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Investigating radiation belt losses through numerical modelling of precipitating fluxes

Investigating radiation belt losses through numerical modelling of precipitating fluxes
Investigating radiation belt losses through numerical modelling of precipitating fluxes
It has been suggested that whistler-induced electron precipitation (WEP) may be the most significant inner radiation belt loss process for some electron energy ranges. One area of uncertainty lies in identifying a typical description of the precipitating fluxes from the examples given in the literature to date. Here we aim to solve this difficulty through modeling satellite and ground-based observations of onset and decay of the precipitation and its effects in the ionosphere by examining WEP-produced Trimpi perturbations in subionospheric VLF transmissions. In this study we find that typical Trimpi are well described by the effects of WEP spectra derived from the AE-5 inner radiation belt for typical precipitating energy fluxes. This confirms the validity of the radiation belt lifetimes determined in previous studies using these flux parameters. We find that the large variation in observed Trimpi perturbation size is primarily due to differing precipitation flux levels rather than changing WEP spectra – particularly over timescales of minutes to hours. Finally, we show that high time resolution measurements during the onset of Trimpi perturbations should provide a useful signature for discriminating WEP Trimpi from non-WEP Trimpi, due to the pulsed nature of the WEP arrival.
Trimpi, Precipitation, VLF scattering
0992-7689
3657-3667
Rodger, C.J.
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Nunn, D.
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Clilverd, M.
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Wlodek, Kofman
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Rodger, C.J., Nunn, D. and Clilverd, M. , Wlodek, Kofman (ed.) (2004) Investigating radiation belt losses through numerical modelling of precipitating fluxes. Annales Geophysicae, 22 (10), 3657-3667. (doi:10.5194/angeo-22-3657-2004).

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It has been suggested that whistler-induced electron precipitation (WEP) may be the most significant inner radiation belt loss process for some electron energy ranges. One area of uncertainty lies in identifying a typical description of the precipitating fluxes from the examples given in the literature to date. Here we aim to solve this difficulty through modeling satellite and ground-based observations of onset and decay of the precipitation and its effects in the ionosphere by examining WEP-produced Trimpi perturbations in subionospheric VLF transmissions. In this study we find that typical Trimpi are well described by the effects of WEP spectra derived from the AE-5 inner radiation belt for typical precipitating energy fluxes. This confirms the validity of the radiation belt lifetimes determined in previous studies using these flux parameters. We find that the large variation in observed Trimpi perturbation size is primarily due to differing precipitation flux levels rather than changing WEP spectra – particularly over timescales of minutes to hours. Finally, we show that high time resolution measurements during the onset of Trimpi perturbations should provide a useful signature for discriminating WEP Trimpi from non-WEP Trimpi, due to the pulsed nature of the WEP arrival.

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Published date: November 2004
Keywords: Trimpi, Precipitation, VLF scattering
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 260375
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/260375
ISSN: 0992-7689
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Date deposited: 26 Jan 2005
Last modified: 16 Mar 2021 17:33

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