Multiple bidirectional EMIC waves observed by Cluster at middle magnetic latitudes in the dayside magnetosphere

Academic Article


  • AbstractIt is well accepted that the propagation of electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves are bidirectional near their source regions and unidirectional when away from these regions. The generally believed source region for EMIC waves is around the magnetic equatorial plane. Here we describe a series of EMIC waves in the Pc1 (0.2–5 Hz) frequency band above the local He+ cyclotron frequency observed in situ by all four Cluster spacecraft on 9 April 2005 at midmagnetic latitudes (MLAT = ~33°–49°) with L = 10.7–11.5 on the dayside (MLT = 10.3–10.4). A Poynting vector spectrum shows that the wave packets consist of multiple groups of packets propagating bidirectionally, rather than unidirectionally, away from the equator, while the local plasma conditions indicate that the spacecraft are entering into a region sufficient for local wave excitation. One possible interpretation is that, while part of the observed waves are inside their source region, the others are either close enough to the source region, or mixed with the wave packets from multiple source regions at different latitudes.
  • Authors

  • Allen, RC
  • Zhang, J-C
  • Kistler, Lynn
  • Spence, Harlan
  • Lin, R-L
  • Dunlop, MW
  • Andre, M
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • October 2013
  • Published In


  • Cluster
  • EMIC waves
  • geomagnetic activity
  • magnetosphere
  • solar wind
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 6266
  • End Page

  • 6278
  • Volume

  • 118
  • Issue

  • 10