Articles | Volume 23, issue 8
Ann. Geophys., 23, 2785–2801, 2005

Special issue: Double Star - First Results

Ann. Geophys., 23, 2785–2801, 2005

  08 Nov 2005

08 Nov 2005

The STAFF-DWP wave instrument on the DSP equatorial spacecraft: description and first results

N. Cornilleau-Wehrlin1, H. St. Alleyne2, K. H. Yearby2, B. de la Porte de Vaux1, A. Meyer1, O. Santolík3, M. Parrot4, G. Belmont1, L. Rezeau5, O. Le Contel1, A. Roux1, D. Attié1, P. Robert1, V. Bouzid1, D. Herment1, and J. Cao6 N. Cornilleau-Wehrlin et al.
  • 1CETP/IPSL, 10-12 Ave de l’Europe, 78140 Vélizy, France
  • 2University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD, UK
  • 3Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, V Holesovickach 2, CZ-180 00 PRAHA 8, Czech Republic
  • 4LPCE, 3A Av. de la Recherche Scientifique, 45071 Orléans Cedex 2, France
  • 5CETP/IPSL/UPMC, 10-12 Av. de l’Europe, 78140 Vélizy, France
  • 6CSSAR, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No 1, Nan Er Tiao, Zhong Guan Cun, Haidian District 100080, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Abstract. The STAFF-DWP wave instrument on board the equatorial spacecraft (TC1) of the Double Star Project consists of a combination of 2 instruments which are a heritage of the Cluster mission: the Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Field Fluctuations (STAFF) experiment and the Digital Wave-Processing experiment (DWP). On DSP-TC1 STAFF consists of a three-axis search coil magnetometer, used to measure magnetic fluctuations at frequencies up to 4 kHz and a waveform unit, up to 10 Hz, plus snapshots up to 180 Hz. DWP provides several onboard analysis tools: a complex FFT to fully characterise electromagnetic waves in the frequency range 10 Hz-4 kHz, a particle correlator linked to the PEACE electron experiment, and compression of the STAFF waveform data. The complementary Cluster and TC1 orbits, together with the similarity of the instruments, permits new multi-point studies. The first results show the capabilities of the experiment, with examples in the different regions of the magnetosphere-solar wind system that have been encountered by DSP-TC1 at the beginning of its operational phase. An overview of the different kinds of electromagnetic waves observed on the dayside from perigee to apogee is given, including the different whistler mode waves (hiss, chorus, lion roars) and broad-band ULF emissions. The polarisation and propagation characteristics of intense waves in the vicinity of a bow shock crossing are analysed using the dedicated PRASSADCO tool, giving results compatible with previous studies: the broad-band ULF waves consist of a superimposition of different wave modes, whereas the magnetosheath lion roars are right-handed and propagate close to the magnetic field. An example of a combined Cluster DSP-TC1 magnetopause crossing is given. This first case study shows that the ULF wave power intensity is higher at low latitude (DSP) than at high latitude (Cluster). On the nightside in the tail, a first wave event comparison - in a rather quiet time interval - is shown. It opens the doors to future studies, such as event timing during substorms, to possibly determine their onset location.