The Effect of Storm Driver and Intensity on Magnetospheric Ion Temperatures

Academic Article


  • AbstractEnergy deposited in the magnetosphere during geomagnetic storms drives ion heating and convection. Ions are also heated and transported via internal processes throughout the magnetosphere. Injection of the plasma sheet ions to the inner magnetosphere drives the ring current and, thus, the storm intensity. Understanding the ion dynamics is important to improving our ability to predict storm evolution. In this study, we perform superposed epoch analyses of ion temperatures during storms, comparing ion temperature evolution by storm driver and storm intensity. The ion temperatures are calculated using energetic neutral atom measurements from the Two Wide‐Angle Imaging Neutral‐Atom Spectrometers (TWINS) mission. The global view of these measurements provide both spatial and temporal information. We find that storms driven by coronal mass ejections (CMEs) tend to have higher ion temperatures throughout the main phase than storms driven by corotating interaction regions (CIRs) but that the temperatures increase during the recovery phase of CIR‐driven storms. Ion temperatures during intense CME‐driven storms have brief intervals of higher ion temperatures than those during moderate CME‐driven storms but have otherwise comparable ion temperatures. The highest temperatures during CIR‐driven storms are centered at 18 magnetic local time and occur on the dayside for moderate CME‐driven storms. During the second half of the main phase, ion temperatures tend to decrease in the postmidnight to dawn sector for CIR storms, but an increase is observed for CME storms. This increase begins with a sharp peak in ion temperatures for intense CME storms, likely a signature of substorm activity that drives the increased ring current.
  • Authors

  • Keesee, Amy
  • Katus, Roxanne M
  • Scime, Earl E
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 2017
  • Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 9414
  • End Page

  • 9426
  • Volume

  • 122
  • Issue

  • 9