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Author Greenstadt, E. W. ♦ Moses, S. L. ♦ Coroniti, F. V.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PHYSICS ♦ ELECTRON PLASMA WAVES ♦ SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION ♦ EARTH MAGNETOSPHERE ♦ SHOCK WAVES
Abstract Electric field oscillations recorded by the 10-56 kHz channels of TRW`s plasma wave detector during parts of two of the ISEE 3 circumterrestrial orbits in 1983 have been used to make the first mapping of Earth`s electron plasma wave foreshock. By combining data from the two trajectory segments, each of which provided relatively meager spatial sampling outside the bow shock, but high variation of interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) direction, a first-order pattern of occurrence of electron plasma waves, hence also backstreaming electrons, has been determined. The authors depict the pattern with an adaptation of the mapping program previously used for the Venus electron foreshock. As at Venus, plasma wave activity was concentrated most densely along the IMF line tangent to the bow shock. Their mappings with three additional ISEE 3 channels surrounding the local electron plasma frequency indicate a richer distribution of waves in the foreshock than the single electron frequency channel of Pioneer Venus Orbiter could detect around Venus. 14 refs., 4 figs.
ISSN 01480227
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1995-10-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume Number 100
Issue Number A10


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