Accession Number : ADA286655
Title : Mesoscale Ionospheric Phenomena -- Lower Hybrid Collapse, Caviton Turbulence, and Charged Particle Energization in the Topside Ionosphere and Magnetosphere
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE CENTER FOR SPACE RESEARCH
Personal Author(s) : Chang, Tom
Report Date : 28 Mar 1993
Pagination or Media Count : 37
Abstract : In 1981, Chang and Coppi (Geophys. Res. Lett., 8, 1253) suggested that lower hybrid turbulence could be the prime candidate for the acceleration of ions and generation of ion conics in the high latitude ionosphere and magnetosphere. Subsequently, Retterer, Chang and Jasperse (J Geophys. Res., 91, 1609 (1986)) demonstrated that nonlinear wave interactions near the lower hybrid frequency through modulational instability, such as the collapse of waves into soliton (caviton) turbulence could play a key role in the energization of both the ambient ions and electrons. Recent sounding rocket observations in the source region of the topside auroral ionosphere seem to confirm the details of such predictions (Kintner et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 68, 2448 (1992); Amoldy et al., Geophys. Res. Lea., 19, 413 (1992)). In this paper, the scenario of this interesting micro/meso scale, nonlinear wave-wave and wave-particle interaction plasma process in the auroral ionosphere/magnetosphere is briefly reviewed. Lower hybrid waves, Cavitons, Ion acceleration, Spikelets, Ionospheric heating, Modulational instability.
Descriptors : *IONOSPHERE , *PLASMAS(PHYSICS) , *MAGNETOSPHERE , IONS , TURBULENCE , HEATING , COLLAPSE , SOUNDING ROCKETS , SOLITONS , INSTABILITY , ELECTRONS , INTERACTIONS , ACCELERATION
Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE