Articles | Volume 16, issue 9
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30 Sep 1998
30 Sep 1998

ULF wave measurements onboard the Interball auroral probe

S. Perraut, A. Roux, F. Darrouzet, C. de Villedary, M. Mogilevsky, and F. Lefeuvre

Abstract. The IESP experiment implemented onboard the Interball auroral probe measures the six components (3B, 3E) of the waves in the ULF range: 0.1–10 Hz and from time to time 0–30 Hz. Two different kinds of waves have been observed in the auroral region at altitudes between 10 000 and 20 000 km: (1) electrostatic emissions which consist of quasi-monochromatic structures with frequencies above the oxygen gyrofrequency, superimposed on a wide band signal interpreted as a Doppler broadening, (2) electromagnetic wide band spectrum fluctuations. These emissions are interpreted as current-driven electromagnetic or electrostatic ion cyclotron waves. The electromagnetic/electrostatic character is controlled by the plasma parameter βi and by the O+ concentration.

Key words. Magnetospheric physics · Auroral phenomena · Plasma waves and instabilities · Interball Auroral probe

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