Observations of multiharmonic ion cyclotron waves due to inverse ion cyclotron damping in the northern magnetospheric cusp
2017 (English)In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 44, no 1, 22-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We present a case study of inverse ion cyclotron damping taking place in the northern terrestrial magnetospheric cusp, exciting waves at the ion cyclotron frequency and its harmonics. The ion cyclotron waves are primarily seen as peaks in the magnetic-field spectral densities. The corresponding peaks in the electric-field spectral densities are not as profound, suggesting a background electric field noise or other processes of wave generation causing the electric spectral densities to smoothen out more compared to the magnetic counterpart. The required condition for inverse ion cyclotron damping is a velocity shear in the magnetic field-aligned ion bulk flow, and this condition is often naturally met for magnetosheath influx in the northern magnetospheric cusp, just as in the presented case. We note that some ion cyclotron wave activity is present in a few similar shear events in the southern cusp, which indicates that other mechanisms generating ion cyclotron waves may also be present during such conditions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 44, no 1, 22-29 p.
inverse ion cyclotron damping, plasma wave generation, cusp
Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-132639DOI: 10.1002/2016GL071680ISI: 000393954900003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-132639DiVA: diva2:1082993