Electron pressure effects on driven auroral Alfvén waves
2005 (English)In: Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN 0148-0227, Vol. 110, no A01214, 11- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Fluid models for the auroral electron acceleration processes have almost exclusively been derived by assuming cold or isothermal electrons. The consequences of these assumptions have never been thoroughly analyzed. In this study we compare results from an isothermal simulation with those obtained when the pressure is calculated from a double adiabatic approximation and from stationary kinetic theory. We find that the reflection of shear Alfvén waves, as well as the current-voltage relation, is very sensitive to the description of the electron pressure variations. Using pressures calculated from steady-state kinetic theory, we find that driven shear Alfvén waves can build up auroral currents and fields that are consistent with a linear current-voltage relation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Washington: American Geophysical Union. , 2005. Vol. 110, no A01214, 11- p.
auroral electron acceleration Alfvén waves, electron pressure, nonlocal kinetic theory
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12002DOI: doi:10.1029/2004JA010610OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-12002DiVA: diva2:151673