Whistler mode chorus enhancements in association with energetic electron signatures in the Jovian magnetosphere

Y. Katoh, F. Tsuchiya, Y. Miyoshi, A. Morioka, H. Misawa, R. Ujiie, W. S. Kurth, A. T. Tomás, N. Krupp

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By conducting a statistical survey of both wave and particle observations of the Galileo spacecraft, we reveal a close relationship between enhancements of whistler mode chorus and development of energetic electron anisotropies in the Jovian inner magnetosphere. We studied the spatial distribution of intense chorus emissions in the Jovian magnetosphere and identified 104 chorus enhancements by analyzing plasma wave data in the frequency range from 5.6 Hz to 20 kHz obtained from the entire Galileo mission in the inner Jovian magnetosphere during the time period from December 1995 to September 2003. Enhanced chorus emissions with integrated wave power over 10-9 V 2/m2 were observed around the magnetic equator in the radial distance range from 6 to 13 RJ. A survey of energetic particle data in the energy range of 29-42 keV reveals that all of the identified chorus events were observed in the region of pancake pitch angle distributions of energetic electrons. The ratio of the electron plasma frequency to the electron cyclotron frequency in this region is estimated to be in the range from 1 to 10 using empirical plasma and magnetic field models. This range is suitable for efficient whistler mode wave generation. The present study shows the complete survey of the correspondence between intense chorus and flux enhancement of energetic electrons having statistically significant pancake pitch angle distributions in the Jovian magnetosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA02215
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Geophysics


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