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Stochastic ion heating by orbit chaotization on electrostatic waves and nonlinear structures
KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1594-1861
2000 (English)In: Physica scripta. T, ISSN 0281-1847, Vol. T84, 60-63 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We demonstrate that satellite observations of intense transverse ion energization could be explained by stochastic ion heating on short perpendicular wavelength electrostatic waves and structures produced by the decay of dispersive Alfven waves (DAW) This mechanism is related to the chaotization of ion orbits which leads to strong stochastic heating when the electric field gradient fulfills the inequality partial derivative E-x/partial derivative x > Omega B-0 (here Omega is the ion gyrofrequency and B-0 is the ambient magnetic field). We also show that the energy sourer for this process is provided from dissipation of the Poynting flux of DAW. which appear to form an energy cascade from large scales lambda(perpendicular to) similar to kilometers down to lambda(perpendicular to) similar to 50 m where the dissipation through the ion heating is observed.

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2000. Vol. T84, 60-63 p.
Keyword [en]
ionospheric plasma, electric-fields, acceleration, resonance, freja
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19695DOI: 10.1238/Physica.Topical.084a00060ISI: 000086560100014OAI: diva2:338387
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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