Statistical investigation of the frequency dependence of the chorus source mechanism of plasmaspheric hiss

We use data from eight satellites to statistically examine the role of chorus as a potential source of plasmaspheric hiss. We find that the strong equatorial (|λm| < 6o) chorus wave power in the frequency range 50 < f < 200 Hz does not extend to high latitudes in any MLT sector and is unlikely to be the source of the low frequency plasmaspheric hiss in this frequency range. In contrast, strong equatorial chorus wave power in the medium frequency range 200 < f < 2000 Hz is observed to extend to high latitudes and low altitudes in the pre‐noon sector, consistent with ray tracing modelling from a chorus source and supporting the chorus to hiss generation mechanism. At higher frequencies, chorus may contribute to the weak plasmaspheric hiss seen on the dayside in the frequency range 2000 < f < 3000 Hz band, but is not responsible for the weak plasmaspheric hiss on the nightside in the frequency range 3000 < f < 4000 Hz.


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Authors: Meredith, Nigel P. ORCIDORCID record for Nigel P. Meredith, Bortnik, Jacob, Horne, Richard B. ORCIDORCID record for Richard B. Horne, Li, Wen, Shen, Xiao-Chen

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28 March, 2021
Geophysical Research Letters / 48
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