no 4, 2605-2611 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We report the statistics of whistler mode waves observed in relation to dipolarization fronts (DFs) in Earth's magnetotail using data from the four Cluster spacecraft spanning a period of 9 years, 2001-2009. We show that whistler mode waves are common in a vicinity of DFs: between 30 and 60% of all DFs are associated with whistlers. Whistlers are about 7 times more likely to be observed near a DF than at any random location in the magnetotail. Therefore, whistlers are a characteristic signature of DFs. We find that whistlers are most often detected in the flux pileup region (FPR) following the DF, close to the center of the current sheet (B-x approximate to 0) and in association with anisotropic electron distributions (T>T-vertical bar). This suggests that we typically observe emissions in the source region where they are generated by the anisotropic electrons produced by the betatron process inside the FPR.

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2014. Vol. 119, no 4, 2605-2611 p.
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whistler waves, dipolarization fronts, statistics, magnetic reconnection, wave-particle interactions
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-227898DOI: 10.1002/2014JA019892ISI: 000336218600018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-227898DiVA: diva2:731724
Available from: 2014-07-02 Created: 2014-07-01 Last updated: 2014-11-12Bibliographically approved

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