The Role of Field-Aligned Currents Patterns in Generating Morning Sector Pi 1 Pulsations at Sub-Auroral Latitudes

  1. Thomas A. Potemra
  1. M. J. Engebretson1,
  2. S. J. Solberg1,
  3. L. J. Cahill Jr.2 and
  4. R. L. Arnoldy3

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM028p0331

Magnetospheric Currents

Magnetospheric Currents

How to Cite

Engebretson, M. J., Solberg, S. J., Cahill, L. J. and Arnoldy, R. L. (1984) The Role of Field-Aligned Currents Patterns in Generating Morning Sector Pi 1 Pulsations at Sub-Auroral Latitudes, in Magnetospheric Currents (ed T. A. Potemra), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM028p0331

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Physics, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN 55454

  2. 2

    Department of Physics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455

  3. 3

    Space Science Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1984

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900551

Online ISBN: 9781118664131

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Keywords:

  • Magnetospheric currents—Congresses;
  • Plasma instabilities—Congresses

Summary

Recent studies of digitally sampled two-axis search coil magnetometer data from Siple Station, Antarctica have revealed an unusual class of asymmetric pulsations at the equatorward edge of the morning sector auroral zone. We have reviewed three-axis data taken with this same instrumentation in 1974 to further characterize the vector properties of these one-sided pulsations and to place further constraints on possible source mechanisms. Data will be presented showing that ionospheric and filamentary field-aligned currents, as modeled by Arnoldy et al. [1982] and Engebretson et al. [1983a] are likely to be major contributors to these Pi 1 signatures. If these models are correct, filamentary structures in morning sector Region II Birkeland currents are produced by the ionospheric response to localized impulsive precipitation of energetic electrons from trapped orbits in the magnetospheric plasma sheet (pulsating aurora).