Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 11, 313–318, 2004
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-11-313-2004
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 11, 313–318, 2004
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-11-313-2004

  02 Jul 2004

02 Jul 2004

On the three-dimensional configuration of electrostatic solitary waves

V. L. Krasovsky1,2, H. Matsumoto1, and Y. Omura1 V. L. Krasovsky et al.
  • 1Radio Science Center for Space and Atmosphere, Kyoto University Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan
  • 2Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Profsoyuznaya 84/32, Moscow 117810, Russia

Abstract. The simplest models of the electrostatic solitary waves observed by the Geotail spacecraft in the magnetosphere are developed proceeding from the concept of electron phase space holes. The technique to construct the models is based on an approximate quasi-one-dimensional description of the electron dynamics and three-dimensional analysis of the electrostatic structure of the localized wave perturbations. It is shown that the Vlasov-Poisson set of equations admits a wide diversity of model solutions of different geometry, including spatial configurations of the electrostatic potential similar to those revealed by Geotail and other spacecraft in space plasmas.