Coordinated EISCAT Svalbard radar and Reimei satellite observations of ion upflows and suprathermal ions

Y. Ogawa, K. Seki, M. Hirahara, K. Asamura, T. Sakanoi, S. C. Buchert, Y. Ebihara, Y. Obuchi, A. Yamazaki, I. Sandahl, S. Nozawa, R. Fujii

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The relationship between bulk ion upflows and suprathermal ions was investigated using data simultaneously obtained from the European Incoherent Scatter (EISCAT) Svalbard radar (ESR) and the Reimei satellite. Simultaneous observations were conducted in November 2005 and August 2006, and 14 conjunction data sets have been obtained at approximately 630 km in the dayside ionosphere. Suprathermal ions with energies of a few eV were present in the dayside cusp region, and the ion velocity distribution changed from an isotropic Maxwellian near the cusp region to tail heating at energies above a few eV in the cusp region. The velocity distribution of the suprathermal ions has a peak perpendicular or oblique to the geomagnetic field, and the temperature of the suprathermal ions was 0.9-1.4 eV. An increase in the phase space density (PSD) of the suprathermal ions, measured with the Reimei, was correlated with bulk ion upflow observed at the same altitude using EISCAT, and with the energy flux of precipitating electrons with energies of 50-500 eV. The PSD also has a good correlation with the electron temperature, which was increased by precipitation, but not with the ion temperature (0.1-0.3 eV) at the same altitude measured with EISCAT. These results suggest that plasma waves such as broadband extremely low frequency (BBELF) wavefields associated with precipitation are connected to the bulk ion upflows in the cusp and effectively cause the heating of suprathermal ions. The heating of suprathermal ions disagrees with anisotropic heating due to O+-O resonant charge exchange.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA05306
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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