Articles | Volume 29, issue 9
Ann. Geophys., 29, 1629–1634, 2011

Special issue: Dynamical processes in space plasmas

Ann. Geophys., 29, 1629–1634, 2011

ANGEO Communicates 26 Sep 2011

ANGEO Communicates | 26 Sep 2011

Ducted propagation of chorus waves: Cluster observations

K. H. Yearby1, M. A. Balikhin1, Yu. V. Khotyaintsev2, S. N. Walker1, V. V. Krasnoselskikh3, H. St. C. K. Alleyne1, and O. Agapitov3 K. H. Yearby et al.
  • 1ACSE, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  • 2Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 3LPC2E, Orleans, France

Abstract. Ducted propagation of whistler waves in the terrestrial magnetosphere-ionosphere system was discussed and studied long before the first in-situ spacecraft measurements. While a number of implicit examples of the existence of ducted propagation have been found, direct observation of ducts has been hampered by the low sampling rates of measurements of the plasma density. The present paper is based on Cluster observations of chorus waves. The ability to use measurements of the spacecraft potential as a proxy for high time resolution electron density measurements is exploited to identify a number of cases when increased chorus wave power, observed within the radiation belts, is observed simultaneously with density enchantments. It is argued that the observation of ducted propagation of chorus implies modification of numerical models for plasma-wave interactions within the radiation belts.