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Ultra low frequency waves observed by Double Star TC-1 in the plasmasphere boundary layer

Ultra low frequency waves observed by Double Star TC-1 in the plasmasphere boundary layer

Publication date: 16 October 2008

Authors: Xie, L. et al.

Journal: Science in China Series E: Technological Sciences
Volume: 51
Issue: 10
Page: 1685-1694
Year: 2008

Copyright: Science in China Press, Springer

The characteristic and properties of ULF waves in the plasmasphere boundary layer during two very quiet periods are present. The ULF waves were detected by Double Star TC-1 when the spacecraft passed through the plasmasphere in an outbound and inbound trajectories, respectively. A clear association between the ULF waves and periodic variations of energetic ions fluxes was observed. The observations showed that the wave frequency was higher inside the plasmasphere than outside. The mechanism generating these ULF waves and possible diagnosing of the "classical plasmapause" location with the ULF wave were discussed.

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