Source location of falling tone chorus

Satoshi Kurita, Hiroaki Misawa, Christopher M. Cully, Olivier Le Contel, Vassilis Angelopoulos

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Chorus is characterized by its fine structures consisting of rising or falling tones believed to result from nonlinear wave-particle interactions. However, previous studies have showed that the intensity and propagation characteristics of rising and falling tone chorus are quite different, suggesting that their generation processes might be different. In this paper, the propagation direction of falling tone chorus is statistically investigated to identify its source region based on the Poynting vector measurement with THEMIS. The result shows that the falling tone chorus propagates from the magnetic equator to higher latitude both in the northern and southern hemispheres, in the same way as rising tone chorus. Our result shows that the magnetic equator is the common source location for both rising and falling tone chorus. The result emphasizes that the different properties between rising and falling tone chorus originate from their generation mechanism rather than source region.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL22102
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov 28


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