In situ observations of density cavities extending above the auroral acceleration region
2014 (English)In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 119, no 7, 5286-5294 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The uppermost part of a stable potential structure in the auroral acceleration region was studied using simultaneous observations of Cluster satellites C1 and C3. Both satellites observe a monotonically decreasing electron density as they ascend through the auroral acceleration region. As C1 exits the top of the auroral acceleration region, the electron densities continue to decrease, and the minimum electron density is reached 14 km above the upper edge of the auroral acceleration region. The electron density does not return to noncavity values until the spacecraft exits the potential structure's flux tube. The data indicate that the auroral density cavity is not confined by the potential structure and may extend above the auroral acceleration region.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2014. Vol. 119, no 7, 5286-5294 p.
auroral acceleration region, auroral density cavity, potential structure
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-150940DOI: 10.1002/2014JA019799ISI: 000340549000014ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84906309021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-150940DiVA: diva2:746178
QC 201512092014-09-122014-09-112015-12-09Bibliographically approved