Articles | Volume 27, issue 4
07 Apr 2009
 | 07 Apr 2009

Storm-time electron flux precipitation in the inner radiation belt caused by wave-particle interactions

H. Tadokoro, F. Tsuchiya, Y. Miyoshi, Y. Katoh, A. Morioka, and H. Misawa

Abstract. It has been believed that electrons in the inner belt do not show the dynamical variation during magnetic storms except for great magnetic storms. However, Tadokoro et al. (2007) recently disclosed that low-altitude electrons in the inner belt frequently show flux variations during storms (Storm Time inner belt Electron Enhancement at the Low altitude (STEEL)). This paper investigates a possible mechanism explaining STEEL during small and moderate storms, and shows that it is caused not by radial transport processes but by pitch angle scattering through wave-particle interactions. The waves related to wave-particle interactions are attributed to be banded whistler mode waves around 30 kHz observed in the inner magnetosphere by the Akebono satellite. The estimated pitch angle distribution based on a numerical calculation is roughly consistent with the observed results.