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  • 1. Adriani, O.
    et al.
    Barbarino, G. C.
    Bazilevskaya, G. A.
    Bellotti, R.
    Boezio, M.
    Bogomolov, E. A.
    Bongi, M.
    Bonvicini, V.
    Bottai, S.
    Bruno, A.
    Cafagna, F.
    Campana, D.
    Carlson, Per
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
    Casolino, M.
    Castellini, G.
    De Donato, C.
    De Santis, C.
    De Simone, N.
    Di Felice, V.
    Formato, V.
    Galper, A. M.
    Karelin, A. V.
    Koldashov, S. V.
    Koldobskiy, S.
    Krutkov, S. Y.
    Kvashnin, A. N.
    Leonov, A.
    Malakhov, V.
    Marcelli, L.
    Martucci, M.
    Mayorov, A. G.
    Menn, W.
    Merge, M.
    Mikhailov, V. V.
    Mocchiutti, E.
    Monaco, A.
    Mori, N.
    Munini, R.
    Osteria, G.
    Palma, F.
    Panico, B.
    Papini, P.
    Pearce, Mark
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
    Picozza, P.
    Ricci, M.
    Ricciarini, S. B.
    Sarkar, R.
    Scotti, V.
    Simon, M.
    Sparvoli, R.
    Spillantini, P.
    Stozhkov, Y. I.
    Vacchi, A.
    Vannuccini, E.
    Vasilyev, G. I.
    Voronov, S. A.
    Yurkin, Y. T.
    Zampa, G.
    Zampa, N.
    Reentrant albedo proton fluxes measured by the PAMELA experiment2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 5, p. 3728-3738Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a precise measurement of downward going albedo proton fluxes for kinetic energy above similar to 70 MeV performed by the Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics (PAMELA) experiment at an altitude between 350 and 610 km. On the basis of a trajectory tracing simulation, the analyzed protons were classified into quasi-trapped, concentrating in the magnetic equatorial region, and untrapped spreading over all latitudes, including both short-lived (precipitating) and long-lived (pseudotrapped) components. In addition, features of the penumbra region around the geomagnetic cutoff were investigated in detail. PAMELA results significantly improve the characterization of the high-energy albedo proton populations at low-Earth orbits.

  • 2. Alm, L.
    et al.
    Argall, M. R.
    Torbert, R. B.
    Farrugia, C. J.
    Burch, J. L.
    Ergun, R. E.
    Russell, C. T.
    Strangeway, R. J.
    Khotyaintsev, Y. V.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Marklund, Göran
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Giles, B. L.
    Shuster, J.
    EDR signatures observed by MMS in the 16 October event presented in a 2-D parametric space2017In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 122, no 3, p. 3262-3276Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a method for mapping the position of satellites relative to the X line using the measured B-L and B-N components of the magnetic field and apply it to the Magnetospheric multiscale (MMS) encounter with the electron diffusion region (EDR) which occurred on 13:07 UT on 16 October 2015. Mapping the data to our parametric space succeeds in capturing many of the signatures associated with magnetic reconnection and the electron diffusion region. This offers a method for determining where in the reconnection region the satellites were located. In addition, parametric mapping can also be used to present data from numerical simulations. This facilitates comparing data from simulations with data from in situ observations as one can avoid the complicated process using boundary motion analysis to determine the geometry of the reconnection region. In parametric space we can identify the EDR based on the collocation of several reconnection signatures, such as electron nongyrotropy, electron demagnetization, parallel electric fields, and energy dissipation. The EDR extends 2-3km in the normal direction and in excess of 20km in the tangential direction. It is clear that the EDR occurs on the magnetospheric side of the topological X line, which is expected in asymmetric reconnection. Furthermore, we can observe a north-south asymmetry, where the EDR occurs north of the peak in out-of-plane current, which may be due to the small but finite guide field.

  • 3. Alm, L.
    et al.
    Farrugia, C. J.
    Paulson, K. W.
    Argall, M. R.
    Torbert, R. B.
    Burch, J. L.
    Ergun, R. E.
    Russell, C. T.
    Strangeway, R. J.
    Khotyaintsev, Y. V.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Marklund, Göran
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Giles, B. L.
    Differing Properties of Two Ion-Scale Magnetopause Flux Ropes2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 1, p. 114-131Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we present results from the Magnetospheric Multiscale constellation encountering two ion-scale, magnetopause flux ropes. The two flux ropes exhibit very different properties and internal structure. In the first flux rope, there are large differences in the currents observed by different satellites, indicating variations occurring over sub-d(i) spatial scales, and time scales on the order of the ion gyroperiod. In addition, there is intense wave activity and particle energization. The interface between the two flux ropes exhibits oblique whistler wave activity. In contrast, the second flux rope is mostly quiescent, exhibiting little activity throughout the encounter. Changes in the magnetic topology and field line connectivity suggest that we are observing flux rope coalescence.

  • 4.
    Alm, Love
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Li, Bin
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Marklund, Göran
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Karlsson, Tomas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Statistical altitude distribution of the auroral density cavity2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 2, p. 996-1006Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The statistical altitude distribution of auroral density cavities located between 3.0 and 6.5 R-E is investigated using in situ observations from flux tubes exhibiting auroral acceleration. The locations of the observations are described using a pseudo altitude derived from the distribution of the parallel potential drop above and below the satellite. The upper edge of the auroral acceleration region is observed between 4.375 and 5.625 R-E. Above 6.125 R-E, none of the events exhibit precipitating inverted V electrons, though the upward ion beam can be observed. This indicates that the satellites are located inside the same flux tube as, but above, the auroral acceleration region. The electron density decreases as we move higher into the acceleration region. The spacecraft potential continues to decrease once above the acceleration region, indicating that the density cavity extends above the acceleration region. From 3.0 to 4.375 R-E the pseudo altitude increases by 0.20 per R-E, consistent with a distributed parallel electric field. Between 4.375 and 5.625 R-E the pseudo altitude increases weakly, by 0.01 per R-E, due to an increasing number of events per altitude bin, which are occurring above the acceleration region. Above 5.625 R-E the pseudo altitude increases by 0.28 per R-E, due to a rapid increase in the number of events per altitude bin occurring above the acceleration region, indicating that the remaining parallel potential drop is concentrated in a narrow region at the upper edge of the acceleration region, rather than in a distributed parallel electric field.

  • 5.
    Alm, Love
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Marklund, Göran T.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Karlsson, Tomas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    In situ observations of density cavities extending above the auroral acceleration region2014In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 119, no 7, p. 5286-5294Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    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.

  • 6.
    Andriopoulou, Maria
    et al.
    Austrian Acad Sci, Space Res Inst, Graz, Austria..
    Nakamura, Rumi
    Austrian Acad Sci, Space Res Inst, Graz, Austria..
    Wellenzohn, Simon
    Karl Franzens Univ Graz, Inst Geophys Astrophys & Meteorol, Graz, Austria..
    Torkar, Klaus
    Austrian Acad Sci, Space Res Inst, Graz, Austria..
    Baumjohann, Wolfgang
    Austrian Acad Sci, Space Res Inst, Graz, Austria..
    Torbert, R. B.
    Univ New Hampshire, Dept Phys, Durham, NH 03824 USA.;Univ New Hampshire, Ctr Space Sci, Durham, NH 03824 USA..
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Khotyaintsev, Yuri V.
    Swedish Inst Space Phys IRF, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Dorelli, John
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Burch, James L.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX USA..
    Plasma Density Estimates From Spacecraft Potential Using MMS Observations in the Dayside Magnetosphere2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 4, p. 2620-2629Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using spacecraft potential observations with and without active spacecraft potential control (on/off) from the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, we estimate the average photoelectron emission as well as derive the plasma density information from spacecraft potential variations and active spacecraft potential control ion current. Such estimates are of particular importance especially during periods when the plasma instruments are not in operation and also when electron density observations with higher time resolution than the ones available from particle detectors are necessary. We compare the average photoelectron emission of different spacecraft and discuss their differences. We examine several time intervals when we performed our density estimations in order to understand the strengths and weaknesses of our data set. We finally compare our derived density estimates with the plasma density observations provided by plasma detectors onboard MMS, whenever available, and discuss the overall results. The estimated electron densities should only be used as a proxy of the electron density, complimentary to the plasma moments derived by plasma detectors, especially when the latter are turned off or when higher time resolution observations are required. While the derived data set can often provide valuable information about the plasma environment, the actual values may often be very far from the actual plasma density values and should therefore be used with caution.

  • 7. Argall, M. R.
    et al.
    Paulson, K.
    Alm, L.
    Rager, A.
    Dorelli, J.
    Shuster, J.
    Wang, S.
    Torbert, R. B.
    Vaith, H.
    Dors, I.
    Chutter, M.
    Farrugia, C.
    Burch, J.
    Pollock, C.
    Giles, B.
    Gershman, D.
    Lavraud, B.
    Russell, C. T.
    Strangeway, R.
    Magnes, W.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Khotyaintsev, Yu. V.
    Ergun, R. E.
    Ahmadi, N.
    Electron Dynamics Within the Electron Diffusion Region of Asymmetric Reconnection2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 1, p. 146-162Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We investigate the agyrotropic nature of electron distribution functions and their substructure to illuminate electron dynamics in a previously reported electron diffusion region (EDR) event. In particular, agyrotropy is examined as a function of energy to reveal detailed finite Larmor radius effects for the first time. It is shown that the previously reported approximate to 66eV agyrotropic "crescent" population that has been accelerated as a result of reconnection is evanescent in nature because it mixes with a denser, gyrotopic background. Meanwhile, accelerated agyrotropic populations at 250 and 500eV are more prominent because the background plasma at those energies is more tenuous. Agyrotropy at 250 and 500eV is also more persistent than at 66eV because of finite Larmor radius effects; agyrotropy is observed 2.5 ion inertial lengths from the EDR at 500eV, but only in close proximity to the EDR at 66eV. We also observe linearly polarized electrostatic waves leading up to and within the EDR. They have wave normal angles near 90 degrees, and their occurrence and intensity correlate with agyrotropy. Within the EDR, they modulate the flux of 500eV electrons travelling along the current layer. The net electric field intensifies the reconnection current, resulting in a flow of energy from the fields into the plasma. Plain Language Summary The process of reconnection involves an explosive transfer of magnetic energy into particle energy. When energetic particles contact modern technology such as satellites, cell phones, or other electronic devices, they can cause random errors and failures. Exactly how particles are energized via reconnection, however, is still unknown. Fortunately, the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission is finally able to detect and analyze reconnection processes. One recent finding is that energized particles take on a crescent-shaped configuration in the vicinity of reconnection and that this crescent shape is related to the energy conversion process. In our paper, we explain why the crescent shape has not been observed until now and inspect particle motions to determine what impact it has on energy conversion. When reconnection heats the plasma, the crescent shape forms from the cool, tenuous particles. As plasmas from different regions mix, dense, nonheated plasma obscures the crescent shape in our observations. The highest-energy particle population created by reconnection, though, also contains features of the crescent shape that are more persistent but appear less dramatically in the data.

  • 8. Blöcker, A.
    et al.
    Saur, J.
    Roth, Lorenz
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Europa's plasma interaction with an inhomogeneous atmosphere: Development of Alfvén winglets within the Alfvén wings2016In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 121, no 10, p. 9794-9828Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We apply a three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model to study the influence of inhomogeneities in Europa's atmosphere, as, for example, water vapor plumes, on Europa's plasma interaction with the Jovian magnetosphere. In our model we have included electromagnetic induction in a subsurface water ocean, collisions between ions and neutrals, plasma production and loss due to electron impact ionization, and dissociative recombination. We present a systematic study of the plasma interaction when a local inhomogeneity in the neutral density is present within a global sputtering generated atmosphere. We show that an inhomogeneity near the north or south pole affects the plasma interaction in a way that a pronounced north-south asymmetry is generated. We find that an Alfvén winglet develops within Europa's main Alfvén wing on that side where the inhomogeneity is located. In addition to the MHD model we apply an analytic model based on the model of Saur et al. (2007) to understand the role of steep gradients and discontinuities in the interaction. We compare our model results with the measured magnetic field data from three flybys of the Galileo spacecraft at Europa which included Alfvén wing crossings. Our analysis suggests that the magnetic field might be influenced by atmospheric inhomogeneities during the E26 flyby. The findings of this work will aid in the search for plumes at Europa in future plasma and field observations.

  • 9.
    Blöcker, Aljona
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES). Univ Cologne, Inst Geophys & Meteorol, Cologne, Germany.
    Saur, Joachim
    Univ Cologne, Inst Geophys & Meteorol, Cologne, Germany..
    Roth, Lorenz
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES).
    Strobel, Darrell F.
    Johns Hopkins Univ, Dept Earth & Planetary Sci, Baltimore, MD 21218 USA.;Johns Hopkins Univ, Dept Phys & Astron, Baltimore, MD 21218 USA..
    MHD Modeling of the Plasma Interaction With Io's Asymmetric Atmosphere2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 11, p. 9286-9311Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Io's atmosphere, with an average equatorial column density of >= 10(20) m(-2), exhibits significant density variations with latitude and longitude. We apply a 3-D magnetohydrodynamic model to investigate the effects of atmospheric asymmetries, both locally from volcanic plumes and globally, on the plasma and magnetic field environment of Io. The model takes into account collisions between ions and neutrals, plasma production and loss due to electron impact ionization and dissociative recombination, and the ionospheric Hall effect. Our simulation results show that volcanic plumes influence the plasma interaction locally, generating Alfven winglets within Io's global Alfven wing. Signals from individual plumes can however barely be probed by magnetic field measurements during spacecraft flybys at Io. In contrast, the surface number density, scale height, the longitudinal and latitudinal variations of the global atmosphere are crucial factors for modeling and understanding magnetic field and plasma perturbations. Comparing our model results with the magnetic field data from the 124 and 127 flybys of the Galileo spacecraft, we find that the measured perturbations can be primarily caused by the plasma interaction with the longitudinally asymmetric atmosphere. This implies that a significant magnetic induction signal from a partially molten magma ocean is not necessarily required to explain the Galileo magnetometer data.

  • 10. Breuillard, H.
    et al.
    Le Contel, O.
    Chust, T.
    Berthomier, M.
    Retino, A.
    Turner, D. L.
    Nakamura, R.
    Baumjohann, W.
    Cozzani, G.
    Catapano, F.
    Alexandrova, A.
    Mirioni, L.
    Graham, D. B.
    Argall, M. R.
    Fischer, D.
    Wilder, F. D.
    Gershman, D. J.
    Varsani, A.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Khotyaintsev, Yu. V.
    Marklund, G.
    Ergun, R. E.
    Goodrich, K. A.
    Ahmadi, N.
    Burch, J. L.
    Torbert, R. B.
    Needell, G.
    Chutter, M.
    Rau, D.
    Dors, I.
    Russell, C. T.
    Magnes, W.
    Strangeway, R. J.
    Bromund, K. R.
    Wei, H.
    Plaschke, F.
    Anderson, B. J.
    Le, G.
    Moore, T. E.
    Giles, B. L.
    Paterson, W. R.
    Pollock, C. J.
    Dorelli, J. C.
    Avanov, L. A.
    Saito, Y.
    Lavraud, B.
    Fuselier, S. A.
    Mauk, B. H.
    Cohen, I. J.
    Fennell, J. F.
    The Properties of Lion Roars and Electron Dynamics in Mirror Mode Waves Observed by the Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 1, p. 93-103Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Mirror mode waves are ubiquitous in the Earth's magnetosheath, in particular behind the quasi-perpendicular shock. Embedded in these nonlinear structures, intense lion roars are often observed. Lion roars are characterized by whistler wave packets at a frequency similar to 100Hz, which are thought to be generated in the magnetic field minima. In this study, we make use of the high time resolution instruments on board the Magnetospheric MultiScale mission to investigate these waves and the associated electron dynamics in the quasi-perpendicular magnetosheath on 22 January 2016. We show that despite a core electron parallel anisotropy, lion roars can be generated locally in the range 0.05-0.2f(ce) by the perpendicular anisotropy of electrons in a particular energy range. We also show that intense lion roars can be observed up to higher frequencies due to the sharp nonlinear peaks of the signal, which appear as sharp spikes in the dynamic spectra. As a result, a high sampling rate is needed to estimate correctly their amplitude, and the latter might have been underestimated in previous studies using lower time resolution instruments. We also present for the first-time 3-D high time resolution electron velocity distribution functions in mirror modes. We demonstrate that the dynamics of electrons trapped in the mirror mode structures are consistent with the Kivelson and Southwood (1996) model. However, these electrons can also interact with the embedded lion roars: first signatures of electron quasi-linear pitch angle diffusion and possible signatures of nonlinear interaction with high-amplitude wave packets are presented. These processes can lead to electron untrapping from mirror modes.

  • 11.
    Burch, J. L.
    et al.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA..
    Webster, J. M.
    Rice Univ, Dept Phys & Astron, Houston, TX USA..
    Genestreti, K. J.
    Austrian Acad Sci, Space Res Inst, Graz, Austria..
    Torbert, R. B.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA.;Univ New Hampshire, Dept Phys, Durham, NH 03824 USA..
    Giles, B. L.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Fuselier, S. A.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA..
    Dorelli, J. C.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Rager, A. C.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA.;Catholic Univ Amer, Dept Phys, Washington, DC 20064 USA..
    Phan, T. D.
    Univ Calif Berkeley, Space Sci Lab, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA..
    Allen, R. C.
    Johns Hopkins Univ, Appl Phys Lab, Laurel, MD USA..
    Chen, L. -J
    Wang, S.
    Univ Maryland, Dept Astron, College Pk, MD 20742 USA..
    Le Contel, O.
    Univ Paris Sud, UPMC Univ Paris 06, Lab Phys Plasmas, CNRS,Ecole Polytech,Observ Paris, Paris, France..
    Russell, C. T.
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Earth & Planetary Sci, Los Angeles, CA USA..
    Strangeway, R. J.
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Earth & Planetary Sci, Los Angeles, CA USA..
    Ergun, R. E.
    Univ Colorado, LASP, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Jaynes, A. N.
    Univ Iowa, Dept Phys & Astron, Iowa City, IA 52242 USA..
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Graham, D. B.
    Swedish Inst Space Phys, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Wilder, F. D.
    Univ Colorado, LASP, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Hwang, K. -J
    Goldstein, J.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA..
    Wave Phenomena and Beam-Plasma Interactions at the Magnetopause Reconnection Region2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 2, p. 1118-1133Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper reports on Magnetospheric Multiscale observations of whistler mode chorus and higher-frequency electrostatic waves near and within a reconnection diffusion region on 23 November 2016. The diffusion region is bounded by crescent-shaped electron distributions and associated dissipation just upstream of the X-line and by magnetic field-aligned currents and electric fields leading to dissipation near the electron stagnation point. Measurements were made southward of the X-line as determined by southward directed ion and electron jets. We show that electrostatic wave generation is due to magnetosheath electron beams formed by the electron jets as they interact with a cold background plasma and more energetic population of magnetospheric electrons. On the magnetosphere side of the X-line the electron beams are accompanied by a strong perpendicular electron temperature anisotropy, which is shown to be the source of an observed rising-tone whistler mode chorus event. We show that the apex of the chorus event and the onset of electrostatic waves coincide with the opening of magnetic field lines at the electron stagnation point.

  • 12. Carter, J. A.
    et al.
    Milan, S. E.
    Fear, R. C.
    Kullen, Anita
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Hairston, M. R.
    Dayside reconnection under interplanetary magnetic field B-y-dominated conditions: The formation and movement of bending arcs2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 4, p. 2967-2978Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Based upon a survey of global auroral images collected by the Polar Ultraviolet Imager, Kullen etal. (2002) subdivided polar cap auroral arcs into a number of categories, including that of bending arcs. We are concerned with those bending arcs that appear as a bifurcation of the dayside auroral oval and which subsequently form a spur intruding into the polar cap. Once formed, the spur moves poleward and antisunward over the lifetime of the arc. We propose that dayside bending arcs are ionospheric signatures of pulses of dayside reconnection and are therefore part of a group of transient phenomena associated with flux transfer events. We observe the formation and subsequent motion of a bending arc across the polar cap during a 30 min interval on 8 January 1999, and we show that this example is consistent with the proposed model. We quantify the motion of the arc and find it to be commensurate with the convection flows observed by both ground-based radar observations and space-based particle flow measurements. In addition, precipitating particles coincident with the arc appear to occur along open field lines, lending further support to the model.

  • 13. Chen, L. -J
    et al.
    Hesse, M.
    Wang, S.
    Gershman, D.
    Ergun, R. E.
    Burch, J.
    Bessho, N.
    Torbert, R. B.
    Giles, B.
    Webster, J.
    Pollock, C.
    Dorelli, J.
    Moore, T.
    Paterson, W.
    Lavraud, B.
    Strangeway, R.
    Russell, C.
    Khotyaintsev, Y.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Avanov, L.
    Electron diffusion region during magnetopause reconnection with an intermediate guide field: Magnetospheric multiscale observations2017In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 122, no 5, p. 5235-5246Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An electron diffusion region (EDR) in magnetic reconnection with a guide magnetic field approximately 0.2 times the reconnecting component is encountered by the four Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft at the Earth's magnetopause. The distinct substructures in the EDR on both sides of the reconnecting current sheet are visualized with electron distribution functions that are 2 orders of magnitude higher cadence than ever achieved to enable the following new findings: (1) Motion of the demagnetized electrons plays an important role to sustain the reconnection current and contributes to the dissipation due to the nonideal electric field, (2) the finite guide field dominates over the Hall magnetic field in an electron-scale region in the exhaust and modifies the electron flow dynamics in the EDR, (3) the reconnection current is in part carried by inflowing field-aligned electrons in the magnetosphere part of the EDR, and (4) the reconnection electric field measured by multiple spacecraft is uniform over at least eight electron skin depths and corresponds to a reconnection rate of approximately 0.1. The observations establish the first look at the structure of the EDR under a weak but not negligible guide field.

  • 14. Chen, Yuxi
    et al.
    Toth, Gabor
    Cassak, Paul
    Jia, Xianzhe
    Gombosi, Tamas I.
    Slavin, James A.
    Markidis, Stefano
    KTH, Centres, SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre.
    Peng, Ivy Bo
    KTH.
    Jordanova, Vania K.
    Henderson, Michael G.
    Global Three-Dimensional Simulation of Earth's Dayside Reconnection Using a Two-Way Coupled Magnetohydrodynamics With Embedded Particle-in-Cell Model: Initial Results2017In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 122, no 10, p. 10318-10335Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We perform a three-dimensional (3-D) global simulation of Earth's magnetosphere with kinetic reconnection physics to study the flux transfer events (FTEs) and dayside magnetic reconnection with the recently developed magnetohydrodynamics with embedded particle-in-cell model. During the 1 h long simulation, the FTEs are generated quasi-periodically near the subsolar point and move toward the poles. We find that the magnetic field signature of FTEs at their early formation stage is similar to a "crater FTE," which is characterized by a magnetic field strength dip at the FTE center. After the FTE core field grows to a significant value, it becomes an FTE with typical flux rope structure. When an FTE moves across the cusp, reconnection between the FTE field lines and the cusp field lines can dissipate the FTE. The kinetic features are also captured by our model. A crescent electron phase space distribution is found near the reconnection site. A similar distribution is found for ions at the location where the Larmor electric field appears. The lower hybrid drift instability (LHDI) along the current sheet direction also arises at the interface of magnetosheath and magnetosphere plasma. The LHDI electric field is about 8 mV/m, and its dominant wavelength relative to the electron gyroradius agrees reasonably with Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) observations.

  • 15.
    Dahlgren, Hanna
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics. University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
    Lanchester, B. S.
    Ivchenko, Nickolay
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Whiter, D. K.
    Electrodynamics and energy characteristics of aurora at high resolution by optical methods2016In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 121, no 6, p. 5966-5974Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Technological advances leading to improved sensitivity of optical detectors have revealed that aurora contains a richness of dynamic and thin filamentary structures, but the source of the structured emissions is not fully understood. In addition, high-resolution radar data have indicated that thin auroral arcs can be correlated with highly varying and large electric fields, but the detailed picture of the electrodynamics of auroral filaments is yet incomplete. The Auroral Structure and Kinetics (ASK) instrument is a state-of-the-art ground-based instrument designed to investigate these smallest auroral features at very high spatial and temporal resolution, by using three electron multiplying CCDs in parallel for three different narrow spectral regions. ASK is specifically designed to utilize a new optical technique to determine the ionospheric electric fields. By imaging the long-lived O+ line at 732 nm, the plasma flow in the region can be traced, and since the plasma motion is controlled by the electric field, the field strength and direction can be estimated at unprecedented resolution. The method is a powerful tool to investigate the detailed electrodynamics and current systems around the thin auroral filaments. The two other ASK cameras provide information on the precipitation by imaging prompt emissions, and the emission brightness ratio of the two emissions, together with ion chemistry modeling, is used to give information on the energy and energy flux of the precipitating electrons. In this paper, we discuss these measuring techniques and give a few examples of how they are used to reveal the nature and source of fine-scale structuring in the aurora.

  • 16. Deca, Jan
    et al.
    Divin, Andrey
    Lembege, Bertrand
    Horanyi, Mihaly
    Markidis, Stefano
    KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), High Performance Computing and Visualization (HPCViz).
    Lapenta, Giovanni
    General mechanism and dynamics of the solar wind interaction with lunar magnetic anomalies from 3-D particle-in-cell simulations2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 8, p. 6443-6463Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a general model of the solar wind interaction with a dipolar lunar crustal magnetic anomaly (LMA) using three-dimensional full-kinetic and electromagnetic simulations. We confirm that LMAs may indeed be strong enough to stand off the solar wind from directly impacting the lunar surface, forming a so-called minimagnetosphere, as suggested by spacecraft observations and theory. We show that the LMA configuration is driven by electron motion because its scale size is small with respect to the gyroradius of the solar wind ions. We identify a population of back-streaming ions, the deflection of magnetized electrons via the E x B drift motion, and the subsequent formation of a halo region of elevated density around the dipole source. Finally, it is shown that the presence and efficiency of the processes are heavily impacted by the upstream plasma conditions and, on their turn, influence the overall structure and evolution of the LMA system. Understanding the detailed physics of the solar wind interaction with LMAs, including magnetic shielding, particle dynamics and surface charging is vital to evaluate its implications for lunar exploration.

  • 17.
    Denton, R. E.
    et al.
    Dartmouth Coll, Dept Phys & Astron, Hanover, NH 03755 USA..
    Sonnerup, B. U. O.
    Dartmouth Coll, Thayer Sch Engn, Hanover, NH 03755 USA..
    Russell, C. T.
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Inst Geophys & Planetary Phys, Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA..
    Hasegawa, H.
    JAXA, Inst Space & Astronaut Sci, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan..
    Phan, T. -D
    Strangeway, R. J.
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Inst Geophys & Planetary Phys, Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA..
    Giles, B. L.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Ergun, R. E.
    Univ Colorado, Atmospher & Space Phys Lab, Campus Box 392, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Torbert, R. B.
    Univ New Hampshire, Inst Study Earth Oceans & Space, Durham, NH 03824 USA..
    Burch, J. L.
    Southwest Res Inst, Space Sci & Engn Div, San Antonio, TX USA..
    Vines, S. K.
    Southwest Res Inst, Space Sci & Engn Div, San Antonio, TX USA.;Univ Texas San Antonio, Dept Phys & Astron, San Antonio, TX USA.;Johns Hopkins Univ, Appl Phys Lab, Johns Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD USA..
    Determining L-M-N Current Sheet Coordinates at the Magnetopause From Magnetospheric Multiscale Data2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 3, p. 2274-2295Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We discuss methods to determine L-M-N coordinate systems for current sheet crossings observed by the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft mission during ongoing reconnection, where e(L) is the direction of the reconnecting component of the magnetic field, B, and e(N) is normal to the magnetopause. We present and test a new hybrid method, with e(L) estimated as the maximum variance direction of B (MVAB) and e(N) as the direction of maximum directional derivative of B, and then adjust these directions to be perpendicular. In the best case, only small adjustment is needed. Results from this method, applied to an MMS crossing of the dayside magnetopause at 1305:45UT on 16 October 2015, are discussed and compared with those from other methods for which e(N) is obtained by other means. Each of the other evaluations can be combined with e(L) from MVAB in a generalized hybrid approach to provide an L-M-N system. The quality of the results is judged by eigenvalue ratios, constancy of directions using different data segments and methods, and expected sign and magnitude of the normal component of B. For this event, the hybrid method appears to produce e(N) accurate to within less than 10 degrees. We discuss variance analysis using the electric current density, J, or the J x B force, which yield promising results, and minimum Faraday residue analysis and MVAB alone, which can be useful for other events. We also briefly discuss results from our hybrid method and MVAB alone for a few other MMS reconnection events. Plain Language Summary We discuss methods for determining coordinate systems in order to study magnetic reconnection events at the magnetopause, the boundary between the ionized gas in the region of space dominated by the Earth's magnetic field and the ionized gas coming from the solar wind. We introduce a new method that combines results from multiple methods in order to determine the three coordinate directions in space. We demonstrate this method by applying it to an event observed by the Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft on 16 October 2015 and at other times.

  • 18. Divin, A.
    et al.
    Khotyaintsev, Y. V.
    Vaivads, Andris
    André, M.
    Toledo-Redondo, S.
    Markidis, Stefano
    KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Computational Science and Technology (CST).
    Lapenta, G.
    Three-scale structure of diffusion region in the presence of cold ions2016In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 121, no 12, p. 12,001-12,013Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Kinetic simulations and spacecraft observations typically display the two-scale structure of collisionless diffusion region (DR), with electron and ion demagnetization scales governing the spatial extent of the DR. Recent in situ observations of the nightside magnetosphere, as well as investigation of magnetic reconnection events at the Earth's magnetopause, discovered the presence of a population of cold (tens of eV) ions of ionospheric origin. We present two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of collisionless magnetic reconnection in multicomponent plasma with ions consisting of hot and cold populations. We show that a new cold ion diffusion region scale is introduced in between that of hot ions and electrons. Demagnetization scale of cold ion population is several times (∼4–8) larger than the initial cold ion gyroradius. Cold ions are accelerated and thermalized during magnetic reconnection and form ion beams moving with velocities close to the Alfvén velocity.

  • 19. Divin, A.
    et al.
    Khotyaintsev, Yu. V.
    Vaivads, A.
    Andre, M.
    Markidis, Stefano
    KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), High Performance Computing and Visualization (HPCViz).
    Lapenta, G.
    Evolution of the lower hybrid drift instability at reconnection jet front2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 4, p. 2675-2690Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We investigate current-driven modes developing at jet fronts during collisionless reconnection. Initial evolution of the reconnection is simulated using conventional 2-D setup starting from the Harris equilibrium. Three-dimensional PIC calculations are implemented at later stages, when fronts are fully formed. Intense currents and enhanced wave activity are generated at the fronts because of the interaction of the fast flow plasma and denser ambient current sheet plasma. The study reveals that the lower hybrid drift instability develops quickly in the 3-D simulation. The instability produces strong localized perpendicular electric fields, which are several times larger than the convective electric field at the front, in agreement with Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms observations. The instability generates waves, which escape the front edge and propagate into the undisturbed plasma ahead of the front. The parallel electron pressure is substantially larger in the 3-D simulation compared to that of the 2-D. In a time similar to Omega(-1)(ci), the instability forms a layer, which contains a mixture of the jet plasma and current sheet plasma. The results confirm that the lower hybrid drift instability is important for the front evolution and electron energization.

  • 20.
    Divin, Andrey
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Khotyaintsev, Yuri V.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Vaivads, Andris
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    André, Mats
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Lower hybrid drift instability at a dipolarization front2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 2, p. 1124-1132Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present observations of a reconnection jet front detected by the Cluster satellites in the magnetotail of Earth, which are commonly referred to as dipolarization fronts. We investigate in detail electric field structures observed at the front which have frequency in the lower hybrid range and amplitudes reaching 40mV/m. We determine the frequency and phase velocity of these structures in the reference frame of the front and identify them as a manifestation of the lower hybrid drift instability (LHDI) excited at the sharp density gradient at the front. The LHDI is observed in the nonlinear stage of its evolution as the electrostatic potential of the structures is comparable to approximate to 10% of the electron temperature. The front appears to be a coherent structure on ion and MHD scales, suggesting existence of a dynamic equilibrium between excitation of the LHDI and recovery of the steep density gradient at the front.

  • 21.
    Eriksson, Elin
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Vaivads, Andris
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Graham, Daniel. B.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Khotyaintsev, Yuri
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Yordanova, Emiliya
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Hietala, H.
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Dept Earth & Space Sci, Los Angeles, CA USA..
    André, Mats
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Avanov, L. A.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Dorelli, J. C.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Gershman, D. J.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA.;Univ Maryland, Dept Astron, College Pk, MD 20742 USA..
    Giles, B. L.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Lavraud, B.
    CNRS, IRAP, Toulouse, France..
    Paterson, W. R.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Pollock, C. J.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Saito, Y.
    JAXA, Chofu, Tokyo, Japan..
    Magnes, W.
    Austrian Acad Sci, Space Res Inst, Graz, Austria..
    Russell, C.
    Torbert, R.
    Univ New Hampshire, Ctr Space Sci, Durham, NH 03824 USA..
    Ergun, R.
    Univ Colorado, Atmospher & Space Phys Lab, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Burch, J.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX USA..
    Strong current sheet at a magnetosheath jet: Kinetic structure and electron acceleration2016In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 121, no 10, p. 9608-9618Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Localized kinetic-scale regions of strong current are believed to play an important role in plasma thermalization and particle acceleration in turbulent plasmas. We present a detailed study of a strong localized current, 4900 nA m(-2), located at a fast plasma jet observed in the magnetosheath downstream of a quasi-parallel shock. The thickness of the current region is similar to 3 ion inertial lengths and forms at a boundary separating magnetosheath-like and solar wind-like plasmas. On ion scales the current region has the shape of a sheet with a significant average normal magnetic field component but shows strong variations on smaller scales. The dynamic pressure within the magnetosheath jet is over 3 times the solar wind dynamic pressure. We suggest that the current sheet is forming due to high velocity shears associated with the jet. Inside the current sheet we observe local electron acceleration, producing electron beams, along the magnetic field. However, there is no clear sign of ongoing reconnection. At higher energies, above the beam energy, we observe a loss cone consistent with part of the hot magnetosheath-like electrons escaping into the colder solar wind-like plasma. This suggests that the acceleration process within the current sheet is similar to the one that occurs at shocks, where electron beams and loss cones are also observed. Therefore, electron beams observed in the magnetosheath do not have to originate from the bow shock but can also be generated locally inside the magnetosheath.

  • 22. Farrugia, C. J.
    et al.
    Lugaz, N.
    Alm, L.
    Vasquez, B.
    Argall, M. R.
    Kucharek, H.
    Matsui, H.
    Torbert, R. B.
    Lavraud, B.
    Le Contel, O.
    Cohen, I. J.
    Burch, J. L.
    Russell, C. T.
    Strangeway, R. J.
    Shuster, J.
    Dorelli, J. C.
    Eastwood, J. P.
    Ergun, R. E.
    Fuselier, S. A.
    Gershman, D. J.
    Giles, B. L.
    Khotyaintsev, Y. V.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Marklund, Göran
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Paulson, K. W.
    Petrinec, S. M.
    Phan, T. D.
    Pollock, C. J.
    MMS Observations of Reconnection at Dayside Magnetopause Crossings During Transitions of the Solar Wind to Sub-Alfvénic Flow2017In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 122, no 10, p. 9934-9951Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present MMS observations during two dayside magnetopause crossings under hitherto unexamined conditions: (i) when the bow shock is weakening and the solar wind transitioning to sub-Alfvénic flow and (ii) when it is reforming. Interplanetary conditions consist of a magnetic cloud with (i) a strong B (∼20 nT) pointing south and (ii) a density profile with episodic decreases to values of ∼0.3 cm−3 followed by moderate recovery. During the crossings the magnetosheath magnetic field is stronger than the magnetosphere field by a factor of ∼2.2. As a result, during the outbound crossing through the ion diffusion region, MMS observed an inversion of the relative positions of the X and stagnation (S) lines from that typically the case: the S line was closer to the magnetosheath side. The S line appears in the form of a slow expansion fan near which most of the energy dissipation is taking place. While in the magnetosphere between the crossings, MMS observed strong field and flow perturbations, which we argue to be due to kinetic Alfvén waves. During the reconnection interval, whistler mode waves generated by an electron temperature anisotropy (Te⊥>Te∥) were observed. Another aim of the paper is to distinguish bow shock-induced field and flow perturbations from reconnection-related signatures. The high-resolution MMS data together with 2-D hybrid simulations of bow shock dynamics helped us to distinguish between the two sources. We show examples of bow shock-related effects (such as heating) and reconnection effects such as accelerated flows satisfying the Walén relation.

  • 23. Fu, H. S.
    et al.
    Cao, J. B.
    Cully, C. M.
    Khotyaintsev, Yuri V.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Vaivads, Andris
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Angelopoulos, V.
    Zong, Q. -G
    Santolik, O.
    Macusova, E.
    André, Mats
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Liu, W. L.
    Lu, H. Y.
    Zhou, M.
    Huang, S. Y.
    Zhima, Z.
    Whistler-mode waves inside flux pileup region: Structured or unstructured?2014In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 119, no 11, p. 9089-9100Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During reconnection, a flux pileup region (FPR) is formed behind a dipolarization front in an outflow jet. Inside the FPR, the magnetic field magnitude and Bz component increase and the whistler-mode waves are observed frequently. As the FPR convects toward the Earth during substorms, it is obstructed by the dipolar geomagnetic field to form a near-Earth FPR. Unlike the structureless emissions inside the tail FPR, we find that the whistler-mode waves inside the near-Earth FPR can exhibit a discrete structure similar to chorus. Both upper band and lower band chorus are observed, with the upper band having a larger propagation angle (and smaller wave amplitude) than the lower band. Most chorus elements we observed are rising-tone type, but some are falling-tone type. We notice that the rising-tone chorus can evolve into falling-tone chorus within <3s. One of the factors that may explain why the waves are unstructured inside the tail FPR but become discrete inside the near-Earth FPR is the spatial inhomogeneity of magnetic field: we find that such inhomogeneity is small inside the near-Earth FPR but large inside the tail FPR.

  • 24.
    Fu, H. S.
    et al.
    Beihang Univ, Sch Space & Environm, Beijing 100191, Peoples R China..
    Cao, J. B.
    Beihang Univ, Sch Space & Environm, Beijing 100191, Peoples R China..
    Vaivads, Andris
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Khotyaintsev, Yuri V.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Andre, M.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Dunlop, M.
    Beihang Univ, Sch Space & Environm, Beijing 100191, Peoples R China..
    Liu, W. L.
    Beihang Univ, Sch Space & Environm, Beijing 100191, Peoples R China..
    Lu, H. Y.
    Beihang Univ, Sch Space & Environm, Beijing 100191, Peoples R China..
    Huang, S. Y.
    Wuhan Univ, Sch Elect & Informat, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China..
    Ma, Y. D.
    Beihang Univ, Sch Space & Environm, Beijing 100191, Peoples R China..
    Eriksson, Elin
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Identifying magnetic reconnection events using the FOTE method2016In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 121, no 2, p. 1263-1272Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A magnetic reconnection event detected by Cluster is analyzed using three methods: Single-spacecraft Inference based on Flow-reversal Sequence (SIFS), Multispacecraft Inference based on Timing a Structure (MITS), and the First-Order Taylor Expansion (FOTE). Using the SIFS method, we find that the reconnection structure is an X line; while using the MITS and FOTE methods, we find it is a magnetic island (O line). We compare the efficiency and accuracy of these three methods and find that the most efficient and accurate approach to identify a reconnection event is FOTE. In both the guide and nonguide field reconnection regimes, the FOTE method is equally applicable. This study for the first time demonstrates the capability of FOTE in identifying magnetic reconnection events; it would be useful to the forthcoming Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. ion

  • 25.
    Fu, H. S.
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Vaivads, Andris
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Khotyaintsev, Yuri V.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Olshevsky, V.
    Katholieke Univ Leuven, Ctr Math Plasma Astrophys, Dept Math, Leuven, Belgium.;Main Astron Observ NAS, Kiev, Ukraine..
    André, Mats
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Cao, J. B.
    Beihang Univ, Space Sci Inst, Sch Astronaut, Beijing 100191, Peoples R China..
    Huang, S. Y.
    Ecole Polytech, CNRS, UPMC, Lab Phys Plasmas, F-91128 Palaiseau, France.;Wuhan Univ, Sch Elect & Informat, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China.
    Retino, A.
    Ecole Polytech, CNRS, UPMC, Lab Phys Plasmas, F-91128 Palaiseau, France..
    Lapenta, G.
    Katholieke Univ Leuven, Ctr Math Plasma Astrophys, Dept Math, Leuven, Belgium..
    How to find magnetic nulls and reconstruct field topology with MMS data?2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 5, p. 3758-3782Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, we apply a new method-the first-order Taylor expansion (FOTE)-to find magnetic nulls and reconstruct magnetic field topology, in order to use it with the data from the forthcoming MMS mission. We compare this method with the previously used Poincare index (PI), and find that they are generally consistent, except that the PI method can only find a null inside the spacecraft (SC) tetrahedron, while the FOTE method can find a null both inside and outside the tetrahedron and also deduce its drift velocity. In addition, the FOTE method can (1) avoid limitations of the PI method such as data resolution, instrument uncertainty (Bz offset), and SC separation; (2) identify 3-D null types (A, B, As, and Bs) and determine whether these types can degenerate into 2-D (X and O); (3) reconstruct the magnetic field topology. We quantitatively test the accuracy of FOTE in positioning magnetic nulls and reconstructing field topology by using the data from 3-D kinetic simulations. The influences of SC separation (0.05 similar to 1 d(i)) and null-SC distance (0 similar to 1 d(i)) on the accuracy are both considered. We find that (1) for an isolated null, the method is accurate when the SC separation is smaller than 1 d(i), and the null-SC distance is smaller than 0.25 similar to 0.5 d(i); (2) for a null pair, the accuracy is same as in the isolated-null situation, except at the separator line, where the field is nonlinear. We define a parameter xi vertical bar(lambda(1) +lambda(2) +lambda(3))vertical bar/vertical bar lambda vertical bar(max) in terms of the eigenvalues (lambda(i)) of the null to quantify the quality of our method-the smaller this parameter the better the results. Comparing to the previously used parameter (eta vertical bar del center dot B vertical bar/vertical bar del x B vertical bar), xi is more relevant for null identification. Using the new method, we reconstruct the magnetic field topology around a radial-type null and a spiral-type null, and find that the topologies are well consistent with those predicted in theory. We therefore suggest using this method to find magnetic nulls and reconstruct field topology with four-point measurements, particularly from Cluster and the forthcoming MMS mission. For the MMS mission, this null-finding algorithm can be used to trigger its burst-mode measurements.

  • 26.
    Giagkiozis, Stefanos
    et al.
    Univ Sheffield, Automat Control & Syst Engn, Sheffield, S Yorkshire, England..
    Wilson, Lynn B.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Heliophys Sci Div, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Burch, James L.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX USA..
    Le Contel, Olivier
    Univ Paris Sud, Sorbonne Univ, CNRS, Lab Phys Plasmas,UMR7648,Ecole Polytech,Observ Pa, Paris, France..
    Ergun, Robert E.
    Univ Colorado, Atmospher & Space Phys Lab, Campus Box 392, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Gershman, Daniel J.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Fields & Particles, Greenbelt, MD USA.;Univ Maryland, Dept Astron, College Pk, MD 20742 USA..
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Mirioni, Laurent
    Sorbonne Univ UPMC Paris Sud 11, LPP, CNRS, Ecole Polytech, Palaiseau, France..
    Moore, Thomas E.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Heliophys Sci Div, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Strangeway, Robert J.
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Dept Geophys & Planetary Phys, Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA.;Univ Calif Los Angeles, Earth & Space Sci, Los Angeles, CA USA..
    Statistical Study of the Properties of Magnetosheath Lion Roars2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 7, p. 5435-5451Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lion roars are narrowband whistler wave emissions that have been observed in several environments, such as planetary magnetosheaths, the Earth's magnetosphere, the solar wind, downstream of interplanetary shocks, and the cusp region. We present measurements of more than 30,000 such emissions observed by the Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft with high-cadence (8,192 samples/s) search coil magnetometer data. A semiautomatic algorithm was used to identify the emissions, and an adaptive interval algorithm in conjunction with minimum variance analysis was used to determine their wave vector. The properties of the waves are determined in both the spacecraft and plasma rest frame. The mean wave normal angle, with respect to the background magnetic field (B-0), plasma bulk flow velocity (V-b), and the coplanarity plane (V-b x B-0) are 23 degrees, 56 degrees, and 0 degrees, respectively. The average peak frequencies were similar to 31% of the electron gyrofrequency (omega(ce)) observed in the spacecraft frame and similar to 18% of omega(ce) in the plasma rest frame. In the spacecraft frame, similar to 99% of the emissions had a frequency < omega(ce), while 98% had a peak frequency < 0.72 omega(ce) in the plasma rest frame. None of the waves had frequencies lower than the lower hybrid frequency, omega. From the probability density function of the electron plasma beta(e), the ratio between the electron thermal and magnetic pressure, similar to 99.6% of the waves were observed with beta(e) < 4 with a large narrow peak at 0.07 and two smaller, but wider, peaks at 1.26 and 2.28, while the average value was similar to 1.25.

  • 27.
    Goodrich, Katherine A.
    et al.
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Ergun, Robert
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Schwartz, Steven J.
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Wilson, Lynn B., III
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Newman, David
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Wilder, Frederick D.
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Holmes, Justin
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Johlander, Andreas
    Swedish Inst Space Phys, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Burch, James
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX USA..
    Torbert, Roy
    Univ New Hampshire, Inst Study Earth Oceans & Space, Durham, NH 03824 USA..
    Khotyaintsev, Yuri
    Swedish Inst Space Phys, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Strangeway, Robert
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Inst Geophys & Planetary Phys, Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA..
    Russell, Christopher
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Inst Geophys & Planetary Phys, Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA..
    Gershman, Daniel
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Giles, Barbara
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Andersson, Laila
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    MMS Observations of Electrostatic Waves in an Oblique Shock Crossing2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 11, p. 9430-9442Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    High-resolution particle and wave measurements taken during an oblique bow shock crossing by the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission are analyzed. Two regions of differing magnetic behavior are identified within the shock, one with active magnetic fluctuations and one with laminar interplanetary magnetic field topology. A prominent reflected ion population is observed in both regions. The active magnetic region is characterized by large-amplitude (>100 mV/m) electrostatic solitary waves, electron Bernstein waves, and ion acoustic waves, along with intermittent current activity and localized electron heating. In the region of laminar magnetic field, ion acoustic waves are prominently observed. Solar wind ion deceleration is observed in both regions of active and laminar magnetic field. All observations suggest that solar wind deceleration can occur as a result of multiple independent processes, in this case current and ion-ion instabilities.

  • 28. Graham, D. B.
    et al.
    Khotyaintsev, Yu. V.
    Norgren, C.
    Vaivads, Andris
    Andre, M.
    Toledo-Redondo, S.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Marklund, Göran
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Ergun, R. E.
    Paterson, W. R.
    Gershman, D. J.
    Giles, B. L.
    Pollock, C. J.
    Dorelli, J. C.
    Avanov, L. A.
    Lavraud, B.
    Saito, Y.
    Magnes, W.
    Russell, C. T.
    Strangeway, R. J.
    Torbert, R. B.
    Burch, J. L.
    Lower hybrid waves in the ion diffusion and magnetospheric inflow regions2017In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 122, no 1, p. 517-533Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The role and properties of lower hybrid waves in the ion diffusion region and magnetospheric inflow region of asymmetric reconnection are investigated using the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. Two distinct groups of lower hybrid waves are observed in the ion diffusion region and magnetospheric inflow region, which have distinct properties and propagate in opposite directions along the magnetopause. One group develops near the ion edge in the magnetospheric inflow, where magnetosheath ions enter the magnetosphere through the finite gyroradius effect and are driven by the ion-ion cross-field instability due to the interaction between the magnetosheath ions and cold magnetospheric ions. This leads to heating of the cold magnetospheric ions. The second group develops at the sharpest density gradient, where the Hall electric field is observed and is driven by the lower hybrid drift instability. These drift waves produce cross-field particle diffusion, enabling magnetosheath electrons to enter the magnetospheric inflow region thereby broadening the density gradient in the ion diffusion region.

  • 29.
    Graham, D. B.
    et al.
    Swedish Inst Space Phys, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Vaivads, Andris
    Swedish Inst Space Phys, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Khotyaintsev, Yu. V.
    Swedish Inst Space Phys, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Andre, M.
    Swedish Inst Space Phys, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Le Contel, O.
    Univ Paris Sud, UPMC Univ Paris 06, Observ Paris, LPP,UMR7648,CNRS,Ecole Polytech, Paris, France..
    Malaspina, D. M.
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Wilder, F. D.
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Ergun, R. E.
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Gershman, D. J.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA.;Univ Maryland, Dept Astron, College Pk, MD 20742 USA..
    Giles, B. L.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Magnes, W.
    Austrian Acad Sci, Space Res Inst, Graz, Austria..
    Russell, C. T.
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Dept Earth & Space Sci, Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA..
    Burch, J. L.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX USA..
    Torbert, R. B.
    Univ New Hampshire, Ctr Space Sci, Durham, NH 03824 USA..
    Large-Amplitude High-Frequency Waves at Earth's Magnetopause2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 4, p. 2630-2657Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Large-amplitude waves near the electron plasma frequency are found by the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission near Earth's magnetopause. The waves are identified as Langmuir and upper hybrid (UH) waves, with wave vectors either close to parallel or close to perpendicular to the background magnetic field. The waves are found all along the magnetopause equatorial plane, including both flanks and close to the subsolar point. The waves reach very large amplitudes, up to 1Vm(-1), and are thus among the most intense electric fields observed at Earth's magnetopause. In the magnetosphere and on the magnetospheric side of the magnetopause the waves are predominantly UH waves although Langmuir waves are also found. When the plasma is very weakly magnetized only Langmuir waves are likely to be found. Both Langmuir and UH waves are shown to have electromagnetic components, which are consistent with predictions from kinetic wave theory. These results show that the magnetopause and magnetosphere are often unstable to intense wave activity near the electron plasma frequency. These waves provide a possible source of radio emission at the magnetopause.

  • 30.
    Graham, D. B.
    et al.
    Swedish Inst Space Phys, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Vaivads, Andris
    Swedish Inst Space Phys, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Khotyaintsev, Yu, V
    Swedish Inst Space Phys, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Eriksson, A. , I
    Andre, M.
    Swedish Inst Space Phys, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Malaspina, D. M.
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Gershman, D. J.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA.;Univ Maryland, Dept Astron, College Pk, MD 20742 USA..
    Plaschke, F.
    Austrian Acad Sci, Space Res Inst, Graz, Austria..
    Enhanced Escape of Spacecraft Photoelectrons Caused by Langmuir and Upper Hybrid Waves2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 9, p. 7534-7553Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The spacecraft potential is often used to infer rapid changes in the thermal plasma density. The variations in spacecraft potential associated with large-amplitude Langmuir and upper hybrid waves are investigated with the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. When large-amplitude Langmuir and upper hybrid waves are observed, the spacecraft potential increases. The changes in spacecraft potential are shown to be due to enhanced photoelectron escape from the spacecraft when the wave electric fields reach large amplitude. The fluctuations in spacecraft potential follow the envelope function of the Langmuir and upper hybrid waves. Comparison with the high-resolution electron moments shows that the changes in spacecraft potential associated with the waves are not due to density perturbations. Indeed, using the spacecraft potential as a density probe leads to unphysically large density fluctuations. In addition, the changes in spacecraft potential are shown to increase as density decreases: larger spacecraft potential changes are observed in the magnetosphere, than in the magnetosheath and solar wind. These results show that external electric fields can lead to unphysical results when the spacecraft potential is used as a density probe. The results suggest that fluctuations in the spacecraft potential alone cannot be used to determine whether nonlinear processes associated with Langmuir and upper hybrid waves, such as the ponderomotive force and three-wave decay, are occurring.

  • 31.
    Graham, Daniel B.
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Khotyaintsev, Yuri V.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Vaivads, Andris
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Andre, Mats
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Electrostatic solitary waves and electrostatic waves at the magnetopause2016In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 121, no 4, p. 3069-3092Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Electrostatic solitary waves (ESWs) are characterized by localized bipolar electric fields parallel to the magnetic field and are frequently observed in space plasmas. In this paper a study of ESWs and field-aligned electrostatic waves, which do not exhibit localized bipolar fields, near the magnetopause is presented using the Cluster spacecraft. The speeds, length scales, field strengths, and potentials are calculated and compared with the local plasma conditions. A large range of speeds is observed, suggesting different generation mechanisms. In contrast, a smaller range of length scales normalized to the Debye length lambda(D) is found. For ESWs the average length between the positive and negative peak fields is 9 lambda(D), comparable to the average half wavelength of electrostatic waves. Statistically, the lengths and speeds of ESWs and electrostatic waves are shown to be similar. The length scales and potentials of the ESWs are consistent with predictions for stable electron holes. The maximum ESW potentials are shown to be constrained by the length scale and the magnetic field strength at the magnetopause and in the magnetosheath. The observed waves are consistent with those generated by the warm bistreaming instability, beam-plasma instability, and electron-ion instabilities, which account for the observed speeds and length scales. The large range of wave speeds suggests that the waves can couple different electron populations and electrons with ions, heating the plasma and contributing to anomalous resistivity.

  • 32.
    Graham, Daniel. B.
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Vaivads, Andris
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Khotyaintsev, Yuri. V.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Andre, Mats
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Whistler emission in the separatrix regions of asymmetric magnetic reconnection2016In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 121, no 3, p. 1934-1954Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    At Earth's dayside magnetopause asymmetric magnetic reconnection occurs between the cold dense magnetosheath plasma and the hot tenuous magnetospheric plasma, which differs significantly from symmetric reconnection. During magnetic reconnection the separatrix regions are potentially unstable to a variety of instabilities. In this paper observations of the separatrix regions of asymmetric reconnection are reported as Cluster crossed the magnetopause near the subsolar point. The small relative motion between the spacecraft and plasma allows spatial changes of electron distributions within the separatrix regions to be resolved over multiple spacecraft spins. The electron distributions are shown to be unstable to the electromagnetic whistler mode and the electrostatic beam mode. Large-amplitude whistler waves are observed in the magnetospheric and magnetosheath separatrix regions, and outflow region. In the magnetospheric separatrix regions the observed whistler waves propagate toward the X line, which are shown to be driven by the loss in magnetospheric electrons propagating away from the X line and are enhanced by the presence of magnetosheath electrons. The beam mode waves are predicted to be produced by beams of magnetosheath electrons propagating away from the X line and potentially account for some of the electrostatic fluctuations observed in the magnetospheric separatrix regions.

  • 33.
    Grodent, Denis
    et al.
    Univ Liege, STAR Inst, Lab Phys Atmospher & Planetaire, Liege, Belgium..
    Bonfond, B.
    Univ Liege, STAR Inst, Lab Phys Atmospher & Planetaire, Liege, Belgium..
    Yao, Z.
    Univ Liege, STAR Inst, Lab Phys Atmospher & Planetaire, Liege, Belgium..
    Gerard, J-C
    Radioti, A.
    Univ Liege, STAR Inst, Lab Phys Atmospher & Planetaire, Liege, Belgium..
    Dumont, M.
    Univ Liege, STAR Inst, Lab Phys Atmospher & Planetaire, Liege, Belgium..
    Palmaerts, B.
    Univ Liege, STAR Inst, Lab Phys Atmospher & Planetaire, Liege, Belgium..
    Adriani, A.
    INAF, Ist Astrofis & Planetol Spaziali, Rome, Italy..
    Badman, S. V.
    Univ Lancaster, Phys Dept, Lancaster, England..
    Bunce, E. J.
    Univ Leicester, Dept Phys & Astron, Leicester, Leics, England..
    Clarke, J. T.
    Boston Univ, Ctr Space Phys, Boston, MA 02215 USA..
    Connerney, J. E. P.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Planetary Magnetospheres Lab, Solar Syst Explorat Div, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Gladstone, G. R.
    Southwest Res Inst, Dept Space Sci, San Antonio, TX USA..
    Greathouse, T.
    Southwest Res Inst, Dept Space Sci, San Antonio, TX USA..
    Kimura, T.
    RIKEN, Wako, Saitama, Japan..
    Kurth, W. S.
    Univ Iowa, Dept Phys & Astron, Iowa City, IA 52242 USA..
    Mauk, B. H.
    Johns Hopkins Univ, Appl Phys Lab, Laurel, MD USA..
    McComas, D. J.
    Princeton Univ, Dept Astrophys Sci, Princeton, NJ 08544 USA..
    Nichols, J. D.
    Univ Leicester, Dept Phys & Astron, Leicester, Leics, England..
    Orton, G. S.
    CALTECH, Jet Prop Lab, Pasadena, CA USA..
    Roth, Lorenz
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Saur, J.
    Univ Cologne, Inst Geophys & Meteorol, Cologne, Germany..
    Valek, P.
    Southwest Res Inst, Dept Space Sci, San Antonio, TX USA.;Univ Texas San Antonio, Dept Phys & Astron, San Antonio, TX USA..
    Jupiter's Aurora Observed With HST During Juno Orbits 3 to 72018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 5, p. 3299-3319Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A large set of observations of Jupiter's ultraviolet aurora was collected with the Hubble Space Telescope concurrently with the NASA-Juno mission, during an eight-month period, from 30 November 2016 to 18 July 2017. These Hubble observations cover Juno orbits 3 to 7 during which Juno in situ and remote sensing instruments, as well as other observatories, obtained a wealth of unprecedented information on Jupiter's magnetosphere and the connection with its auroral ionosphere. Jupiter's ultraviolet aurora is known to vary rapidly, with timescales ranging from seconds to one Jovian rotation. The main objective of the present study is to provide a simplified description of the global ultraviolet auroral morphology that can be used for comparison with other quantities, such as those obtained with Juno. This represents an entirely new approach from which logical connections between different morphologies may be inferred. For that purpose, we define three auroral subregions in which we evaluate the auroral emitted power as a function of time. In parallel, we define six auroral morphology families that allow us to quantify the variations of the spatial distribution of the auroral emission. These variations are associated with changes in the state of the Jovian magnetosphere, possibly influenced by Io and the Io plasma torus and by the conditions prevailing in the upstream interplanetary medium. This study shows that the auroral morphology evolved differently during the five similar to 2week periods bracketing the times of Juno perijove (PJ03 to PJ07), suggesting that during these periods, the Jovian magnetosphere adopted various states.

  • 34.
    Hamrin, M.
    et al.
    Umea Univ, Dept Phys, Umea, Sweden..
    Andersson, L.
    LASP, Boulder, CO USA..
    Vaivads, Andris
    Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för fysik och astronomi.
    Pitkanen, T.
    Umea Univ, Dept Phys, Umea, Sweden..
    Gunell, H.
    Belgian Inst Space Aeron, Brussels, Belgium..
    The use of the power density for identifying reconnection regions2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 10, p. 8644-8662Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the vicinity of magnetic reconnection, magnetic energy is transferred into kinetic energy. A reconnection region hence corresponds to a load, and it should manifest itself as large and positive values of the power density, E<bold>J </bold>>> 0, where E is the electric field and J the current density. In this article we analyze Cluster plasma sheet data from 2001-2004 to investigate the use of the power density for identifying possible magnetic reconnection events from large sets of observed data. From theoretical arguments we show that an event with E<bold>J</bold>20pW/m(3) in the Earth's magnetotail observed by the Cluster instruments (X <- 10R(E) and |Y|less than or similar to 10RE) is likely to be associated with reconnection. The power density can be used as a primary indicator of potential reconnection regions, but selected events must be reviewed separately to confirm any possible reconnection signatures by looking for other signatures such as Hall electric and magnetic fields and reconnection jets. The power density can be computed from multispacecraft data, and we argue that the power density can be used as a tool for identifying possible reconnection events from large sets of data, e.g., from the Cluster and the Magnetospheric Multiscale missions.

  • 35. Hamrin, M.
    et al.
    Gunell, H.
    Lindkvist, J.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Ergun, R. E.
    Giles, B. L.
    Bow Shock Generator Current Systems: MMS Observations of Possible Current Closure2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 1, p. 242-258Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We use data from the first two dayside seasons of the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission to study current systems associated with quasi-perpendicular bow shocks of generator type. We have analyzed 154 MMS bow shock crossings near the equatorial plane. We compute the current density during the crossings and conclude that the component perpendicular to the shock normal (J) is consistent with a pileup of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) inside the magnetosheath. For predominantly southward IMF, we observe a component J(n) parallel (antiparallel) to the normal for GSM gamma > 0 (<0), and oppositely directed for northward IMF. This indicates current closure across the equatorial magnetosheath, and it is observed for IMF clock angles near 0 degrees and 180 degrees. To our knowledge, these are the first observational evidence for bow shock current closure across the magnetosheath. Since we observe no clear signatures of vertical bar J(perpendicular to)vertical bar decreasing toward large vertical bar Y vertical bar we suggest that the main region of current closure is further tailward, outside MMS probing region. For IMF clock angles near 90 degrees, we find indications of the current system being tilted toward the north-south direction, obtaining a significant J(z) component, and we suggest that the current closes off the equatorial plane at higher latitudes where the spacecraft are not probing. The observations are complicated for several reasons. For example, variations in the solar wind and the magnetospheric currents and loads affect the closure, and J(n) is distributed over large regions, making it difficult to resolve inside the magnetosheath proper.

  • 36. Hamrin, M.
    et al.
    Pitkänen, T.
    Norqvist, P.
    Karlsson, Tomas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Nilsson, H.
    André, M.
    Buchert, S.
    Vaivads, Andris
    Marghitu, O.
    Klecker, B.
    Kistler, L. M.
    Dandouras, I.
    Evidence for the braking of flow bursts as they propagate toward the Earth2014In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 119, no 11, p. 9004-9018Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article we use energy conversion arguments to investigate the possible braking of flow bursts as they propagate toward the Earth. By using EJ data (E and J are the electric field and the current density) observed by Cluster in the magnetotail plasma sheet, we find indications of a plasma deceleration in the region -20 R-E < X < - 15 R-E. Our results suggest a braking mechanism where compressed magnetic flux tubes in so-called dipolarization fronts (DFs) can decelerate incoming flow bursts. Our results also show that energy conversion arguments can be used for studying flow braking and that the position of the flow velocity peak with respect to the DF can be used as a single-spacecraft proxy when determining energy conversion properties. Such a single-spacecraft proxy is invaluable whenever multispacecraft data are not available. In a superposed epoch study, we find that a flow burst with the velocity peak behind the DF is likely to decelerate and transfer energy from the particles to the fields. For flow bursts with the peak flow at or ahead of the DF we see no indications of braking, but instead we find an energy transfer from the fields to the particles. From our results we obtain an estimate of the magnitude of the deceleration of the flow bursts, and we find that it is consistent with previous investigations.

  • 37.
    Huang, S. Y.
    et al.
    Wuhan Univ, Sch Elect Informat, Wuhan, Peoples R China.;UPMC, Lab Phys Plasmas, CNRS, Ecole Polytech, Palaiseau, France..
    Fu, H. S.
    Beihang Univ, Sch Space & Environm, Beijing, Peoples R China..
    Yuan, Z. G.
    Wuhan Univ, Sch Elect Informat, Wuhan, Peoples R China..
    Vaivads, Andris
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Khotyaintsev, Yuri V.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Retino, A.
    UPMC, Lab Phys Plasmas, CNRS, Ecole Polytech, Palaiseau, France..
    Zhou, M.
    Nanchang Univ, Inst Space Sci & Technol, Nanchang, Peoples R China..
    Graham, Daniel B.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Fujimoto, K.
    Natl Astron Observ Japan, Div Theoret Astron, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan..
    Sahraoui, F.
    UPMC, Lab Phys Plasmas, CNRS, Ecole Polytech, Palaiseau, France..
    Deng, X. H.
    Nanchang Univ, Inst Space Sci & Technol, Nanchang, Peoples R China..
    Ni, B.
    Wuhan Univ, Sch Elect Informat, Wuhan, Peoples R China..
    Pang, Y.
    Nanchang Univ, Inst Space Sci & Technol, Nanchang, Peoples R China..
    Fu, S.
    Wuhan Univ, Sch Elect Informat, Wuhan, Peoples R China..
    Wang, D. D.
    Wuhan Univ, Sch Elect Informat, Wuhan, Peoples R China..
    Zhou, X.
    Liaoning Univ, Sch Phys, Shenyang, Peoples R China..
    Two types of whistler waves in the hall reconnection region2016In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 121, no 7, p. 6639-6646Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Whistler waves are believed to play an important role during magnetic reconnection. Here we report the near-simultaneous occurrence of two types of the whistler-mode waves in the magnetotail Hall reconnection region. The first type is observed in the magnetic pileup region of downstream and propagates away to downstream along the field lines and is possibly generated by the electron temperature anisotropy at the magnetic equator. The second type, propagating toward the X line, is found around the separatrix region and probably is generated by the electron beam-driven whistler instability or erenkov emission from electron phase-space holes. These observations of two different types of whistler waves are consistent with recent kinetic simulations and suggest that the observed whistler waves are a consequence of magnetic reconnection.

  • 38.
    Huang, S. Y.
    et al.
    Wuhan Univ, Sch Elect Informat, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China.;UPMC, Ecole Polytech, CNRS, Lab Phys Plasmas, Palaiseau, France..
    Retino, A.
    UPMC, Ecole Polytech, CNRS, Lab Phys Plasmas, Palaiseau, France..
    Phan, T. D.
    Univ Calif Berkeley, Space Sci Lab, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA..
    Daughton, W.
    Los Alamos Natl Lab, Los Alamos, NM USA..
    Vaivads, Andris
    Uppsala universitet, Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsalaavdelningen.
    Karimabadi, H.
    SciberQuest Inc, Del Mar, CA USA..
    Zhou, M.
    Nanchang Univ, Inst Space Sci & Technol, Nanchang, Peoples R China..
    Sahraoui, F.
    UPMC, Ecole Polytech, CNRS, Lab Phys Plasmas, Palaiseau, France..
    Li, G. L.
    Univ New Hampshire, Ctr Space Sci, Durham, NH 03824 USA..
    Yuan, Z. G.
    Wuhan Univ, Sch Elect Informat, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China..
    Deng, X. H.
    Nanchang Univ, Inst Space Sci & Technol, Nanchang, Peoples R China..
    Fu, H. S.
    Beihang Univ, Sch Astronaut, Space Sci Inst, Beijing 100191, Peoples R China..
    Fu, S.
    Wuhan Univ, Sch Elect Informat, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China..
    Pang, Y.
    Nanchang Univ, Inst Space Sci & Technol, Nanchang, Peoples R China..
    Wang, D. D.
    Wuhan Univ, Sch Elect Informat, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China..
    In situ observations of flux rope at the separatrix region of magnetic reconnection2016In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 121, no 1, p. 205-213Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present the first in situ observations of a small-scale flux rope locally formed at the separatrix region of magnetic reconnection without large guide field. Bidirectional electron beams (cold and hot beams) and density cavity accompanied by intense wave activity substantiate the crossing of the separatrix region. Density compression and one parallel electron beam are detected inside the flux rope. We suggest that this flux rope is locally generated at the separatrix region due to the tearing instability within the separatrix current layer. This observation sheds new light on the 3-D picture of magnetic reconnection in space plasma.

  • 39.
    Hue, V
    et al.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA..
    Greathouse, T. K.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA..
    Bonfond, B.
    Univ Liege, STAR Inst, LPAP, Liege, Belgium..
    Saur, J.
    Univ Cologne, Inst Geophys & Meteorol, Cologne, Germany..
    Gladstone, G. R.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA.;Univ Texas San Antonio, Dept Phys & Astron, San Antonio, TX USA..
    Roth, Lorenz
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Davis, M. W.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA..
    Gerard, J-C
    Univ Liege, STAR Inst, LPAP, Liege, Belgium..
    Grodent, D. C.
    Univ Liege, STAR Inst, LPAP, Liege, Belgium..
    Kammer, J. A.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA..
    Szalay, J. R.
    Princeton Univ, Dept Astrophys Sci, Princeton, NJ 08544 USA..
    Versteeg, M. H.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA..
    Bolton, S. J.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA..
    Connerney, J. E. P.
    Space Res Corp, Annapolis, MD USA.;NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Levin, S. M.
    Jet Prop Lab, Pasadena, CA USA..
    Hinton, P. C.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA.;Univ Colorado, Lab Atmosphere & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Bagenal, F.
    Southwest Res Inst, San Antonio, TX 78238 USA.;Univ Colorado, Lab Atmosphere & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Juno-UVS Observation of the Io Footprint During Solar Eclipse2019In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 124, no 7, p. 5184-5199Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The two main ultraviolet-signatures resulting from the Io-magnetosphere interaction are the local auroras on Io's atmosphere, and the Io footprints on Jupiter. We study here how Io's daily eclipses affect the footprint. Previous observations showed that its atmosphere collapses in eclipse. While remote observers can observe Io's local auroras briefly when Io disappears behind Jupiter, Juno is able to follow the Io footprint in the unlit hemisphere. Theoretical models of the variability of the energy flux fed into the Alfven wings, ultimately powering the footprints, are not sufficiently constrained by observations. For the first time, we use observations of Io's footprint from the Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS) on Juno recorded as Io went into eclipse. We benchmark the trend of the footprint brightness using observations by UVS taken over Io's complete orbit and find that the footprint emitted power variation with Jupiter's rotation shows fairly consistent trends with previous observations. Two exploitable data sets provided measurements when Io was simultaneously in eclipse. No statistically significant changes were recorded as Io left and moved into eclipse, respectively, suggesting either that (i) Io's atmospheric densities within and outside eclipse are large enough to produce a saturated plasma interaction, that is, in the saturated state, changes in Io's atmospheric properties to first order do not control the total Alfvenic energy flux, (ii) the atmospheric collapse during the Juno observations was less than previously observed, or (iii) additional processes of the Alfven wings in addition to the Poynting flux generated at Io control the footprint luminosity.

  • 40.
    Karlsson, Tomas
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Kullen, Anita
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Liljeblad, Elisabet
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Brenning, Nils
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Nilsson, H.
    Gunell, H.
    Hamrin, M.
    On the origin of magnetosheath plasmoids and their relation to magnetosheath jets2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 9, p. 7390-7403Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We investigate localized magnetosheath and solar wind density enhancements, associated with clear magnetic field changes, and therefore referred to as magnetosheath/solar wind plasmoids, respectively. Using Cluster data, we show that there are two distinct populations of magnetosheath plasmoids, one associated with a decrease of magnetic field strength (diamagnetic plasmoids), and one with an increased magnetic field strength (paramagnetic plasmoids). The diamagnetic magnetosheath plasmoids have scale sizes of the order of 1-10 R-E, while the paramagnetic ones are an order of magnitude smaller. The diamagnetic plasmoids are not associated with any change in the magnetosheath plasma flow velocity, and they are classified as embedded plasmoids in the terminology of Karlsson et al. (2012). The paramagnetic plasmoids may either be embedded or associated with increases in flow velocity (fast plasmoids). A search for plasmoids in the pristine solar wind resulted in identification of 62 diamagnetic plasmoids with very similar properties to the magnetosheath diamagnetic plasmoids, making it probable that the solar wind is the source of these structures. No paramagnetic plasmoids are found in the pristine solar wind, indicating that these are instead created at the bow shock or in the magnetosheath. We discuss the relation of the plasmoids to the phenomenon of magnetosheath jets, with which they have many properties in common, and suggest that the paramagnetic plasmoids can be regarded as a subset of these or a closely related phenomenon. We also discuss how the results from this study relate to theories addressing the formation of magnetosheath jets.

  • 41.
    Kullen, Anita
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Fear, R. C.
    Milan, S. E.
    Carter, J. A.
    Karlsson, Tomas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    The statistical difference between bending arcs and regular polar arcs2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 12, p. 10443-10465Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, the Polar UVI data set by Kullen et al. (2002) of 74 polar arcs is reinvestigated, focusing on bending arcs. Bending arcs are typically faint and form (depending on interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) B-y direction) on the dawnside or duskside oval with the tip of the arc splitting off the dayside oval. The tip subsequently moves into the polar cap in the antisunward direction, while the arc's nightside end remains attached to the oval, eventually becoming hook-shaped. Our investigation shows that bending arcs appear on the opposite oval side from and farther sunward than most regular polar arcs. They form during B-y-dominated IMF conditions: typically, the IMF clock angle increases from 60 to 90 degrees about 20min before the arc forms. Antisunward plasma flows from the oval into the polar cap just poleward of bending arcs are seen in Super Dual Auroral Radar Network data, indicating dayside reconnection. For regular polar arcs, recently reported characteristics are confirmed in contrast to bending arcs. This includes plasma flows along the nightside oval that originate close to the initial arc location and a significant delay in the correlation between IMF B-y and initial arc location. In our data set, the highest correlations are found with IMF B-y appearing at least 1-2 h before arc formation. In summary, bending arcs are distinctly different from regular arcs and cannot be explained by existing polar arc models. Instead, these results are consistent with the formation mechanism described in Carter et al. (2015), suggesting that bending arcs are caused by dayside reconnection.

  • 42. Le Contel, O.
    et al.
    Nakamura, R.
    Breuillard, H.
    Argall, M. R.
    Graham, D. B.
    Fischer, D.
    Retino, A.
    Berthomier, M.
    Pottelette, R.
    Mirioni, L.
    Chust, T.
    Wilder, F. D.
    Gershman, D. J.
    Varsani, A.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Khotyaintsev, Yu. V.
    Norgren, C.
    Ergun, R. E.
    Goodrich, K. A.
    Burch, J. L.
    Torbert, R. B.
    Needell, J.
    Chutter, M.
    Rau, D.
    Dors, I.
    Russell, C. T.
    Magnes, W.
    Strangeway, R. J.
    Bromund, K. R.
    Wei, H. Y.
    Plaschke, F.
    Anderson, B. J.
    Le, G.
    Moore, T. E.
    Giles, B. L.
    Paterson, W. R.
    Pollock, C. J.
    Dorelli, J. C.
    Avanov, L. A.
    Saito, Y.
    Lavraud, B.
    Fuselier, S. A.
    Mauk, B. H.
    Cohen, I. J.
    Turner, D. L.
    Fennell, J. F.
    Leonard, T.
    Jaynes, A. N.
    Lower Hybrid Drift Waves and Electromagnetic Electron Space-Phase Holes Associated With Dipolarization Fronts and Field-Aligned Currents Observed by the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission During a Substorm2017In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 122, no 12, p. 12236-12257Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We analyze two ion scale dipolarization fronts associated with field-aligned currents detected by the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission during a large substorm on 10 August 2016. The first event corresponds to a fast dawnward flow with an antiparallel current and could be generated by the wake of a previous fast earthward flow. It is associated with intense lower hybrid drift waves detected at the front and propagating dawnward with a perpendicular phase speed close to the electric drift and the ion thermal velocity. The second event corresponds to a flow reversal: from southwward/dawnward to northward/duskward associated with a parallel current consistent with a brief expansion of the plasma sheet before the front crossing and with a smaller lower hybrid drift wave activity. Electromagnetic electron phase-space holes are detected near these low-frequency drift waves during both events. The drift waves could accelerate electrons parallel to the magnetic field and produce the parallel electron drift needed to generate the electron holes. Yet we cannot rule out the possibility that the drift waves are produced by the antiparallel current associated with the fast flows, leaving the source for the electron holes unexplained.

  • 43. Li, B.
    et al.
    Han, D. -S
    Hu, Z. -J
    Hu, H. -Q
    Liu, J. -J
    Dai, L.
    Liu, H.
    Escoubet, C. P.
    Dunlop, M. W.
    Ergun, R. E.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Torbert, R. B.
    Russell, C. T.
    Magnetospheric Multiscale Observations of ULF Waves and Correlated Low-Energy Ion Monoenergetic Acceleration2019In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Low-energy ions of ionospheric origin with energies below 10s of electron volt dominate most of the volume and mass of the terrestrial magnetosphere. However, sunlit spacecraft often become positively charged to several 10s of volts, which prevents low-energy ions from reaching the particle detectors on the spacecraft. Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft (MMS) observations show that ultralow-frequency (ULF) waves drive low-energy ions to drift in the E × B direction with a drift velocity equal to V E × B , and low-energy ions were accelerated to sufficient total energy to be measured by the MMS/Fast Plasma Investigation Dual Ion Spectrometers. The maximum low-energy ion energy flux peak seen in MMS1's dual ion spectrometer measurements agreed well with the theoretical calculation of H + ion E × B drift energy. The density of ions in the energy range below minimum energy threshold was between 1 and 3 cm −3 in the magnetosphere subsolar region in this event.

  • 44.
    Li, Bin
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Marklund, Göran
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Alm, Love
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Karlsson, Tomas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Masson, Arnaud
    Statistical altitude distribution of Cluster auroral electric fields, indicating mainly quasi-static acceleration below 2.8 R-E and Alfvenic above2014In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 119, no 11, p. 8984-8991Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Results are presented from a statistical study of high-altitude electric fields and plasma densities using Cluster satellite data collected during 9.5years between 2 and 4 R-E. The average electric fields are most intense on the nightside and associated with an extensive plasma density cavity, with densities of 1cm(-3) or less. The intense electric fields are concentrated in two regions, separated by an altitude gap at about 2.8 R-E. Below this, the average electric field magnitudes reach about 50mV/m (mapped to the ionosphere) between 22 and 01 magnetic local time (MLT). Above 3 R-E, the fields are about twice as high and spread over a broader MLT range. These fields occur in a region where the (E/B)/V-A ratio is close to unity, which suggests an Alfvenic origin. The intense low-altitude electric fields are interpreted to be quasi-static, associated with the auroral acceleration region. This is supported by their location in MLT and altitude, and by a (E/B)/V-A ratio much below unity. The local electric field minimum between the two regions indicates a partial closure of the electrostatic potentials in the lower region. These results show similarities with model results of reflected Alfven waves by Lysak and Dum (1983), and with the O-shaped potential model, with associated wave-particle interaction at its top, proposed by Janhunen et al. (2000).

  • 45. Li, J.
    et al.
    Bortnik, J.
    Li, W.
    Ma, Q.
    Thorne, R. M.
    Kletzing, C. A.
    Kurth, W. S.
    Hospodarsky, G. B.
    Wygant, J.
    Breneman, A.
    Thaller, S.
    Funsten, H. O.
    Mitchell, D. G.
    Manweiler, J. W.
    Torbert, R. B.
    Le Contel, O.
    Ergun, R. E.
    Lindqvist, Per-Arne
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Torkar, K.
    Nakamura, R.
    Andriopoulou, M.
    Russell, C. T.
    Zipper-like" periodic magnetosonic waves: Van Allen Probes, THEMIS, and magnetospheric multiscale observations2017In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 122, no 2, p. 1600-1610Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An interesting form of "zipper-like" magnetosonic waves consisting of two bands of interleaved periodic rising-tone spectra was newly observed by the Van Allen Probes, the Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS), and the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) missions. The two discrete bands are distinct in frequency and intensity; however, they maintain the same periodicity which varies in space and time, suggesting that they possibly originate from one single source intrinsically. In one event, the zipper-like magnetosonic waves exhibit the same periodicity as a constant-frequency magnetosonic wave and an electrostatic emission, but the modulation comes from neither density fluctuations nor ULF waves. A statistical survey based on 3.5 years of multisatellite observations shows that zipper-like magnetosonic waves mainly occur on the dawnside to noonside, in a frequency range between 10 f(cp) and f(LHR). The zipper-like magnetosonic waves may provide a new clue to nonlinear excitation or modulation process, while its cause still remains to be fully understood.

  • 46. Li, W. Y.
    et al.
    André, M.
    Khotyaintsev, Y. V.
    Vaivads, A.
    Fuselier, S. A.
    Graham, D. B.
    Toledo-Redondo, S.
    Lavraud, B.
    Turner, D. L.
    Norgren, C.
    Tang, B. B.
    Wang, C.
    Lindqvist, P. -A
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Young, D. T.
    Chandler, M.
    Giles, B.
    Pollock, C.
    Ergun, R.
    Russell, C. T.
    Torbert, R.
    Moore, T.
    Burch, J.
    Cold Ionospheric Ions in the Magnetic Reconnection Outflow Region2017In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 122, no 10, p. 10,194-10,202Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Magnetosheath plasma usually determines properties of asymmetric magnetic reconnection at the subsolar region of Earth's magnetopause. However, cold plasma that originated from the ionosphere can also reach the magnetopause and modify the kinetic physics of asymmetric reconnection. We present a magnetopause crossing with high-density (10–60 cm−3) cold ions and ongoing reconnection from the observation of the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft. The magnetopause crossing is estimated to be 300 ion inertial lengths south of the X line. Two distinct ion populations are observed on the magnetosheath edge of the ion jet. One population with high parallel velocities (200–300 km/s) is identified to be cold ion beams, and the other population is the magnetosheath ions. In the deHoffman-Teller frame, the field-aligned magnetosheath ions are Alfvénic and move toward the jet region, while the field-aligned cold ion beams move toward the magnetosheath boundary layer, with much lower speeds. These cold ion beams are suggested to be from the cold ions entering the jet close to the X line. This is the first observation of the cold ionospheric ions in the reconnection outflow region, including the reconnection jet and the magnetosheath boundary layer. ©2017. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.

  • 47.
    Liljeblad, Elisabet
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Karlsson, Tomas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Raines, J.
    Slavin, J.
    Kullen, Anita
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Sundberg, T.
    Zurbuchen, T. H.
    MESSENGER observations of the dayside low-latitude boundary layer in Mercury's magnetosphere2015In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 120, no 10Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Observations from MESSENGER's MAG and FIPS instruments during the first orbital year have resulted in the identification of 25 magnetopause crossings in Mercury's magnetosphere with significant low-latitude boundary layers (LLBLs). Of these crossings 72% are observed dawnside, and 65% for northward interplanetary magnetic field.

    The estimated LLBL thickness is 450 ± 56 km, and increases with distance to noon. The Na+-group ion is sporadically present in 14 of the boundary layers, with an observed average number density of 22 ± 11% of the proton density. Furthermore, the average Na+-group gyroradii in the layers is 220 ± 34 km, the same order of magnitude as the LLBL thickness.

    Magnetic shear, plasma β and reconnection rates have been estimated for the LLBL crossings, and compared to those of a control group (non-LLBL) of 61 distinct magnetopause crossings which show signs of nearly no plasma inside the magnetopause. The results indicate that reconnection is significantly slower, or even suppressed, for the LLBL crossings compared to the non-LLBL cases.

    Possible processes that form or impact the LLBL are discussed. Protons injected through the cusp or flank may be important for the formation of the LLBL. Furthermore, the opposite asymmetry in the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability (KHI) as compared to the LLBL, rules out the KHI as a dominant formation mechanism. However, the KHI and LLBL could be related to each other, either by the impact of sodium ions gyrating across the magnetopause, or by the LLBL preventing the growth of KH waves on the dawnside.

  • 48.
    Liljeblad, Elisabet
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Karlsson, Tomas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Sundberg, Torbjörn
    KTH.
    Kullen, Anita
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Observations of magnetospheric ULF waves in connection with the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability at Mercury2016In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 121, no 9, p. 8576-8588Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The magnetic field data from the MESSENGER spacecraft is investigated to establish the presence of magnetospheric ultra-low frequency (ULF) waves in connection with 131 previously observed nonlinear Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) waves at Mercury. Distinct ULF wave signatures are detected in 44 out of the 131 magnetospheric traversals prior to or after observing the KH waves. Of these ULF events, 39 out of 44 are highly coherent at the frequency of maximum power spectral density, and occur more often on the dayside magnetosphere than away from it. The waves observed at the dayside magnetosphere, which appear mainly at the duskside and naturally following the KH wave occurrence asymmetry, are significantly different to the evening- or morningside events, and have the following distinct wave characteristics: a polarization mainly in the perpendicular (azimuthal) direction to the mean magnetic field, a wave normal angle closer to the parallel than the perpendicular direction, an absolute ellipticity increasing away from noon, almost exclusively a right-hand polarization, and frequencies in the narrow range of 0.02 − 0.04 Hz (well below the local Na +  gyrofrequency, and in the same range as the KH waves). The results strongly suggest that the large majority of the ULF waves at the dayside observed in this study are driven by KH waves at the magnetopause, and that they occur in the vicinity of a field line resonance, which in turn manifests the importance of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in terms of energy and momentum transport throughout Mercury's magnetosphere.

  • 49.
    Liljeblad, Elisabet
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Sundberg, T.
    Karlsson, Tomas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Kullen, Anita
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
    Statistical investigation of Kelvin-Helmholtz waves at the magnetopause of Mercury2014In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 119, no 12, p. 9670-9683Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A large study of Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) waves at the magnetopause of Mercury covering 907 days of data from the MErcury Surface Space ENvironment GEochemistry Ranging spacecraft have resulted in 146 encounters of not only nonlinear KH waves but also linear surface waves, including the first observations of KH waves at the dawnside magnetopause. Most of the waves are in the nonlinear phase (90%) occur at the duskside magnetopause (93%), under northward magnetosheath magnetic field conditions (89%) and during greater magnetosheath Bz (23 nT) values than in general. The average period and amplitude is 30 ± 14 s and 14 ± 10 nT, respectively. Unlike duskside events, dawnside waves do not appear at the magnetopause flank (&lt;6 magnetic local time). This is in agreement with previous observations and modeling results and possibly explained by finite Larmor radius effects and/or a lack of a large-scale laminar flow at the dawnside magnetopause boundary. Key Points Observing Kelvin-Helmholtz waves at the dawnside Mercury magnetopause Confirming a dawn-dusk asymmetry associated with the Kelvin-Helmholtz at Mercury Determine characteristics associated with Kelvin-Helmholtz waves

  • 50.
    Ma, Yingjuan
    et al.
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Dept Earth Planetary & Space Sci, Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA..
    Russell, Christopher T.
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Dept Earth Planetary & Space Sci, Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA..
    Toth, Gabor
    Univ Michigan, Dept Climate & Space Sci & Engn, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA..
    Chen, Yuxi
    Univ Michigan, Dept Climate & Space Sci & Engn, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA..
    Nagy, Andrew F.
    Univ Michigan, Dept Climate & Space Sci & Engn, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA..
    Harada, Yuki
    Univ Iowa, Dept Phys & Astron, Iowa City, IA 52242 USA..
    McFadden, James
    Univ Calif Berkeley, Space Sci Lab, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA..
    Halekas, Jasper S.
    Univ Iowa, Dept Phys & Astron, Iowa City, IA 52242 USA..
    Lillis, Rob
    Univ Calif Berkeley, Space Sci Lab, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA..
    Connerney, John E. P.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Espley, Jared
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    DiBraccio, Gina A.
    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD USA..
    Markidis, Stefano
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC.
    Peng, Ivy Bo
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC.
    Fang, Xiaohua
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Jakosky, Bruce M.
    Univ Colorado, Lab Atmospher & Space Phys, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Reconnection in the Martian Magnetotail: Hall-MHD With Embedded Particle-in-Cell Simulations2018In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 123, no 5, p. 3742-3763Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission observations show clear evidence of the occurrence of the magnetic reconnection process in the Martian plasma tail. In this study, we use sophisticated numerical models to help us understand the effects of magnetic reconnection in the plasma tail. The numerical models used in this study are (a) a multispecies global Hall-magnetohydrodynamic (HMHD) model and (b) a global HMHD model two-way coupled to an embedded fully kinetic particle-in-cell code. Comparison with MAVEN observations clearly shows that the general interaction pattern is well reproduced by the global HMHD model. The coupled model takes advantage of both the efficiency of the MHD model and the ability to incorporate kinetic processes of the particle-in-cell model, making it feasible to conduct kinetic simulations for Mars under realistic solar wind conditions for the first time. Results from the coupled model show that the Martian magnetotail is highly dynamic due to magnetic reconnection, and the resulting Mars-ward plasma flow velocities are significantly higher for the lighter ion fluid, which are quantitatively consistent with MAVEN observations. The HMHD with Embedded Particle-in-Cell model predicts that the ion loss rates are more variable but with similar mean values as compared with HMHD model results.

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