Wave generation by ion horseshoe distributions on auroral field lines

R Bingham, BJ Kellett, Robert Alan Cairns, RO Dendy, PK Shukla

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Abstract

Recent observation by Freja satellite of ions in the auroral zone at the boundary of the plasma sheet and tail lobe reveal the presence of a ring or horseshoe type distribution function. The horseshoe type distribution function measured by the satellites has a field aligned component which is moving in the case of the Freja data in the down-going direction with a peak velocity of about 400km/sec. We show that the horseshoe type distribution is unstable to predominantly perpendicular ion waves with frequencies in the lower-hybrid range.

Original languageEnglish
Volume26
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 1999

Keywords

  • ACCELERATION
  • REGION

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