Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 11, 229–239, 2004
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-11-229-2004

Special issue: International Workshops on Nonlinear Waves and Chaos in Space...

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 11, 229–239, 2004
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-11-229-2004

  14 Apr 2004

14 Apr 2004

The nonlinear coupling of electromagnetic ion cyclotron and lower hybrid waves in the ring current region: the magnetic storm 1-7May 1998

G. V. Khazanov1, E. N. Krivorutsky2, K. V. Gamayunov3, and L. A. Avanov1,4 G. V. Khazanov et al.
  • 1NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, USA
  • 2Center for Space Plasma & Aeronomic Research, University of Alabama, Alabama, Huntsville, USA
  • 3Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
  • 4Space Research Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Abstract. The excitation of lower hybrid waves (LHWs) is a widely discussed mechanism of interaction between plasma species in space, and is one of the unresolved questions of magnetospheric multi-ion plasmas. In this paper we present the morphology, dynamics, and level of LHW activity generated by electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves during the 2-7 May 1998 storm period on the global scale. The LHWs were calculated based on a newly developed self-consistent model (Khazanov et. al., 2002) that couples the system of two kinetic equations: one equation describes the ring current (RC) ion dynamic, and another equation describes the evolution of EMIC waves. It is found that the LHWs are excited by helium ions due to their mass dependent drift in the electric field of EMIC waves. The level of LHW activity is calculated assuming that the induced scattering process is the main saturation mechanism for these waves. The calculated LHWs electric fields are consistent with the observational data.