Observations of Correlated Broadband Electrostatic Noise and Electron Cyclotron Emissions in the Plasma Sheet
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS
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Electric field wave observations in the central plasma sheet of the earths magnetosphere show the correlated occurrence of broadband electrostatic noise and electrostatic electron cyclotron harmonic emissions. A model is proposed in which the broadband emissions are electron acoustic waves generated by an observed low energy electron beam, and the cyclotron emissions are generated by the hot electron loss cone instability. The high degree of correlation between the two emissions is provided in the model by the presence of the cold electron beam population, which allows both of the plasma instabilities to grow.
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