Enhancement of electric and magnetic wave fields at density gradients
- 1Department of Physics, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
- 2Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden
Abstract. We use Freja satellite data to investigate irregular small-scale density variations. The observations are made in the auroral region at about 1000-1700 km. The density variations are a few percent, and the structures are found to be spatial down to a scale length of a few ion gyroradii. Irregular density variations are often found in an environment of whistler mode/lower hybrid waves and we show that at the density gradients both the electric and magnetic wave fields are enhanced.