EMIC Waves Converted From Equatorial Noise Due to M/Q = 2 Ions in the Plasmasphere: Observations From Van Allen Probes and Arase

Y. Miyoshi, S. Matsuda, S. Kurita, K. Nomura, K. Keika, M. Shoji, N. Kitamura, Y. Kasahara, A. Matsuoka, I. Shinohara, K. Shiokawa, S. Machida, O. Santolik, S. A. Boardsen, R. B. Horne, J. F. Wygant

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Abstract

Equatorial noise (EN) emissions are observed inside and outside the plasmapause. EN emissions are referred to as magnetosonic mode waves. Using data from Van Allen Probes and Arase, we found conversion from EN emissions to electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves in the plasmasphere and in the topside ionosphere. A low-frequency part of EN emissions becomes EMIC waves through branch splitting of EN emissions, and the mode conversion from EN to EMIC waves occurs around the frequency of M/Q = 2 (deuteron and/or alpha particles) cyclotron frequency. These processes result in plasmaspheric EMIC waves. We investigated the ion composition ratio by characteristic frequencies of EN emissions and EMIC waves and obtained ion composition ratios. We found that the maximum composition ratio of M/Q = 2 ions is ~10% below 3,000 km. The quantitative estimation of the ion composition will contribute to improving the plasma model of the deep plasmasphere and the topside ionosphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5662-5669
Number of pages8
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume46
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 16 2019

Keywords

  • Arase
  • EMIC
  • M/Q = 2 ions
  • Van Allen Probes
  • magnetsonic waves
  • plasmasphere

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