Auroral Particle Distribution Functions and Their Relationship to Inverted Vs and Auroral Arcs

  1. S.-I. Akasofu and
  2. J.R. Kan
  1. J. F. Fennell,
  2. D. J. Gorney and
  3. P. F. Mizera

Published Online: 26 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM025p0091

Physics of Auroral Arc Formation

Physics of Auroral Arc Formation

How to Cite

Fennell, J. F., Gorney, D. J. and Mizera, P. F. (1981) Auroral Particle Distribution Functions and Their Relationship to Inverted Vs and Auroral Arcs, in Physics of Auroral Arc Formation (eds S.-I. Akasofu and J.R. Kan), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM025p0091

Author Information

  1. Space Sciences Laboratory, the Aerospace Corporation, P.O. Box 92957, Los Angeles, California 90009

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1981

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900506

Online ISBN: 9781118664360

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Keywords:

  • Auroras—Addresses, essays, lectures

Summary

Utilizing data from three satellites we show the relationship between the particle energy and angular distributions, the resulting auroral forms, and spatial features such as the inverted V and electrostatic structures. The occurrence of field-aligned electrons over a wide range of energies near and at the edges of inverted V structures in the low altitude local evening auroral region is an outstanding feature in the data. The DMSP pictures often show a brightening of the auroral form in coincidence with similar intense electron precipitation at the edges of inverted V structures. Preliminary examination of the S3-3 data has produced only a few such events with a tendency for them to occur at lower altitudes. As a separate topic, a detailed description of a high altitude inverted V structure is presented using S3-3 data. The region contained strong perpendicular electric field structures embedded therein. The potential drop in the region peaks near 16 kV with 10–12 kV below and 4–6 kV above ∼8000 km. The modification of the electron distributions due to strong electric field structures is analyzed. The signature of the acceleration in the electrons is consistent with an acceleration region that starts 2000–4000 km above the satellite altitude of 8000 km and extends well below the satellite.