Intense high-altitude auroral electric fields: temporal and spatial characteristics
2004 (English)In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 22, no 7, 2485-2495 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Cluster electric field, magnetic field, and energetic electron data are analyzed for two events of intense auroral electric field variations, both encountered in the Plasma Sheet Boundary Layer (PSBL), in the evening local time sector, and at approximately 5 R-E geocentric distance. The most intense electric fields (peaking at 450 and 1600 mV/m, respectively) were found to be quasi-static, unipolar, relatively stable on the time scale of at least half a minute, and associated with moving downward FAC sheets (peaking at similar to10 muA/m(2)), downward Poynting flux (peaking at similar to35 mW/m(2)), and upward electron beams with characteristic energies consistent with the perpendicular potentials (all values being mapped to 1 R-E geocentric distance). For these two events in the return current region, quasi-static electric field structures and associated FACs were found to dominate the upward acceleration of electrons, as well as the energy transport between the ionosphere and the magnetosphere, although Alfven waves clearly also contributed to these processes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 22, no 7, 2485-2495 p.
Magnetospheric physics (electric fields; auroral phenomena; magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions); electric field; magnetic field; magnetosphere
Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-7556DOI: 10.5194/angeo-22-2485-2004ISI: 000223620300020ScopusID: 2-s2.0-4344694040OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-7556DiVA: diva2:12619
QC 20100730. Meeting on Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Multipoint Measurements in Space. Orleans, FRANCE. MAY 12-16, 2003 2007-10-222007-10-222011-10-20Bibliographically approved