Journal of Geophysical Research

Turbulence of electrostatic electron cyclotron harmonic waves observed by Ogo 5


  • Hiroshi Oya


VLF emissions that have been observed near 3/2 fH, 5/2 fH, and 7/2 fH by Ogo 5 in the magnetosphere (fH is the electron cyclotron frequency) are analyzed in the light of the mechanism used for the diffuse plasma resonance fDn observed by Alouette 2 and Isis 1. The VLF emission is considered to be generated by nonlinear coupling mechanisms in certain portions of the observation as the fDn is enhanced by its association with nonlinear wave-particle interaction of the electrostatic electron cyclotron harmonic wave, including the instability due to the nonlinear inverse Landau damping mechanism in the turbulence. The difference between the two observations is in the excitation mechanism of the turbulence; the turbulence in the plasma trough detected by Ogo 5 is due to natural origins, whereas the ionospheric topside sounder makes the plasma wave turbulence artificially by submitting strong stimulation pulses. Electron density values in the plasma trough are deduced by applying the fDnfN/fH relationship obtained from the Alouette 2 experiment as well as by applying the condition for the wave-particle nonlinear interactions. The electron density values reveal good agreement with the ion density values observed simultaneously by the highly sensitive ion mass spectrometer.