Articles | Volume 31, issue 9
Regular paper
05 Sep 2013
Regular paper |  | 05 Sep 2013

Global characteristics of Pc1 magnetic pulsations during solar cycle 23 deduced from CHAMP data

J. Park, H. Lühr, and J. Rauberg

Abstract. We present a global climatology of Pc1 pulsations as observed by the CHAMP satellite from 2000 to 2010. The Pc1 center frequency and bandwidth are about 1 and 0.5 Hz, respectively. The ellipticity is mostly linear with the major axis almost aligned with the magnetic zonal direction. The diurnal variation of Pc1 occurrences shows a primary maximum early in the morning and a secondary maximum during pre-midnight hours. The annual variations of the occurrence rates exhibit a clear preference for local summer. The solar cycle dependence of the occurrence rate reveals a maximum at the declining phase (2004–2005). Neither magnetic activity nor solar wind velocity controls the Pc1 occurrence rate significantly. Pc1 occurrence rate peaks at subauroral latitudes, but the steep cutoff towards higher latitudes is due to auroral field-aligned currents masking the Pc1 pulsations. The center frequency of Pc1 pulsations does not show a clear dependence on latitude. The global distribution of Pc1 exhibits highest occurrence rates near the longitude sector of the South Atlantic Anomaly. Pc1 events at auroral latitudes, although they are rarely detected, show a clear occurrence peak around local noon. A majority of the auroral Pc1 events are observed during solar minimum years.