Simulations of inner magnetosphere dynamics with an expanded RAM-SCB model and comparisons with Van Allen Probes observations

Academic Article


  • Simulations from our newly expanded ring current‐atmosphere interactions model with self‐consistent magnetic field (RAM‐SCB), now valid out to 9 RE, are compared for the first time with Van Allen Probes observations. The expanded model reproduces the storm time ring current buildup due to the increased convection and inflow of plasma from the magnetotail. It matches Magnetic Electron Ion Spectrometer (MagEIS) observations of the trapped high‐energy (>50 keV) ion flux; however, it underestimates the low‐energy (<10 keV) Helium, Oxygen, Proton, and Electron (HOPE) observations. The dispersed injections of ring current ions observed with the Energetic particle, Composition, and Thermal plasma (ECT) suite at high (>20 keV) energy are better reproduced using a high‐resolution convection model. In agreement with Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science (EMFISIS) observations, RAM‐SCB indicates that the large‐scale magnetic field is depressed as close as ∼4.5 RE during even a moderate storm. Regions of electromagnetic ion cyclotron instability are predicted on the duskside from ∼6 to ∼9 RE, indicating that previous studies confined to geosynchronous orbit may have underestimated their scattering effect on the energetic particles.
  • Authors

  • Jordanova, VK
  • Yu, Y
  • Niehof, Jonathan
  • Skoug, RM
  • Reeves, GD
  • Kletzing, CA
  • Fennell, JF
  • Spence, Harlan
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • April 28, 2014
  • Published In


  • inner magnetosphere
  • radiation belts
  • ring current
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 2687
  • End Page

  • 2694
  • Volume

  • 41
  • Issue

  • 8