Chorus-Related Electrostatic Bursts at Jupiter and Saturn.
IOWA UNIV IOWA CITY DEPT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
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Analyses of the wideband plasma wave data obtained by Voyagers 1 and 2 at Jupiter and Saturn have revealed electrostatic bursts similar to those recently discovered at Earth in association with whistler-mode chorus. In all three magnetospheres the bursts are characterized by sporadic emissions near or slightly below the electron plasma frequency with bandwidths ranging from 10 to more than 50 of the center frequency. The events found at Jupiter occur in the middle magnetosphere during both the dayside as well as the early morning passes. At Saturn, the bursts occurred in the outer regions of the magnetosphere during the dayside pass. In each of the events analyzed, evidence exists for modulation of the electrostatic bursts by a low frequency wave, presumably chorus. One of the observations gained at Jupiter includes the detection of a low-frequency band at the proper frequency for chorus. Detailed waveform analysis confirms that this band does, indeed, modulate the electrostatic bursts. Based on the present understanding of the terrestrial observations it is believed that the electrostatic bursts are generated by an electron beam trapped in Landau resonance with the chorus. Author
- Atmospheric Physics
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation