Whistler anisotropy instabilities as the source of banded chorus: Van Allen Probes observations and particle-in-cell simulations
Magnetospheric banded chorus is enhanced whistler waves with frequencies ωr < Ωe, where Ωe is the electron cyclotron frequency, and a characteristic spectral gap at ωr ≃ Ωe/2. This paper uses spacecraft observations and two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations in a magnetized, homogeneous, collisionless plasma to test the hypothesis that banded chorus is due to local linear growth of two branches of the whistler anisotropy instability excited by two distinct, anisotropic electron components of significantly different temperatures. The electron densities and temperatures are derived from Helium, Oxygen, Proton, and Electron instrument measurements on the Van Allen Probes A satellite during a banded chorus event on 1 November 2012. The observations are consistent with a three-component electron model consisting of a cold (a few tens of eV) population, a warm (a few hundred eV) anisotropic population, and a hot (a few keV) anisotropic population. The simulations use plasma and field parameters as measured from the satellite during this event except for two numbers: the anisotropies of the warm and the hot electron components are enhanced over the measured values in order to obtain relatively rapid instability growth. The simulations show that the warm component drives the quasi-electrostatic upper band chorus and that themore »
- Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
- Space Science Institute, Boulder, CO (United States)
- Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy.
- Auburn Univ., Auburn, AL (United States). Dept. of Physics.
- NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (United States)
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- Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics
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- Journal Volume: 119; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 2169-9380
- American Geophysical Union
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- Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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- United States
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