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  1. Dynamics of energetic plasma sheet electrons

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    Burin Des Roziers, Edward

    2009-06-01

    The dynamics of energetic plasma sheet electrons plays an important role in many geomagnetic processes. The intent of this thesis is to extend the current understanding of the relationship between the solar wind and energetic plasma sheet electrons (~> 40 keV ), as well as the variability of these electrons within the plasma sheet. The statistical relationship between tens of keV plasma sheet electrons and the solar wind, as well as > 2 MeV geosynchronous electrons, is investigated, using plasma sheet measurements from Cluster (2001 - 2005) and Geotail (1998 - 2005), and concurrent solar wind measurements from ACE. Statistically, plasma sheet electron flux variations are compared to solar wind velocity, density, dynamic pressure, IMF B z , and solar wind energetic electrons, as well as > 2 MeV electrons at geosynchronous orbit. Several new results are revealed: (1) there is a strong positive correlation between energetic plasma sheet electrons and solar wind velocity; (2) this correlation is valid throughout the plasma sheet and extends to distances of X GSM =-30 R E ; (3) there is evidence of a weak negative correlation between energetic plasma sheet electrons and solar wind density; (4) energetic plasma sheet electrons are enhanced during times of southward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF); (5) there is no clear correlation between energetic plasma sheet electrons and solar wind electrons of comparable energies; and (6) there is a strong correlation between energetic electrons in the plasma sheet and > 2 MeV electrons at geosynchronous orbit measured 2 days later. In addition, the variability of energetic electron fluxes within the plasma sheet is explored. Interesting events were found using a combination of automated methods and visual inspection. Events are classified into 4 main types: (1) plasma sheet empty of energetic electrons; (2) decreasing plasma sheet energetic electron fluxes; (3) increasing plasma sheet energetic electron fluxes; and (4) sharp

  2. Runaway electrons in plasma current sheets

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    Gurevich, A.V.; Sudan, R.N. )

    1994-01-31

    It is shown that a runaway electron population accelerates along the main magnetic field in a Sweet-Parker current sheet. After a characteristic distance the entire current is carried by runaways. The thickness of this runaway sheet is much smaller than the original Ohmic sheet. The influence of microinstabilities is discussed.

  3. Observations of Electron Vorticity in the Inner Plasma Sheet

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    Gurgiolo, C.; Goldstein, M. L.; Vinas, A. F.; Matthaeus, W. H.; Fazakerley, A. N.

    2011-01-01

    From a limited number of observations it appears that vorticity is a common feature in the inner plasma sheet. With the four Cluster spacecraft and the four PEACE instruments positioned in a tetrahedral configuration, for the first time it is possible to directly estimate the electron fluid vorticity in a space plasma. We show examples of electron fluid vorticity from multiple plasma sheet crossings. These include three time periods when Cluster passed through a reconnection ion diffusion region. Enhancements in vorticity are seen in association with each crossing of the ion diffusion region.

  4. Strong electron heating in the near-Earth plasma sheet.

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    Grigorenko, Elena; Zelenyi, Lev; Kronberg, Elena; Daly, Patrick

    2016-07-01

    Strong perturbations of the Plasma Sheet (PS) magnetic field in the course of magnetic dipolarization are often followed by the generation of magnetic turbulence and plasma heating. Various plasma instabilities and waves can be excited during these processes, which may affect ion and electron velocity distributions in a different way. We have analyzed 70 crossings of the central PS by Cluster spacecraft (s/c) at -19 < X < -8 Re in 2001-2005. We have found that in 32 intervals the ratio of Tion/Tele dropped in the central PS down to <3.0, which denotes significant electron heating. The detailed analysis of these crossings showed that in majority of these events strong magnetic dipolarizations and magnetic turbulence were observed. In the present study we discuss possible mechanisms of such strong electron heating.

  5. Experimental investigation of a 1 kA/cm2 sheet beam plasma cathode electron gun

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    Kumar, Niraj; Narayan Pal, Udit; Kumar Pal, Dharmendra; Prajesh, Rahul; Prakash, Ram

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a cold cathode based sheet-beam plasma cathode electron gun is reported with achieved sheet-beam current density ˜1 kA/cm2 from pseudospark based argon plasma for pulse length of ˜200 ns in a single shot experiment. For the qualitative assessment of the sheet-beam, an arrangement of three isolated metallic-sheets is proposed. The actual shape and size of the sheet-electron-beam are obtained through a non-conventional method by proposing a dielectric charging technique and scanning electron microscope based imaging. As distinct from the earlier developed sheet beam sources, the generated sheet-beam has been propagated more than 190 mm distance in a drift space region maintaining sheet structure without assistance of any external magnetic field.

  6. Experimental investigation of a 1 kA/cm² sheet beam plasma cathode electron gun.

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    Kumar, Niraj; Pal, Udit Narayan; Pal, Dharmendra Kumar; Prajesh, Rahul; Prakash, Ram

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a cold cathode based sheet-beam plasma cathode electron gun is reported with achieved sheet-beam current density ∼1 kA/cm(2) from pseudospark based argon plasma for pulse length of ∼200 ns in a single shot experiment. For the qualitative assessment of the sheet-beam, an arrangement of three isolated metallic-sheets is proposed. The actual shape and size of the sheet-electron-beam are obtained through a non-conventional method by proposing a dielectric charging technique and scanning electron microscope based imaging. As distinct from the earlier developed sheet beam sources, the generated sheet-beam has been propagated more than 190 mm distance in a drift space region maintaining sheet structure without assistance of any external magnetic field. PMID:25638082

  7. Thin Current Sheets and Associated Electron Heating in Turbulent Space Plasma

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    Chasapis, A.; Retinò, A.; Sahraoui, F.; Vaivads, A.; Khotyaintsev, Yu. V.; Sundkvist, D.; Greco, A.; Sorriso-Valvo, L.; Canu, P.

    2015-05-01

    Intermittent structures, such as thin current sheets, are abundant in turbulent plasmas. Numerical simulations indicate that such current sheets are important sites of energy dissipation and particle heating occurring at kinetic scales. However, direct evidence of dissipation and associated heating within current sheets is scarce. Here, we show a new statistical study of local electron heating within proton-scale current sheets by using high-resolution spacecraft data. Current sheets are detected using the Partial Variance of Increments (PVI) method which identifies regions of strong intermittency. We find that strong electron heating occurs in high PVI (>3) current sheets while no significant heating occurs in low PVI cases (<3), indicating that the former are dominant for energy dissipation. Current sheets corresponding to very high PVI (>5) show the strongest heating and most of the time are consistent with ongoing magnetic reconnection. This suggests that reconnection is important for electron heating and dissipation at kinetic scales in turbulent plasmas.

  8. In Situ Observations of Ion Scale Current Sheets and Associated Electron Heating in Turbulent Space Plasmas

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    Chasapis, A.; Retino, A.; Sahraoui, F.; Greco, A.; Vaivads, A.; Khotyaintsev, Y. V.; Sundkvist, D. J.; Canu, P.

    2014-12-01

    We present a statistical study of ion-scale current sheets in turbulent space plasma. The study was performed using in situ measurements from the Earth's magnetosheath downstream of the quasi-parallel shock. Intermittent structures were identified using the Partial Variance of Increments method. We studied the distribution of the identified structures as a function of their magnetic shear angle, the PVI index and the electron heating. The properties of the observed current sheets were different for high (>3) and low (<3) values of the PVI index. We observed a distinct population of high PVI (>3) structures that accounted for ~20% of the total. Those current sheets have high magnetic shear (>90 degrees) and were observed mostly in close proximity to the bow shock with their numbers reducing towards the magnetopause. Enhancement of the estimated electron temperature within these current sheets suggest that they are important for local electron heating and energy dissipation.

  9. Inner Magnetospheric Superthermal Electron Transport: Photoelectron and Plasma Sheet Electron Sources

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    Khazanov, G. V.; Liemohn, M. W.; Kozyra, J. U.; Moore, Thomas E.

    1998-01-01

    Two time-dependent kinetic models of superthermal electron transport are combined to conduct global calculations of the nonthermal electron distribution function throughout the inner magnetosphere. It is shown that the energy range of validity for this combined model extends down to the superthermal-thermal intersection at a few eV, allowing for the calculation of the entire distribution function and thus an accurate heating rate to the thermal plasma. Because of the linearity of the formulas, the source terms are separated to calculate the distributions from the various populations, namely photoelectrons (PEs) and plasma sheet electrons (PSEs). These distributions are discussed in detail, examining the processes responsible for their formation in the various regions of the inner magnetosphere. It is shown that convection, corotation, and Coulomb collisions are the dominant processes in the formation of the PE distribution function, and that PSEs are dominated by the interplay between the drift terms. Of note is that the PEs propagate around the nightside in a narrow channel at the edge of the plasmasphere as Coulomb collisions reduce the fluxes inside of this and convection compresses the flux tubes inward. These distributions are then recombined to show the development of the total superthermal electron distribution function in the inner magnetosphere and their influence on the thermal plasma. PEs usually dominate the dayside heating, with integral energy fluxes to the ionosphere reaching 10(exp 10) eV/sq cm/s in the plasmasphere, while heating from the PSEs typically does not exceed 10(exp 8)eV/sq cm/s. On the nightside, the inner plasmasphere is usually unheated by superthermal electrons. A feature of these combined spectra is that the distribution often has upward slopes with energy, particularly at the crossover from PE to PSE dominance, indicating that instabilities are possible.

  10. Inner Magnetospheric Superthermal Electron Transport: Photoelectron and Plasma Sheet Electron Sources

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    Khazanov, G. V.; Liemohn, M. W.; Kozyra, J. U.; Moore, T. E.

    1998-01-01

    Two time-dependent kinetic models of superthermal electron transport are combined to conduct global calculations of the nonthermal electron distribution function throughout the inner magnetosphere. It is shown that the energy range of validity for this combined model extends down to the superthermal-thermal intersection at a few eV, allowing for the calculation of the en- tire distribution function and thus an accurate heating rate to the thermal plasma. Because of the linearity of the formulas, the source terms are separated to calculate the distributions from the various populations, namely photoelectrons (PEs) and plasma sheet electrons (PSEs). These distributions are discussed in detail, examining the processes responsible for their formation in the various regions of the inner magnetosphere. It is shown that convection, corotation, and Coulomb collisions are the dominant processes in the formation of the PE distribution function and that PSEs are dominated by the interplay between the drift terms. Of note is that the PEs propagate around the nightside in a narrow channel at the edge of the plasmasphere as Coulomb collisions reduce the fluxes inside of this and convection compresses the flux tubes inward. These distributions are then recombined to show the development of the total superthermal electron distribution function in the inner magnetosphere and their influence on the thermal plasma. PEs usually dominate the dayside heating, with integral energy fluxes to the ionosphere reaching 10(exp 10) eV/sq cm/s in the plasmasphere, while heating from the PSEs typically does not exceed 10(exp 8) eV/sq cm/s. On the nightside, the inner plasmasphere is usually unheated by superthermal electrons. A feature of these combined spectra is that the distribution often has upward slopes with energy, particularly at the crossover from PE to PSE dominance, indicating that instabilities are possible.

  11. Inner edge of the electron plasma sheet: Empirical models of boundary location

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    Elphic, R. C.; Thomsen, M. F.; Borovsky, J. E.; McComas, D. J.

    1999-10-01

    This study uses geosynchronous plasma observations and the inferred midnight equatorward edge of the diffuse aurora (based on DMSP data) to obtain hundreds of two-point locations of the inner edge of the electron plasma sheet. We reconfirm that the local time at L=6.6 of the boundary separating the plasmasphere/electron trough (where cold ion densities can be high and the density of hot electrons is low) and the electron plasma sheet (where hot electron densities increase) varies with activity level. We also demonstrate a good correlation between the midnight boundary index (MBI) from DMSP and the local time of the geosynchronous electron plasma sheet inner edge. Models of the size and shape of the inner edge of the electron plasma sheet may be constructed using the equatorial mapping of the MBI values and the geosynchronous boundary crossing locations in local time. The model form used is an improved version of the zero-energy drift boundary approximation of Southwood and Kaye [1979] the improved form is an analytic approximation to the exact solution for a shielded cross-tail electric field. Model parameters such as radial distance of the stagnation point range from 5 to well over 7RE depending on activity; the degree of shielding also appears to be greater for low activity than for high, with shielding parameter values of greater than 5 for low activity. When the boundary model is allowed to rotate freely, the inferred stagnation point appears to move tailward, not sunward, with increasing activity, but this result is poorly constrained.

  12. SHEET PLASMA DEVICE

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    Henderson, O.A.

    1962-07-17

    An ion-electron plasma heating apparatus of the pinch tube class was developed wherein a plasma is formed by an intense arc discharge through a gas and is radially constricted by the magnetic field of the discharge. To avoid kink and interchange instabilities which can disrupt a conventional arc shortiy after it is formed, the apparatus is a pinch tube with a flat configuration for forming a sheet of plasma between two conductive plates disposed parallel and adjacent to the plasma sheet. Kink instabilities are suppressed by image currents induced in the conductive plates while the interchange instabilities are neutrally stable because of the flat plasma configuration wherein such instabilities may occur but do not dynamically increase in amplitude. (AEC)

  13. Experimental investigation of a 1 kA/cm{sup 2} sheet beam plasma cathode electron gun

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    Kumar, Niraj Narayan Pal, Udit; Prajesh, Rahul; Prakash, Ram; Kumar Pal, Dharmendra

    2015-01-15

    In this paper, a cold cathode based sheet-beam plasma cathode electron gun is reported with achieved sheet-beam current density ∼1 kA/cm{sup 2} from pseudospark based argon plasma for pulse length of ∼200 ns in a single shot experiment. For the qualitative assessment of the sheet-beam, an arrangement of three isolated metallic-sheets is proposed. The actual shape and size of the sheet-electron-beam are obtained through a non-conventional method by proposing a dielectric charging technique and scanning electron microscope based imaging. As distinct from the earlier developed sheet beam sources, the generated sheet-beam has been propagated more than 190 mm distance in a drift space region maintaining sheet structure without assistance of any external magnetic field.

  14. Electron distributions observed with Langmuir waves in the plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Hwang, Junga; Rha, Kicheol; Seough, Jungjoon; Yoon, Peter H.

    2014-09-15

    The present paper investigates the Langmuir turbulence driven by counter-streaming electron beams and its plausible association with observed features in the Earth's plasma sheet boundary layer region. A one-dimensional electrostatic particle-in-cell simulation code is employed in order to simulate broadband electrostatic waves with characteristic frequency in the vicinity of the electron plasma frequency ω/ω{sub pe}≃1.0. The present simulation confirms that the broadband electrostatic waves may indeed be generated by the counter-streaming electron beams. It is also found that the observed feature associated with low energy electrons, namely quasi-symmetric velocity space plateaus, are replicated according to the present simulation. However, the present investigation only partially succeeds in generating the suprathermal tails such that the origin of observed quasi power-law energetic population formation remains outstanding.

  15. Spectral characteristics of plasma sheet ion and electron populations during undisturbed geomagnetic conditions

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    Christon, S.P.; Williams, D.J.; Mitchell, D.G. ); Frank, L.A.; Huang, C.Y. )

    1989-10-01

    The authors analyze 127 one-hour average samples of central plasma sheet ions and electrons in order to determine spectral characteristics of thee magnetotail particle populations during periods of low geomagnetic activity (AE<100nT). Particle data from the low energy proton and electron differential energy analyzer (LEPEDEA) and medium energy particle instrument (MEPI) on ISEE 1 were combined to obtain differential energy spectra in the plasma sheet at geocentric radial distances R > 12 R{sub E}. They find that, for even the longest periods sampled, the nearly isotropic central plasma sheet total ion and electron populations were measured to be continuous particle distributions from the lowest energy of tens of eV/e to a few hundred keV. The kappa distribution most often reproduces the observed differential energy spectra. Spectra dominated by a single kappa functional form are observed during 83 (99) hours for ions (electrons). Spectra which are not dominated by a single kappa functional form can usually be closely approximated by superposed kappa functional forms. For both ions and electrons {kappa} is typically in the range 4-8, with a most probable value between 5 and 6, so that the spectral shape is distinctly non-Maxwellian. E{sub oi} and E{sub oe} are highly correlated, whereas {kappa}{sub i} and {kappa}{sub e} are not correlated; {kappa}{sub i} is roughly proportional to E{sub oi}{sup 1/2}, whereas {kappa}{sub e} is not correlated with E{sub oe}. They statistically investigate the importance of flux and energy contributions from extramagnetospheric sources by separately analyzing intervals when simultaneously measured interplanetary particle fluxes are either enhanced or at low levels.

  16. Spectral characteristics of plasma sheet ion and electron populations during disturbed geomagnetic conditions

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    Christon, S.P., Williams, D.J.; Mitchell, D.G. ); Huang, C.Y.; Frank, L.A. )

    1991-01-01

    The authors have determined the spectral characteristics of central plasma sheet ions and electrons observed during 71 hours when geomagnetic activity was at moderate to high levels (AE {ge} 100nT). Particle data from the low-energy proton and electron differential energy analyzer and the medium energy particle instrument on ISEE 1 are combined to obtain differential energy spectra (measured in units of particles/cm{sup 2} s sr keV) in the kinetic energy range {approximately}30 eV/e to {approximately}1 MeV at geocentric radial distances >12R{sub e}. Nearly isotropic central plasma sheet total ion and electron populations were chosen for analysis and were measured to be continuous particle distributions from the lowest to highest energies. During these high AE periods the >24 keV particle fluxes and the temperature of the entire particle distribution kT are significantly higher than during low AE periods (AE < 100 nT). The temperatures kT{sub i} and kT{sub e} are highly correlated during both quiet and disturbed periods. The active period spectral shape appears softer for ions and somewhat harder for electrons than during quiet periods. They find that the observed active period spectrum typically is complex and cannot be represented in general by a single functional form, as during quiet periods when it can be represented by the kappa distribution function. In a limited energy range near the knee of the ion spectra, the spectral shape can often be fit with a Maxwellian form, thus rolling over faster than the typical quiet time spectrum. Electron spectra also display this spectral characteristic, although at a lower occurence frequency than for ions. The electron spectra are predominantly kappalike at energies near and above the knee. The authors conclude that both ions and electrons participate in at least two separate accerlation mechanisms as geomagnetic activity evolves from low AE to high AE values.

  17. The relationship between diffuse auroral and plasma sheet electron distributions near local midnight

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    Schumaker, T.L. ); Gussenhoven, M.S. ); Hardy, D.A.; Carovillano, R.L.

    1989-08-01

    A study of the relationship between diffuse auroral and plasma sheet electron distributions in the energy range from 50 eV to 20 keV in the midnight region was conducted using data from the P78-1 and SCATHA satellites. From 1 1/2 years of data, 14 events were found where the polar-orbiting P78-1 satellite and the near-geosynchronous SCATHA satellite were approximately on the same magnetic field line simultaneously, with SCATHA in the plasma sheet and P78-1 in the diffuse auroral region. For all cases the spectra from the two satellites are in good quantitative agreement. For 13 of the 14 events the pitch angle distribution measured at P78-1 was isotropic for angles mapping into the loss cone at the SCATHA orbit. For one event the P78-1 electron flux decreased with pitch angle toward the field line direction. At SCATHA the distributions outside the loss cone were most commonly butterfly or pancake, although distributions peaked toward the field line were sometimes observed at energies below 1 keV. Electron distributions, as measured where there is isotropy within the loss cone but anisotropy outside the loss cone, are inconsistent with current theories for the scattering of cone for the distribution measured at SCATHA, the electron precipitation lifetimes were calculated for the 14 events. Because the distributions are anisotropic at pitch angles away from the loss cone, the calculated lifetimes significantly exceed the lifetimes in the limit when the flu is isotropic at all pitch angles. The computed precipitation lifetimes are found to be weakly dependent on magnetic activity. The average lifetimes exceed those for the case of isotropy at all pitch angles by a factor between 2 and 3 for {ital Kp}{le}2 and approximately 1.5 for {ital Kp}{gt}2. {copyright} American Geophysical Union 1989

  18. Observations of correlated broadband electrostatic noise and electron-cyclotron emissions in the plasma sheet. Technical report

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    Roeder, J.L.; Angelopoulos, V.; Baumjohann, W.; Anderson, R.R.

    1991-11-15

    Electric field wave observations in the central plasma sheet of the earth's magnetosphere show the correlated occurrence of broadband electrostatic noise and electrostatic electron cyclotron harmonic emissions. A model is proposed in which the broadband emissions are electron acoustic waves generated by an observed low energy electron beam, and the cyclotron emissions are generated by the hot electron loss cone instability. The high degree of correlation between the two emissions is provided in the model by the presence of the cold electron beam population, which allows both of the plasma instabilities to grow.

  19. A statistical study of the THEMIS satellite data for plasma sheet electrons carrying auroral upward field-aligned currents

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    Lee, S.; Shiokawa, K.; McFadden, J. P.

    2010-12-01

    The magnetospheric electron precipitation along the upward field-aligned currents without the potential difference causes diffuse aurora, and the magnetospheric electrons accelerated by a field-aligned potential difference cause the intense and bright type of aurora, namely discrete aurora. In this study, we are trying to find out when and where the aurora can be caused with or without electron acceleration. We statistically investigate electron density, temperature, thermal current, and conductivity in the plasma sheet using the data from the electrostatic analyzer (ESA) onboard the THEMIS-D satellite launched in 2007. According to Knight (Planet. Space Sci., 1973) and Lyons (JGR, 1980), the thermal current, jth(∝ nT^(1/2) where n is electron density and T is electron temperature in the plasma sheet), represents the upper limit to field aligned current that can be carried by magnetospheric electrons without field-aligned potential difference. The conductivity, K(∝ nT^(-1/2)), represents the efficiency of the upward field-aligned current (j) that the field-aligned potential difference (V) can produce (j=KV). Therefore, estimating jth and K in the plasma sheet is important in understanding the ability of plasma sheet electrons to carry the field-aligned current which is driven by various magnetospheric processes such as flow shear and azimuthal pressure gradient. Similar study was done by Shiokawa et al. (2000) based on the auroral electron data obtained by the DMSP satellites above the auroral oval and the AMPTE/IRM satellite in the near Earth plasma sheet at 10-18 Re on February-June 1985 and March-June 1986 during the solar minimum. The purpose of our study is to examine auroral electrons with pitch angle information inside 12 Re where Shiokawa et al. (2000) did not investigate well. For preliminary result, we found that in the dawn side inner magnetosphere (source of the region 2 current), electrons can make sufficient thermal current without field

  20. Energetic ion and electron observations of the geomagnetic plasma sheet boundary layer - Three-dimensional results from ISEE 1

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    Spjeldvik, W. N.; Fritz, T. A.

    1981-01-01

    A description of energetic ion and electron behavior in the geomagnetic plasma sheet boundary layer is presented based on observations made by the medium-energy particle experiment on board ISEE 1. Three-dimensional observations of ions of energies 24-2081 keV and electrons of energies 22.5-1200 keV were obtained by the NOAA/WAPS instrument near the center of the magnetotail at a distance of approximately 15 earth radii. Large-scale motions of plasma sheet energetic particles are observed as an apparent result of a series of magnetospheric disturbances (substorms), which are characterized by substantial contractions and expansions. Ion flow velocity in a distinct boundary layer in energetic ions has been found to be in the earthward direction in each of the five ISEE 1 boundary crossings. Boundary layer motion during one of these crossings is interpreted as large-amplitude boundary waves with periodicities of a few minutes superimposed on the general plasma sheet behavior associated with the substorm process.

  1. Sheet electron beam tester

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    Spear, Alexander Grenbeaux

    The DARPA HiFIVE project uses a pulsed electron sheet beam gun to power a traveling wave tube amplifier operating at 220 GHz. Presented is a method for characterizing the high current density 0.1 mm by 1 mm sheet electron beam. A tungsten tipped probe was scanned through the cross section of the sheet electron beam inside of a vacuum vessel. The probe was controlled with sub-micron precision using stepper motors and LabView computer control while boxcar averaging hardware sampled the pulsed beam. Matlab algorithms were used to interpret the data, calculate beam dimensions and current density, and create 2-dimensional cross section images. Full characterization of two separate HiFIVE sheet electron guns was accomplished and is also presented.

  2. Simulation of electrostatic turbulence in the plasma sheet boundary layer with electron currents and bean-shaped ion beams

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    Nishikawa, K.-I.; Frank, L. A.; Huang, C. Y.

    1988-01-01

    Plasma data from ISEE-1 show the presence of electron currents as well as energetic ion beams in the plasma sheet boundary layer. Broadband electrostatic noise and low-frequency electromagnetic bursts are detected in the plasma sheet boundary layer, especially in the presence of strong ion flows, currents, and steep spacial gradients in the fluxes of few-keV electrons and ions. Particle simulations have been performed to investigate electrostatic turbulence driven by a cold electron beam and/or ion beams with a bean-shaped velocity distribution. The simulation results show that the counterstreaming ion beams as well as the counterstreaming of the cold electron beam and the ion beam excite ion acoustic waves with a given Doppler-shifted real frequency. However, the effect of the bean-shaped ion velocity distributions reduces the growth rates of ion acoustic instability. The simulation results also show that the slowing down of the ion bean is larger at the larger perpendicular velocity. The wave spectra of the electric fields at some points of the simulations show turbulence generated by growing waves.

  3. Correlation of Alfvén wave Poynting flux in the plasma sheet at 4-7 RE with ionospheric electron energy flux

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    Keiling, A.; Wygant, J. R.; Cattell, C.; Peria, W.; Parks, G.; Temerin, M.; Mozer, F. S.; Russell, C. T.; Kletzing, C. A.

    2002-07-01

    A comparison of Poynting flux in the plasma sheet at geocentric distances of 4-7 RE to the energy flux of magnetically conjugate precipitating electrons at 100-km altitude is presented. We have investigated 40 plasma sheet crossings by the Polar satellite, including both cases with large in situ values of Poynting flux (~1 ergs cm-2 s-1) and cases with low values (<=0.1 ergs cm-2 s-1). The values correspond to ~125 and ~12 ergs cm-2 s-1, respectively, when mapped along converging magnetic field lines to 100 km. The north-south component of the electric field and the east-west component of the magnetic field were the primary source of the Poynting flux. On the basis of the phase relationship and ratio of E and B, the majority of Poynting flux events were identified as Alfvén waves. The Poynting flux measured at high altitudes by Polar was correlated with the intensity of the conjugate auroral emission in the ultraviolet frequency range, which can be used to estimate energy deposition due to precipitating electron beams. The electron energy flux during times of intense Poynting flux in the plasma sheet exceeded 20 ergs cm-2 s-1. In the absence of strong Poynting flux in the plasma sheet, electron precipitation was small (<=5 ergs cm-2 s-1). The mapped Poynting flux was in almost all events larger by a factor of 1-10 than the ionospheric electron energy flux. These results show that Alfvénic Poynting flux in the midtail region is associated with and capable of powering localized regions of magnetically conjugate auroral emissions. Furthermore, the large Poynting flux events observed at the outer edge of the plasma sheet were conjugate to the poleward border of the active auroral regions, giving further evidence that at least some of the discrete aurora connects to the plasma sheet boundary layer.

  4. Electron acceleration associated with the magnetic flux pileup regions in the near-Earth plasma sheet: A multicase study

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    Tang, C. L.; Zhou, M.; Yao, Z. H.; Shi, F.

    2016-05-01

    Using the Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) observations, we study electron acceleration (<30 keV) in the magnetic flux pileup regions (FPRs) in the near-Earth plasma sheet (X ~ -10 RE). We present three cases of FRPs associated with dipolarization fronts and substorm dipolarization. Based on the characteristics of the magnetic field, we defined the magnetic field enhancement region (MFER) as the magnetic field with significant ramp that is usually observed near the dipolarization front boundary layer. On the other side, the increased magnetic field without a significant ramp is the rest of a FPR. Our results show that betatron acceleration dominates for 10-30 keV electrons inside the MFER, whereas Fermi acceleration dominates for 10-30 keV electrons inside the rest of the FPR. Betatron acceleration is caused by the enhancement of the local magnetic field, whereas Fermi acceleration is related to the shrinking length of magnetic field line. These accelerated electrons inside the FPRs in the near-Earth tail play a potentially important role in the evolution of the Earth's electron radiation belt and substorms.

  5. The plasma sheet boundary and Kp

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    Freeman, J. W.

    1975-01-01

    The paper studies data obtained by the suprathermal ion detector aboard the ATS-1 geostationary satellite in order to establish a relation between the local time occurrence of the plasma sheet at the geostationary orbit (6.6 earth radii) and the Kp index. This relation is then used along with Alfven and Falthammer's (1963) equation for the drift path of an electron moving under the combined influence of a homogeneous electric field and a dipole magnetic field to derive an expression that shows the manner in which the inner boundary of the plasma sheet can be expected to vary radially with Kp along the midnight meridian for Kp less than about 4.

  6. Electric fields associated with small-scale magnetic holes in the plasma sheet: Evidence for electron currents

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    Goodrich, Katherine A.; Ergun, Robert E.; Stawarz, Julia E.

    2016-06-01

    We report observations of magnetic holes (MHs) in the near-Earth (8 RE to 12 RE) plasma sheet that have physical sizes perpendicular to the magnetic field (B) on the order of the ion Larmor radius (ρi) and, more importantly, have current layers less than ρi in thickness. Small-scale MHs can have >90% depletion in |B| and are commonly associated with the braking of bursty bulk flow events. The generation of MHs is often attributed to magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities, which requires a size greater than ρi; the depletion in |B| is from an ion current consistent with a pressure gradient. Electric field (E) observations indicate a negative potential inside of small-scale MHs that creates an outward E at the boundary, which drives an E × B electron current in a thin layer. These observations indicate that a Hall electron current is primarily responsible for the depletion of |B| in small-scale magnetic holes, rather than the ion pressure gradient.

  7. MHD Ballooning Instability in the Plasma Sheet

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    C.Z. Cheng; S. Zaharia

    2003-10-20

    Based on the ideal-MHD model the stability of ballooning modes is investigated by employing realistic 3D magnetospheric equilibria, in particular for the substorm growth phase. Previous MHD ballooning stability calculations making use of approximations on the plasma compressibility can give rise to erroneous conclusions. Our results show that without making approximations on the plasma compressibility the MHD ballooning modes are unstable for the entire plasma sheet where beta (sub)eq is greater than or equal to 1, and the most unstable modes are located in the strong cross-tail current sheet region in the near-Earth plasma sheet, which maps to the initial brightening location of the breakup arc in the ionosphere. However, the MHD beq threshold is too low in comparison with observations by AMPTE/CCE at X = -(8 - 9)R(sub)E, which show that a low-frequency instability is excited only when beq increases over 50. The difficulty is mitigated by considering the kinetic effects of ion gyrorad ii and trapped electron dynamics, which can greatly increase the stabilizing effects of field line tension and thus enhance the beta(sub)eq threshold [Cheng and Lui, 1998]. The consequence is to reduce the equatorial region of the unstable ballooning modes to the strong cross-tail current sheet region where the free energy associated with the plasma pressure gradient and magnetic field curvature is maximum.

  8. Rapid loss of the plasma sheet energetic electrons associated with the growth of whistler mode waves inside the bursty bulk flows

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    Li, L. Y.; Yu, J.; Cao, J. B.

    During the interval 07:45:36- 07:54:24 UT on 24 August 2005, Cluster satellites (C1 and C3) observed an obvious loss of energetic electrons (3.2- 95keV) associated with the growth of whistler mode waves inside some bursty bulk flows (BBFs) in the midtail plasma sheet (X _{GSM}= -17.25 R _{E}). However, the fluxes of the higher-energy electrons (>128keV) and energetic ions (10- 160 keV) were relatively stable in the BBF-impacted regions. The energy-dependent electron loss inside the BBFs is mainly due to the energy-selective pitch angle scatterings by whistler mode waves within the time scales from several seconds to several minutes, and the electron scatterings in different pitch angle distributions are different in the wave growth regions. The plasma sheet energetic electrons have mainly a quasi-perpendicular pitch angle distribution (30(°) electrons, the low-energy electrons (0.073- 2.1keV) have initially a field-aligned pitch angle distribution (0(°) electrons inside the BBFs is not obvious in the presence of their large background fluxes. These observations indicate that the resonant electrons in an anisotropic pitch angle distribution mainly undergo the rapid pitch angle scattering loss during the wave-particle resonances.

  9. The Effects of Non-adiabatic Processes on Near-Earth Plasma Sheet Electrons for Different Substorm-Related Magnetotail Conditions

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    Liang, H.; Ashour-Abdalla, M.; Richard, R. L.; Schriver, D.; El-Alaoui, M.; Walker, R. J.

    2013-12-01

    We investigate the spatial evolution of energetic electron distribution functions in the near-Earth plasma sheet associated with earthward propagating dipolarization fronts by using in situ observations as well as magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) and large scale kinetic (LSK) simulations. We have investigated two substorms, one on February 15, 2008 and the other on August 15, 2001. The February 15 event was observed by one of the THEMIS spacecraft at X_{GSM} -10RE, while the August 15 event was observed by Cluster at X -18RE. Both the MHD and LSK simulation results are compared to these spacecraft observations. Earthward propagating dipolarization fronts are found in both the observations and the MHD simulations, which exhibit very different magnetotail configurations, with contrasting flows, magnetic reconnection configuration, and plasma sheet structure. Electron LSK simulations were performed by using the time-varying magnetic and electric fields from the global MHD simulations. For the February 15, 2008 event, the electrons were launched near X = -20 RE with a thermal energy of 1 keV and for August 15, 2001 event, they were launched at 4 keV near X = -22 RE. These electrons undergo both non-adiabatic acceleration near the magnetotail reconnection region and adiabatic acceleration as they propagate earthward from the launch region. We compute the electron distribution functions parallel and perpendicular to the magnetic field at different locations between X = -18 RE and X = -10 RE in the plasma sheet. We find that for the February 15, 2008 event, reconnection is localized with a narrow region of high-speed flows ( 300 km/s). For this event the distribution functions show mainly f(v_perp) > f(v_par) ("par" and "perp" correspond to parallel and perpendicular to magnetic field). On August 15, 2001, there is a neutral line extending across the tail with relatively low-speed flows ( 100 km/s). For this event the distribution functions show mainly f(v_par) > f(v_perp). The

  10. Magnetic field at geosynchronous orbit during high-speed stream-driven storms: Connections to the solar wind, the plasma sheet, and the outer electron radiation belt

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    Borovsky, Joseph E.; Denton, Michael H.

    2010-08-01

    Superposed-epoch analysis is performed on magnetic field measurements from five GOES spacecraft in geosynchronous orbit during 63 high-speed stream-driven storms in 1995-2005. The field strength and the field stretching angle are examined as functions of time and local time, and these quantities are compared with the properties of the solar wind, the plasma sheet, and the outer electron radiation belt. Compression of the dayside magnetosphere coincides with an increased solar wind ram pressure commencing before the arrival of the corotating interaction region (CIR). Stretching of the nightside magnetosphere occurs in two phases: a strong-stretching phase early in the storm followed by a modest-stretching phase lasting for days. The strong-stretching phase coincides with the occurrence of the superdense plasma sheet, implying that ion pressure causes the strong stretching. This nightside strong-stretching perturbation corresponds to a ˜25% contribution to Dst*. The relativistic electron flux at geosynchronous orbit has a dropout recovery temporal profile that matches the strong-stretching temporal profile; however, the number density dropout and recovery of the electron radiation belt has a profile that leads the stretching profile. A comparison of geosynchronous field strengths and magnetopause field strengths indicates that magnetopause shadowing plays a role in the radiation belt dropout. Temporal fluctuations of the geosynchronous magnetic field are examined via 1 min changes of the GOES magnetic field vectors. Fluctuation amplitudes increase at all local times at storm onset and then slowly decay during the storms. The amplitude is linearly related to the Kp, PCI, and MBI indices, except during the strong-stretching phase of the storms.

  11. The Transition from Plasma Torus to Plasma Sheet at Jupiter

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    Paterson, W. R.; Frank, L. A.

    2003-04-01

    We review observations from the Galileo plasma analyzer (PLS) of thermal ions and suprathermal electrons in the Jovian magnetosphere for the range of radial distance approximately 10 - 40 RJ. Remote observations of the aurora have shown that the main ring of emission is conjugate to the equatorial plane at locations beyond the orbit of Ganymede at 15 RJ, and thus connects within this region of the magnetosphere. Intense field-aligned beams of hot electrons are observed beyond ˜17 RJ. These beams are direct evidence of auroral processes and their observation in the equatorial plane places constraints on possible driving mechanisms. This part of the magnetosphere also features the transition from torus to plasma sheet which is characterized by decreasing ion densities and increasing temperatures as functions of radial distance. Subcorotation of the plasma is observed, as are radial components of flow. The radial motion is outward in the evening sectors, but instances of inward flow occur between noon and dusk. On the dayside, it is confirmed that field-aligned motions of protons and heavy ions play an important role in the balance of stresses, a fact that was previously inferred on the basis of Voyager observations. The spacecraft samples the symmetry plane of the magnetosphere at just two diametrically opposed planetary longitudes due to the tilt of the magnetic dipole. However, systematic differences in the densities and temperatures of the thermal ions and in the intensities of the electron beams at those two longitudes are indications of System III periodicities.

  12. A statistical study of plasma sheet electrons carrying auroral upward field-aligned currents measured by Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS)

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    Lee, S.; Shiokawa, K.; McFadden, J. P.; Nishimura, Y.

    2011-12-01

    We have statistically investigated the electron density ne,M and temperature Te,M in the near-Earth plasma sheet in terms of the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling process, as measured by the electrostatic analyzer (ESA) on board the Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS-D) satellite from November 2007 to January 2010. To find out when and where an aurora can occur, either with or without electron acceleration, the thermal current j∥th and the conductivity K along the magnetic field line were also estimated from observations of the magnetospheric electrons with pitch angle information inside 12 RE. The thermal current, j∥th(∝ ne,M Te,M1/2), represents the upper limit of the field-aligned current that can be carried by magnetospheric electrons without a field-aligned potential difference. The conductivity, K(∝ ne,M Te,M-1/2), relates the upward field-aligned current, j∥, to the field-aligned potential difference, V∥, assuming adiabatic electron transport. The thermal current is estimated by two methods: (1) from the relation by using ne,M and Te,M and (2) from the total downward electron number flux. We find that in the dawnside inner magnetosphere, the thermal currents estimated by both methods are sufficient to carry typical region 2 upward field-aligned current. On the other hand, in the duskside outer magnetosphere, a field-aligned potential difference is necessary on the region 1 current since the estimated thermal current is smaller than the typical region 1 current. By using the relationship, j∥ = KV∥, where K is the conductivity estimated from Knight's relation and j∥ is the typical auroral current, we conclude that a field-aligned potential difference of V∥ = 2-5 kV is necessary on the duskside region 1 upward field-aligned current.

  13. Systematic study of plasma flow during plasma sheet thinnings

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    Lui, A. T. Y.; Frank, L. A.; Ackerson, K. L.; Meng, C.-I.; Akasofu, S.-I.

    1977-01-01

    On the basis of a study of Imp 6 measurements of plasma flow, it is concluded that there is no clear indication of a predominance of tailward plasma flow beyond about X = -15 R sub E in the midnight sector of the plasma sheet during the expansive phase of a substorm. In fact, it is shown statistically that sunward plasma flow is more frequently observed in the midnight sector within about 30 R sub E from the earth than in any other direction during plasma sheet thinning at the substorm expansion. This result supports the conclusion that there is no definite evidence for the formation of a reconnection neutral line in the near-earth plasma sheet during most substorms.

  14. Plasma sheet turbulence observed by Cluster II

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    Weygand, James M.; Kivelson, M. G.; Khurana, K. K.; Schwarzl, H. K.; Thompson, S. M.; McPherron, R. L.; Balogh, A.; Kistler, L. M.; Goldstein, M. L.; Borovsky, J.

    2005-01-01

    Cluster fluxgate magnetometer (FGM) and ion spectrometer (CIS) data are employed to analyze magnetic field fluctuations within the plasma sheet during passages through the magnetotail region in the summers of 2001 and 2002 and, in particular, to look for characteristics of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence. Power spectral indices determined from power spectral density functions are on average larger than Kolmogorov's theoretical value for fluid turbulence as well as Kraichnan's theoretical value for MHD plasma turbulence. Probability distribution functions of the magnetic fluctuations show a scaling law over a large range of temporal scales with non-Gaussian distributions at small dissipative scales and inertial scales and more Gaussian distribution at large driving scales. Furthermore, a multifractal analysis of the magnetic field components shows scaling behavior in the inertial range of the fluctuations from about 20 s to 13 min for moments through the fifth order. Both the scaling behavior of the probability distribution functions and the multifractal structure function suggest that intermittent turbulence is present within the plasma sheet. The unique multispacecraft aspect and fortuitous spacecraft spacing allow us to examine the turbulent eddy scale sizes. Dynamic autocorrelation and cross correlation analysis of the magnetic field components allow us to determine that eddy scale sizes fit within the plasma sheet. These results suggest that magnetic field turbulence is occurring within the plasma sheet resulting in turbulent energy dissipation.

  15. Particle and field characteristics of the high-latitude plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Parks, G. K.; Mccarthy, M.; Fitzenreiter, R. J.; Ogilvie, K. W.; Etcheto, J.; Anderson, K. A.; Lin, R. P.; Anderson, R. R.; Eastman, T. E.; Frank, L. A.

    1984-01-01

    Particle and field data obtained by eight ISEE spacecraft experiments are used to define more precisely the characteristics of the high-latitude boundary region of the plasma sheet. A region immediately adjacent to the high-latitude plasma sheet boundary has particle and field characteristics distinctly different from those observed in the lobe and deeper in the central plasma sheet. Electrons over a broad energy interval are 'field-aligned' and bidirectional, whereas in the plasma sheet the distributions are more isotropic. The region supports intense ion flows, large-amplitude electric fields, and enhanced broad-band electrostatic noise.

  16. Plasma sheet ion energization during dipolarization events

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    Delcourt, D.C. ); Sauvaud, J.A. )

    1994-01-01

    This paper presents simulation results for acceleration processes for ions during what are referred to as dipolarization events associated with storm activity. Time variations of magnetic fields over cyclotron periods, and generation of electric fields parallel to the geomagnetic field, both contribute to ion acceleration in the plasma sheet. Calculations support the observation of earthward injection of ions during such events.

  17. Thermomechanical processing of plasma sprayed intermetallic sheets

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    Hajaligol, Mohammad R.; Scorey, Clive; Sikka, Vinod K.; Deevi, Seetharama C.; Fleischhauer, Grier; Lilly, Jr., A. Clifton; German, Randall M.

    2001-01-01

    A powder metallurgical process of preparing a sheet from a powder having an intermetallic alloy composition such as an iron, nickel or titanium aluminide. The sheet can be manufactured into electrical resistance heating elements having improved room temperature ductility, electrical resistivity, cyclic fatigue resistance, high temperature oxidation resistance, low and high temperature strength, and/or resistance to high temperature sagging. The iron aluminide has an entirely ferritic microstructure which is free of austenite and can include, in weight %, 4 to 32% Al, and optional additions such as .ltoreq.1% Cr, .gtoreq.0.05% Zr .ltoreq.2% Ti, .ltoreq.2% Mo, .ltoreq.1% Ni, .ltoreq.0.75% C, .ltoreq.0.1% B, .ltoreq.1% submicron oxide particles and/or electrically insulating or electrically conductive covalent ceramic particles, .ltoreq.1% rare earth metal, and/or .ltoreq.3% Cu. The process includes forming a non-densified metal sheet by consolidating a powder having an intermetallic alloy composition such as by roll compaction, tape casting or plasma spraying, forming a cold rolled sheet by cold rolling the non-densified metal sheet so as to increase the density and reduce the thickness thereof and annealing the cold rolled sheet. The powder can be a water, polymer or gas atomized powder which is subjecting to sieving and/or blending with a binder prior to the consolidation step. After the consolidation step, the sheet can be partially sintered. The cold rolling and/or annealing steps can be repeated to achieve the desired sheet thickness and properties. The annealing can be carried out in a vacuum furnace with a vacuum or inert atmosphere. During final annealing, the cold rolled sheet recrystallizes to an average grain size of about 10 to 30 .mu.m. Final stress relief annealing can be carried out in the B2 phase temperature range.

  18. Theoretical modeling of the plasma-assisted catalytic growth and field emission properties of graphene sheet

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    Sharma, Suresh C.; Gupta, Neha

    2015-12-15

    A theoretical modeling for the catalyst-assisted growth of graphene sheet in the presence of plasma has been investigated. It is observed that the plasma parameters can strongly affect the growth and field emission properties of graphene sheet. The model developed accounts for the charging rate of the graphene sheet; number density of electrons, ions, and neutral atoms; various elementary processes on the surface of the catalyst nanoparticle; surface diffusion and accretion of ions; and formation of carbon-clusters and large graphene islands. In our investigation, it is found that the thickness of the graphene sheet decreases with the plasma parameters, number density of hydrogen ions and RF power, and consequently, the field emission of electrons from the graphene sheet surface increases. The time evolution of the height of graphene sheet with ion density and sticking coefficient of carbon species has also been examined. Some of our theoretical results are in compliance with the experimental observations.

  19. Birkeland currents in the plasma sheet

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    Tsyganenko, Nikolai A.; Stern, David P.; Kaymaz, Zerefsan

    1993-01-01

    A search was conducted for the signatures of Birkeland currents in the Earth's magnetic tail, using observed values of B(sub x) and B(sub y) from large sets of spacecraft data. The data were binned by x and y for -10 greater than x(sub GSM) greater than -35 and absolute value of y(sub GSM) less than or equal to 20 R(sub E) (less than or equal to 30 R(sub E) for x(sub GSM) less than or equal to -25 R(sub E)) and in each bin their distribution in the (B(sub x), B(sub y)) plane was fitted by least squares to a piecewise linear function. That gave average x-y distributions of the flaring angle between B(sub xy) and the x direction, as well as that angle's variation across the thickness of the plasma sheet. Angles obtained in the central plasma sheet differed from those derived near the lobe boundary. That is the expected signature if earthward or tailward Birkeland current sheets are embedded in the plasma sheet, and from this dfiference we derived the dawn-dusk profiles of the tail Birkeland currents for several x(sub GSM) intervals. It was found that (1) the Birkeland currents have the sense of region 1 currents, when mapped to the ionosphere; (2) both the linear current density (kiloamperes/R(sub E)) and the net magnitude of the field-aligned currents decrease rapidly down the tail; (3) the total Birkeland current at x approximately equals -10 R(sub E) equals approximately equals 500-700 kA, which is approx. 30% of the net region 1 current observed at ionospheric altitudes, in agreement with model mapping results; and (4) the B(sub z) and B(sub y) components of the interplanetary magnetic field influence the distribution of Birkeland currents in the tail.

  20. The State of the Plasma Sheet and Atmosphere at Europa

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    Shemansky, D. E.; Yung, Y. L.; Liu, X.; Yoshii, J.; Hansen, C. J.; Hendrix, A.; Esposito, L. W.

    2014-12-01

    The Hall et al. (1995) report announcing the discovery of atomic oxygen FUV emission from Europa included a conclusion that the atmosphere was dominated by O2. Over the following 20 years publications referencing the atmosphere accepted this conclusion, and calculations of rates, particularly mass loading of the magnetosphere depended on a composition that was of order 90% O2. Analysis of the Europa emission spectrum in the present work, leads to the conclusion that the O I emission properties were misinterpreted. The interpretation of the source process depends on the ratio of the O I 1356 and 1304 A multiplet emissions (R(4:5) = (I(1356)/I(1304)). The value of R(4:5) never reaches the lower limit for electron impact dissociation of O2 for any of the 7 recorded disk averaged measurements between 1994 and 2013. Analysis of the Cassini UVIS exposures show the 1304 A multiplet to be optically thick, and the emissions are modeled as direct electron and solar photon excitation of O I. The result is a model atmosphere dominated by O I and O II, with neutral density a factor of 100 below the original O2 model. Other considerations show incompatibility with an O2 atmosphere. Deep exposures using the Cassini UVIS EUV spectrograph provide the state of the plasma sheet at Europa. The ion species are identified as mainly outwardly diffused mass from the Io plasma torus with a minor contribution from Europa. Plasma time-constants are of the order of 200 days. Neutral species in the plasma sheet are not measureable. The energy flux in the magnetosphere L-shells are mainly responsible for energy deposition maintaining the plasma sheet. The energy content in the Io and Europa L-shells, as measured, is similar, but the mean radiative cooling rate in the Io plasma torus at the time of the Cassini encounter was 565 femtoergs cm-3 s-1, compared to 7.3 at Europa, reflecting the difference between an active and inactive planetary satellite, particularly considering the fact that most

  1. A pincer-shaped plasma sheet at Uranus

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    Hammond, C.M.; Walker, R.J.; Kivelson, M.G. )

    1990-09-01

    A model from Voigt et al. (1987) and an MHD simulation from Walker et al. (1989) both show that the curvature of the plasma sheet at Uranus changes as the dipole tilt varies between 38{degree} and 22{degree}. The models suggest that one of the two partial traversals of the uranian plasma sheet made during the outbound trajectory of Voyager 2 can be explained as an entry into the highly curved plasma sheet that develops when Uranus is near the maximum dipole tilt value of 38{degree}; previously both partial traversals have been explained as anomalous. The spacecraft would have reversed its motion relative to the plasma sheet as the continued rotation diminished the dipole tilt and the retreating plasma sheet uncurled. As the dipole tilt approached its minimum value, spacecraft motion towards the neutral sheet resumed and the traversal of the plasma sheet was completed. Evidence from the PWS plasma wave detector suggests that the spacecraft trajectory skimmed the plasma sheet boundary layer for several hours prior to the partial immersion. The plasma sheet of the Voigt et al. model was not located near the spacecraft during this time interval. On the other hand, the MHD simulation reveals a plasma sheet that is more curved than in the Boigt et al. model; near maximum dipole tilt, the plasma sheet is pincer-shaped. The unusual geometry implies that Voyager 2 remained near the plasma sheet boundary layer during the period suggested by the PWS data. Thus the simulation accounts easily for the first of the plasma sheet encounters previously called anomalous. The second partial immersion remains anomalous, having previously been related to substorm activity, and thus is not discussed here. The stagnation distances of the earth and Uranus at the nose of the magnetopause were used to scale the Walker et al. (1989) simulation of the terrestrial magnetosphere to represent the uranian magnetosphere.

  2. Observations of the Earth{close_quote}s Plasma Sheet at Geosynchronous Orbit

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    Thomsen, M.F.; Borovsky, J.E.; McComas, D.J.; Moldwin, M.B.

    1996-07-01

    Geosynchronous orbit typically lies within the near-Earth portion of the plasma sheet and its dayside extension. Los Alamos magnetospheric plasma analyzers (MPA) on three geosynchronous satellites routinely observe the plasma-sheet ion and electron distributions over the energy range of {approximately}1 eV to {approximately}40 keV. Based on these observations, we describe the typical appearance of the plasma sheet at synchronous altitude under both fairly steady and fairly active conditions. We also present a statistical analysis of the bulk properties (density temperature, and anisotropy) of the plasma sheet ion and electron populations, and we illustrate the dependence of these average properties on local time. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  3. Determination of the polytropic index in the plasma sheet

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    Baumjohann, W.; Paschmann, G.

    1989-04-01

    Using eight months of magnetotail plasma data, we have done a statistical survey on the relation between ion density and pressure in the Earth's plasmasheet. More than 270,000 spin averaged (4.5s) samples of ion density and thermal pressure obtained in the central plasma sheet and the plasma sheet boundary layer were cross-correlated in order to obtain typical values of the polytropic index ..gamma.. for different tail regions and disturbance conditions. The plasma sheet ion population behaves, on average, adiabatically both in the central plasma sheet and the plasma sheet boundary layer. However, a polytropic index of about 1.4 for the quiet plamsa sheet indicates that the latter behaves like a poorly insulated vessel. Hence, there seems to be no quiet time magnetotail equilibrium (''ground state''), but rather continuous cooling until new enegy is entering from the outside. copyright American Geophysical Union 1989

  4. Electric fields and current sheet structure in magnetospheric plasmas

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    Cully, C. M.

    The electric currents of the central plasma sheet play a pivotal role in the dynamics of the Earth's magnetosphere. I describe new instrumentation developed for measuring its properties, and analyze data from existing instruments. The analysis shows the structure and physical current-carrying mechanisms of the quiescent central plasma sheet in new detail. Electric field observations are critical for this work. I discuss two aspects of space-based double-probe electric field experiments: the probe design and the signal processing. I develop a numerical model that self-consistently solves for the interaction between the probes and the nearby plasma environment, including the effects of the spacecraft and its attendant photoelectrons. I also describe the signal processing hardware developed for the 5-satellite THEMIS mission, known as the Digital Fields Boards (DFB). THEMIS was launched in February 2007, and all 5 DFBs are working as intended. Since THEMIS is only recently launched, I analyze data from the 4-satellite Cluster mission, which has similar instrumentation. With Cluster data, the position of the current sheet relative to the satellite can be determined, allowing direct comparisons between observations and models. To encompass the wide variety of possible current-carrying mechanisms, I develop a kinetic model based on the quasi-isotropic formalism of Schindler and Birn [2002]. The model fits many of the observed sheets well. The observations reveal a wide variety of current-carrying mechanisms. Some of the thinnest currents consist entirely of a pair of electron Hall currents which together form a bifurcated current sheet driven by strong inward-pointing electric fields.

  5. Plasma in the Jovian current sheet

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    Goertz, C. K.; Van Allen, J. A.; Parish, J. L.; Schardt, A. W.

    1979-01-01

    A large body of spectral data for protons with energies greater than 200 keV has been analyzed. It is concluded that the main body of plasma in the Jovian current sheet observed by Pioneer 10 on its outbound pass probably has an energy well below the lowest threshold of the Pioneer 10 detectors. This premise is examined using a semiempirical model of the magnetic field in the magnetodisk and simple magnetohydrodynamic theory. Results indicate that the dominant contribution to the plasma pressure in the region from 25 to 65 Jovian radii is from as yet unobserved protons (ions) with energies of the order of 0.1 to 10 keV.

  6. Origins of the plasma in the distant plasma sheet

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    Sharp, R.D.; Lennartsson, W.; Peterson, W.K.; Shelley, E.G.

    1982-12-01

    A statistical study of the composition of the plasma sheet at geocentric radial distances between 10 and 23 R/sub E/ has been conducted utilizing data from the energetic ion mass spectrometer experiment on ISEE 1. The composition of the ions in the energy per charge range 0.1< or =Elq< or =16 keV/e was found to be dependent on substorm activity. The O/sup +//H/sup +/ and He/sup +//H/sup +/ ratios of the ions increased and the He/sup + +//H/sup +/ ratio decreased with increasing AE. O/sup +//H/sup +/ exhibited the largest changes, varying from about 2% during periods of extended quiet to about 40% shortly after a major substorm. H/sup +/ was typically the major constituent, but on some occasions O/sup +/ was dominant. Assuming that the composition of the ionospheric and solar wind supplied ions to the plasma sheet does not vary systematically from quiet to active times, inferences are drawn as to the relative importance of the ionosphere and solar wind as sources of the plasma sheet ions. The results suggest that during quiet times the plasma sheet is almost entirely of solar wind origin while during active times the ionosphere is of comparable importance to the solar wind. The average energies of the ions of solar wind origin appear to be significantly increased in association with substorm activity, while the average energies of the ions of ionospheric origin show little or no effect. The solar H/sup +/ component appears to be more strongly energized than does He/sup + +/.

  7. Thin current sheets in collisionless plasma: Equilibrium structure, plasma instabilities, and particle acceleration

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    Zelenyi, L. M.; Malova, H. V.; Artemyev, A. V.; Popov, V. Yu.; Petrukovich, A. A.

    2011-02-15

    The review is devoted to plasma structures with an extremely small transverse size, namely, thin current sheets that have been discovered and investigated by spacecraft observations in the Earth's magnetotail in the last few decades. The formation of current sheets is attributed to complicated dynamic processes occurring in a collisionless space plasma during geomagnetic perturbations and near the magnetic reconnection regions. The models that describe thin current structures in the Earth's magnetotail are reviewed. They are based on the assumption of the quasi-adiabatic ion dynamics in a relatively weak magnetic field of the magnetotail neutral sheet, where the ions can become unmagnetized. It is shown that the ion distribution can be represented as a function of the integrals of particle motion-the total energy and quasi-adiabatic invariant. Various modifications of the initial equilibrium are considered that are obtained with allowance for the currents of magnetized electrons, the contribution of oxygen ions, the asymmetry of plasma sources, and the effects related to the non-Maxwellian particle distributions. The theoretical results are compared with the observational data from the Cluster spacecraft mission. Various plasma instabilities developing in thin current sheets are investigated. The evolution of the tearing mode is analyzed, and the parameter range in which the mode can grow are determined. The paradox of complete stabilization of the tearing mode in current sheets with a nonzero normal magnetic field component is thereby resolved based on the quasi-adiabatic model. It is shown that, over a wide range of current sheet parameters and the propagation directions of large-scale unstable waves, various modified drift instabilities-kink and sausage modes-can develop in the system. Based on the concept of a turbulent electromagnetic field excited as a result of the development and saturation of unstable waves, a mechanism for charged particle acceleration in

  8. Plasma Sheet Source and Loss Processes

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    Lennartsson, O. W.

    2000-01-01

    Data from the TIMAS ion mass spectrometer on the Polar satellite, covering 15 ev/e to 33 keV/e in energy and essentially 4(pi) in view angles, are used to investigate the properties of earthward (sunward) field-aligned flows of ions, especially protons, in the plasma sheet-lobe transition region near local midnight. A total of 142 crossings of this region are analyzed at 12-sec time resolution, all in the northern hemisphere, at R(SM) approx. 4 - 7 R(sub E), and most (106) in the poleward (sunward) direction. Earthward proton flows are prominent in this transition region (greater than 50% of the time), typically appearing as sudden "blasts" with the most energetic protons (approx. 33 keV) arriving first with weak flux, followed by protons of decreasing energy and increasing flux until either: (1) a new "blast" appears, (2) the flux ends at a sharp boundary, or (3) the flux fades away within a few minutes as the mean energy drops to a few keV. Frequent step-like changes (less than 12 sec) of the flux suggest that perpendicular gradients on the scale of proton gyroradii are common. Peak flux is similar to central plasma sheet proton flux (10(exp 5) - 10(exp 6)/[cq cm sr sec keV/e] and usually occurs at E approx. 4 - 12 keV. Only the initial phase of each "blast" (approx. 1 min) displays pronounced field-alignment of the proton velocity distribution, consistent with the time-of-flight separation of a more or less isotropic source distribution with df/d(nu) less than 0. The dispersive signatures are often consistent with a source at R(SM) less than or equal to 30 R(sub E). No systematic latitudinal velocity dispersion is found, implying that the equatorial plasma source is itself convecting. In short, the proton "blasts" appear as sudden local expansions of central plasma sheet particles along reconfigured ("dipolarized") magnetic field lines.

  9. Bright subcycle extreme ultraviolet bursts from a single dense relativistic electron sheet.

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    Ma, W J; Bin, J H; Wang, H Y; Yeung, M; Kreuzer, C; Streeter, M; Foster, P S; Cousens, S; Kiefer, D; Dromey, B; Yan, X Q; Meyer-ter-Vehn, J; Zepf, M; Schreiber, J

    2014-12-01

    Double-foil targets separated by a low density plasma and irradiated by a petawatt-class laser are shown to be a copious source of coherent broadband radiation. Simulations show that a dense sheet of relativistic electrons is formed during the interaction of the laser with the tenuous plasma between the two foils. The coherent motion of the electron sheet as it transits the second foil results in strong broadband emission in the extreme ultraviolet, consistent with our experimental observations. PMID:25526132

  10. Slow electrostatic solitary waves in Earth's plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Kakad, Amar; Kakad, Bharati; Anekallu, Chandrasekhar; Lakhina, Gurbax; Omura, Yoshiharu; Fazakerley, Andrew

    2016-05-01

    We modeled Cluster spacecraft observations of slow electrostatic solitary waves (SESWs) in the Earth's northern plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL) region on the basis of nonlinear fluid theory and fluid simulation. Various plasma parameters observed by the Cluster satellite at the time of the SESWs were examined to investigate the generation process of the SESWs. The nonlinear fluid model shows the coexistence of slow and fast ion acoustic waves and the presence of electron acoustic waves in the PSBL region. The fluid simulations, performed to examine the evolution of these waves in the PSBL region, showed the presence of an extra mode along with the waves supported by the nonlinear fluid theory. This extra mode is identified as the Buneman mode, which is generated by relative drifts of ions and electrons. A detailed investigation of the characteristics of the SESWs reveals that the SESWs are slow ion acoustic solitary waves.

  11. Observations of Double Layers in Earth's Plasma Sheet

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    Ergun, R. E.; Tao, J.; Andersson, L.; Eriksson, S.; Johansson, T.; Angelopoulos, V.; Bonnell, J.; McFadden, J. P.; Larson, D. E.; Cully, C. M.; Newman, D. N.; Goldman, M. V.; Roux, A.; LeContel, O.; Glassmeier, K.-H.; Baumjohann, W.

    2009-04-17

    We report the first direct observations of parallel electric fields (E{sub parallel}) carried by double layers (DLs) in the plasma sheet of Earth's magnetosphere. The DL observations, made by the THEMIS spacecraft, have E{sub parallel} signals that are analogous to those reported in the auroral region. DLs are observed during bursty bulk flow events, in the current sheet, and in plasma sheet boundary layer, all during periods of strong magnetic fluctuations. These observations imply that DLs are a universal process and that strongly nonlinear and kinetic behavior is intrinsic to Earth's plasma sheet.

  12. Observations of double layers in earth's plasma sheet.

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    Ergun, R E; Andersson, L; Tao, J; Angelopoulos, V; Bonnell, J; McFadden, J P; Larson, D E; Eriksson, S; Johansson, T; Cully, C M; Newman, D N; Goldman, M V; Roux, A; LeContel, O; Glassmeier, K-H; Baumjohann, W

    2009-04-17

    We report the first direct observations of parallel electric fields (E_{ parallel}) carried by double layers (DLs) in the plasma sheet of Earth's magnetosphere. The DL observations, made by the THEMIS spacecraft, have E_{ parallel} signals that are analogous to those reported in the auroral region. DLs are observed during bursty bulk flow events, in the current sheet, and in plasma sheet boundary layer, all during periods of strong magnetic fluctuations. These observations imply that DLs are a universal process and that strongly nonlinear and kinetic behavior is intrinsic to Earth's plasma sheet. PMID:19518640

  13. A statistical survey of the central plasma sheet

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    Huang, C. Y.; Frank, L. A.

    1994-01-01

    We present a statistical analysis of the ion plasma properties and magnetic field of the central plasma sheet at distances from 10 to 23 R(sub E) from the Earth. This study incorporates International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE) 1 plasma sheet samples accumulated with the University of Iowa Lepedea plasma analyzer during 1979. Our study of the bulk properties of the ion plasma shows that there is relatively little change as a result of increasing geomagnetic activity. The main macroscopic effect is an increase in plasma temperature. When the transverse profile of the plasma sheet is examined, it is clear that this increase in temperature occurs preferentially at high latitudes. The magnetic field shows an increase in magnitude in the vicinity of the neutral sheet periods of high geomagnetic activity. The radial profiles of the density, temperature, plasma, and magnetic pressures show a gradient in total energy density in the plasma sheet. The convective velocities are systematically directed earthward, and there is a bias toward positive V(sub y) on the duskside of the magnetotail. We infer that particle motion can be attributed to a pressure gradient, combined with steady state convective electric fields. We compute the convective electric fields from our measured bulk velocities, arriving at a pattern similar to that observed at low altitudes. The cross-tail electric field E(sub y) is dominant near the neutral sheet region, but at high latitudes E(sub z) is a major component. Our results suggest that the plasma sheet boundary layer, rather than the central plasma sheet, is a region of diverging electric fields. The picture of the plasma sheet that emerges from our study is that of a stable reservoir of hot plasma in which thermodynamic, rather than dynamic, processes is important.

  14. A pincer-shaped plasma sheet at Uranus

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    Hammond, C. Max; Walker, Raymond J.; Kivelson, Margaret G.

    1990-09-01

    An MHD simulation of the terrestrial magnetosphere, rescaled to represent the Uranian magnetotail, is carried out. The 3p immersion can be explained in terms of possible extreme departures from average plasma sheet shapes in the Uranian magnetosphere. The orientation of the Uranian dipole and rotation axes produce a dynamically curved plasma sheet which is an unusual feature of the Uranian magnetosphere.

  15. A pincer-shaped plasma sheet at Uranus

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    Hammond, C. Max; Walker, Raymond J.; Kivelson, Margaret G.

    1990-01-01

    An MHD simulation of the terrestrial magnetosphere, rescaled to represent the Uranian magnetotail, is carried out. The 3p immersion can be explained in terms of possible extreme departures from average plasma sheet shapes in the Uranian magnetosphere. The orientation of the Uranian dipole and rotation axes produce a dynamically curved plasma sheet which is an unusual feature of the Uranian magnetosphere.

  16. Heating and cooling of the earth's plasma sheet

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    Goertz, C. K.

    1990-01-01

    Magnetic-field models based on pressure equilibrium in the quiet magnetotail require nonadiabatic cooling of the plasma as it convects inward or a decrease of the flux tube content. Recent in situ observations of plasma density and temperature indicate that, during quiet convection, the flux tube content may actually increase. Thus the plasma must be cooled during quiet times. The earth plasma sheet is generally significantly hotter after the expansion phase of a substorm than before the plasma sheet thinning begins and cools during the recovery phase. Heating mechanisms such as reconnection, current sheet acceleration, plasma expansion, and resonant absorption of surface waves are discussed. It seems that all mechanisms are active, albeit in different regions of the plasma sheet. Near-earth tail signatures of substorms require local heating as well as a decrease of the flux tube content. It is shown that the resonant absorption of surface waves can provide both.

  17. The Dynamical Generation of Current Sheets in Astrophysical Plasma Turbulence

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    Howes, Gregory G.

    2016-08-01

    Turbulence profoundly affects particle transport and plasma heating in many astrophysical plasma environments, from galaxy clusters to the solar corona and solar wind to Earth's magnetosphere. Both fluid and kinetic simulations of plasma turbulence ubiquitously generate coherent structures, in the form of current sheets, at small scales, and the locations of these current sheets appear to be associated with enhanced rates of dissipation of the turbulent energy. Therefore, illuminating the origin and nature of these current sheets is critical to identifying the dominant physical mechanisms of dissipation, a primary aim at the forefront of plasma turbulence research. Here, we present evidence from nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations that strong nonlinear interactions between counterpropagating Alfvén waves, or strong Alfvén wave collisions, are a natural mechanism for the generation of current sheets in plasma turbulence. Furthermore, we conceptually explain this current sheet development in terms of the nonlinear dynamics of Alfvén wave collisions, showing that these current sheets arise through constructive interference among the initial Alfvén waves and nonlinearly generated modes. The properties of current sheets generated by strong Alfvén wave collisions are compared to published observations of current sheets in the Earth's magnetosheath and the solar wind, and the nature of these current sheets leads to the expectation that Landau damping of the constituent Alfvén waves plays a dominant role in the damping of turbulently generated current sheets.

  18. Early results of microwave transmission experiments through an overly dense rectangular plasma sheet with microparticle injection

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    Gillman, Eric D.; Amatucci, W. E.

    2014-06-01

    These experiments utilize a linear hollow cathode to create a dense, rectangular plasma sheet to simulate the plasma layer surrounding vehicles traveling at hypersonic velocities within the Earth's atmosphere. Injection of fine dielectric microparticles significantly reduces the electron density and therefore lowers the electron plasma frequency by binding a significant portion of the bulk free electrons to the relatively massive microparticles. Measurements show that microwave transmission through this previously overly dense, impenetrable plasma layer increases with the injection of alumina microparticles approximately 60 μm in diameter. This method of electron depletion is a potential means of mitigating the radio communications blackout experienced by hypersonic vehicles.

  19. Early results of microwave transmission experiments through an overly dense rectangular plasma sheet with microparticle injection

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    Gillman, Eric D.; Amatucci, W. E.

    2014-06-15

    These experiments utilize a linear hollow cathode to create a dense, rectangular plasma sheet to simulate the plasma layer surrounding vehicles traveling at hypersonic velocities within the Earth's atmosphere. Injection of fine dielectric microparticles significantly reduces the electron density and therefore lowers the electron plasma frequency by binding a significant portion of the bulk free electrons to the relatively massive microparticles. Measurements show that microwave transmission through this previously overly dense, impenetrable plasma layer increases with the injection of alumina microparticles approximately 60 μm in diameter. This method of electron depletion is a potential means of mitigating the radio communications blackout experienced by hypersonic vehicles.

  20. Development of cesium-free negative hydrogen ion source by using sheet plasma

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    Hase, Takuya; Iijima, Takaaki; Tanaka, Yuta; Takimoto, Tosikio; Tonegawa, Akira; Sato, Kohnosuke; Kawamura, Kazutaka

    2015-09-01

    We demonstrated the production of hydrogen negative ions in cesium-free discharge by using the magnetized sheet plasma. Plasma crossed with a vertical gas flow system and extracting H- beams from the sheet plasma. Under a secondary hydrogen gas entering the hydrogen plasma, the peak position of the hydrogen plasma is localized in the periphery of the sheet plasma. The maximum negative ion beam is successfully extracted using grids located in the periphery of the sheet plasma. The extraction current density is about 8 mA/cm2 at extraction voltage is 2 kV and discharge current of 30 A. The extraction negative ion current density is saturated at the extraction voltage is 2 kV for the limit of the negative ion density in the periphery region of the sheet plasma. On the other hand, the extraction current is saturated (3 mA/cm2) with increasing extraction voltage and the negative ions are not detected without the secondary gas flow (0 sccm). This curve depends on the electrons present. Therefore, it is considered that the negative ion current against the extraction current is around 60% from the ratio of the extraction current and the extraction electron current.

  1. A two satellite study of nightside flux transfer events in the plasma sheet

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    Sergeev, V. A.; Elphic, R. C.; Mozer, F. S.; Saint-Marc, A.; Sauvaud, J. A.

    1992-01-01

    The short-term (about 1 min) events during two consecutive substorms on March 23 1979 have been studied using high time resolution measurements of magnetic and electric fields and of the kiloelectronvolt electron flux at X about -21 R(e). Data obtained make it possible to describe the localized magnetic structures transported or propagated within the plasma sheet and to identify these events as plasma sheet nightside magnetic flux transfer events (NFTEs). The best examples of the NFTEs found so far are all observed in a thin portion of plasma sheet where the contraction of the reconnected field lines dominates over the oppositely directed pressure gradient force. Systematic differences in the magnetic variations observed at ISEE-1 and 2 indicate current concentration at the outer plasma sheet boundary during the passage of a NFTE.

  2. Boltzmann H function and entropy in the plasma sheet

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    Kaufmann, Richard L.; Paterson, William R.

    2009-09-01

    Boltzmann's H function was evaluated using 10 years of 1-min distribution functions. These results were used to study the long-term averaged spatial distributions of four entropy parameters. The average entropy density sa(x), where a = i for ions and a = e for electrons, increased when moving Earthward or toward the flanks. The magnitudes of these entropy changes were similar for ions and electrons. The entropy per unit flux tube Sf,a(x) decreased when moving Earthward or toward midnight. The spatial changes of sa(x) and of Sf,a(x) were attributed primarily to variations of the particle density na(x) and of the particle content of each unit flux tube Nf(x), respectively. A dimensionless parameter (S/Ncv)H,i that is proportional to the average entropy per ion increased when moving Earthward or toward midnight near the neutral sheet. The dimensionless parameter proportional to the entropy per ion that would exist in a plasma with the measured pressure and density but with a Maxwellian distribution function (S/Ncv)P,i was also calculated. Differences between (S/Ncv)P,i and (S/Ncv)H,i showed that the plasma was closer to equilibrium near the neutral sheet at x = -10 RE than at x = -28 RE. These gradients of the entropy per ion and of the deviations from equilibrium suggest that nonadiabatic processes and particle scattering are significant throughout the region studied.

  3. Electric fields in the plasma sheet and plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Pedersen, A.; Knott, K.; Cattell, C. A.; Mozer, F. S.; Falthammar, C.-G.; Lindqvist, P.-A.; Manka, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    Results obtained by Forbes et al. (1981) on the basis of time delay measurements between ISEE 1 and ISEE 2 imply that the plasma flow and the boundary contracting velocity were nearly the same, whereas the expanding boundary velocity was not accompanied by any significant plasma sheet plasma motion. In the present study, this observation is discussed in conjunction with electric field data. The study is based on electric field data from the spherical double probe experiment on ISEE 1. Electric field data from GEOS 2 are used to some extent to monitor the electric fields near the geostationary orbit during the considered eve nts. Electric field data during CDAW 6 events are discussed, taking into account positions of ISEE 1/ISEE 2 and GEOS 2; March 22, 0600-1300 UT; and March 22, UT; and March 31, 1400-2400 UT.

  4. Azimuthal flow bursts in the inner plasma sheet and possible connection with SAPS and plasma sheet earthward flow bursts

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    Lyons, L. R.; Nishimura, Y.; Gallardo-Lacourt, B.; Nicolls, M. J.; Chen, S.; Hampton, D. L.; Bristow, W. A.; Ruohoniemi, J. M.; Nishitani, N.; Donovan, E. F.; Angelopoulos, V.

    2015-06-01

    We have combined radar observations and auroral images obtained during the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar Ion Neutral Observations in the Thermosphere campaign to show the common occurrence of westward moving, localized auroral brightenings near the auroral equatorward boundary and to show their association with azimuthally moving flow bursts near or within the subauroral polarization stream (SAPS) region. These results indicate that the SAPS region, rather than consisting of relatively stable proton precipitation and westward flows, can have rapidly varying flows, with speeds varying from ~100 m/s to ~1 km/s in just a few minutes. The auroral brightenings are associated with bursts of weak electron precipitation that move westward with the westward flow bursts and extend into the SAPS region. Additionally, our observations show evidence that the azimuthally moving flow bursts often connect to earthward (equatorward in the ionosphere) plasma sheet flow bursts. This indicates that rather than stopping or bouncing, some flow bursts turn azimuthally after reaching the inner plasma sheet and lead to the bursts of strong azimuthal flow. Evidence is also seen for a general guiding of the flow bursts by the large-scale convection pattern, flow bursts within the duskside convection being azimuthally turned to the west, and those within the dawn cell being turned toward the east. The possibility that the SAPS region flow structures considered here may be connected to localized flow enhancements from the polar cap that cross the nightside auroral poleward boundary and lead to flow bursts within the plasma sheet warrants further consideration.

  5. Cold ions in the hot plasma sheet of Earth's magnetotail.

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    Seki, Kanako; Hirahara, Masafumi; Hoshino, Masahiro; Terasawa, Toshio; Elphic, Richard C; Saito, Yoshifumi; Mukai, Toshifumi; Hayakawa, Hajime; Kojima, Hirotsugu; Matsumoto, Hiroshi

    2003-04-10

    Most visible matter in the Universe exists as plasma. How this plasma is heated, and especially how the initial non-equilibrium plasma distributions relax to thermal equilibrium (as predicted by Maxwell-Boltzman statistics), is a fundamental question in studies of astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. Astrophysical plasmas are often so tenuous that binary collisions can be ignored, and it is not clear how thermal equilibrium develops for these 'collisionless' plasmas. One example of a collisionless plasma is the Earth's plasma sheet, where thermalized hot plasma with ion temperatures of about 5 x 10(7) K has been observed. Here we report direct observations of a plasma distribution function during a solar eclipse, revealing cold ions in the Earth's plasma sheet in coexistence with thermalized hot ions. This cold component cannot be detected by plasma sensors on satellites that are positively charged in sunlight, but our observations in the Earth's shadow show that the density of the cold ions is comparable to that of hot ions. This high density is difficult to explain within existing theories, as it requires a mechanism that permits half of the source plasma to remain cold upon entry into the hot turbulent plasma sheet. PMID:12686993

  6. The dynamic expansion and contraction of the Jovian plasma sheet

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    Belcher, J. W.; Mcnutt, R. L., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    Observations suggesting the sequential expansion and compression of the Jovian plasma sheet are reported. Plasma flow in the vicinity of Jupiter was monitored by the four modulated-grid Faraday cups on board each of the Voyager spacecraft at times of closest Jupiter approach. Sensor measurements reveal the flow of magnetospheric plasma to be directed away from the equatorial current sheet near local noon and to be directed towards the sheet in the dusk to midnight sector. The observed flow patterns are interpreted in terms of short-time-scale perturbations of magnetic flux tubes due to the compression of the dayside magnetosphere by the solar wind. It is noted that such a dynamic motion is quite different from what would be expected of slower, quasi-static equilibrium plasma sheet expansion and contraction.

  7. Escape of O+ through the distant tail plasma sheet

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    Kistler, L. M.; Galvin, A. B.; Popecki, M. A.; Simunac, K. D. C.; Farrugia, C.; Moebius, E.; Lee, M. A.; Blush, L. M.; Bochsler, P.; Wurz, P.; Klecker, B.; Wimmer-Schweingruber, R. F.; Opitz, A.; Sauvaud, J.-A.; Thompson, B.; Russell, C. T.

    2010-11-01

    In February 2007, the STEREO-B spacecraft encountered the magnetosheath, plasma sheet and plasma sheet boundary layer from about 200 RE to 300 RE downtail. This time period was during solar minimum, and there was no storm activity during this month. Using data from the PLASTIC instrument, we find that even during quiet times, O+ is a constant feature of the deep magnetotail, with an O+ density of about 15% of the O+ density in the near-earth plasma sheet for similar conditions. The tailward flux of the O+ is similar to the flux of O+ beams that have been observed in the lobe/mantle region of the deep tail. The total outflow rate of the O+ down the plasma sheet is 1.1 × 1024 ions/s, which is 10% of the total outflow rate of 1 × 1025 ions/s, and of the same order as the estimated loss from dayside transport.

  8. Thinning and expansion of the substorm plasma sheet

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    Baumjohann, W.; Paschmann, G.; Nagai, T.

    1992-11-01

    The authors present a large statistical study of satellite crossings of the plasma sheet, taken during 39 major magnetic storms. They find that for distances between 10 and 19 R{sub E} that they observe a thinning of the plasma sheet in the 30 to 45 minutes before the onset of the storm, followed by a steady increase in thickness which does not recover the previous thickness until the recovery phase of the storm begins.

  9. Escape of O+ Through the Distant Tail Plasma Sheet

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    Kistler, L. M.; Galvin, A. B.; Popecki, M.; Simunac, K. D.; Farrugia, C. J.; Moebius, E.; Lee, M. A.; Blush, L. M.; Bochsler, P. A.; Wurz, P.; Klecker, B.; Wimmer-Schweingruber, R. F.; Opitz, A.; Sauvaud, J.; Russell, C. T.

    2010-12-01

    During the early orbit phase of the STEREO mission, in February, 2007, the STEREO-B spacecraft went down the deep magnetotail, and encountered the magnetosheath, plasma sheet and plasma sheet boundary layer from about 200 Re to 300 Re downtail, before finally exiting to the solar wind. This time period was during solar minimum, and there was no storm activity during this month. We have used the ion composition data from the PLASTIC instrument to determine how much ionospheric O+ is in the deep tail plasma sheet, and to calculate the loss rate through this path. Surprisingly, we find that during this solar and geomagnetically quiet time, O+ is a constant feature of the deep magnetotail. We find that the O+ density is about 15% of the density in the near-earth plasma sheet for similar conditions. The tailward flux of the O+ is similar to the flux of O+ beams that have been observed in the lobe/mantle region of the deep tail. The observations provide a consistent picture that some O+ is transported into the distant tail in the lobe/mantle region, and then enters the plasma sheet tailward of the distant neutral line. The total outflow of the O+ down the plasma sheet is a rate of 1.1x1024 ions/s, which is 10% of the total outflow rate of 1x 1025 ions/s, and of the same order as the estimated loss from dayside transport.

  10. Convection-driven delivery of plasma sheet material to the inner magnetosphere.

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    Denton, M. H.; Thomsen, M. F.; Lavraud, B.; Skoug, R. M.; Henderson, M. G.; Funsten, H. O.; Jahn, J.; Pollock, C. J.; Weygand, J.

    2005-12-01

    We present data from the MENA instrument onboard the IMAGE satellite taken during a period of enhanced convection on 26 June 2001. During the interval, MENA observes energetic neutral atoms (ENAs) in the magnetotail and an Earthwards-propagating enhancement in their flux, at the same time as the convection strength increases (as measured by the Kp and MBI indices). Data from the magnetospheric plasma analyser (MPA) instrument onboard satellites in geosynchronous orbit indicate that enhanced ion and electron fluxes at plasma sheet energies (~1-45 keV) are detected at the same time as enhanced ENA flux are observed at the satellite location. We interpret the results as a convection-driven delivery of plasma sheet material, the ENA signature of which we observe with IMAGE/MENA. We use the rate of the propagation of the ENA enhancement to infer the speed of the plasma sheet delivery to the inner magnetosphere.

  11. Design principles for a sheet-beam electron gun for a quasi-optical gyrotron

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    Manheimer, Wallace M.; Fliflet, Arne W.; Lee, Robert

    1990-03-01

    The design considerations for a magnetized sheet beam for which the electrons have energy both perpendicular and parallel to the magnetic field are examined, including the basic design principles and scaling laws, the issue of orbit crossing and electrode synthesis in a sheet beam configuration, limiting currents both in the guide tube and across the resonator, and the edge effects and their reduction or elimination by the use of edge focusing electrodes. The application envisioned for the sheet beam is the driving of a quasi-optical gyrotron for electron cyclotron resonance heating and current drive in fusion plasmas.

  12. Microwave plasmas applied for the synthesis of free standing graphene sheets

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    Tatarova, E.; Dias, A.; Henriques, J.; Botelho do Rego, A. M.; Ferraria, A. M.; Abrashev, M. V.; Luhrs, C. C.; Phillips, J.; Dias, F. M.; Ferreira, C. M.

    2014-09-01

    Self-standing graphene sheets were synthesized using microwave plasmas driven by surface waves at 2.45 GHz stimulating frequency and atmospheric pressure. The method is based on injecting ethanol molecules through a microwave argon plasma environment, where decomposition of ethanol molecules takes place. The evolution of the ethanol decomposition was studied in situ by plasma emission spectroscopy. Free gas-phase carbon atoms created in the plasma diffuse into colder zones, both in radial and axial directions, and aggregate into solid carbon nuclei. The main part of the solid carbon is gradually withdrawn from the hot region of the plasma in the outlet plasma stream where nanostructures assemble and grow. Externally forced heating in the assembly zone of the plasma reactor has been applied to engineer the structural qualities of the assembled nanostructures. The synthesized graphene sheets have been analysed by Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The presence of sp3 carbons is reduced by increasing the gas temperature in the assembly zone of the plasma reactor. As a general trend, the number of mono-layers decreases when the wall temperature increases from 60 to 100 °C. The synthesized graphene sheets are stable and highly ordered.

  13. Dawn-dusk asymmetry in the northward IMF plasma sheet

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    Wing, S.; Johnson, J. R.; Newell, P. T.; Meng, C.

    2005-05-01

    During periods of northward IMF, as a result of large influx of the magnetosheath ions, the plasma sheet becomes cold and dense. During these periods, a large number of the plasma sheet ions have two components: hot (magnetospheric origin) and cold (magnetosheath origin). Based on their spectral distributions: one-component Maxwellian, two-component Maxwellian, and kappa (k), the characteristics of the plasma sheet ions were studied with DMSP satellites and a method of inferring plasma sheet ion properties from the ionospheric observations. The cold-component constituent of the two-component ions is hotter in the dawn than the dusk sector, consistent with the in situ studies that suggest that the magnetosheath ion is heated upon its entry along the plasma sheet dawn flank. This temperature asymmetry leads to a dawn-dusk asymmetry in the ion spectral distribution. The cold and hot components are closer together in temperature space, which increases the proportion of ions having (apparent) one-component distribution in the dawn flank while, in the dusk flank, the influx of the magnetosheath ions increase the density of the two-component ions. The dawn-dusk asymmetry in the cold magnetosheath ion profile should help determine the roles of various proposed magnetosheath entry mechanisms.

  14. Features of the Active Evening Plasma Sheet from MMS

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    Moore, T. E.; Chandler, M. O.; Avanov, L. A.; Burch, J. L.; Coffey, V. N.; Ergun, R. E.; Fuselier, S. A.; Gershman, D. J.; Giles, B. L.; Lavraud, B.; MacDonald, E.; Mauk, B.; Mukai, T.; Nakamura, R.; Pollock, C. J.; Russell, C. T.; Saito, Y.; Sauvaud, J. A.; Torbert, R. B.; Yokota, S.

    2015-12-01

    The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, consisting of four identical plasmas and fields observatories, was launched into a 12 RE elliptical equatorial orbit in March 2015 and was in the process of being commissioned through August 2015. During commissioning, the orbit apogee rotated from near midnight through the evening toward the dusk sector and occasionally captured new observations of the plasma sheet, its boundary layers, and the magnetospheric tail lobes. On 22-23 June, an especially active plasma sheet was involved in a major geospace storm that developed a ring current with 200 nT DST. We report on the ion kinetic and flow features of this active plasma sheet, comparing them with familiar observations from earlier missions, as an exercise in validating the MMS observations and assessing their capabilities to provide higher time resolution in multi-point views of thin, fast-moving structures. The observed features include but are not limited to cold lobal wind streams in the lobes, tailward flowing auroral beams and conics, hot earthward field-aligned flows and counter-flows, fast cross-field convection of some flows toward the neutral sheet, and the hot isotropic plasma sheet proper. Relationships between these features, the ionosphere, and the reconnecting magnetotail will be explored and discussed, seeking preliminary conclusions.

  15. Interpretation of high-speed flows in the plasma sheet

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    Chen, C. X.; Wolf, R. A.

    1993-01-01

    Pursuing an idea suggested by Pontius and Wolf (1990), we propose that the `bursty bulk flows' observed by Baumjohann et al. (1990) and Angelopoulos et al. (1992) are `bubbles' in the Earth's plasma sheet. Specifically, they are flux tubes that have lower values of pV(exp 5/3) than their neighbors, where p is the thermal pressure of the particles and V is the volume of a tube containing one unit of magnetic flux. Whether they are created by reconnection or some other mechanism, the bubbles are propelled earthward by a magnetic buoyancy force, which is related to the interchange instability. Most of the major observed characteristics of the bursty bulk flows can be interpreted naturally in terms of the bubble picture. We propose a new `stratified fluid' picture of the plasma sheet, based on the idea that bubbles constitute the crucial transport mechanism. Results from simple mathematical models of plasma sheet transport support the idea that bubbles can resolve the pressure balance inconsistency, particularly in cases where plasma sheet ions are lost by gradient/curvature drift out the sides of the tail or bubbles are generated by reconnection in the middle of plasma sheet.

  16. The solar wind plasma entry and its effects on plasma sheet entropy

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    Wing, S.; Johnson, J. R.

    2008-05-01

    The solar wind enters the plasma sheet during northward and southward IMF. The connection between solar wind ions and plasma sheet cold-component ions has been demonstrated with in situ Geotail and inferred DMSP observations. The cold dense ions that originate from the solar wind are expected to decrease the entropies in the plasma sheet. Order of magnitude calculations of plasma sheet filling rate from reconnection and diffusion (either by K-H instabilities or kinetic Alfven waves) suggest that both entry mechanisms could result in roughly comparable filling rates, which are found consistent with DMSP observations. Previous studies have shown the presence of the dawn-dusk asymmetries in the plasma sheet temperatures and densities, which may be key in distinguishing various proposed entry mechanisms. This is investigated further with the entropy profiles and their dawn-dusk asymmetries during northward and southward IMF.

  17. Nature and location of the source of plasma sheet boundary layer ion beams

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    Elphic, R. C.; Onsager, T. G.; Thomsen, M. F.; Gosling, J. T.

    1995-02-01

    Onsager et al. (1991) have put forward a model of the formation of the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL) which relies on a steady source of plasma from a spatially extended plasma sheet, together with steady equatorward and earthward ExB convection of field lines due to reconnection at a downtail neutral line. This model is a synthesis of earlier proposals and it explains such features as an electron layer exterior to the ion boundary layer, ion velocity dispersion, counter streaming beams, low-speed cutoffs in the beams. It also explains the apparent evolution of the ion beams through 'kidney bean' shaped velocity-space distributions toward quasi-isotropic shells without invoking pitch angle scattering or energy diffusion. In this paper we explore two ramifications of the model. In principle we can map, as a function of time, the downtail neutral line distance and establish whether or not it is retreating during substorm recovery. We can also reconstruct the plasma distribution function near the neutral line to see if it is most consistent with mantle or plasma sheet plasma. We perform this analysis using International Sun Earth Explorer (ISEE) Fast Plasma Experiment (FPE) data for two plasma sheet recovery events, one on March 1, 1978, and the other on April 18, 1978. On March 1, 1978, we find evidence for an initial retreat from around 110 to 160 R(sub E) in the first 15 min; little further retreat occurs thereafter. On April 18, 1978, the neutral line location ranges from as little as 40 R(sub E) tailward of the satellite to as much as 200 R(sub E), but there is no evidence for a systematic retreat. The reconstructed ion distributions for these events are most consistent with a plasma sheet origin for the March 1 case and possibly plasma mantle or low-latitude boundary layer for the April 18 case.

  18. Simultaneous measurements of energetic ion (50 keV and above) and electron (220 keV and above) activity upstream of earth's bow shock and inside the plasma sheet - Magnetospheric source for the November 3 and December 3, 1977 upstream events

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    Sarris, E. T.; Anagnostopoulos, G. C.; Krimigis, S. M.

    1987-01-01

    Simultaneous observations of energetic ions and electrons by the IMP 7 and 8 spacecraft are used here to separate temporal variations from spatial variations during the upstream ion events observed on December 3, 1977 and November 2-3, 1977, in order to determine the source of these particles. Analysis of the observations and comparison with theory shows that: (1) for each of the observed upstream enhancements, energetic ions and electrons were simultaneously present inside the plasma sheet; (2) the low-energy ion intensity profile inside the plasma sheet was relatively flat, while at higher energies there was considrable variability; (3) relativistic electron bursts were seen inside the plasma sheet and also upstream of the shock but at substantially reduced intensities; (4) the ion energy spectrum for the December 3 event, extended to energies of about 2 MeV, was identical in form with the plasma sheet and upstream of the shock; (5) ion anisotropies exhibited typically large dawn-dusk or dusk-dawn gradients and large field-aligned streaming away from the bow shock.

  19. Plasma sheet flow damping by oscillatory flow braking

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    Panov, Evgeny V.; Leontyeva, Olga S.; Baumjohann, Wolfgang; Nakamura, Rumi; Amm, Olaf; Angelopoulos, Vassilis; Glassmeier, Karl-Heinz; Kubyshkina, Marina V.; Petrukovich, Anatoli A.; Sergeev, Victor A.; Weygand, James M.

    2015-04-01

    Using simultaneous observations in the near-Earth plasma sheet by five Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) probes, conjugate ground all-sky camera observations from Canada, and magnetometer networks over North America, we show that auroral bulge dynamics is modulated by a recently discovered process known as oscillatory flow braking, which occurs at about 10 Earth radii down the Earth's magnetotail. In oscillatory flow breaking, plasma sheet flows oscillating with different periods at various distances collide, producing pressure forces that exert shear stresses on the magnetic field, transiently amplifying the vertical magnetic field component. Sporadic fast relief of these stresses through significant particle precipitations causes damping of plasma sheet fast flows.

  20. Cold plasma heating in the plasma sheet boundary layer - Theory and simulations

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    Schriver, David; Ashour-Abdalla, Maha

    1990-01-01

    Satellite observations in recent years have confirmed that the plasma sheet boundary layer is a permanent feature of the earth's magnetotail located between the lobe and central plasma sheet during both quiet and active magnetic periods. Distinct features of the boundary layer include field aligned ion beams and intense electrostatic emissions known as broadband electrostatic noise. Since the plasma sheet boundary layer is a spatial feature of the magnetotail, within it will occur thermal mixing of the resident warm boundary layer plasma with inflowing (convecting) cold ionospheric plasma. A theoretical study involving linear theory and nonlinear numerical particle simulations is presented which examines ion beam instabilities in the presence of a thermally mixed hot and cold background plasma. It is found that the free energy in the ion beams can heat the cool ionospheric plasma to ambient plasma sheet boundary layer temperatures via broadband electrostatic noise. These results, along with recent observational reports that ionospheric outflow can account for measured plasma sheet densities, suggest that the ionospheric role in plasma sheet dynamics and content may be as large as the solar wind.

  1. Properties and origin of subproton-scale magnetic holes in the terrestrial plasma sheet

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    Sundberg, T.; Burgess, D.; Haynes, C. T.

    2015-04-01

    Electron-scale magnetic depressions in the terrestrial plasma sheet are studied using Cluster multispacecraft data. The structures, which have an observed duration of ~5-10 s, are approximately 200-300 km wide in the direction of propagation, and they show an average reduction in the background magnetic field of 10-20%. A majority of the events are also associated with an increase in the high-energy high pitch angle electron flux, which indicates that the depressions are presumably generated by electrons with relatively high velocity perpendicular to the background magnetic field. Differences in the recorded electron spectra in the four spacecraft indicates a possible nongyrotropic structure. Multispacecraft measurements show that a subset of events are cylindrical, elongated along the magnetic field, and with a field-parallel scale size of at a minimum 500 km. Other events seem to be better described as electron-scale sheets, about 200-300 km thick. We find that no single formation mechanism can explain this variety of events observed. Instead, several processes may be operating in the plasma sheet, giving rise to similar magnetic field structures in the single-spacecraft data, but with different 3-D structuring. The cylindrical structures have several traits that are in agreement with the electron vortex magnetic holes observed in 2-D particle-in-cell simulations of turbulent relaxation, whereas the sheets, which show nearly identical signatures in the multispacecraft data, are better explained by propagating electron solitary waves.

  2. Plasma Sheet Velocity Measurement Techniques for the Pulsed Plasma Thruster SIMP-LEX

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    Nawaz, Anuscheh; Lau, Matthew

    2011-01-01

    The velocity of the first plasma sheet was determined between the electrodes of a pulsed plasma thruster using three measurement techniques: time of flight probe, high speed camera and magnetic field probe. Further, for time of flight probe and magnetic field probe, it was possible to determine the velocity distribution along the electrodes, as the plasma sheet is accelerated. The results from all three techniques are shown, and are compared for one thruster geometry.

  3. Thin current sheet embedded within a thicker plasma sheet: Self-consistent kinetic theory

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    Sitnov, M. I.; Zelenyi, L. M.; Malova, H. V.; Sharma, A. S.

    2000-06-01

    A self-consistent theory of thin current sheets, where the magnetic field line tension is balanced by the ion inertia rather than by the pressure gradient, is presented. Assuming that ions are the main current carriers and their dynamics is quasi-adiabatic, the Maxwell-Vlasov equations are reduced to the nonlocal analogue of the Grad-Shafranov equation using a new set of integrals of motion, namely, the particle energy and the sheet invariant of the quasi-adiabatic motion. It is shown that for a drifting Maxwellian distribution of ions outside the sheet the equilibrium equation can be reduced in the limits of strong and weak anisotropy to universal equations that determine families of equilibria with similar profiles of the magnetic field. In the region Bn/B0sheet and close to its central plane, the ion drift velocity outside the sheet, and the ion thermal velocity, respectively) the thickness of such similar profiles is of the order of (vT/vD)1/3ρ0, where ρ0 is the thermal ion gyroradius outside the sheet. In the limit of weak anisotropy (vT/vD>>1) the self-consistent current sheet equilibrium may also exist with no indications of the catastrophe reported earlier by Burkhart et al. [1992a]. On the contrary, it is found that in this limit the magnetic field profiles again become similar to each other with the characteristic thickness ~ρ0. The profiles of plasma and current densities as well as the components of the pressure tensor are calculated for arbitrary ion anisotropy outside the sheet. It is shown that the thin current sheet for the equilibrium considered here is usually embedded into a much thicker plasma sheet. Moreover, in the case of weak anisotropy the perturbation of the plasma density inside the sheet is shown to be proportional to the parameter vD/vT, and as a result the electrostatic effects should be small, consistent with observations. This model of the thin current sheet

  4. Pressure, volume, density relationships in the plasma sheet

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    Kaufmann, Richard L.; Paterson, W. R.; Frank, L. A.

    2004-08-01

    Long-term-averaged three-dimensional data-based models of the plasma sheet were used to study relationships between the density n, pressure P, and temperature T of the plasma and between the volume V and particle content N of a tube that contains 1 Wb of magnetic flux. Near midnight a typical unit flux tube located at x0 = -11.5 RE was found to contain only 30% as many particles as a typical unit flux tube located at x0 = -29.5 RE. The average value of the adiabatic compression parameter PV5/3 was only 20% and 15% as large at x0 = -11.5 RE for ions and electrons, respectively, as at x0 = -29.5 RE. A decrease of the average N and PV5/3 can be caused by the ejection of plasmoids during reconnection. Such ejections are likely to be important beyond 20 RE. Fast flows, flux tube interchange, drift effects, and a heat flux are likely to be more important at lower altitudes. The entropy parameter Pn-5/3 was found to be relatively uniform throughout the region studied. The energy parameter TV2/3 decreased by 40% for ions and 10% for electrons near midnight between -29.5 and -11.5 RE. These energy parameter changes suggest that the most energetic ions and electrons are either being deenergized or preferentially lost, processes that may be associated with gradient and curvature drifts through the sides of the convecting flux tubes or by wave instabilities and a parallel heat flux.

  5. The inner edge of the plasma sheet and the diffuse aurora

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    Fairfield, D. H.; Vinas, A. F.

    1983-01-01

    Three dimensional measurements from the ISEE-1 low energy electron spectrometer are used to map the location of the inner edge of the plasma sheet and study the anisotropies in the electron distribution function associated with this boundary. Lower energy plasma sheet electrons have inner edges closer to the Earth than higher energies with the separations at different energies being larger near dawn and after dusk than at midnight. Lowest energy inner edges are frequently located adjacent to the plasmapause in the dawn hemisphere but are often separated from it in the dusk hemisphere by a gap of at least several Re. The energy dispersion is minimal in the afternoon quadrant where the inner edge is near the magnetopause and frequently oscillating on a time scale of minutes. The location of the inner edge is probably determined primarily by the motion of electrons in the existing electric and magnetic fields rather than by strong diffusion as has sometimes been supposed.

  6. Preliminary characterization of a laser-generated plasma sheet

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    Keiter, P. A.; Malamud, G.; Trantham, M.; Fein, J.; Davis, J.; Klein, S. R.; Drake, R. P.

    2015-12-01

    We present the results from recent experiments to create a flowing plasma sheet. Two groups of three laser beams with nominally 1.5 kJ of energy per group were focused to separate pointing locations, driving a shock into a wedge target. As the shock breaks out of the wedge, the plasma is focused on center, creating a sheet of plasma. Measurements at 60 ns indicate the plasma sheet has propagated 2825 microns with an average velocity of 49 microns/ns. These experiments follow previous experiments [Krauland et al. 2013], which are aimed at studying similar physics as that found in the hot spot region of cataclysmic variables. Krauland et al. created a flowing plasma, which represents the flowing plasma from the secondary star. This flow interacted with a stationary object, which represented the disk around the white dwarf. A reverse shock is a shock formed when a freely expanding plasma encounters an obstacle. Reverse shocks can be generated by a blast wave propagating through a medium. They can also be found in binary star systems where the flowing gas from a companion star interacts with the accretion disk of the primary star.

  7. First operation of a wiggler-focused, sheet beam free electron laser amplifier

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    Destler, W.W.; Cheng, S.; Zhang, Z.X.; Antonsen, T.M. Jr.; Granatstein, V.L.; Levush, B.; Rodgers, J. )

    1994-05-01

    A wiggler-focused, sheet beam free electron laser (FEL) amplifier utilizing a short-period wiggler magnet has been proposed as a millimeter-wave source for current profile modification and/or electron cyclotron resonance heating of tokamak plasmas. As proposed, such an amplifier would operate at a frequency of approximately 100--200 GHz with an output power of 1--10 MW CW. Electron beam energy would be in the range 500--1000 keV. To test important aspects of this concept, an initial sheet beam FEL amplifier experiment has been performed using a 1 mm[times]2 cm sheet beam produced by a pulse line accelerator with a pulse duration of 100 ns. The 500--570 keV, 4--18 A sheet beam is propagated through a 56 period uniform wiggler ([lambda][sub [ital w

  8. ADBD plasma surface treatment of PES fabric sheets

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    Píchal, J.; Klenko, Y.

    2009-08-01

    Plasma treatment of textile fabrics is investigated as an alternative to the environmentally hazardous wet chemical fabric treatment and pretreatment processes. Plasma treatment usually results in modification of the uppermost atomic layers of a material surface and leaves the bulk characteristics unaffected. It may result in desirable surface modifications, e.g. surface etching, surface activation, cross-linking, chain scission and oxidation. Presented paper contains results of the applicability study of the atmospheric pressure dielectric discharge (ADBD), i.e. dielectric barrier discharge sustaining in air at atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature for synchronous treatment of several sheets of fabric. For tests sheets of polyester fabric were used. Effectivity of the modification process was determined with hydrophilicity measurements evaluated by means of the drop test. Hydrophilicity of individual sheets of fabric has distinctly increased after plasma treatment. Plasma induced surface changes of textiles were also proven by identification of new functional groups at the modified polyester fabric surface. Existence of new functional groups was detected by ESCA scans. For verification of surface changes we also applied high-resolution microphotography. It has shown distinct variation of the textile surface after plasma treatment. Important aspect for practical application of the plasma treatment is the modification effect time-stability, i.e. time stability of acquired surface changes of the fabric. The recovery of hydrophobicity was fastest in first days after treatment, later gradually diminished until reached almost original untreated state.

  9. Wave generation and particle transport in the plasma sheet and boundary layer

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    Dusenbery, P. B.

    1987-01-01

    The one and two ion beam instability was considered as a possible explanation for the observations of broadband electrostatic noise in the plasma sheet region of the geomagnetic tail. When only hot streaming plasma sheet boundary layer ions were present, no broadband waves were excited. Cold, streaming ionospheric ions can generate electrostatic broadband waves propagating in the slow beam-acoustic mode, but the growth rates of the waves were significantly enhanced when warm boundary layer ions were presented. (Both the slow and fast beam-acoustic modes can be excited, depending on the relative ion drift.) This mode predicted that the wave intensity of the broadband noise should peak in the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL). Observations of less intense electrostatic waves in the lobes and plasma sheet were likely a result of the absence of warm ion beams or large ion temperatures, respectively, which resulted in smaller growth rates. The model dependence of the ion beam instability has also been studied. For cold and warm ions streaming in the same direction, researchers found wave growth peaked for wave normal angles theta = 0 deg. and wave frequencies approx. 0.1 x the electron plasma frequency. However, for anti-parallel streaming cold and warm ions, wave growth peaks near theta = 90 deg. and wave frequencies were an order of magnitude smaller.

  10. Excitation of an electrostatic wave by a cold electron current sheet of finite thickness

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    Hwang, K. S.; Fontheim, E. G.; Ong, R. S. B.

    1983-01-01

    Calculations for the threshold of current-driven instabilities and the growth rates of ion acoustic and electrostatic ion cyclotron instabilities in a magnetized plasma driven a current sheet with a finite width are presented. Maxwellian equations are employed to model the velocity distributions of electrons and ions in a direction perpendicular to the sheet. A dispersion relation is defined for the regions of instability, and boundary conditions are characterized in order to obtain a set of eigenvalue equations. Thresholds are delineated for various regions, including ducted mode solutions where only ion-acoustic waves are excited in areas where the frequency range significantly exceeds the ion cyclotron frequency. When a constant electron drift velocity is present, a thick current sheet is more unstable than a thin one. Fewer modes become unstable with a thinner sheet.

  11. Substorm Evolution in the Near-Earth Plasma Sheet

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    Erickson, Gary M.

    2004-01-01

    This grant represented one-year, phase-out funding for the project of the same name (NAG5-9110 to Boston University) to determine precursors and signatures of local substorm onset and how they evolve in the plasma sheet using the Geotail near-Earth database. We report here on two accomplishments: (1) Completion of an examination of plasma velocity signature at times of local onsets in the current disruption (CD) region. (2) Initial investigation into quantification of near-Earth flux-tube contents of injected plasma at times of substorm injections.

  12. Electronic Rotator For Sheet Of Laser Light

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    Franke, John M.; Rhodes, David B.; Leighty, Bradley D.; Jones, Stephen B.

    1989-01-01

    Primary flow-visualization system in Basic Aerodynamic Research Tunnel (BART) at NASA Langley Research Center is sheet of laser light generated by 5-W argon-ion laser and two-axis mirror galvanometer scanner. Generates single and multiple sheets of light, which remain stationary or driven to sweep out volume. Sine/cosine potentiometer used to orient two galvanometer/mirror devices simultaneously and yields desired result at reasonable cost and incorporated into prototype in 1 day.

  13. In situ observations of ion scale current sheet and associated electron heating in Earth's magnetosheath turbulence

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    Chasapis, Alexandros; Retinò, Alessandro; Sahraoui, Fouad; Greco, Antonella; Vaivads, Andris; Sundkvist, David; Canu, Patrick

    2014-05-01

    Magnetic reconnection occurs in thin current sheets that form in turbulent plasmas. Numerical simulations indicate that turbulent reconnection contributes to the dissipation of magnetic field energy and results in particle heating and non-thermal acceleration. Yet in situ measurements are required to determine its importance as a dissipation mechanism at those scales. The Earth's magnetosheath downstream of the quasi-parallel shock is a turbulent near-Earth environment that offers a privileged environment for such a study. Here we present a study of the properties of thin current sheets by using Cluster data. We studied the distribution of the current sheets as a function of their magnetic shear angle, the PVI index and the electron heating. The properties of the observed current sheets were different for high shear (θ > 90 degrees) and low shear current sheets (θ < 90 degrees). These high-shear current sheets account for about ˜ 20% of the total and have an average thickness comparable to the ion inertial length. Enhancement of electron temperature within these current sheets suggest that they are important for local electron heating and energy dissipation.

  14. Analyzing low frequency waves associated with plasma sheet flow channels

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    Xing, X.; Liang, J.; Wang, C. P.; Lyons, L. R.; Angelopoulos, V.

    2014-12-01

    Low frequency (0.006~0.02 Hz) magnetic oscillations are frequently observed to be associated with the substorm-related dipolarization in the near-Earth plasma sheet. It has been suggested that these oscillations are possibly triggered by ballooning instability in the transition region. However, our multi-point observations using THEMIS spacecraft have shown that similar oscillations are observed to be associated with the earthward moving flow channels as they penetrate from middle tail to the transition region. Linear MHD wave analysis suggested that these oscillations ahead of the dipolarization front are magnetosonic waves. For most of the cases, the thermal pressure and magnetic pressures variations are anti-phase, indicating slow mode waves. However, by taking advantage of the spacecraft located very close in X-Y plane and slightly away from the central plasma sheet, we found that for many events the phase relation between the thermal and magnetic pressure variations is Z-dependent, which suggests that the observational evidence for slow mode may not be applicable. In order to further examine these waves, we performed a MHD analysis in inhomogeneous plasma sheet. The calculation shows that for Harris Sheet configuration, the thermal and magnetic pressures variations can be anti-phase for any wave other than slow mode waves where the vertical velocity disturbance reaches its maximum, thus this phase relation may not be used as an identifier of magnetosonic wave modes. We will show the dispersion relation and wave generated disturbances obtained from the numerical calculations.

  15. Earthward and tailward flows in the plasma sheet

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    Zhang, L. Q.; Wang, J. Y.; Baumjohann, W.; Rème, H.; Dunlop, M. W.

    2015-06-01

    Utilizing C3/Cluster satellite observations from the year of 2001 to 2006, we investigated the earthward flow (EF) and tailward flow (TF) at Bz > 0 in the plasma sheet. We found that the EF and the TF have similar spatial distributions. Both characteristics are independent of the distance beyond 14 RE. Both flows are deflected while closer to the Earth. Statistical results further showed that the EF/TF occur in the central plasma sheet as well as the plasma sheet boundary layer and can be observed during quiet times and periods of geomagnetic activity. A typical event reveals that the EF and the TF have different plasma population. A transition region (TR) can be formed at the interface between the EF and TF. Very significant duskward components appeared in bulk velocities for both populations. It appears that the vortical-like structure can be formed near the TR. The magnetic field within the TR is twisted and strongly fluctuates. No clear magnetic flux pileups are observed inside the TR.

  16. Investigation of solar wind dependence of the plasma sheet based on long-term Geotail/LEP data evaluation

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    Saeki, R.; Seki, K.; Saito, Y.; Shinohara, I.; Miyashita, Y.; Imada, S.; Machida, S.

    2014-12-01

    It is observationally known that the plasma density and temperature in plasma sheet are significantly changed by solar wind conditions [e.g., Terasawa et al., 1997]. Thus it is considered that the plasma sheet plasma is originated from the solar wind, and several entry mechanisms have been suggested. When the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) is southward, the solar wind plasma enters the plasma sheet mainly through magnetic reconnection at the dayside magnetopause. In contrast, for the northward IMF, the double-lobe reconnection [Song et al., 1999], abnormal diffusion [Johnson and Cheng., 1997], and plasma mixing through the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability caused by viscous interaction [Hasegawa et al., 2004] have been proposed. Relative contribution of each process is, however, far from understood. In the present study, we use magnetotail observations by the Geotail spacecraft at radial distances of 10-32 Re during 12-year period from 1995 to 2006 to investigate properties of the plasma sheet. We conducted a statistical analysis with calibrated LEP-EA [Mukai et al., 1994] ion and electron data. We selected central plasma sheet observations and derived electron and ion temperature and density using the same method and criteria as Terasawa et al. [1997]. In addition, OMNI solar-wind data are used. The results show that the plasma sheet density (both ion and electron temperatures) has a good correlation with the solar wind density (kinetic energy) over the whole solar cycle. We find clear dawn-dusk asymmetry in the temperature ratio Ti/Te, i.e., the average Ti/Te is higher on the duskside than the dawn. The density also shows the dawn-dusk asymmetry and higher on the duskside than on the dawnside. A previous study by Wang et al. [2012] showed that Ti/Te is high (typically 5-10) in the magnetosheath. The statistical results, therefore, suggest that the shocked solar wind plasma can easily enter the duskside plasma sheet rather than the dawnside. We will discuss the

  17. Current sheet in plasma as a system with a controlling parameter

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    Fridman, Yu. A.; Chukbar, K. V.

    2015-08-01

    A simple kinetic model describing stationary solutions with bifurcated and single-peaked current density profiles of a plane electron beam or current sheet in plasma is presented. A connection is established between the two-dimensional constructions arising in terms of the model and the one-dimensional considerations by Bernstein-Greene-Kruskal facilitating the reconstruction of the distribution function of trapped particles when both the profile of the electric potential and the free particles distribution function are known.

  18. Current sheet in plasma as a system with a controlling parameter

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    Fridman, Yu. A. Chukbar, K. V.

    2015-08-15

    A simple kinetic model describing stationary solutions with bifurcated and single-peaked current density profiles of a plane electron beam or current sheet in plasma is presented. A connection is established between the two-dimensional constructions arising in terms of the model and the one-dimensional considerations by Bernstein−Greene−Kruskal facilitating the reconstruction of the distribution function of trapped particles when both the profile of the electric potential and the free particles distribution function are known.

  19. Analysis of radiation performances of plasma sheet antenna

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    Yin, Bo; Zhang, Zu-Fan; Wang, Ping

    2015-12-01

    A novel concept of plasma sheet antennas is presented in this paper, and the radiation performances of plasma sheet antennas are investigated in detail. Firstly, a model of planar plasma antenna (PPA) fed by a microstrip line is developed, and its reflection coefficient is computed by the JE convolution finite-difference time-domain method and compared with that of the metallic patch antenna. It is found that the design of PPA can learn from the theory of the metallic patch antenna, and the impedance matching and reconstruction of resonant frequency can be expediently realized by adjusting the parameters of plasma. Then the PPA is mounted on a metallic cylindrical surface, and the reflection coefficient of the conformal plasma antenna (CPA) is also computed. At the same time, the influence of conformal cylinder radius on the reflection coefficient is also analyzed. Finally, the radiation pattern of a CPA is given, the results show that the pattern agrees well with the one of PPA in the main radiation direction, but its side lobe level has deteriorated significantly.

  20. On the plasma-based growth of ‘flowing’ graphene sheets at atmospheric pressure conditions

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    Tsyganov, D.; Bundaleska, N.; Tatarova, E.; Dias, A.; Henriques, J.; Rego, A.; Ferraria, A.; Abrashev, M. V.; Dias, F. M.; Luhrs, C. C.; Phillips, J.

    2016-02-01

    A theoretical and experimental study on atmospheric pressure microwave plasma-based assembly of free standing graphene sheets is presented. The synthesis method is based on introducing a carbon-containing precursor (C2H5OH) through a microwave (2.45 GHz) argon plasma environment, where decomposition of ethanol molecules takes place and carbon atoms and molecules are created and then converted into solid carbon nuclei in the ‘colder’ nucleation zones. A theoretical model previously developed has been further updated and refined to map the particle and thermal fluxes in the plasma reactor. Considering the nucleation process as a delicate interplay between thermodynamic and kinetic factors, the model is based on a set of non-linear differential equations describing plasma thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. The model predictions were validated by experimental results. Optical emission spectroscopy was applied to detect the plasma emission related to carbon species from the ‘hot’ plasma zone. Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques have been applied to analyze the synthesized nanostructures. The microstructural features of the solid carbon nuclei collected from the colder zones of plasma reactor vary according to their location. A part of the solid carbon was deposited on the discharge tube wall. The solid assembled from the main stream, which was gradually withdrawn from the hot plasma region in the outlet plasma stream directed to a filter, was composed by ‘flowing’ graphene sheets. The influence of additional hydrogen, Ar flow rate and microwave power on the concentration of obtained stable species and carbon-dicarbon was evaluated. The ratio of sp3/sp2 carbons in graphene sheets is presented. A correlation between changes in C2 and C number densities and sp3/sp2 ratio was found.

  1. Development of a volume production type hydrogen negative ion source by using sheet plasma

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    Matsumoto, Satoki; Iijima, Takaaki; Tonegawa, Akira; Sato, Kohnosuke; Kawamura, Kazutaka

    2014-10-01

    Stationary production of negative ions are important to play an essential role in Neutral beam injection (NBI). Cesium seeded Surface-production of negative ion sources are used for NBI. However, Cesium seeded surface- production of negative ion sources are not desirable from the point of view of operating steady state ion sources. We carried out the development of negative ion sources by volume-production in hydrogen sheet plasma. Production of hydrogen negative ions through volume processes needs both high energy electron region and low energy electron region. The sheet plasma is suitable for the production of negative ions, because the electron temperature in the central region of the plasma as high as 10-15 eV, whereas in the periphery of the plasma, a low temperature of a few eV of obtained. The hydrogen negative ions density were detected using an omegatron mass analyzer, while the electron density and temperature were measured using a Langmuir probe. Negative ions current extracted from the grid are measured by Faraday-cup.

  2. Statistical study of plasma sheet dynamics using ISEE 1 and 2 energetic particle flux data

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    Dandouras, J.; Re-grave-accentme, H.; Saint-Marc, A.; Sauvaud, J.A.; Parks, G.K.; Anderson, K.A.; Lin, R.P.

    1986-06-01

    During magnetospheric substorms, satellites embedded in the plasma sheet often detect transient dropouts of plasma and energetic particle fluxes, a phenomemon generally interpreted as indicating the exit of the satellite into the magnetospheric lobe due to a plasma sheet thinning. In order to determine the large-scale dynamics of the near-earth plasma sheet during substorms, three satellite years of ISEE 1 and 2 energetic particle flux data (1.5 and 6 keV), corresponding to 461 particle flux dropouts, have been analyzed. The principal results show that flux dropouts can be observed anywhere in the nightside plasma sheet, independent of the satellite's geocentric distance (for R>12R/sub E/), magnetic local time (except near the magnetospheric flanks) and estimated distance to the neutral sheet. Furthermore, flux dropouts can be observed for any combination of the AE index value and the satellite's distance to the neutral sheet, which shows that the plasma sheet is dynamic even during weak magnetospheric disturbances. Substorms during which the satellites, though situated in the plasma sheet, did not detect any flux dropout, have also been examined, and it is found that the plasma sheet thickness can locally remain unaffected by substorm development for AE index values up to at least 1000 nT. The predictions of the two major plasma sheet thinning models, i.e., the near-tail X-type magnetic neutral line formation model and the MHD rarefaction wave propagation model, are compared to the experimental results, and it is concluded that neither model can account for all of the observations; plasma sheet dynamics are more complex. Phenomenologically, this study suggests that multiple pinching of the plasma sheet and/or large-amplitude three-dimensional plasma sheet oscillations are important in plasma sheet dynamics.

  3. Electron cyclotron resonance plasma photos

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    Racz, R.; Palinkas, J.; Biri, S.

    2010-02-15

    In order to observe and study systematically the plasma of electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion sources (ECRIS) we made a high number of high-resolution visible light plasma photos and movies in the ATOMKI ECRIS Laboratory. This required building the ECR ion source into an open ECR plasma device, temporarily. An 8MP digital camera was used to record photos of plasmas made from Ne, Ar, and Kr gases and from their mixtures. We studied and recorded the effect of ion source setting parameters (gas pressure, gas composition, magnetic field, and microwave power) to the shape, color, and structure of the plasma. The analysis of the photo series gave us many qualitative and numerous valuable physical information on the nature of ECR plasmas.

  4. Survey of Galileo plasma observations in Jupiter's plasma sheet

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    Bagenal, Fran; Wilson, Robert J.; Siler, Scott; Paterson, William R.; Kurth, William S.

    2016-05-01

    The plasma science (PLS) instrument on the Galileo spacecraft (orbiting Jupiter from December 1995 to September 2003) measured properties of the ions that were trapped in the magnetic field. The PLS data provide a survey of the plasma properties between ~5 and 30 Jupiter radii (RJ) in the equatorial region. We present plasma properties derived via two analysis methods: numerical moments and forward modeling. We find that the density decreases with radial distance by nearly 5 orders of magnitude from ~2 to 3000 cm-3 at 6 RJ to ~0.05 cm-3 at 30 RJ. The density profile did not show major changes from orbit to orbit, suggesting that the plasma production and transport remained constant within about a factor of 2. The radial profile of ion temperature increased with distance which implied that contrary to the concept of adiabatic cooling on expansion, the plasma heats up as it expands out from Io's orbit (where Ti ~ 60-80 eV) at ~6 RJ to a few keV at 30 RJ. There does not seem to be a long-term, systematic variation in ion temperature with either local time or longitude. This latter finding differs from earlier analysis of Galileo PLS data from a selection of orbits. Further examination of all data from all Galileo orbits suggests that System III variations are transitory on timescales of weeks, consistent with the modeling of Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph observations. The plasma flow is dominated by azimuthal flow that is between 80% and 100% of corotation out to 25 RJ.

  5. Electron velocity distributions and plasma waves associated with the injection of an electron beam into the ionosphere

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    Frank, L. A.; Paterson, W. R.; Kurth, W. S.; Ashour-Abdalla, M.; Schriver, D.

    1989-06-01

    An electron beam was injected into earth's ionosphere on August 1, 1985, during the flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger as part of the objectives of the Spacelab 2 mission. In the wake of the Space Shuttle a magnetically aligned sheet of electrons returning from the direction of propagation of the beam was detected with the free-flying Plasma Diagnostics Package. The thickness of this sheet of returning electrons was about 20 m. Large intensifications of broadband electrostatic noise were also observed within this sheet of electrons. A numerical simulation of the interaction of the electron beam with the ambient ionospheric plasmas is employed to show that the electron beam excites electron plasma oscillations and that it is possible for the ion acoustic instability to provide a returning flux of hot electrons by means of quasi-linear diffusion.

  6. Conditions for the formation of nongyrotropic current sheets in slowly evolving plasmas

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    Schindler, Karl; Hesse, Michael

    2010-08-01

    This paper addresses the formation of nongyrotropic current sheets resulting from slow external driving. The medium is a collisionless plasma with one spatial dimension and a three-dimensional velocity space. The study is based on particle simulation and an analytical approach. Earlier results that apply to compression of an initial Harris sheet are generalized in several ways. In a first step a general sufficient criterion for the presence of extra ion and electron currents due to nongyrotropic plasma conditions is derived. Then cases with antisymmetric magnetic and electric fields are considered. After establishing consistency of the criterion with the earlier case, the usefulness of this concept is illustrated in detail by two further particle simulations. The results indicate that the formation of nongyrotropic current sheets is a ubiquitous phenomenon for plasmas with antisymmetric fields that have evolved slowly from initial gyrotropic states. A fourth case concerns a plasma with a unidirectional magnetic field. Consistent with the general criterion, the observed final state is fluidlike in that it is approximately gyrotropic. Momentum balance is shown to include a contribution that results from accumulation of an off-diagonal pressure tensor component during the evolution. Heat flux also plays an important role.

  7. Plasma convection and ion beam generation in the plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Moghaddam-Taaheri, E.; Goertz, C. K.; Smith, R. A.

    1991-01-01

    Because of the dawn-dusk electric field E(dd), plasma in the magnetotail convects from the lobe toward the central plasma sheet (CPS). In the absence of space or velocity diffusion due to plasma turbulence, convection would yield a steady state distribution function f = V exp (-2/3) g(v exp 2 V exp 2/3), where V is the flux tube volume. Starting with such a distribution function and a plasma beta which varies from beta greater than 1 in the CPS to beta much smaller than 1 in the lobe, the evolution of the ion distribution function was studied considering the combined effects of ion diffusion by kinetic Alfven waves (KAW) in the ULF frequency range (1-10 mHz) and convection due to E(dd) x B drift in the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL) and outer central plasma sheet (OCPS). The results show that, during the early stages after launching the KAWs, a beamlike ion distribution forms in the PSBL and at the same time the plasma density and temperature decrease in the OCPS. Following this stage, ions in the beams convect toward the CPS resulting in an increase of the plasma temperature in the OCPS.

  8. The Uranian corona as a charge exchange cascade of plasma sheet protons

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    Herbert, F.

    1993-03-01

    The paper uses models of magnetic convection and interparticle interactions to examine the collisional interactions between atmospheric neutral hydrogen and magnetospheric charged particles observed by Voyager to be convecting through the Uranian magnetosphere. The e(-)-H collisional ionization process, continually reenergized by compressional heating of the electrons as they drift toward Uranus, produces a cascade of new plasma. This process has been suggested elsewhere as the source of the warm (10 eV at L = 5) plasma and is found in the present study to continue in a cascade to even cooler and more abundant plasma. This newly created plasma consists almost entirely of electrons and protons because He and H2 are nearly absent from the uppermost layers of the atmosphere. If this plasma crosses the dayside magnetopause and mixes with magnetopause boundary layers such as the plasma mantle, there to be swept back along the magnetotail, reincorporated into the magnetotail by the same processes postulated for solar wind plasma entry, and reenergized in the magnetotail current sheet, it would constitute an important source for the hot plasma observed by Voyager.

  9. Interaction of an interplanetary shock with the heliospheric plasma sheet

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    Odstrčil, D.; Dryer, M.; Smith, Z.

    1996-07-01

    The interaction of an interplanetary shock with the heliospheric plasma sheet (HPS) is simulated using the 2 12D MHD model in the meridional plane. The shock structure is generated by a velocity pulse and consists of a strong broad forward shock (FS) with a concave shape and a much weaker and narrower reverse shock (RS) with a convex shape. The flat equatorial HPS, with its larger mass density and slower flow velocity, modifies this shock structure. A dimple is formed at the FS and a reverse dimple is formed at the RS. A large distortion of the heliospheric current sheet (HCS) occurs when the velocity pulse is introduced outside the HPS. The interaction of a shock with the HPS leads to very large southward values of the interplanetary magnetic field due to an effect of shock compression, field-line draping, and deflection of the HCS.

  10. Propagation of small size magnetic holes in the magnetospheric plasma sheet

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    Yao, S. T.; Shi, Q. Q.; Li, Z. Y.; Wang, X. G.; Tian, A. M.; Sun, W. J.; Hamrin, M.; Wang, M. M.; Pitkänen, T.; Bai, S. C.; Shen, X. C.; Ji, X. F.; Pokhotelov, D.; Yao, Z. H.; Xiao, T.; Pu, Z. Y.; Fu, S. Y.; Zong, Q. G.; De Spiegeleer, A.; Liu, W.; Zhang, H.; Rème, H.

    2016-06-01

    Magnetic holes (MHs), characteristic structures where the magnetic field magnitude decreases significantly, have been frequently observed in space plasmas. Particularly, small size magnetic holes (SSMHs) which the scale is less than or close to the proton gyroradius are recently detected in the magnetospheric plasma sheet. In this study of Cluster observations, by the timing method, the minimum directional difference (MDD) method, and the spatiotemporal difference (STD) method, we obtain the propagation velocity of SSMHs in the plasma flow frame. Furthermore, based on electron magnetohydrodynamics (EMHD) theory we calculate the velocity, width, and depth of the electron solitary wave and compare it to SSMH observations. The result shows a good accord between the theory and the observation.

  11. A new stationary analytical model of the heliospheric current sheet and the plasma sheet

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    Kislov, Roman A.; Khabarova, Olga V.; Malova, Helmi V.

    2015-10-01

    We develop a single-fluid 2-D analytical model of the axially symmetric thin heliospheric current sheet (HCS) embedded into the heliospheric plasma sheet (HPS). A HCS-HPS system has a shape of a relatively thin plasma disk limited by separatrices that also represent current sheets, which is in agreement with Ulysses observations in the aphelion, when it crossed the HCS perpendicular to its plane. Our model employs a differential rotation of the solar photosphere that leads to unipolar induction in the corona. Three components of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), the solar wind speed, and the thermal pressure are taken into account. Solar corona conditions and a HCS-HPS system state are tied by boundary conditions and the "frozen-in" equation. The model allows finding spatial distributions of the magnetic field, the speed within the HPS, and electric currents within the HCS. An angular plasma speed is low within the HPS due to the angular momentum conservation (there is no significant corotation with the Sun), which is consistent with observations. We found that the HPS thickness L decreases with distance r, becoming a constant far from the Sun (L ~2.5 solar radii (R0) at 1 AU). Above the separatrices and at large heliocentric distances, the solar wind behavior obeys Parker's model, but the magnetic field spiral form may be different from Parker's one inside the HPS. At r ≤ 245 R0, the IMF spiral may undergo a turn simultaneously with a change of the poloidal current direction (from sunward to antisunward).

  12. Survey of the plasma electron environment of Jupiter: A view from Voyager

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    Scudder, J. D.; Sittler, E. C., Jr.; Bridge, H. S.

    1980-01-01

    The plasma environment within Jupiter's bow shock is considered in terms of the in situ, calibrated electron plasma measurements made between 10 eV and 5.95 keV by the Voyager plasma science experiment (PLS). Measurements were analyzed and corrected for spacecraft potential variations; the data were reduced to nearly model independent macroscopic parameters of the local electron density and temperature. It is tentatively concluded that the radial temperature profile within the plasma sheet is caused by the intermixing of two different electron populations that probably have different temporal histories and spatial paths to their local observation. The cool plasma source of the plasma sheet and spikes is probably the Io plasma torus and arrives in the plasma sheet as a result of flux tube interchange motions or other generalized transport which can be accomplished without diverting the plasma from the centrifugal equator. The hot suprathermal populations in the plasma sheet have most recently come from the sparse, hot mid-latitude "bath" of electrons which were directly observed juxtaposed to the plasma sheet.

  13. Role of Plasma Sheet Source Population in Ring Current Dynamics (Invited)

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    Jordanova, V.; Yu, Y.; Reeves, G. D.; Kletzing, C.; Spence, H.; Sazykin, S. Y.

    2013-12-01

    Understanding the dynamics of ring current particles during disturbed conditions remains a long-standing challenge, moreover these particles represent a seed population for the hazardous radiation belts. The formation of the storm-time ring current depends on two main factors: 1) the plasma sheet as a reservoir supplying particles that are transported earthward, and 2) the electric field as a mechanism that energizes them. To investigate ring current development on a global scale, we use our four-dimensional (4-D) ring current-atmosphere interactions model (RAM-SCB) [Jordanova et al., 2010; Zaharia et al., 2010] which solves the kinetic equation for H+, O+, and He+ ions and electrons using a self-consistently calculated magnetic field in force balance with the anisotropic ring current plasma pressure. The model boundary was recently expanded from geosynchronous orbit to 9 RE, where the plasma boundary conditions are specified from the empirical plasma sheet model TM03 [Tsyganenko and Mukai, 2003] based on Geotail data. We simulate the transport, acceleration, and loss of energetic particles from the magnetotail to the inner magnetosphere during several geomagnetic storms that occurred since the launch of the Van Allen Probes in August 2012. We compare our results with simultaneous plasma and field observations from the Energetic particle, Composition, and Thermal plasma (ECT) [Spence et al., 2013] and the Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science (EMFISIS) [Kletzing et al., 2013] investigations on the Van Allen Probes. We investigate the role of the plasma sheet source population in global ring current simulations considering various boundary conditions and electric field formulations. An improved understanding of the highly coupled inner magnetosphere system is provided.

  14. Electron velocity distributions and plasma waves associated with the injection of an electron beam into the ionosphere

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    Frank, L. A.; Paterson, W. R.; Ashour-Abdalla, M.; Schriver, D.; Kurth, W. S.; Gurnett, D. A.

    1989-06-01

    An electron beam was injected into Earth's ionosphere on August 1, 1985, the flight of the space shuttle /ital Challenger/ as part of the objectives of the Spacelab 2 mission. In the wake of the space shuttle a magnetically aligned sheet of electrons returning from the direction of propagation of the beam was detected with the free-flying plasma Diagnostics Package. The thickness of this sheet of returning electrons was about 20 m. Large intensifications of broadband electrostatic noise were also observed within this sheet of electrons. A numerical simulation of the interaction of the electron beam with the ambient ionospheric plasmas is employed to show that the electron beam excites electron plasma oscillations and that it is possible for the ion ascoustic instability to provide a returning flux of hot electorns by means of quasi-linear diffusion. /copyright/ American Geophysical Union 1989

  15. Increases in plasma sheet temperature with solar wind driving during substorm growth phases

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    Forsyth, C; Watt, C E J; Rae, I J; Fazakerley, A N; Kalmoni, N M E; Freeman, M P; Boakes, P D; Nakamura, R; Dandouras, I; Kistler, L M; Jackman, C M; Coxon, J C; Carr, C M

    2014-01-01

    During substorm growth phases, magnetic reconnection at the magnetopause extracts ∼1015 J from the solar wind which is then stored in the magnetotail lobes. Plasma sheet pressure increases to balance magnetic flux density increases in the lobes. Here we examine plasma sheet pressure, density, and temperature during substorm growth phases using 9 years of Cluster data (>316,000 data points). We show that plasma sheet pressure and temperature are higher during growth phases with higher solar wind driving, whereas the density is approximately constant. We also show a weak correlation between plasma sheet temperature before onset and the minimum SuperMAG AL (SML) auroral index in the subsequent substorm. We discuss how energization of the plasma sheet before onset may result from thermodynamically adiabatic processes; how hotter plasma sheets may result in magnetotail instabilities, and how this relates to the onset and size of the subsequent substorm expansion phase. PMID:26074645

  16. Three dimensional instabilities of an electron scale current sheet in collisionless magnetic reconnection

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    Jain, Neeraj; Büchner, Jörg

    2014-06-15

    In collisionless magnetic reconnection, electron current sheets (ECS) with thickness of the order of an electron inertial length form embedded inside ion current sheets with thickness of the order of an ion inertial length. These ECS's are susceptible to a variety of instabilities which have the potential to affect the reconnection rate and/or the structure of reconnection. We carry out a three dimensional linear eigen mode stability analysis of electron shear flow driven instabilities of an electron scale current sheet using an electron-magnetohydrodynamic plasma model. The linear growth rate of the fastest unstable mode was found to drop with the thickness of the ECS. We show how the nature of the instability depends on the thickness of the ECS. As long as the half-thickness of the ECS is close to the electron inertial length, the fastest instability is that of a translational symmetric two-dimensional (no variations along flow direction) tearing mode. For an ECS half thickness sufficiently larger or smaller than the electron inertial length, the fastest mode is not a tearing mode any more and may have finite variations along the flow direction. Therefore, the generation of plasmoids in a nonlinear evolution of ECS is likely only when the half-thickness is close to an electron inertial length.

  17. The origins of the plasma in the distant plasma sheet

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    Sharp, R. D.; Lennartsson, W.; Peterson, W. K.; Shelley, E. G.

    1982-01-01

    It is pointed out that ion mass spectrometers operating in the keV range have recently begun to provide a new class of information on magnetospheric processes. One of the principal motivations for the development of energetic ion mass spectrometers has been to investigate the origins of the hot plasma populations of the magnetosphere. Peterson et al. (1981) were able to estimate the fractional ion density of ionospheric origin in five intervals by intercomparing the He(++) and H(+) spectra and assuming the excess low-energy H(+) ions were from the ionosphere. They obtained values in the range from 0.1 to 0.65. The present investigation is concerned with an expansion of the previous study. A substantially larger data base is utilized, and a different set of assumptions is considered to infer the relative fractions of solar and ionospheric H(+) and to look for systematic changes in the relative source strengths with magnetic activity.

  18. Association of plasma sheet variations with auroral changes during substorms

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    Hones, E.W. Jr.; Craven, J.D.; Frank, L.A.; Parks, G.K.

    1988-01-01

    Images of the southern auroral oval taken by the University of Iowa auroral imaging instrumentation on the Dynamics Explorer 1 satellite during an isolated substorm are correlated with plasma measurements made concurrently by the ISEE 1 satellite in the magnetotail. Qualitative magnetic field configuration changes necessary to relate the plasma sheet boundary location to the latitude of the auroras are discussed. Evidence is presented that the longitudinal advances of the auroras after expansive phase onset are mappings of a neutral line lengthening across the near-tail. We observe a rapid poleward auroral surge, occurring about 1 hour after expansive phase onset, to coincide with the peak of the AL index and argue that the total set of observations at that time is consistent with the picture of a /open quotes/poleward leap/close quotes/ of the electrojet marking the beginning of the substorm's recovery. 9 refs. 3 figs.

  19. A Gridded Electron Gun for a Sheet Beam Klystron

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    Read, M.E.; Miram, G.; Ives, R.L.; Ivanov, V.; Krasnykh, A.; /SLAC

    2008-04-25

    This paper describes the development of an electron gun for a sheet beam klystron. Initially intended for accelerator applications, the gun can operate at a higher perveance than one with a cylindrically symmetric beam. Results of 2D and 3D simulations are discussed.

  20. Sources and Transport of Plasma Sheet Ions During Magnetospheric Substorms

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    Ashour-Abdalla, M.; El-Alaoui, M.; Peroomian, V.; Raeder, J.; Walker, R. J.; Frank, L. A.; Paterson, W. R.

    1998-01-01

    This study investigates the sources and transport of ions observed in the near-Earth plasma sheet during the growth and expansion phases of a magnetospheric substorm that took place on November 24, 1996. The sources and acceleration mechanisms of ions observed at Geotail were determined by calculating the trajectories of thousands of ions backward in time. We found that during the growth phase of the substorm, most of the ions reaching Geotail had origins in the low latitude boundary layer (LLBL) and were already in the magnetosphere when the growth phase began. Late in the growth phase and in the expansion phase more plasma mantle ions reached the Geotail location. Indeed, during the expansion phase more than 90% of the ions were from the mantle. The ions were accelerated enroute to the spacecraft; however, most of the energy gained was achieved by non-adiabatic acceleration during the ions' crossing of the equatorial current sheet just prior to the detection of the ions.

  1. Casimir effects for a flat plasma sheet: I. Energies

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    Barton, G.

    2005-04-01

    We study a fluid model of an infinitesimally thin plasma sheet occupying the xy plane, loosely imitating a single base plane from graphite. In terms of the fluid charge e/a2 and mass m/a2 per unit area, the crucial parameters are q ⋡ 2πe2/mc2a2, a Debye-type cutoff K\\equiv \\sqrt{4\\pi }/a on surface-parallel normal-mode wavenumbers k, and X ⋡ K/q. The cohesive energy β per unit area is determined from the zero-point energies of the exact normal modes of the plasma coupled to the Maxwell field, namely TE and TM photon modes, plus bound modes decaying exponentially with |z|. Odd-parity modes (with Ex,y(z = 0) = 0) are unaffected by the sheet except for their overall phases, and are irrelevant to β, although the following paper shows that they are essential to the fields (e.g. to their vacuum expectation values), and to the stresses on the sheet. Realistically one has X Gt 1, the result β ~ planckcq1/2K5/2 is nonrelativistic, and it comes from the surface modes. By contrast, X Lt 1 (nearing the limit of perfect reflection) would entail β ~ -planckcqK2log(1/X): contrary to folklore, the surface energy of perfect reflectors is divergent rather than zero. An appendix spells out the relation, for given k, between bound modes and photon phase-shifts. It is very different from Levinson's theorem for 1D potential theory: cursory analogies between TM and potential scattering are apt to mislead.

  2. Kinetic electron bounce instability in a 2D current sheet - Implication for substorm dynamics

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    Fruit, G.; Tur, A.; Louarn, P.

    2013-12-01

    In the general context of understanding the possible destabilization of the magnetotail before a substorm, we propose a kinetic model for electromagnetic ballooning-type instabilities in resonant interaction with trapped bouncing electrons in a 2D current sheet. Tur et al. 2010 and Fruit et al. 2013 already used this model to investigate the possibilities of electrostatic instabilities. Here, we generalize the model for full electromagnetic perturbations. Starting with a modified Harris sheet as equilibrium state, the linearized gyrokinetic Vlasov equation is solved for electromagnetic fluctuations with period of the order of the electron bounce period. The particle motion is restricted to its first Fourier component along the magnetic field and this allows the complete time integration of the non local perturbed distribution functions. The dispersion relation for electromagnetic modes is finally obtained through the quasineutrality condition and the Ampere's law for the current density. It is found that for mildly stretched current sheet (Bz > 0.1 Blobes) undamped and stable modes oscillate at typical electron bounce frequency with wavelength (in y) of the order of the plasma sheet thickness. As the stretching of the plasma sheet becomes more intense, the frequency of these normal modes decreases and beyond a certain threshold in epsilon=Bz/Blobes < 0.05 typically, the mode becomes explosive (pure imaginary frequency) with typical growing rate of a few tens of seconds. The free energy contained in the electron bouncing motion could thus trigger and drive an electromagnetic instability able to disrupt the cross-tail current in a few seconds. The role of the temperature ratio Te/Ti is also evaluated.

  3. Dense attosecond electron sheets from laser wakefields using an up-ramp density transition.

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    Li, F Y; Sheng, Z M; Liu, Y; Meyer-ter-Vehn, J; Mori, W B; Lu, W; Zhang, J

    2013-03-29

    Controlled electron injection into a laser-driven wakefield at a well defined space and time is reported based on particle-in-cell simulations. Key novel ingredients are an underdense plasma target with an up-ramp density profile followed by a plateau and a fairly large laser focus diameter that leads to an essentially one-dimensional (1D) regime of laser wakefield, which is different from the bubble (complete blowout) regime occurring for tightly focused drive beams. The up-ramp profile causes 1D wave breaking to occur sharply at the up-ramp-plateau transition. As a result, it generates an ultrathin (few nanometer, corresponding to attosecond duration), strongly overdense relativistic electron sheet that is injected and accelerated in the wakefield. A peaked electron energy spectrum and high charge (∼nC) distinguish the final sheet. PMID:23581329

  4. Sub-Proton Scale Magnetic Holes: Turbulence Simulations, Theory and Cluster Observations in the Earth's Plasma Sheet.

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    Haynes, C. T.; Burgess, D.; Camporeale, E.; Sundberg, T.

    2014-12-01

    We investigate the properties of a new type of nonlinear coherent structure, called electron vortex magnetic holes (EVMHs) discovered during 2-D full particle realistic mass ratio simulations of turbulence. These structures form via the interaction of magnetic depletions and the local electron population in the plasma. They are characterised by local depressions in the magnetic field strength with circular cross-sections. We use PIC and test particle simulations to show that the magnetic structure is maintained by a current carried by an electron vortex which is due to a population of electrons with pitch angles close to 90 degrees in trapped, or quasi-trapped, non-adiabatic orbits. We then compare these results to Cluster observations of electron-scale magnetic holes (MH) in the Earth's plasma sheet. MHs in the solar wind are often explained in terms of the mirror mode instability. Here, in the plasma sheet, we show MH events in mirror stable environments, with high electron perpendicular temperature anisotropy, which cannot be explained in terms of a standard mirror mode growth. We show that EVMHs may provide a theoretical explanation for a majority of the MHs observed in the plasma sheet at scales less than the proton thermal gyroradius.

  5. Transient, small-scale field-aligned currents in the plasma sheet boundary layer during storm time substorms

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    Nakamura, R.; Sergeev, V. A.; Baumjohann, W.; Plaschke, F.; Magnes, W.; Fischer, D.; Varsani, A.; Schmid, D.; Nakamura, T. K. M.; Russell, C. T.; Strangeway, R. J.; Leinweber, H. K.; Le, G.; Bromund, K. R.; Pollock, C. J.; Giles, B. L.; Dorelli, J. C.; Gershman, D. J.; Paterson, W.; Avanov, L. A.; Fuselier, S. A.; Genestreti, K.; Burch, J. L.; Torbert, R. B.; Chutter, M.; Argall, M. R.; Anderson, B. J.; Lindqvist, P.-A.; Marklund, G. T.; Khotyaintsev, Y. V.; Mauk, B. H.; Cohen, I. J.; Baker, D. N.; Jaynes, A. N.; Ergun, R. E.; Singer, H. J.; Slavin, J. A.; Kepko, E. L.; Moore, T. E.; Lavraud, B.; Coffey, V.; Saito, Y.

    2016-05-01

    We report on field-aligned current observations by the four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft near the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL) during two major substorms on 23 June 2015. Small-scale field-aligned currents were found embedded in fluctuating PSBL flux tubes near the separatrix region. We resolve, for the first time, short-lived earthward (downward) intense field-aligned current sheets with thicknesses of a few tens of kilometers, which are well below the ion scale, on flux tubes moving equatorward/earthward during outward plasma sheet expansion. They coincide with upward field-aligned electron beams with energies of a few hundred eV. These electrons are most likely due to acceleration associated with a reconnection jet or high-energy ion beam-produced disturbances. The observations highlight coupling of multiscale processes in PSBL as a consequence of magnetotail reconnection.

  6. Electron acceleration in the turbulent reconnecting current sheets in solar flares

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    Wu, G. P.; Huang, G. L.

    2009-07-01

    Context: We investigate the nonlinear evolution of the electron distribution in the presence of the strong inductive electric field in the reconnecting current sheets (RCS) of solar flares. Aims: We aim to study the characteristics of nonthermal electron-beam plasma instability and its influence on electron acceleration in RCS. Methods: Including the external inductive field, the one-dimensional Vlasov simulation is performed with a realistic mass ratio for the first time. Results: Our principal findings are as follows: 1) the Buneman instability can be quickly excited on the timescale of 10-7 s for the typical parameters of solar flares. After saturation, the beam-plasma instabilities are excited due to the non-Maxwellian electron distribution; 2) the final velocity of the electrons trapped by these waves is of the same order as the phase speed of the waves, while the untrapped electrons continue to be accelerated; 3) the inferred anomalous resistance of the current sheet and the energy conversion rate are basically of the same order as those previously estimated, e.g., “the analysis of Martens”. Conclusions: The Buneman instability is excited on the timescale of 10-7 s and the wave-particle resonant interaction limits the low-energy electrons to be further accelerated in RCS.

  7. On the average shape and position of the geomagnetic neutral sheet and its influence on plasma sheet statistical studies

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    Dandouras, J. )

    1988-07-01

    A geometric model of the average geomagnetic neutral sheet is presented. The average neutral sheet is best fitted by a smooth warped surface that crosses the solar magnetospheric equatorial plane near the tail flanks and that has no slope discontinuities. The geometry is defined to fit a magnetohydrostatic equilibrium model of the magnetotail, and the values of the parameters are determined by minimizing the Rms deviation from zero of the satellite distance to the model position of the neutral sheet when B{sub X} polarity reversals are observed. The average neutral sheet position given here is optimized for geocentric distances of the order of 20 - 22 R{sub E} (ISEE orbit). Comparison with the Fairfield neutral sheet model, which is optimum for R 30 - 40 R{sub E}, shows the overall geometric stability of the average neutral sheet and its alignment parallel to the solar wind flow. A small flattening that is observed as a function of the increasing geocentric distance is due to the greater magnetopause radius and the reduced influence of the tilted geomagnetic dipole. The model presented here is used to examine the spatial distribution of the particle flux dropouts observed in the plasma sheet, and it is confirmed that in the central magnetotail ({vert bar} Y {vert bar} < 10 R{sub E}) the plasma sheet can be completely pinched during substorms.

  8. Fermi I electron acceleration by magnetic reconnection exhausts on closely stacked current sheets near the heliopause

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    Czechowski, A.; Grzedzielski, S.; Strumik, M.

    2010-03-01

    Recent observations (up to 32 AU) of solar wind reconnection exhausts suggest fairly frequent occurrence of such events on current sheets associated with the ICME fronts and on the heliospheric current sheet (HCS). Comparison of relevant plasma β values and magnetic field strengths with conditions in the heliosheath indicates that reconnection may also take place in the heliosheath, especially towards the heliopause where the folds of HCS are expected to be pressed together by the slowing of solar plasma flow. We propose a Fermi I type acceleration mechanism in which particles gain energy by random collisions reconnection exhausts expanding typically with local Alfven speed. The most probable place for this process is a (several wide) region of tightly folded HCS near the nose of heliopause. The process may in particular provide the mechanism of accelerating the electrons needed for generation of 2-3 kHz heliospheric emissions.

  9. Plasma convection and ion beam generation in the plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Moghaddam-Taaheri, E.; Goertz, C.K.; Smith, R.A. )

    1991-02-01

    Because of the dawn-dusk ekectric field E{sub dd}, plasma in the magnetotail convects from the lobe toward the central plasma sheet (CPS). In the absence of space or velocity diffusion due to plasma turbulence, convection would yield a steady state distribution function f = V{sup {minus}2/3}g(v{sup 2}V{sup 2/3}), where V is the flux tube volume. Starting with such a distribution function and a plasma beta which varies from {beta} > 1 in the CPS to {beta} {much lt} 1 in the lobe, the authors study evolution of the ion distribution function considering the combined effects of ion diffusion by kinetic Alfven waves (KAW) in the ULF frequency range (1-10 mHz) and convection due to E{sub dd} {times} B drift in the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL) and outer central plasma sheet (OCPS). The results show that during the early stages after launching the KAWs a beamlike ion distribution forms in the PSBL and at the same time the plasma density and temperature decrease in the OCPS. Following this stage, ions in the beams convect toward the CPS resulting in an increase of the plasma temperature in the OCPS. They also discuss the effects on the polytropic index {gamma} by simultaneous convection and wave-induced diffusion, both in the PSBL and CPS. They find that {gamma} is less than the adiabatic value ({gamma}{sub ad} = 5/3) in the OCPS but approaches the adiabatic value in the CPS and in the PSBL.

  10. SOIS Support for Onboard Device Virtualisation and the Use of Electronic Data Sheets

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    Fowell, Stuart D.; Melvin, Richard; Mendham, Peter; Torelli, Felice; Taylor, Chris

    2014-08-01

    This paper describes the motivation for, current status of prototyping, and planned standardisation of SOIS Electronic Data Sheets. This is based upon the recent "Adoption of Electronic Data Sheets for Device Virtualisation for Onboard Devices" TRP project for ESA.

  11. The superdense plasma sheet: Plasmaspheric origin, solar wind origin, or ionospheric origin?

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    Borovsky, J.E.; Thomsen, M.F.; McComas, D.J.

    1997-10-01

    A few times per month, the density of the plasma sheet is several times higher than its usual density. Such superdense plasma sheet intervals are observed both in the midtail region and at geosynchronous orbit. Typically at geosynchronous orbit, a superdense plasma sheet occurs on the first day of a geomagnetic storm and lasts about 12{endash}18 hours. The occurrences of superdense plasma sheets are found to be related to a distinct pattern of Kp: Kp rising after it has been low for an extended period. The occurrences are also associated with high-density solar wind. Three sources for the material of the superdense plasma sheet are explored: (1) the outer plasmasphere, which is stripped away and drawn into the dayside neutral line when Kp increases, wherein it joins the lobe and eventually joins the plasma sheet; (2) high-density solar-wind, which may have its entry into the plasma sheet controlled by the solar-wind magnetic field; and (3) ionospheric outflow, which is known to be Kp dependent. The occurrence of a superdense plasma sheet has several consequences: it adds to the intensity of the ring current, it may alter the dynamics of the magnetotail and the nature of substorms, and it may provide an enhanced source population for storm-time energetic particles. {copyright} 1997 American Geophysical Union

  12. Particle energization and current sheets in Alfvenic plasma turbulence

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    Makwana, Kirit; Li, Hui; Guo, Fan; Daughton, William; Cattaneo, Fausto

    2015-11-01

    Plasma turbulence is driven by injecting energy at large scales through stirring or instabilities. This energy cascades forward to smaller scales by nonlinear interactions, described by magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) at scales larger than the ion gyroradius. At smaller scales, the fluid description of MHD breaks down and kinetic mechanisms convert turbulent energy into particle energy. We investigate this entire process by simulating the cascade of strongly interacting Alfven waves using MHD and particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. The plasma beta is varied and particle heating is analyzed. Anisotropic heating of particles is observed. We calculate the fraction of injected energy converted into non-thermal energy. At low beta we obtain a significant non-thermal component to the particle energy distribution function. We investigate the mechanisms behind this acceleration. The velocity distribution function is correlated with the sites of turbulent current sheets. The different dissipative terms due to curvature drift, gradB drift, polarization drifts, and parallel current density are also calculated. This has applications for understanding particle energization in turbulent space plasmas.

  13. Observation of the plasma boundary layer at lunar distances - Direct injection of plasma into the plasma sheet

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    Sanders, G. D.; Maher, L. J.; Freeman, J. W.

    1980-01-01

    The paper presents observational evidence from the Apollo suprathermal ion detector experiments that the injection of magnetosheath particles at the low-latitude magnetopause operates at lunar distances as well. An interface between the magnetosheath and the plasma sheet, termed the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL), is identified and believed to be the extension of the magnetospheric boundary layer (also called the plasma boundary layer) observed on the dayside. Using measurements of the PSBL's thickness, magnetic field, and plasma velocity the average electric potential drop across the PSBL is estimated at 4.2 kV and compared with the potential drop which is needed to insure that the magnetopause is an equipotential for a closed magnetosphere. It was concluded though that the magnetosphere is open since this drop is much larger than 4.2 kV.

  14. Propagation of an interplanetary shock along the heliospheric plasma sheet

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    Odstrčil, D.; Dryer, M.; Smith, Z.

    1996-09-01

    Propagation of an interplanetary shock along the heliospheric plasma sheet (HPS) is simulated using a high-resolution numerical MHD model in the meridional plane. The ambient solar wind contains two opposite orientations of the interplanetary magnetic field above and below the equatorial plane. These regions are separated by a thin transition layer that represents the heliospheric current sheet contained within the HPS. A pulse is introduced at the inner boundary (0.1 AU) into this steady state to initiate the interplanetary shock. The HPS with its weaker intensity of the magnetic field, larger mass density, and slower flow velocity modifies the global shock structure. A dimple is formed at the forward shock front, a reverse dimple is formed at the reverse shock, and the contact discontinuity is significantly distorted. Weak compression of the HPS occurs beyond the forward shock front due to the postshock increase of the azimuthal magnetic pressure. Although slight collimation of mass flow takes place toward the axis of the HPS, an antisunward protrusion (``pimple'') within the shock front's dimple did not form in our simulation.

  15. Current sheets with inhomogeneous plasma temperature: Effects of polarization electric field and 2D solutions

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    Catapano, F. Zimbardo, G.; Artemyev, A. V. Vasko, I. Y.

    2015-09-15

    We develop current sheet models which allow to regulate the level of plasma temperature and density inhomogeneities across the sheet. These models generalize the classical Harris model via including two current-carrying plasma populations with different temperature and the background plasma not contributing to the current density. The parameters of these plasma populations allow regulating contributions of plasma density and temperature to the pressure balance. A brief comparison with spacecraft observations demonstrates the model applicability for describing the Earth magnetotail current sheet. We also develop a two dimensional (2D) generalization of the proposed model. The interesting effect found for 2D models is the nonmonotonous profile (along the current sheet) of the magnetic field component perpendicular to the current sheet. Possible applications of the model are discussed.

  16. Particle boundary structures at the magnetopause and the plasma sheet

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    Parks, G. K.; Lin, C. S.; Anderson, K. A.; Lin, R. P.; Reme, H.; Coroniti, F.; Meng, C.; Pellat, R.

    1979-01-01

    There are three classes of particle events in the vicinity of the magnetopause: a layer of particles right at the magnetopause which we identify with the boundary layer particles; spikes of particles just ahead of the magnetopause; and, sometimes, magnetosheath-like ions appearing inside the magnetosphere, the inclusion events. The energy spectra of these three classes of events are very similar, indicating a common particle source. The presence of a particle layer at the outer boundary of the plasma sheet is shown. This layer has typical dimensions of a few thousand km at 20 Earth radii. A typical velocity is a few tens of km/sec. These velocities and dimensions projected to ionospheric heights resemble those of visual auroras and suggest that aurorally associated particle phenomena are being detected.

  17. Preliminary empirical model of inner boundary of ion plasma sheet

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    Cao, J. B.; Zhang, D.; Reme, H.; Dandouras, I.; Sauvaud, J. A.; Fu, H. S.; Wei, X. H.

    2015-09-01

    The penetration of the plasma sheet into the inner magnetosphere is important to both ring current formation and spacecraft charging at geosynchronous orbit. This paper, using hot ion data recorded by HIA of TC-1/DSP, establishes an empirical model of the inner boundary of ion plasma sheet (IBIPS) on the near equatorial plane. All IBIPS are located inside geocentric radial distance of 9 RE. We divided local times (LT) into eight local time bins and found that during quiet times (Kp ⩽ 2-), the IBIPS is closest to the Earth on the pre-midnight side (LT = 1930-2130) and farthest on the dawn side (LT = 0430-0730), which differs from previous spiral models. The geocentric radius of IBIPS in each local time bin can be described by a linear fitting function: Rps = A + Bkp · Kp. The changing rate Bkp of the radius of IBIPS relative to Kp index on the midnight side (LT = 2230-0130) and post-night side (LT = 0130-0430) are the two largest (0.66 and 0.67), indicating that the IBIPS on the night side (LT = 2230-0430) moves fastest when Kp changes. Since the IBIPSs in different local times bins have different changing rates, both the size and shape of IBIPS change when Kp varies. The correlation coefficients between the radius of IBIPS and the instantaneous Kp increase with the increase of ΔT (the time difference between IBIPS crossing time and preceding Kp interval), which suggests that with the increase of ΔT, the radius of IBIPS is more and more controlled by instantaneous Kp, and the influence of preceding Kp becomes weaker. The response time of IBIPS to Kp is between 80 and 95 min. When ΔT > 95 min, the correlation coefficient basically keeps unchanged and only has a weak increase, suggesting that the IBIPS is mainly determined by the convection electric field represented by instantaneous Kp.

  18. Restructured graphene sheets embedded carbon film by oxygen plasma etching and its tribological properties

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    Guo, Meiling; Diao, Dongfeng; Yang, Lei; Fan, Xue

    2015-12-01

    An oxygen plasma etching technique was introduced for improving the tribological properties of the graphene sheets embedded carbon (GSEC) film in electron cyclotron resonance plasma processing system. The nanostructural changing in the film caused by oxygen plasma etching was examined by transmission electron microscope, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, showing that the 3 nm thick top surface layer was restructured with smaller graphene nanocrystallite size as well as higher sp3 bond fraction. The surface roughness, mechanical behavior and tribological properties of the original GSEC and oxygen plasma treated GSEC films were compared. The results indicated that after the oxygen plasma treatment, the average roughness decreased from 20.8 ± 1.1 nm to 1.9 ± 0.1 nm, the hardness increased from 2.3 ± 0.1 GPa to 2.9 ± 0.1 GPa, the nanoscratch depth decreased from 64.5 ± 5.4 nm to 9.9 ± 0.9 nm, and the wear life increased from 930 ± 390 cycles to more than 15,000 frictional cycles. The origin of the improved tribological behavior was ascribed to the 3 nm thick graphene nanocrystallite film. This finding can be expected for wide applications in nanoscale surface engineering.

  19. Optical plasma torch electron bunch generation in plasma wakefield accelerators

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    Wittig, G.; Karger, O.; Knetsch, A.; Xi, Y.; Deng, A.; Rosenzweig, J. B.; Bruhwiler, D. L.; Smith, J.; Manahan, G. G.; Sheng, Z.-M.; Jaroszynski, D. A.; Hidding, B.

    2015-08-01

    A novel, flexible method of witness electron bunch generation in plasma wakefield accelerators is described. A quasistationary plasma region is ignited by a focused laser pulse prior to the arrival of the plasma wave. This localized, shapeable optical plasma torch causes a strong distortion of the plasma blowout during passage of the electron driver bunch, leading to collective alteration of plasma electron trajectories and to controlled injection. This optically steered injection is more flexible and faster when compared to hydrodynamically controlled gas density transition injection methods.

  20. Magnetic reconnection at the solar wind current sheets as a possible cause of strahl electrons acceleration and SEP dropouts

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    Khabarova, O.; Zharkova, V. V.

    2014-12-01

    According to the shape of the electron velocity distribution function, there are two populations of suprathermal electrons: halo and strahls (beams). The halo electrons are omni-directional, and strahls are magnetic field aligned beams of electrons that predominantly move in the anti-sunward direction. Properties of strahls represent a great interest, because this population is most energetic, but its origination is still unclear. Usually, it is supposed that strahls is a focused part of halo electrons, non-scattered during their propagation from the Sun. We demonstrate a possibility to better understand nature of strahls if to suggest their acceleration directly in the solar wind due to a magnetic reconnection, occurring at current sheets. We use results of our PIC-simulation of particles behaviour at reconnecting current sheets (Zharkova, Khabarova, ApJ, 2012) in order to explain such effects as:- mismatches between a position of suprathermal electrons pitch-angle changes and real crossing of the heliospheric current sheet,- correlation between heat flux/solar energetic particles dropouts and high plasma beta,- occurrence of counterstreaming electrons at the ICME front and at corotating shocks at r > 2 AU,- radial evolution of strahls/halo density.Multi-spacecraft observations (STEREO, ACE, Ulysses) of properties of suprathermal electrons attributed to crossings of the heliospheric current sheet as well as smaller-scale current sheets during SEP events and CME-CIR interactions will be discussed.

  1. Interaction of an interplanetary shock with the heliospheric plasma sheet

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    Odstrcil, D.; Dryer, M.; Smith, Z.

    1995-01-01

    Interplanetary shocks often propagate along the heliospheric plasma sheet (HPS) where the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) changes its polarity. This problem is investigated by the time-dependent 2.5-D MHD numerical model in the meridional plane. An example of computation is shown in the figure using density (log) contours and IMF vectors. Values of plasma parameters along the HPS fluctuate in time due to the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability. The HPS with its decreased intensity of the IMF as well as with its increased mass density causes a dimple in the shock structure (relatively weak for the forward shock, significant for the reverse shock, and very large for the contact discontinuity). Beyond the forward shock, the HPS is slightly compressed due to the post-shock increase of the azimuthal IMF component. Then follows expansion of the HPS surrounded by the highly-deformed contact discontinuity. A significant draping of IMF lines occurs around this structure that increases the meridional component of the IMF. This can cause a favorable condition for initiation of a geomagnetic storm.

  2. Interaction of an interplanetary shock with the heliospheric plasma sheet

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    Odstrcil, D.; Dryer, M.; Smith, Z.

    1995-06-01

    Interplanetary shocks often propagate along the heliospheric plasma sheet (HPS) where the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) changes its polarity. This problem is investigated by the time-dependent 2.5-D MHD numerical model in the meridional plane. An example of computation is shown in the figure using density (log) contours and IMF vectors. Values of plasma parameters along the HPS fluctuate in time due to the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability. The HPS with its decreased intensity of the IMF as well as with its increased mass density causes a dimple in the shock structure (relatively weak for the forward shock, significant for the reverse shock, and very large for the contact discontinuity). Beyond the forward shock, the HPS is slightly compressed due to the post-shock increase of the azimuthal IMF component. Then follows expansion of the HPS surrounded by the highly-deformed contact discontinuity. A significant draping of IMF lines occurs around this structure that increases the meridional component of the IMF. This can cause a favorable condition for initiation of a geomagnetic storm.

  3. Bursty bulk flows in the inner central plasma sheet

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    Angelopoulos, V.; Baumjohann, W.; Kennel, C. F.; Coronti, F. V.; Kivelson, M. G.; Pellat, R.; Walker, R. J.; Luehr, H.; Paschmann, G.

    1992-01-01

    High-speed flows in the inner central plasma sheet (first reported by Baumjohann et al. (1990) are studied, together with the concurrent behavior of the plasma and magnetic field, by using AMPTE/IRM data from about 9 to 19 R(E) in the earth magnetotail. The conclusions drawn from the detailed analysis of a representative event are reinforced by a superposed epoch analysis applied on two years of data. The high-speed flows organize themselves in 10-min time scale flow enhancements called here bursty-bulk flow (BBF) events. Both temporal and spatial effects are responsible for their bursty nature. The flow velocity exhibits peaks of very large amplitude with a characteristic time scale of the order of a minute, which are usually associated with magnetic field dipolarizations and ion temeperature increases. The BBFs represent intervals of enhanced earthward convection and energy transport per unit area in the y-z GSM direction of the order of 5 x 10 exp 19 ergs/R(E-squared).

  4. A study of the formation and dynamics of the Earth's plasma sheet using ion composition data

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    Lennartsson, O. W.

    1994-01-01

    Over two years of data from the Lockheed Plasma Composition Experiment on the ISEE 1 spacecraft, covering ion energies between 100 eV/e and about 16 keV/e, have been analyzed in an attempt to extract new information about three geophysical issues: (1) solar wind penetration of the Earth's magnetic tail; (2) relationship between plasma sheet and tail lobe ion composition; and (3) possible effects of heavy terrestrial ions on plasma sheet stability.

  5. Communication through a plasma sheet around a fast moving vehicle

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    Sotnikov, V. I.; Mudaliar, S.; Genoni, T.; Rose, D.; Oliver, B. V.; Mehlhorn, T. A.

    2011-10-01

    Investigation of the complicated problem of scattering of electromagnetic waves on turbulent pulsations induced by a sheared flow inside a plasma sheath is important for many applications including communication with hypersonic and re-entry vehicles. Theoretical and computational work aimed at improving the understanding of electromagnetic wave scattering processes in such turbulent plasmas is presented. We analyze excitation of low frequency ion-acoustic type oscillations in a compressible plasma flow with flow velocity shear and influence of such turbulent pulsations on scattering of high frequency electromagnetic waves used for communication purposes. We have appropriately included in our analysis the presence of electron and ion collisions with neutrals as well as electron - ion collisions. Results of numerical solutions for plasma density and electric field perturbations for different velocity profiles have been used in the derived expressions for scattered wave energy and scattering cross section. Work supported by the Air Force Research Laboratory and Air Force Office Of Scientific Research Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, A Lockheed Martin Company, under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  6. Electron plasma orbits from competing diocotron drifts.

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    Hurst, N C; Danielson, J R; Baker, C J; Surko, C M

    2014-07-11

    The perpendicular dynamics of a pure electron plasma column are investigated when the plasma spans two Penning-Malmberg traps with noncoinciding axes. The plasma executes noncircular orbits described by competing image-charge electric-field (diocotron) drifts from the two traps. A simple model is presented that predicts a set of nested orbits in agreement with observed plasma trajectories. PMID:25062198

  7. The Interaction of C-Band Microwaves with Large Plasma Sheets

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    Ding, Liang; Huo, Wenqing; Yang, Xinjie; Xu, Yuemin

    2012-01-01

    A large plasma sheet 60 cm×60 cm×2 cm in size was generated using a hollow cathode, and measurements were conducted for interactions including transmission, reflection and absorption. With different discharge parameters, plasma sheets can vary and influence microwave strength. Microwave reflection decreases when the discharge current rises, and the opposite occurs in transmission. The C-band microwave is absorbed when it is propagated through large plasma sheets at higher pressure. When plasma density and collision frequency are fitted with incident microwave frequency, a large amount of microwave energy is consumed. Reflection, transmission and absorption all exist simultaneously. Plasma sheets are an attractive alternative to microwave steering at low pressure, and the microwave reflection used in receiving radar can be altered by changing the discharge parameters.

  8. Poleward leaping auroras, the substorm expansive and recovery phases and the recovery of the plasma sheet

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    Hones, E.W.

    1992-01-01

    The auroral motions and geomagnetic changes the characterize the substorm's expansive phase, maximum epoch, and recovery phase are discussed in the context of their possible associations with the dropout and, especially, the recovery of the magnetotail plasma sheet. The evidence that there may be an inordinately sudden large poleward excursion or displacement (a poleward leap) of the electrojet and the auroras at the expansive phase-recovery phase transition is described. The close temporal association of these signatures with the recovery of the plasma sheet, observed on many occasions, suggests a causal relationship between substorm maximum epoch and recovery phase on the one hand and plasma sheet recovery on the other.

  9. Poleward leaping auroras, the substorm expansive and recovery phases and the recovery of the plasma sheet

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    Hones, E.W.

    1992-05-01

    The auroral motions and geomagnetic changes the characterize the substorm`s expansive phase, maximum epoch, and recovery phase are discussed in the context of their possible associations with the dropout and, especially, the recovery of the magnetotail plasma sheet. The evidence that there may be an inordinately sudden large poleward excursion or displacement (a poleward leap) of the electrojet and the auroras at the expansive phase-recovery phase transition is described. The close temporal association of these signatures with the recovery of the plasma sheet, observed on many occasions, suggests a causal relationship between substorm maximum epoch and recovery phase on the one hand and plasma sheet recovery on the other.

  10. MMS observations of small-scale field-aligned currents in the plasma sheet boundary layer during storm-time substorms

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    Nakamura, Rumi

    2016-04-01

    During major substorms at 0315 and 0505 UT on June 23 2015, the four MMS spacecraft, located near the center of the current wedge, enabled us to resolve detailed properties of the field-aligned currents in the plasma sheet boundary layer during its thinning and expansion. In particular, during the expansion of the plasma sheet, transient small-scale field-aligned currents were detected near the large-scale separatrix region. In this study we analyze their temporal and spatial evolution based on multi-point measurements of fields and plasma. We found ion-scale downward field-aligned currents, which are well correlated with the field-aligned upward electron beams. These upward electrons are most likely accelerated between the ionosphere and the spacecraft, and are associated with the intensified reconnection jets that cause the expansion of the plasma sheet.

  11. Laser frequency modulation with electron plasma

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    Burgess, T. J.; Latorre, V. R.

    1972-01-01

    When laser beam passes through electron plasma its frequency shifts by amount proportional to plasma density. This density varies with modulating signal resulting in corresponding modulation of laser beam frequency. Necessary apparatus is relatively inexpensive since crystals are not required.

  12. Destabilization of 2D magnetic current sheets by resonance with bouncing electron - a new theory

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    Fruit, Gabriel; Louarn, Philippe; Tur, Anatoly

    2016-07-01

    In the general context of understanding the possible destabilization of the magnetotail before a substorm, we propose a kinetic model for electromagnetic instabilities in resonant interaction with trapped bouncing electrons. The geometry is clearly 2D and uses Harris sheet profile. Fruit et al. 2013 already used this model to investigate the possibilities of electrostatic instabilities. Tur et al. 2014 generalizes the model for full electromagnetic perturbations. Starting with a modified Harris sheet as equilibrium state, the linearized gyrokinetic Vlasov equation is solved for electromagnetic fluctuations with period of the order of the electron bounce period (a few seconds). The particle motion is restricted to its first Fourier component along the magnetic field and this allows the complete time integration of the non local perturbed distribution functions. The dispersion relation for electromagnetic modes is finally obtained through the quasi neutrality condition and the Ampere's law for the current density. The present talk will focus on the main results of this theory. The electrostatic version of the model may be applied to the near-Earth environment (8-12 R_{E}) where beta is rather low. It is showed that inclusion of bouncing electron motion may enhance strongly the growth rate of the classical drift wave instability. This model could thus explain the generation of strong parallel electric fields in the ionosphere and the formation of aurora beads with wavelength of a few hundreds of km. In the electromagnetic version, it is found that for mildly stretched current sheet (B_{z} > 0.1 B _{lobes}) undamped modes oscillate at typical electron bounce frequency with wavelength of the order of the plasma sheet thickness. As the stretching of the plasma sheet becomes more intense, the frequency of these normal modes decreases and beyond a certain threshold in B_{z}/B _{lobes}, the mode becomes explosive (pure imaginary frequency) with typical growing rate of a few

  13. Tearing instabilities driven by nonideal effects in the tail plasma sheet

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    Sundaram, A. K

    2008-05-15

    Using an extended magnetohydrodynamic description, the excitation of tearing modes is analytically investigated in the tail plasma sheet region that includes the magnetic field components B{sub 0x}(x,z) and B{sub 0z}(x,z). Taking electron inertia and the Hall effect into account, a generalized technique is displayed for obtaining the tearing solutions near the singular layer, where the B{sub 0x}(x,z) field reverses sign at z=0. In two-dimensional tail geometry for scale lengths of order c/{omega}{sub pe}, it is shown that a localized tearing mode as well as a mode with broad spatial extent ({delta}{sup '}-driven mode) is excited near the field reversal region and these modes are mainly driven by electron inertia. For appropriate current sheet parameters, it is found that the localized mode becomes unstable in a couple of minutes while the mode with broad spatial width grows faster in 10 s. For three-dimensional perturbations wherein k{sub x},k{sub y}{ne}0, the combined effects of the Hall term and the electron inertia are shown to excite new localized tearing modes with considerably enhanced growth rates ({gamma}>{omega}{sub ci})

  14. Ion beams in the plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Birn, J.; Hesse, M.; Runov, A.; Zhou, X.-Z.

    2015-09-01

    We explore characteristics of energetic particles in the plasma sheet boundary layer associated with dipolarization events, based on simulations and observations. The simulations use the electromagnetic fields of an MHD simulation of magnetotail reconnection and flow bursts as basis for test particle tracing. They are complemented by self-consistent fully electrodynamic particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. The test particle simulations confirm that crescent-shaped earthward flowing ion velocity distributions with strong perpendicular anisotropy can be generated as a consequence of near-tail reconnection, associated with earthward flows and propagating magnetic field dipolarization fronts. Both PIC and test particle simulations show that the ion distribution in the outflow region close to the reconnection site also consist of a beam superposed on an undisturbed population, which, however, does not show strong perpendicular anisotropy. This suggests that the crescent shape is created by quasi-adiabatic deformation from ion motion along the magnetic field toward higher field strength. The simulation results compare favorably with "Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms" observations.

  15. Substorm Evolution in the Near-Earth Plasma Sheet

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    Erickson, Gary M.

    2003-01-01

    The goal of this project is to determine precursors and signatures of local substorm onset and how they evolve in the plasma sheet using the Geotail near-Earth database. This project is part of an ongoing investigation involving this PI, Nelson Maynard (Mission Research Corporation), and William Burke (AFRL) toward an empirical understanding of the onset and evolution of substorms. The first year began with dissemination of our CRRES findings, which included an invited presentation and major publication. The Geotail investigation began with a partial survey of onset signature types at distances X less than 15 R(sub E) for the first five months (March-July 1995) of the Geotail near-Earth mission. During the second year, Geotail data from March 1995 to present were plotted. Various signatures at local onset were catalogued for the period through 1997. During this past year we performed a survey of current-disruption-like (CD-like) signatures at distances X less than or equal to 14 R(sub E) for the three years 1995-1997.

  16. Atomic precision etch using a low-electron temperature plasma

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    Dorf, L.; Wang, J.-C.; Rauf, S.; Zhang, Y.; Agarwal, A.; Kenney, J.; Ramaswamy, K.; Collins, K.

    2016-03-01

    Sub-nm precision is increasingly being required of many critical plasma etching processes in the semiconductor industry. Accurate control over ion energy and ion/radical composition is needed during plasma processing to meet these stringent requirements. Described in this work is a new plasma etch system which has been designed with the requirements of atomic precision plasma processing in mind. In this system, an electron sheet beam parallel to the substrate surface produces a plasma with an order of magnitude lower electron temperature Te (~ 0.3 eV) and ion energy Ei (< 3 eV without applied bias) compared to conventional radio-frequency (RF) plasma technologies. Electron beam plasmas are characterized by higher ion-to-radical fraction compared to RF plasmas, so a separate radical source is used to provide accurate control over relative ion and radical concentrations. Another important element in this plasma system is low frequency RF bias capability which allows control of ion energy in the 2-50 eV range. Presented in this work are the results of etching of a variety of materials and structures performed in this system. In addition to high selectivity and low controllable etch rate, an important requirement of atomic precision etch processes is no (or minimal) damage to the remaining material surface. It has traditionally not been possible to avoid damage in RF plasma processing systems, even during atomic layer etch. The experiments for Si etch in Cl2 based plasmas in the aforementioned etch system show that damage can be minimized if the ion energy is kept below 10 eV. Layer-by-layer etch of Si is also demonstrated in this etch system using electrical and gas pulsing.

  17. Relationship between wave-like auroral arcs and Pi2 pulsations in plasma sheet during substorms

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    Chang, T. F.; Cheng, C. Z.

    2014-12-01

    The observations of substorm onset phenomena in the magnetosphere and ionosphere are examined to investigate their correlation and to understand the substorm onset mechanism. In particular, we examine the Pi2 wave structure, propagation, frequency in the magnetosphere observed by the THEMIS satellites in the near-Earth plasma sheet and the structure and propagation of the substorm auroral onset arcs. The azimuthal mode number values of the wave-like substorm arcs are found to be in the range of ~ 100 - 260 and decrease with increasing geomagnetic latitude of the substorm auroral arc location. The wave-like arc brightness structures on the substorm auroral arcs tend to move azimuthally westward, but with a few exceptions of eastward movement, during tens of seconds prior to the substorm onset. The movement of the wave-like arc brightness structure is linearly correlated with the phase velocity of the Pi2 δBy pulsations in the near-Earth plasma sheet region. The result suggests that the Pi2 transverse δBy disturbances are related to the intensifying wave-like substorm onset arcs. One plausible explanation of the observations is the kinetic ballooning instability, which has high azimuthal mode number due to the ion gyro-radius effect and finite parallel electric field that accelerates electrons into the ionosphere to produce the wave-like arc structure.

  18. Observations of magnetic merging and the formation of the plasma sheet in the earth's magnetotail

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    Lin, R. P.; Anderson, K. A.; Mccoy, J. E.; Russell, C. T.

    1977-01-01

    Particle and magnetic field observations of the field line merging process in the earth's magnetotail are presented. By analyzing the lunar shadow pattern of electron fluxes detected by the lunar-orbiting Apollo 16 subsatellite it has been possible to identify the topology and to measure the velocity of the magnetotail field lines. The observations reported here were made as the moon crossed the separatrix between premerging and merged field lines. The measured field line velocities toward the merging region were 30-60 km/s, and the thickness of the separatrix was estimated to be about 2000 km. Most of the magnetic energy released in the merging process appears to go into the energization of particles. The length and the thickness of the merging region are inferred to be of the order of about 10 earth radii and about 4000 km, respectively. The energized particles travel away from the merging region along the separatrix. Those headed earthward may form the plasma sheet by being trapped on closed field lines. The rate of energization and the energy spectrum of those particles are consistent with those required for formation of the plasma sheet.

  19. Measurement of the negative hydrogen ions temperature by using an omegatron mass analyzer in the sheet plasma

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    Takimoto, Toshikio; Iijima, Takaaki; Tanaka, Yuta; Hase, Takuya; Tonegawa, Akira; Sato, Kohnosuke; Kawamura, Kazutaka

    2015-09-01

    The production mechanisms of negative ions in hydrogen plasma are not easily understood because of the complex phenomena of atomic and molecular reactions. A mainstream measurement of H- is a laser photodetachment technique. We had measured negative ions using a laser photodetachment technique. Consequently, under a secondary hydrogen gas supply entering into the plasma, the H- is distributed in the periphery of the sheet plasma. In addition, it has been reported that the negative hydrogen ions transport velocity evaluated by the relaxation time of optically released electron current. Nevertheless, this technique a laser photodetachment cannot be used as a mass analyzer. In this paper, we have measured the temperature of the negative hydrogen ions TH- by using an omegatron mass analyzer in the sheet plasma. The TH- is determined by measuring the collection ion currents IH- as a function of the ion repeller voltage VG2 by using an omegatron mass analyzer. From the fitting an exponential region of the measured I-V characteristics curve, TH- is around 1.40 eV at the gas pressure of 0.23 Pa in the periphery region of the sheet plasma.

  20. Energetic particle beams in the plasma sheet boundary layer following substorm expansion - Simultaneous near-earth and distant tail observations

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    Scholer, M.; Baker, D. N.; Gloeckler, G.; Ipavich, F. M.; Galvin, A. B.; Klecker, B.; Terasawa, T.; Tsurutani, B. T.

    1986-01-01

    Simultaneous observations of ions and electron beams in the near-earth and deep magnetotail following the onset of substorm are analyzed in terms of the substorm neutral line model. The observations were collected on March 20, 1983 with ISSE 1 and 3. Energy fluxes and intensity-time profiles of protons and electrons are studied. The data reveal that the reconnection at the near-earth neutral line produces ions and electrons for the plasma sheet boundary layer. The maximum electric potential along the neutral line is evaluated.

  1. THEMIS observation of Kinetic Ballooning/Interchange Waves in the High Bz Plasma Sheet

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    Panov, Evgeny V.; Nakamura, Rumi; Kubyshkina, Marina V.; Baumjohann, Wolfgang; A, Sergeev, Victor

    2015-04-01

    Using THEMIS observations of plasma sheet oscillations with kinetic ballooning/interchange instability (BICI) signatures, we investigate the properties of the waves when a high background plasma sheet Bz is seen. We find that such waves are in a better agreement with the existing kinetic simulations. Using adapted Tsyganenko models, we also show conjugate all-sky camera observations in the course of the development of the waves.

  2. Electronic, phononic, and thermoelectric properties of graphyne sheets

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    Sevinçli, Hâldun; Sevik, Cem

    2014-12-01

    Electron, phonon, and thermoelectric transport properties of α-, β-, γ-, and 6,6,12-graphyne sheets are compared and contrasted with those of graphene. α-, β-, and 6,6,12-graphynes, with direction dependent Dirac dispersions, have higher electronic transmittance than graphene. γ-graphyne also attains better electrical conduction than graphene except at its band gap. Vibrationally, graphene conducts heat much more efficiently than graphynes, a behavior beyond an atomic density differences explanation. Seebeck coefficients of the considered Dirac materials are similar but thermoelectric power factors decrease with increasing effective speeds of light. γ-graphyne yields the highest thermoelectric efficiency with a thermoelectric figure of merit as high as ZT = 0.45, almost an order of magnitude higher than that of graphene.

  3. Creating standardized electronic data sheets for applications and devices

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    Hansen, L. J.; Lanza, D.

    The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) continues to develop infrastructure to enable the modular construction of satellites using an open network architecture and off-the-shelf avionics for space systems. Recent efforts have included the refinement of an ontology to formalize a standard language for the exchange of data and commands between components, including hardware and software, which is still evolving. AFRL is also focusing effort on creating standard interfaces using electronic data sheets based on this recently defined ontology. This paper will describe the development of standard interfaces that are documented in terms of an electronic datasheet for a specific application. The datasheet will identify the standard interfaces between hardware devices and software applications that are needed for a specific satellite function, in this case, a spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control (GN& C) application for Sun pointing. Finally, the benefits of using standardized interfaces will be discussed.

  4. Electromagnetic ELF wave intensification associated with fast earthward flows in mid-tail plasma sheet

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    Liang, J.; Ni, B.; Cully, C. M.; Donovan, E. F.; Thorne, R. M.; Angelopoulos, V.

    2012-03-01

    In this study we perform a statistical survey of the extremely-low-frequency wave activities associated with fast earthward flows in the mid-tail central plasma sheet (CPS) based upon THEMIS measurements. We reveal clear trends of increasing wave intensity with flow enhancement over a broad frequency range, from below fLH (lower-hybrid resonant frequency) to above fce (electron gyrofrequency). We mainly investigate two electromagnetic wave modes, the lower-hybrid waves at frequencies below fLH, and the whistler-mode waves in the frequency range fLH < f < fce. The waves at f < fLH dramatically intensify during fast flow intervals, and tend to contain strong electromagnetic components in the high-plasma-beta CPS region, consistent with the theoretical expectation of the lower-hybrid drift instability in the center region of the tail current sheet. ULF waves with very large perpendicular wavenumber might be Doppler-shifted by the flows and also partly contribute to the observed waves in the lower-hybrid frequency range. The fast flow activity substantially increases the occurrence rate and peak magnitude of the electromagnetic waves in the frequency range fLH < f < fce, though they still tend to be short-lived and sporadic in occurrence. We also find that the electron pitch-angle distribution in the mid-tail CPS undergoes a variation from negative anisotropy (perpendicular temperature smaller than parallel temperature) during weak flow intervals, to more or less positive anisotropy (perpendicular temperature larger than parallel temperature) during fast flow intervals. The flow-related electromagnetic whistler-mode wave tends to occur in conjunction with positive electron anisotropy.

  5. Plasma lenses for focusing relativistic electron beams

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    Govil, R.; Wheeler, S.; Leemans, W.

    1997-04-01

    The next generation of colliders require tightly focused beams with high luminosity. To focus charged particle beams for such applications, a plasma focusing scheme has been proposed. Plasma lenses can be overdense (plasma density, n{sub p} much greater than electron beam density, n{sub b}) or underdense (n{sub p} less than 2 n{sub b}). In overdense lenses the space-charge force of the electron beam is canceled by the plasma and the remaining magnetic force causes the electron beam to self-pinch. The focusing gradient is nonlinear, resulting in spherical aberrations. In underdense lenses, the self-forces of the electron beam cancel, allowing the plasma ions to focus the beam. Although for a given beam density, a uniform underdense lens produces smaller focusing gradients than an overdense lens, it produces better beam quality since the focusing is done by plasma ions. The underdense lens can be improved by tapering the density of the plasma for optimal focusing. The underdense lens performance can be enhanced further by producing adiabatic plasma lenses to avoid the Oide limit on spot size due to synchrotron radiation by the electron beam. The plasma lens experiment at the Beam Test Facility (BTF) is designed to study the properties of plasma lenses in both overdense and underdense regimes. In particular, important issues such as electron beam matching, time response of the lens, lens aberrations and shot-to-shot reproducibility are being investigated.

  6. Substorm-related plasma sheet motions as determined from differential timing of plasma changes at the ISEE satellites

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    Forbes, T. G.; Hones, E. W., Jr.; Bame, S. J.; Asbridge, J. R.; Paschmann, G.; Sckopke, N.; Russell, C. T.

    1981-01-01

    From an ISEE survey of substorm dropouts and recoveries during the period February 5 to May 25, 1978, 66 timing events observed by the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory/Max-Planck-Institut Fast Plasma Experiments were studied in detail. Near substorm onset, both the average timing velocity and the bulk flow velocity at the edge of the plasma sheet are inward, toward the center. Measured normal to the surface of the plasma sheet, the timing velocity is 23 + or - 18 km/s and the proton flow velocity is 20 + or - 8 km/s. During substorm recovery, the plasma sheet reappears moving outward with an average timing velocity of 133 + or - 31 km/s; however, the corresponding proton flow velocity is only 3 + or - 7 km/s in the same direction. It is suggested that the difference between the average timing velocity for the expansion of the plasma sheet and the plasma bulk flow perpendicular to the surface of the sheet during substorm recovery is most likely the result of surface waves moving past the position of the satellites.

  7. Electron vortex magnetic holes: A nonlinear coherent plasma structure

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    Haynes, Christopher T.; Burgess, David; Camporeale, Enrico; Sundberg, Torbjorn

    2015-01-01

    We report the properties of a novel type of sub-proton scale magnetic hole found in two dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of decaying turbulence with a guide field. The simulations were performed with a realistic value for ion to electron mass ratio. These structures, electron vortex magnetic holes (EVMHs), have circular cross-section. The magnetic field depression is associated with a diamagnetic azimuthal current provided by a population of trapped electrons in petal-like orbits. The trapped electron population provides a mean azimuthal velocity and since trapping preferentially selects high pitch angles, a perpendicular temperature anisotropy. The structures arise out of initial perturbations in the course of the turbulent evolution of the plasma, and are stable over at least 100 electron gyroperiods. We have verified the model for the EVMH by carrying out test particle and PIC simulations of isolated structures in a uniform plasma. It is found that (quasi-)stable structures can be formed provided that there is some initial perpendicular temperature anisotropy at the structure location. The properties of these structures (scale size, trapped population, etc.) are able to explain the observed properties of magnetic holes in the terrestrial plasma sheet. EVMHs may also contribute to turbulence properties, such as intermittency, at short scale lengths in other astrophysical plasmas.

  8. Electron vortex magnetic holes: A nonlinear coherent plasma structure

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    Haynes, Christopher T. Burgess, David; Sundberg, Torbjorn; Camporeale, Enrico

    2015-01-15

    We report the properties of a novel type of sub-proton scale magnetic hole found in two dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of decaying turbulence with a guide field. The simulations were performed with a realistic value for ion to electron mass ratio. These structures, electron vortex magnetic holes (EVMHs), have circular cross-section. The magnetic field depression is associated with a diamagnetic azimuthal current provided by a population of trapped electrons in petal-like orbits. The trapped electron population provides a mean azimuthal velocity and since trapping preferentially selects high pitch angles, a perpendicular temperature anisotropy. The structures arise out of initial perturbations in the course of the turbulent evolution of the plasma, and are stable over at least 100 electron gyroperiods. We have verified the model for the EVMH by carrying out test particle and PIC simulations of isolated structures in a uniform plasma. It is found that (quasi-)stable structures can be formed provided that there is some initial perpendicular temperature anisotropy at the structure location. The properties of these structures (scale size, trapped population, etc.) are able to explain the observed properties of magnetic holes in the terrestrial plasma sheet. EVMHs may also contribute to turbulence properties, such as intermittency, at short scale lengths in other astrophysical plasmas.

  9. Nonlinear electron oscillations in a warm plasma

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    Sarkar, Anwesa; Maity, Chandan; Chakrabarti, Nikhil

    2013-12-15

    A class of nonstationary solutions for the nonlinear electron oscillations of a warm plasma are presented using a Lagrangian fluid description. The solution illustrates the nonlinear steepening of an initial Gaussian electron density disturbance and also shows collapse behavior in time. The obtained solution may indicate a class of nonlinear transient structures in an unmagnetized warm plasma.

  10. The effect of local magnetic fields on the lunar photoelectron layer while the moon is in the plasma sheet

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    Burke, W. J.; Reiff, P. H.; Reasoner, D. L.

    1975-01-01

    Data from the Charged Particle Lunar Environment Experiment (CPLEE), at the Apollo 14 site, are used to investigate the interactive properties of the plasma sheet and the lunar photoelectron layer. It is shown that the predictions of the Guernsey-Fu model are compatible with SIDE but not CPLEE observations. The apparent contradiction is resolved by fitting the remanent magnetic field to that of a dipole buried about 1.1 km beneath the surface. In this case a charge separation layer must form above the instrument due to the different rigidities of plasma sheet electrons and protons. The qualitative properties of the charge separation layer needed to reconcile CPLEE and SIDE observations are presented.

  11. Experiments on a reflex-type sheet plasma negative-ion source

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    Ando, A.; Kuroda, T.; Oka, Y.; Kaneko, O.; Karita, A.; Kawamoto, T. )

    1990-01-01

    Negative hydrogen ions are extracted from a reflex-type sheet plasma. Electron density and temperature profiles are measured with changing the filling gas pressure, and they are optimized to the H{sup {minus}} production at the optimum gas pressure. The optimum gas pressure is 5 mTorr for the discharge current {ital I}{sub {ital d}} =2 A. As the discharge current {ital I}{sub {ital d}} increases, H{sup {minus}} current increases linearly corresponding to the density increase in the center region, but saturates above {ital I}{sub {ital d}} =40 A. The maximum extracted H{sup {minus}} current density of 4 mA/cm{sup 2} is obtained at {ital I}{sub {ital d}}=100 A.

  12. Electron density and plasma dynamics of a colliding plasma experiment

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    Wiechula, J.; Schönlein, A.; Iberler, M.; Hock, C.; Manegold, T.; Bohlender, B.; Jacoby, J.

    2016-07-01

    We present experimental results of two head-on colliding plasma sheaths accelerated by pulsed-power-driven coaxial plasma accelerators. The measurements have been performed in a small vacuum chamber with a neutral-gas prefill of ArH2 at gas pressures between 17 Pa and 400 Pa and load voltages between 4 kV and 9 kV. As the plasma sheaths collide, the electron density is significantly increased. The electron density reaches maximum values of ≈8 ṡ 1015 cm-3 for a single accelerated plasma and a maximum value of ≈2.6 ṡ 1016 cm-3 for the plasma collision. Overall a raise of the plasma density by a factor of 1.3 to 3.8 has been achieved. A scaling behavior has been derived from the values of the electron density which shows a disproportionately high increase of the electron density of the collisional case for higher applied voltages in comparison to a single accelerated plasma. Sequences of the plasma collision have been taken, using a fast framing camera to study the plasma dynamics. These sequences indicate a maximum collision velocity of 34 km/s.

  13. Average patterns of precipitation and plasma flow in the plasma sheet flux tubes during steady magnetospheric convection

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    Sergeev, V. A.; Lennartsson, W.; Pellinen, R.; Vallinkoski, M.; Fedorova, N. I.

    1990-01-01

    Average patterns of plasma drifts and auroral precipitation in the nightside auroral zone were constructed during a steady magnetospheric convection (SMC) event on February 19, 1978. By comparing these patterns with the measurements in the midtail plasma sheet made by ISEE-1, and using the corresponding magnetic field model, the following features are inferred: (1) the concentration of the earthward convection in the midnight portion of the plasma sheet (convection jet); (2) the depleted plasma energy content of the flux tubes in the convection jet region; and (3) the Region-1 field-aligned currents generated in the midtail plasma sheet. It is argued that these three elements are mutually consistent features appearing in the process of ionosphere-magnetosphere interaction during SMC periods. These configurational characteristics resemble the corresponding features of substorm expansions (enhanced convection and 'dipolarized' magnetic field within the substorm current wedge) and appear to play the same role in regulating the plasma flow in the flux tubes connected to the plasma sheet.

  14. ATS-5 observations of plasma sheet particles before the expansion-phase onset, appendix C.. [plasma-particle interactions, magnetic storms and auroras

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    Fujii, K.; Nishida, A.; Sharp, R. D.; Shelley, E. G.

    1975-01-01

    Behavior of the plasma sheet around its earthward edge during substorms was studied by using high resolution (every 2.6 sec) measurements of proton and electron fluxes by ATS-5. In the injection region near midnight the flux increase at the expansion-phase onset is shown to lag behind the onset of the low-latitude positive bay by several minutes. Depending upon the case, before the above increase (1) the flux stays at a constant level, (2) it gradually increases for some tens of minutes, or (3) it briefly drops to a low level. Difference in the position of the satellite relative to the earthward edge and to the high-latitude boundary of the plasma sheet is suggested as a cause of the above difference in flux variations during the growth phase of substorms. Magnetograms and tables (data) are shown.

  15. Review of Solar Wind Entry into and Transport Within the Plasma Sheet

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    Wing, S.; Johnson, J. R.; Chaston, C. C.; Echim, M.; Escoubet, C. P.; Lavraud, B.; Lemon, C.; Nykyri, K.; Otto, A.; Raeder, J.; Wang, C.-P.

    2014-11-01

    The plasma sheet is populated in part by the solar wind plasma. Four solar entry mechanisms are examined: (1) double cusp or double lobe reconnection, (2) Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability (KHI), (3) Kinetic Alfvén waves (KAW), and (4) Impulsive Penetration. These mechanisms can efficiently fill the plasma sheet with cold dense ions during northward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). The solar wind ions appear to have been heated upon entry along the plasma sheet dawn flank. The cold-component (solar wind origin) ion density is higher on the dawn flank than the dusk flank. The asymmetric evolution of the KAW and magnetic reconnection in association with the KHI at the dawn and dusk flank magnetopause may partly produce the dawn-dusk temperature and density asymmetries. Solar wind that crosses the magnetopause lowers the specific entropy ( s= p/ ρ γ ) of the plasma sheet along the flanks. Subsequent transport of the cold ions from the flanks to the midnight meridian increases s by a factor of 5. T i , T e , s i , and s e increase when the solar wind particles are transported across the magnetopause, but T i / T e is roughly conserved. Within the magnetotail, E× B and curvature and gradient drifts play important roles in the plasma transport and can explain the large features seen in the plasma sheet. Turbulence can also play a significant role, particularly in the cold plasma transport from the flanks to the midnight meridian. Total entropy ( S= pV γ ) conservation provides important constraints on the plasma sheet transport, e.g., fast flows.

  16. Low sheet resistance titanium nitride films by low-temperature plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition using design of experiments methodology

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    Burke, Micheal Blake, Alan; Povey, Ian M.; Schmidt, Michael; Petkov, Nikolay; Carolan, Patrick; Quinn, Aidan J.

    2014-05-15

    A design of experiments methodology was used to optimize the sheet resistance of titanium nitride (TiN) films produced by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PE-ALD) using a tetrakis(dimethylamino)titanium precursor in a N{sub 2}/H{sub 2} plasma at low temperature (250 °C). At fixed chamber pressure (300 mTorr) and plasma power (300 W), the plasma duration and N{sub 2} flow rate were the most significant factors. The lowest sheet resistance values (163 Ω/sq. for a 20 nm TiN film) were obtained using plasma durations ∼40 s, N{sub 2} flow rates >60 standard cubic centimeters per minute, and purge times ∼60 s. Time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy data revealed reduced levels of carbon contaminants in the TiN films with lowest sheet resistance (163 Ω/sq.), compared to films with higher sheet resistance (400–600 Ω/sq.) while transmission electron microscopy data showed a higher density of nanocrystallites in the low-resistance films. Further significant reductions in sheet resistance, from 163 Ω/sq. to 70 Ω/sq. for a 20 nm TiN film (corresponding resistivity ∼145 μΩ·cm), were achieved by addition of a postcycle Ar/N{sub 2} plasma step in the PE-ALD process.

  17. Responses of different ion species to fast plasma flows and local dipolarization in the plasma sheet

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    Ohtani, S.; Nosé, M.; Miyashita, Y.; Lui, A. T. Y.

    2015-01-01

    investigate the responses of different ion species (H+, He+, He++, and O+) to fast plasma flows and local dipolarization in the plasma sheet in terms of energy density. We use energetic (9-210 keV) ion composition measurements made by the Geotail satellite at r = 10~31 RE. The results are summarized as follows: (1) whereas the O+-to-H+ ratio decreases with earthward flow velocity, it increases with tailward flow velocity with steeper Vx dependence for perpendicular flows than for parallel flows; (2) for fast earthward flows, the energy density of each ion species increases without any clear preference for heavy ions; (3) for fast tailward flows, the ion energy density initially increases, then it decreases to below the preceding levels except for O+; (4) the O+-to-H+ ratio does not increase through local dipolarization irrespective of dipolarization amplitude, background Bz, X distance, and Vx; (5) in general, the H+ and He++ ions behave similarly. Result (1) can be attributed to radial transport in the presence of the earthward gradient of the background O+-to-H+ ratio. Results (2) and (4) suggest that ion energization at local dipolarization is not mass dependent in the energy range of our interest because the ions are not magnetized irrespective of species. Result (3) can be attributed to the thinning of the plasma sheet and the preferable field-aligned escape of the H+ ions on the tailward side of the reconnection site. Result (5) suggests that the solar wind is the primary source of the high-energy H+ ions.

  18. Role of magnetic field fluctuations in the Evolution of the kappa Distribution Functions in the Plasma Sheet

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    Espinoza, Cristobal; Antonova, Elizaveta; Stepanova, Marina; Valdivia, Juan Alejandro

    2016-07-01

    The evolution with the distance to Earth of ion and electron distribution functions in the plasma sheet, approximated by kappa distributions, was studied by Stepanova and Antonova (2015, JGRA 120). Using THEMIS data for 5 events of satellite alignments along the tail, covering between 5 and 30 Earth radii, they found that the kappa parameter increases tailwards, for both ions and electrons. In this work we analyse the magnetic fluctuations present in THEMIS data for the same 5 events. The aim is to explore the hypothesis proposed by Navarro et al. (2014, PRL 112), for solar wind plasmas, that the observed magnetic fluctuations could be closely related to spontaneous fluctuations in the plasma, if this can be described by stable distributions. Here we present our first results on the correlation between the spectral properties of the magnetic fluctuations and the observed parameters of the kappa distributions for different distances from Earth.

  19. Hierarchical regrowth of flowerlike nanographene sheets on oxygen-plasma-treated carbon nanowalls

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    Shimoeda, Hironao; Kondo, Hiroki; Ishikawa, Kenji; Hiramatsu, Mineo; Sekine, Makoto; Hori, Masaru

    2014-04-01

    Cauliflorous nanographene sheets were hierarchically regrown on the spearlike structures of carbon nanowalls (CNWs) produced by O2-plasma etching. The spears on the CNWs acted as a stem for the growth of flowerlike flaky nanographene sheets, where the root of the nanoflower was located at a defect or disordered site. The defects on the graphitic structures were induced by irradiation with oxygen-related radicals and ions in the O2-based plasmas and acted as sites for the nucleation of flowerlike nanographene. The porous carbon nanostructures regrown after O2-plasma treatment have a relatively higher surface area and are thus promising materials for electrochemical applications.

  20. Shape of the terrestrial plasma sheet in the near-Earth magnetospheric tail as imaged by the Interstellar Boundary Explorer

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    Dayeh, M. A.; Fuselier, S. A.; Funsten, H. O.; McComas, D. J.; Ogasawara, K.; Petrinec, S. M.; Schwadron, N. A.; Valek, P.

    2015-04-11

    We present remote, continuous observations from the Interstellar Boundary Explorer of the terrestrial plasma sheet location back to -16 Earth radii (RE) in the magnetospheric tail using energetic neutral atom emissions. The time period studied includes two orbits near the winter and summer solstices, thus associated with large negative and positive dipole tilt, respectively. Continuous side-view images reveal a complex shape that is dominated mainly by large-scale warping due to the diurnal motion of the dipole axis. Superposed on the global warped geometry are short-time fluctuations in plasma sheet location that appear to be consistent with plasma sheet flapping andmore » possibly twisting due to changes in the interplanetary conditions. We conclude that the plasma sheet warping due to the diurnal motion dominates the average shape of the plasma sheet. Over short times, the position of the plasma sheet can be dominated by twisting and flapping.« less

  1. Shape of the terrestrial plasma sheet in the near-Earth magnetospheric tail as imaged by the Interstellar Boundary Explorer

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    Dayeh, M. A.; Fuselier, S. A.; Funsten, H. O.; McComas, D. J.; Ogasawara, K.; Petrinec, S. M.; Schwadron, N. A.; Valek, P.

    2015-04-01

    We present remote, continuous observations from the Interstellar Boundary Explorer of the terrestrial plasma sheet location back to -16 Earth radii (RE) in the magnetospheric tail using energetic neutral atom emissions. The time period studied includes two orbits near the winter and summer solstices, thus associated with large negative and positive dipole tilt, respectively. Continuous side-view images reveal a complex shape that is dominated mainly by large-scale warping due to the diurnal motion of the dipole axis. Superposed on the global warped geometry are short-time fluctuations in plasma sheet location that appear to be consistent with plasma sheet flapping and possibly twisting due to changes in the interplanetary conditions. We conclude that the plasma sheet warping due to the diurnal motion dominates the average shape of the plasma sheet. Over short times, the position of the plasma sheet can be dominated by twisting and flapping.

  2. Shape of the terrestrial plasma sheet in the near-Earth magnetospheric tail as imaged by the Interstellar Boundary Explorer

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    Dayeh, M. A.; Fuselier, S. A.; Funsten, H. O.; McComas, D. J.; Ogasawara, K.; Petrinec, S. M.; Schwadron, N. A.; Valek, P.

    2015-04-11

    We present remote, continuous observations from the Interstellar Boundary Explorer of the terrestrial plasma sheet location back to -16 Earth radii (RE) in the magnetospheric tail using energetic neutral atom emissions. The time period studied includes two orbits near the winter and summer solstices, thus associated with large negative and positive dipole tilt, respectively. Continuous side-view images reveal a complex shape that is dominated mainly by large-scale warping due to the diurnal motion of the dipole axis. Superposed on the global warped geometry are short-time fluctuations in plasma sheet location that appear to be consistent with plasma sheet flapping and possibly twisting due to changes in the interplanetary conditions. We conclude that the plasma sheet warping due to the diurnal motion dominates the average shape of the plasma sheet. Over short times, the position of the plasma sheet can be dominated by twisting and flapping.

  3. Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Metal-Doped BN Sheet: A First-Principles Study

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    Zhou, Yungang; Xiao-Dong, J.; Wang, Zhiguo; Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao T.

    2010-07-21

    Electronic and magnetic properties of BN sheet doped with 3d transition metals (Fe, Co and Ni) have been investigated using ab initio calculations. Our calculations show many interesting physical properties in metal-doped BN sheet. Fe-doped BN sheet is a half-metal with the magnetic moment of 2.0 μB, and Co-doped BN sheet becomes a narrow-gap semiconductor with the magnetic moment of 1.0 μB. However, no magnetic moment is induced on Ni-doped BN sheet, which has the same band gap as pristine BN sheet. Furthermore, Fe atom is easy to form isolated particle on BN sheet, while Ni and Co atoms are likely to form sheet-supported metal nanotemplate. These results are useful for spintronics application and could help in the development of magnetic nanotructures and metallic nanotemplate at room temperature.

  4. Structured plasma sheet thinning observed by Galileo and 1984-129

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    Reeves, G.D.; Belian, R.D.; Fritz, T.A.

    1993-12-01

    On December 8, 1990, the Galileo spacecraft used the Earth for a gravity assist on its way to Jupiter. Its trajectory was such that is crossed geosynchronous orbit at approximately local midnight between 1900 and 2000 UT. At the same time, spacecraft 1984-129 was also located at geosynchronous orbit near local midnight. Several flux dropout events were observed when the two spacecraft were in the near-Earth plasma sheet in the same local time sector. Flux dropout events are associated with plasma sheet thinning in the near-Earth tail during the growth phase of substorms. This period is unique in that Galileo provided a rapid radial profile of the near-Earth plasma sheet while 1984-129 provided an azimuthal profile. With measurements from these two spacecraft the authors can distinguish between spatial structures and temporal changes. Their observations confirm that the geosynchronous flux dropout events are consistent with plasma sheet thinning which changes the spacecraft`s magnetic connection from the trapping region to the more distant plasma sheet. However, for this period, thinning occurred on two spatial and temporal scales. The geosynchronous dropouts were highly localized phenomena of 30 min duration superimposed on a more global reconfiguration of the tail lasting approximately 4 hours. 28 refs., 10 figs.

  5. Structured plasma sheet thinning observed by Galileo and 1984-129

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    Reeves, G. D.; Belian, R. D.; Fritz, T. A.; Kivelson, M. G.; Mcentire, R. W.; Roelof, E. C.; Wilken, B.; Williams, D. J.

    1993-01-01

    On December 8, 1990, the Galileo spacecraft used the Earth for a gravity assist on its way to Jupiter. Its trajectory was such that it crossed geosynchronous orbit at approximately local midnight between 1900 and 2000 UT. At the same time, spacecraft 1984-129 was also located at geosynchronous orbit near local midnight. Several flux dropout events were observed when the two spacecraft were in the near-Earth plasma sheet in the same local time sector. Flux dropout events are associated with plasma sheet thinning in the near-profile of the near-Earth plasma sheet while 1984-129 provided an azimuthal profile. With measurements from these two spacecraft we can distinguish between spatial structures and temporal change. Our observations confirm that the geosynchronous flux dropout events are consistent with plasma sheet thinning which changes the spacecraft's magnetic connection from the trapping region to the more distant plasma sheet. However, for this period, thinning occurred on two spatial and temporal scales. The geosynchronous dropouts were highly localized phenomena of 30 min duration superimposed on a more global reconfiguration of the tail lasting approximately 4 hours.

  6. Intrinsic electronic and transport properties of graphyne sheets and nanoribbons.

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    Wu, Wenzhi; Guo, Wanlin; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2013-10-01

    Graphyne, a two-dimensional carbon allotrope like graphene but containing doubly and triply bonded carbon atoms, has been proven to possess amazing electronic properties as graphene. Although the electronic, optical, and mechanical properties of graphyne and graphyne nanoribbons (NRs) have been previously studied, their electron transport behaviors have not been understood. Here we report a comprehensive study of the intrinsic electronic and transport properties of four distinct polymorphs of graphyne (α, β, γ, and 6,6,12-graphynes) and their nanoribbons (GyNRs) using density functional theory coupled with the non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) method. Among the four graphyne sheets, 6,6,12-graphyne displays notable directional anisotropy in the transport properties. Among the GyNRs, those with armchair edges are nonmagnetic semiconductors whereas those with zigzag edges can be either antiferromagnetic or nonmagnetic semiconductors. Among the armchair GyNRs, the α-GyNRs and 6,6,12-GyNRs exhibit distinctive negative differential resistance (NDR) behavior. On the other hand, the zigzag α-GyNRs and zigzag 6,6,12-GyNRs exhibit symmetry-dependent transport properties, that is, asymmetric zigzag GyNRs behave as conductors with nearly linear current-voltage dependence, whereas symmetric GyNRs produce very weak currents due to the presence of a conductance gap around the Fermi level under finite bias voltages. Such symmetry-dependent behavior stems from different coupling between π* and π subbands. Unlike α- and 6,6,12-GyNRs, both zigzag β-GyNRs and zigzag γ-GyNRs exhibit NDR behavior regardless of the symmetry. PMID:23949158

  7. A Gridded Electron Gun for a Sheet Beam Klystron

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    Read, M. E.; Miram, G.; Ives, R. L.; Ivanov, V.; Krasnykh, A.

    2003-12-01

    Calabazas Creek Research, Inc.(CCR) is developing rectangular, gridded, thermionic, dispenser-cathode guns for sheet beam devices. The first application is expected to be klystrons for advanced particle accelerators and colliders. The current generation of accelerators typically use klystrons with a cylindrical beam generated by a Pierce-type electron gun. As RF power is pushed to higher levels, space charge forces in the electron beam limit the amount of current that can be transmitted at a given voltage. The options are to increase the beam voltage, leading to problems with X-Ray shielding and modulator and power supply design, or to develop new techniques for lowering the space charge forces in the electron beam. In this device, the beam has a rectangular cross section. The thickness is constrained as it would in a normal, cylindrically symmetric klystron with a Pierce gun. However, the width of the beam is many times the thickness, and the resulting cross sectional area is much larger than in the conventional device. This allows much higher current and/or a lower voltage before space charge forces become too high. The current program addresses issues related to beam formation at the emitter surface, design and implementation of shadow and control grids in a rectangular geometry. It is directed toward a robust, cost-effective, and reliable mechanical design. A prototype device will be developed that will operate at 415 kV, 250 A for an 80 MW, X-Band, sheet-beam klystron. The cathode will have 100 cm2 of cathode area with an average cathode current loading of 2.5 A/cm2. For short pulse formation, the use of a grid was chosen. The gun has been designed with a combination of 2-D and 3-D codes. 2-D codes were used to determine the starting point for the electrodes to produce the compression (which is in only 1 direction.) These results showed that a very high quality beam could be achieved even in the presence of the shadow grid. 3-D results have shown that the

  8. Plasma sheet instability related to the westward traveling surge

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    Roux, A.; Perraut, S.; Robert, P.; Morane, A. ); Pedersen, A. ); Korth, A.; Kremser, G. ); Aparicio, B. ); Rodgers, D. ); Pellinen, R. )

    1991-10-01

    The detailed analysis of an isolated dispersionless substorm is performed on the basis of field and particle data collected in situ by the geostationary satellite GEOS 2 and of data from ground-based instruments installed close to the GEOS 2 magnetic footprint. These data give evidence for (1) quasi-periodic variations of the magnetic field configuration, which is alternatively taillike and dipolelike, (2) in-phase oscillations of the flux of energetic electrons, which is high when the configuration is dipolelike and vice versa, (3) a gradient in the flux of energetic ions, which is, on the average, earthward but undergoes large fluctuations around this average direction, and (4) large transient fluctuations of the quasi-dc electric field, which reverses its direction from eastward to westward. It is shown that these results are consistent with the development of an instability which leads to a westward propagating wave. The source of the instability is the differential drift of energetic electrons and ions in a highly stressed magnetic field configuration (in a high {beta} plasma). Evidence is given for a system of localized field-aligned currents flowing alternately earthward and equatorward at the leading and trailing edges of the westward propagating wave. This current system resulting from the temporal development of the instability produces the so-called Pi 2 pulsations, at the ionospheric level. The closure of this current system in the equatorial region leads to a current antiparallel to the tail current, and therefore to its reduction or cancellation. This reduction/cancellation of the tail current restores the dipole magnetic field (dipolarization) and generates a large westward directed induced electric field (injection).

  9. Fast magnetic reconnection in thin current sheets: effects of different current profiles and electron inertia in Ohm's law.

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    Pucci, Fulvia; Del Sarto, Daniele; Tenerani, Anna; Velli, Marco

    2015-04-01

    By examining sheets with thicknesses scaling as different powers of the Lundquist number S, we previously showed (Pucci and Velli, 2014) that the growth rate of the tearing mode increases as current sheets thin and, once the inverse aspect ratio reaches a scaling a/L = S-1/3, the time-scale for the instability to develop becomes of the order of the Alfvén time. That means that a fast instability sets in well before Sweet-Parker type current sheets can form. In addition, such an instability produces many islands in the sheet, leading to fast nonlinear evolution and most probably a turbulent disruption of the sheet itself. This has fundamental implications for magnetically driven reconnection throughout the corona, and in particular for coronal heating and the triggering of coronal mass ejections. Here we extend the study of reconnection instabilities to magnetic fields of grater complexity, displaying different current structures such as, for example, multiple or asymmetric current layers. We also consider the possibility of a Δ' dependence on wave-number k-p for different values of p, studying analogies and variations of the trigger scaling relation a/L ~ S-1/3 with respect to the Harris current sheet equilibrium. At large Lundquist numbers in typical Heliospheric plasmas kinetic effects become more important in Ohm's law: we consider the effects of electron skin depth reconnection, showing that we can define a trigger relation similar to the resistive case. The results are important to the transition to fast reconnection in the solar corona, solar wind, magnetosphere as well as laboratory plasmas. F. Pucci and M. Velli, "Reconnection of quasi-singular current sheets: the 'ideal" tearing mode" ApJ 780:L19, 2014.

  10. A Theoretical Model of a Thinning Current Sheet in the Low-β Plasmas

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    Takeshige, Satoshi; Takasao, Shinsuke; Shibata, Kazunari

    2015-07-01

    Magnetic reconnection is an important physical process in various explosive phenomena in the universe. In previous studies, it was found that fast reconnection takes place when the thickness of a current sheet becomes on the order of a microscopic length such as the ion Larmor radius or the ion inertial length. In this study, we investigated the pinching process of a current sheet by the Lorentz force in a low-β plasma using one-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) simulations. It is known that there is an exact self-similar solution for this problem that neglects gas pressure. We compared the non-linear MHD dynamics with the analytic self-similar solution. From the MHD simulations, we found that with the gas pressure included the implosion process deviates from the analytic self-similar solution as t\\to {t}0, where t0 is the explosion time when the thickness of a current sheet of the analytic solution becomes 0. We also found that a pair of MHD fast-mode shocks is generated and propagates after the formation of the pinched current sheet as t\\to {t}0. On the basis of the Rankine-Hugoniot relations, we derived the scaling law of the physical quantities with respect to the initial plasma beta in the pinched current sheet. Our study could help us estimate the physical quantities in the pinched current sheet formed in a low-β plasma.

  11. Plasma production for electron acceleration by resonant plasma wave

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    Anania, M. P.; Biagioni, A.; Chiadroni, E.; Cianchi, A.; Croia, M.; Curcio, A.; Di Giovenale, D.; Di Pirro, G. P.; Filippi, F.; Ghigo, A.; Lollo, V.; Pella, S.; Pompili, R.; Romeo, S.; Ferrario, M.

    2016-09-01

    Plasma wakefield acceleration is the most promising acceleration technique known nowadays, able to provide very high accelerating fields (10-100 GV/m), enabling acceleration of electrons to GeV energy in few centimeter. However, the quality of the electron bunches accelerated with this technique is still not comparable with that of conventional accelerators (large energy spread, low repetition rate, and large emittance); radiofrequency-based accelerators, in fact, are limited in accelerating field (10-100 MV/m) requiring therefore hundred of meters of distances to reach the GeV energies, but can provide very bright electron bunches. To combine high brightness electron bunches from conventional accelerators and high accelerating fields reachable with plasmas could be a good compromise allowing to further accelerate high brightness electron bunches coming from LINAC while preserving electron beam quality. Following the idea of plasma wave resonant excitation driven by a train of short bunches, we have started to study the requirements in terms of plasma for SPARC_LAB (Ferrario et al., 2013 [1]). In particular here we focus on hydrogen plasma discharge, and in particular on the theoretical and numerical estimates of the ionization process which are very useful to design the discharge circuit and to evaluate the current needed to be supplied to the gas in order to have full ionization. Eventually, the current supplied to the gas simulated will be compared to that measured experimentally.

  12. Energetic (>100 keV) 0/sup +/ ions in the plasma sheet

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    Ipavich, F.M.; Galvin, A.B.; Gloeckler, G.; Hovestadt, D.; Klecker, B.; Scholer, M.

    1984-05-01

    We present the first measurements of very energetic (112-157 keV) 0/sup +/ ions in the earth's magnetosphere. The observations were made with the UMd/MPE ULECA sensor on ISEE-1 on 5 March 1981 at geocentric distances approx.20 R/sub E/ in the earth's magnetotail. During this time period an Energetic Storm Particle event was observed by our nearly identical sensor on the ISEE-3 space-craft, located approx.250 R/sub E/ upstream of the earth's magnetosphere. The ISEE-1 sensor observed a similar temporal profile except for several sharp intensity enhancements, corresponding to substorm recoveries during which the plasma sheet engulfed the spacecraft. During these plasma sheet encounters we observe 0/sup +//H/sup +/ abundance ratios, at approx.130 keV, as large as 0.35. In between plasma sheet encounters with 0/sup +//H/sup +/ ratio at this energy is consistent with zero.

  13. The motion and magnetic structure of the plasma sheet near 30 earth radii

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    Bowling, S. B.; Wolf, R. A.

    1974-01-01

    Data taken by the NASA-GSFC magnetometer aboard the Explorer 34 satellite are analyzed in an effort to ascertain the average motion and magnetic field structure of the plasma sheet near 30 earth radii. It is found that the flapping motion of the plasma sheet in the solar ecliptic Z-coordinate is characterized by a typical speed of 90 km/sec and an amplitude of plus or minus 2 earth radii. Results suggest that there exists a layer of nearly uniform cross-tail current density in the central region of the plasma sheet approximately 2.3-2.6 earth radii thick within which the solar-magnetospheric X-component of the magnetic field changes from 10 gamma to -10 gamma.

  14. Ballooning instability of the earth's plasma sheet region in the presence of parallel flow

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    Lakhina, G. S.; Hameiri, E.; Mond, M.

    1990-01-01

    Stability of the plasma sheet and plasma sheet boundary layer against the ballooning mode instability is investigated. The equilibrium state of a two-dimensional plasma sheet configuration with parallel sheared flow is modeled. This equilibrium is shown to be ballooning unstable when delta-W is not positive definite, where delta-W is the potential energy. The eigenmode structure of the ballooning mode is found by imposing the boundary conditions that the waves are totally reflected from the ionosphere, and that no waves are coming in from infinity. The eigenmode structure of the unstable balloning modes is highly oscillatory, extending beyond about 100 R(E). The ballooning modes are thus a possible candidate for explaining the MHD waves and other dynamical events observed in the magnetotail by ISEE 3 and other spacecraft.

  15. Electron density measurements in highly electronegative plasmas

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    Rafalskyi, D.; Lafleur, T.; Aanesland, A.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper we present experimental measurements of the electron density in very electronegative ‘ion–ion’ Ar–SF6 plasmas where previous investigations using Langmuir probes have observed electronegativities of up to 5000. The electron density is measured using a short matched dipole probe technique that provides a tolerance better than  ±2 · 1013 m‑3. The results demonstrate that the electron density in the low pressure plasma source (which contains a magnetic filter) can be reduced to around 2.7 · 1013 m‑3 with a corresponding plasma electronegativity of about 4000; close to that from fluid simulation predictions. The highest electronegativity, and lowest electron density, is achieved with a pure SF6 plasma, while adding only 6% SF6 to Ar allows the electronegativity to be increased from 0 to a few hundred with a corresponding decrease in the electron density by more than a thousand. The impedance probe based on a short matched dipole appears to be a practical diagnostic that can be used for independent measurements of the electron density in very electronegative plasmas, and opens up the possibility to further investigate and optimize electronegative plasma sources.

  16. Development of plasma cathode electron guns

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    Oks, Efim M.; Schanin, Peter M.

    1999-05-01

    The status of experimental research and ongoing development of plasma cathode electron guns in recent years is reviewed, including some novel upgrades and applications to various technological fields. The attractiveness of this kind of e-gun is due to its capability of creating high current, broad or focused beams, both in pulsed and steady-state modes of operation. An important characteristic of the plasma cathode electron gun is the absence of a thermionic cathode, a feature which leads to long lifetime and reliable operation even in the presence of aggressive background gas media and at fore-vacuum gas pressure ranges such as achieved by mechanical pumps. Depending on the required beam parameters, different kinds of plasma discharge systems can be used in plasma cathode electron guns, such as vacuum arcs, constricted gaseous arcs, hollow cathode glows, and two kinds of discharges in crossed E×B fields: Penning and magnetron. At the present time, plasma cathode electron guns provide beams with transverse dimension from fractional millimeter up to about one meter, beam current from microamperes to kiloamperes, beam current density up to about 100 A/cm2, pulse duration from nanoseconds to dc, and electron energy from several keV to hundreds of keV. Applications include electron beam melting and welding, surface treatment, plasma chemistry, radiation technologies, laser pumping, microwave generation, and more.

  17. Multiple harmonic ULF waves in the plasma sheet boundary layer: Instability analysis

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    Denton, R. E.; Engebretson, M. J.; Keiling, A.; Walsh, A. P.; Gary, S. P.; DéCréAu, P. M. E.; Cattell, C. A.; RèMe, H.

    2010-12-01

    Multiple-harmonic electromagnetic waves in the ULF band have occasionally been observed in Earth's magnetosphere, both near the magnetic equator in the outer plasmasphere and in the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL) in Earth's magnetotail. Observations by the Cluster spacecraft of multiple-harmonic electromagnetic waves with fundamental frequency near the local proton cyclotron frequency, Ωcp, were recently reported in the plasma sheet boundary layer by Broughton et al. (2008). A companion paper surveys the entire magnetotail passage of Cluster during 2003, and reports 35 such events, all in the PSBL, and all associated with elevated fluxes of counterstreaming ions and electrons. In this study we use observed pitch angle distributions of ions and electrons during a wave event observed by Cluster on 9 September 2003 to perform an instability analysis. We use a semiautomatic procedure for developing model distributions composed of bi-Maxwellian components that minimizes the difference between modeled and observed distribution functions. Analysis of wave instability using the WHAMP electromagnetic plasma wave dispersion code and these model distributions reveals an instability near Ωcp and its harmonics. The observed and model ion distributions exhibit both beam-like and ring-like features which might lead to instability. Further instability analysis with simple beam-like and ring-like model distribution functions indicates that the instability is due to the ring-like feature. Our analysis indicates that this instability persists over an enormous range in the effective ion beta (based on a best fit for the observed distribution function using a single Maxwellian distribution), β', but that the character of the instability changes with β'. For β' of order unity (for instance, the observed case with β' ˜ 0.4), the instability is predominantly electromagnetic; the fluctuating magnetic field has components in both the perpendicular and parallel directions, but the

  18. Electron heating in capacitively coupled plasmas revisited

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    Lafleur, T.; Chabert, P.; Booth, J. P.

    2014-06-01

    We revisit the problem of electron heating in capacitively coupled plasmas (CCPs), and propose a method for quantifying the level of collisionless and collisional heating in plasma simulations. The proposed procedure, based on the electron mechanical energy conservation equation, is demonstrated with particle-in-cell simulations of a number of single and multi-frequency CCPs operated in regimes of research and industrial interest. In almost all cases tested, the total electron heating is comprised of collisional (ohmic) and pressure heating parts. This latter collisionless component is in qualitative agreement with the mechanism of electron heating predicted from the recent re-evaluation of theoretical models. Finally, in very electrically asymmetric plasmas produced in multi-frequency discharges, we observe an additional collisionless heating mechanism associated with electron inertia.

  19. Highly efficient electron field emission from graphene oxide sheets supported by nickel nanotip arrays.

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    Ye, Dexian; Moussa, Sherif; Ferguson, Josephus D; Baski, Alison A; El-Shall, M Samy

    2012-03-14

    Electron field emission is a quantum tunneling phenomenon whereby electrons are emitted from a solid surface due to a strong electric field. Graphene and its derivatives are expected to be efficient field emitters due to their unique geometry and electrical properties. So far, electron field emission has only been achieved from the edges of graphene and graphene oxide sheets. We have supported graphene oxide sheets on nickel nanotip arrays to produce a high density of sharp protrusions within the sheets and then applied electric fields perpendicular to the sheets. Highly efficient and stable field emission with low turn-on fields was observed for these graphene oxide sheets, because the protrusions appear to locally enhance the electric field and dramatically increase field emission. Our simple and robust approach provides prospects for the development of practical electron sources and advanced devices based on graphene and graphene oxide field emitters. PMID:22288579

  20. Structural and electronic properties of a single layered α-tetragonal B50 sheet

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    Kah, Cherno; Yu, Ming; Jayanthi, Chakram S.; Wu, Shiyu

    Ultrathin single-crystalline boron nanosheets with α-tetragonal B50 symmetry (α-t-B50) have recently been synthesized. In this presentation, the relaxed structure of this new type of boron sheet is determined using a robust self-consistent and environment-dependent semi-empirical Hamiltonian developed within the LCAO framework that includes MD and power quenching schemes. Upon relaxation, the sheet symmetry is broken and the icosahedral B12 units in the sheet are found to be distorted. This stability of the sheet was investigated through a calculation of the vibrational frequencies. The sheet electronic density of states exhibits no energy gap at the Fermi level, suggesting a metallic character similar to that of the bulk α-t-B50. Finally, the cohesive energy of the α-t-B50 sheet is found to be higher than that of the recently reported icosahedral B12-δ6 sheet.

  1. An Evaluation of Motions Found in Multiple Supra-Arcade Plasma Sheets with Local Correlation Tracking

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    Freed, Michael; McKenzie, David Eugene

    2016-05-01

    Plasma sheets can be seen in the corona above arcade loops that form shortly after the eruption phase of a solar flare. These structures are considered to be the location where current sheets can form, which are a key component for magnetic reconnection to take place. The objective of this study is to quantify the motion seen in these plasma sheets and to determine how these characteristics might vary over multiple length scales. We use contrast-enhanced EUV observations of five different plasma sheets to construct velocity maps of plasma motion — in the plane of the sky — via a Fourier local correlation tracking program. These derived velocities were then used to calculate angle-integrated power spectral density of intensity, kinetic energy, and enstrophy to determine if any self-similarity exists. The derived velocity fields also allowed for measurements of the kinetic energy density, enstrophy density, and magnetic diffusivity. We will also present the first reported observational evidence of Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities forming at the interface of supra-arcade downflows (SADs) and the surrounding supra-arcade plasma.

  2. Electron temperature measurement in an ultracold plasma

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    Afrousheh, K.; Bohlouli, P. Z.; Fedorov, M.; Mugford, A.; Martin, J. D. D.

    2004-05-01

    There has been growing interest in recent years in studying ultracold plasmas. These cold plasmas are produced by photoionizing a sample of cold atoms in a MOT. Of interest is the evolution of electron temperature in these plasmas. Strong correlation due to low initial temperature, as well as lack of correlation due to rapid heating are two possible scenarios. We will present a unique experimental method for measuring electron temperature in a cold plasma, as well as our calculation of the feasibility of the proposed method. In this process, which we call stimulated photoattachment, we stimulate the transition of free electrons from the continuum to bound states of nearby atoms by a laser beam. The negative ions produced can be observed with a microchannel plate detector. For electrons with well-defined energy this is a resonant process. The width of the resonance indicates the electron temperature. This technique has advantage of high temporal resolution of the evolution of electron temperature after the plasma is formed.

  3. Lunar dayside plasma sheet depletion - Inference from magnetic observations. [lunar immersion in geomagnetic tail

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    Schubert, G.; Lichtenstein, B. R.; Russell, C. T.; Coleman, P. J., Jr.; Smith, B. F.; Colburn, D. S.; Sonett, C. P.

    1974-01-01

    The existence of a day-side lunar cavity in the plasma sheet, showing some depletion of plasma, has been inferred from cavity-associated magnetic characteristics observed by orbital and surface lunar magnetometers. These characteristics include a day-side enhancement in the mean magnetic field and day-side levels of amplification of eddy current induced magnetic field fluctuations typical of cavity confinement.

  4. Electronic transport properties of BN sheet on adsorption of ammonia (NH3) gas.

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    Srivastava, Anurag; Bhat, Chetan; Jain, Sumit Kumar; Mishra, Pankaj Kumar; Brajpuriya, Ranjeet

    2015-03-01

    We report the detection of ammonia gas through electronic and transport properties analysis of boron nitride sheet. The density functional theory (DFT) based ab initio approach has been used to calculate the electronic and transport properties of BN sheet in presence of ammonia gas. Analysis confirms that the band gap of the sheet increases due to presence of ammonia. Out of different positions, the bridge site is the most favorable position for adsorption of ammonia and the mechanism of interaction falls between weak electrostatic interaction and chemisorption. On relaxation, change in the bond angles of the ammonia molecule in various configurations has been reported with the distance between NH3 and the sheet. An increase in the transmission of electrons has been observed on increasing the bias voltage and I-V relationship. This confirms that, the current increases on applying the bias when ammonia is introduced while a very small current flows for pure BN sheet. PMID:25666919

  5. Confinement of pure ion plasma in a cylindrical current sheet

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    Paul, Stephen F.; Chao, Edward H.; Davidson, Ronald C.; Phillips, Cynthia K.

    1999-12-01

    A novel method for containing a pure ion plasma at thermonuclear densities and temperatures has been modeled. The method combines the confinement principles of a Penning-Malmberg trap and a pulsed theta-pinch. A conventional Penning trap can confine a uniform-density plasma of about 5×1011cm-3 with a 30-Tesla magnetic field. However, if the axial field is ramped, a much higher local ion density can be obtained. Starting with a 107cm-3 trapped deuterium plasma at the Brillouin limit (B=0.6 Tesla), the field is ramped to 30 Tesla. Because the plasma is comprised of particles of only one sign of charge, transport losses are very low, i.e., the conductivity is high. As a result, the ramped field does not penetrate the plasma and a diamagnetic surface current is generated, with the ions being accelerated to relativistic velocities. To counteract the inward j×B forces from this induced current, additional ions are injected into the plasma along the axis to increase the density (and mutual electrostatic repulsion) of the target plasma. In the absence of the higher magnetic field in the center, the ions drift outward until a balance is established between the outward driving forces (centrifugal, electrostatic, pressure gradient) and the inward j×B force. An equilibrium calculation using a relativistic, 1-D, cold-fluid model shows that a plasma can be trapped in a hollow, 49-cm diameter, 0.2-cm thick cylinder with a density exceeding 4×1014cm-3.

  6. Estimates of magnetic flux, and energy balance in the plasma sheet during substorm expansion

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    Hesse, Michael; Birn, Joachim; Pulkkinen, Tuija

    1996-01-01

    The energy and magnetic flux budgets of the magnetotail plasma sheet during substorm expansion are investigated. The possible mechanisms that change the energy content of the closed field line region which contains all the major dissipation mechanisms of relevance during substorms, are considered. The compression of the plasma sheet mechanism and the diffusion mechanism are considered and excluded. It is concluded that the magnetic reconnection mechanism can accomplish the required transport. Data-based empirical magnetic field models are used to investigate the magnetic flux transport required to account for the observed magnetic field dipolarizations in the inner magnetosphere. It is found that the magnetic flux permeating the current sheet is typically insufficient to supply the required magnetic flux. It is concluded that no major substorm-type magnetospheric reconfiguration is possible in the absence of magnetic reconnection.

  7. RICHTMYER-MESHKOV-TYPE INSTABILITY OF A CURRENT SHEET IN A RELATIVISTICALLY MAGNETIZED PLASMA

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    Inoue, Tsuyoshi

    2012-11-20

    The linear stability of a current sheet that is subject to an impulsive acceleration due to shock passage with the effect of a guide magnetic field is studied. We find that a current sheet embedded in relativistically magnetized plasma always shows a Richtmyer-Meshkov-type instability, while the stability depends on the density structure in the Newtonian limit. The growth of the instability is expected to generate turbulence around the current sheet, which can induce the so-called turbulent reconnection, the rate of which is essentially free from plasma resistivity. Thus, the instability can be applied as a triggering mechanism for rapid magnetic energy release in a variety of high-energy astrophysical phenomena such as pulsar wind nebulae, gamma-ray bursts, and active galactic nuclei, where the shock wave is thought to play a crucial role.

  8. Relativistic Electron-Electron Bremsstrahlung in Fusion Plasma

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    Chen, Wen-Jia; Kawai, Norio; Kawamura, Takaichi; Maegauchi, Tetsuo; Narumi, Hajime

    1982-05-01

    Transition matrices and differential cross sections for electron-electron bremsstrahlung in relativistic energy region are calculated by the lowest-order perturbation theory of quantum electrodynamics. The bremsstrahlung spectra and emission rates are evaluated for relativistic Maxwellian plasma. The results are discussed in comparison with those obtained by non-relativistic and extreme-relativistic approximations and it is noted that the relativistic effect becomes appreciable above the order of 10 keV for the electron temperature.

  9. Penetration of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field B(sub y) into Earth's Plasma Sheet

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    Hau, L.-N.; Erickson, G. M.

    1995-01-01

    There has been considerable recent interest in the relationship between the cross-tail magnetic field component B(sub y) and tail dynamics. The purpose of this paper is to give an overall description of the penetration of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) B(sub y) into the near-Earth plasma sheet. We show that plasma sheet B(sub y) may be generated by the differential shear motion of field lines and enhanced by flux tube compression. The latter mechanism leads to a B(sub y) analogue of the pressure-balance inconsistency as flux tubes move from the far tail toward the Earth. The growth of B(sub y), however, may be limited by the dawn-dusk asymmetry in the shear velocity as a result of plasma sheet tilting. B(sub y) penetration into the plasma sheet implies field-aligned currents flowing between hemispheres. These currents together with the IMF B(sub y) related mantle field-aligned currents effectively shield the lobe from the IMF B(sub y).

  10. Tearing mode in a neutral current sheet in a plasma flow

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    Gubchenko, V. M.

    1982-09-01

    The linear stage of the tearing mode is analyzed for a diffuse neutral current sheet in a plasma flow along the magnetic field. It follows from the dispersion characteristics derived that the flow tends to stabilize the tearing mode and gives rise to a drift phase velocity.

  11. Estimated north-south conponent of the electric field in the geomagnetotail plasma sheet

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    Lui, A.T.Y.; Akasofu, S.

    1980-11-01

    It is shown that the north-south component of electric fields in the plasma sheet can be estimated uniquely from simultaneous measurements of plasma flow components (v/sub x/, v/sub y/) and the magnetic field components (B/sub x/, B/sub y/) in the equatorial plane. The estimated field strength ranges from 0.3 to 7.8 mv/m during substorms at geocentric distances beyond approx.15 R/sub e/. During the magnetospheric substorm expansion phase, the north-south component of the electric fields is almost oppositely directed from what one would expect on the basis of projection of the general pattern of the ionospheric electric field to the plasma sheet along geomagnetic field lines (assumed to be equipotential). It is only during the recovery phase when both electric field patterns become similar. The result also suggests that strong fields occur preferentially near the plasma sheet boundary rather than near the neutral sheet region.

  12. Thermal and suprathermal protons and alpha particles in the earth's plasma sheet

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    Ipavich, F.M.; Scholer, M.

    1983-01-01

    We have investigated thermal and suprathermal protons (from approx.13 keV to approx.1 MeV) and alpha particles (from approx.30 keV/Q to 130 keV/Q) in the quasi-stable plasma sheet near local midnight at geocentric distances of approx.12--20 R/sub E/. The data, obtained during five different plasma sheet penetrations with the Max-Planck-Institut/University of Maryland sensor system on ISEE 1, represent the first measurements of plasma sheet ion composition in this energy range. Below approx.16 keV the proton spectra can be represented by a Maxwellian distribution. Above approx.16 keV we find a suprathermal tail which cannot be represented by a single power law. In some cases the suprathermal population consists of two distinct components: a low-energy component falling off sharply at approx.100 keV and a high-energy component extending up to approx.1 MeV. The high-energy component often decays with time during expansion of the plasma sheet. Alpha particle to proton ratios average approx.3% and are observed to be constant at either equal energy per nucleon or energy per charge.

  13. Investigation of the Neutral Sheet Profile during Magnetic Reconnection in a Laboratory Plasma

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    Yamada, Masaaki

    1999-11-01

    Recent detailed data from laboratory plasma experiments, satellite observations, theoretical analyses, and computer simulations have contributed significantly to the understanding of magnetic reconnection both in space and laboratory plasmas. As magnetic field lines break and reconnect around the neutral region, a neutral sheet current is generated. This current then heats the plasma, and the opposing magnetic fields form a stationary equilibrium with the plasma thermal pressure. This region is a focal point of reconnection since it requires proper treatment of local non-MHD effects in a plasma which is highly conductive globally (with large Lundquist number S). Particularly, the profile of the neutral sheet current is a very good indicator of the nature of reconnection. In this talk, we focus on the diverse and very intriguing features of the neutral sheet in driven magnetic reconnection experiments on MRX(M. Yamada et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 78), 3117 (1997); M. Yamada et al., Phys. Plasmas 4, 1936 (1997)., which was built to investigate the fundamental physics of magnetic reconnection. The MHD approximation (S >> 1, ρi << L, v_A<< c) is satisfied globally in MRX plasmas. In recent MRX experiments, the magnetic field profile of the neutral sheet was measured precisely by magnetic probes with a spatial resolution of 0.25-0.5ρ_i, and B(x) data fit excellently to the Harris profile(E. G. Harris, Il Nuovo Cimento 23), 115 (1962); S. M. Mahajan, Phys. Fluids B 1, 43 (1989). B(x) ~ tanh[(x-x_0)/δ], indicating the formation of a stable, axisymmetric neutral sheet. The sheet thickness δ is found to be equal to the ion skin depth c/ω_pi, which is in very good agreement with recent numerical simulations(J. F. Drake et al., Geophys. Res. Lett. 24), 2921 (1997); D. Biskamp et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 3850 (1995); R. Horiuchi and T. Sato, Phys. Plasmas 4, 277 (1997).. These data are also consistent with space observations both in the geotail region and the magnetopause

  14. Ballooning Instability Induced Plasmoid Formation in Near-Earth Plasma Sheet*

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    Zhu, P.; Raeder, J.

    2013-12-01

    The formation of plasmoids in the near-Earth magnetotail is believed to be a key element of the substorm onset process. The physical mechanism of plasmoid formation in the plasma sheet has remained a subject of considerable interests and investigations. Previous work has identified a new scenario in MHD simulations where the nonlinear evolution of a ballooning instability is able to induce the formation of plasmoids in a generalized Harris sheet with finite normal magnetic component [1]. In present work, we further examine this novel mechanism for plasmoid formation and explore its implications in the context of substorm onset trigger problem. For that purpose, we adopt the generalized Harris sheet as a model proxy to the near-Earth region of magnetotail during the substorm growth phase. In this region the magnetic component normal to the neutral sheet Bn is weak but nonzero. The magnetic field lines are closed and there are no X-lines. Simulation results indicate that in the higher Lundquist number regime, the linear axial tail mode, which is also known as ``two-dimensional resistive tearing mode'', is stabilized by the finite Bn, hence cannot give rise to the formation of X-lines or plasmoids by itself. On the other hand, the linear ballooning mode is unstable in the same regime, and in its nonlinear stage, the tailward stretching of the plasma sheet in the closed field line region due to the growing ballooning finger structures tends to accelerate the thinning of the near-Earth current sheet. This eventually leads to the formation of a series of plasmoid structures in the near-Earth and middle magnetotail regions of plasma sheet. This new scenario of plasmoid formation suggests a critical role of ballooning instability in the near-Earth plasma sheet in triggering the onset of a substorm expansion. [1] P. Zhu and J. Raeder, Plasmoid formation in current sheet with finite normal magnetic component, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 235005 (2013). *Supported by NSF grants AGS

  15. Electron Bernstein waves in spherical torus plasmas

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    Saveliev, A. N.

    2006-11-30

    Propagation and absorption of the electron Bernstein waves (EBWs) in spherical tokamaks (STs) have been intensively discussed in recent years because the EBWs coupled with an externally launched electromagnetic beam seem to be the only opportunity for microwave plasma heating and current drive in the electron cyclotron (EC) frequency range in the STs. The whole problem of the electron Bernstein heating and current drive (EBWHCD) in spherical plasmas is naturally divided into three major parts: coupling of incident electromagnetic waves (EMWs) to the EBWs near the upper hybrid resonance (UHR) surface, propagation and absorption of the EBWs in the plasma interior and generation of noninductive current driven by the EBWs. The present paper is a brief survey of the most important theoretical and numerical results on the issue of EBWs.

  16. 30-cm electron cyclotron plasma generator

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    Goede, Hank

    1987-01-01

    Experimental results on the development of a 30-cm-diam electron cyclotron resonance plasma generator are presented. This plasma source utilizes samarium-cobalt magnets and microwave power at a frequency of 4.9 GHz to produce a uniform plasma with densities of up to 3 x 10 to the 11th/cu cm in a continuous fashion. The plasma generator contains no internal structures, and is thus inherently simple in construction and operation and inherently durable. The generator was operated with two different magnetic geometries. One used the rare-earth magnets arranged in an axial line cusp configuration, which directly showed plasma production taking place near the walls of the generator where the electron temperature was highest but with the plasma density peaking in the central low B-field regions. The second configuration had magnets arranged to form azimuthal line cusps with approximately closed electron drift surfaces; this configuration showed an improved electrical efficiency of about 135 eV/ion.

  17. Collisionless Plasma Shocks in Striated Electron Temperatures

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    Guio, P.; Pecseli, H. L.

    2010-02-26

    The existence of low frequency waveguide modes of ion acoustic waves is demonstrated in magnetized plasmas for electron temperatures striated along the magnetic field lines. At higher frequencies, in a band between the ion cyclotron and the ion plasma frequency, radiative modes develop and propagate obliquely to the field away from the striation. Arguments for the subsequent formation and propagation of electrostatic shock are presented and demonstrated numerically. For such plasma conditions, the dissipation mechanism is the 'leakage' of the harmonics generated by the wave steepening.

  18. Survey of low energy plasma electrons in Saturn's magnetosphere: Voyagers 1 and 2

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    Sittler, E. C., Jr.; Ogilvie, K. W.; Scudder, J. D.

    1983-01-01

    The low energy plasma electron environment within Saturn's magnetosphere was surveyed by the Plasma Science Experiment (PLS) during the Voyager encounters with Saturn. Over the full energy range of the PLS instrument (10 eV to 6 keV) the electron distribution functions are clearly non-Maxwellian in character; they are composed of a cold (thermal) component with Maxwellian shape and a hot (suprathermal) non-Maxwellian component. A large scale positive radial gradient in electron temperature is observed, increasing from less than 1 eV in the inner magnetosphere to as high as 800 eV in the outer magnetosphere. Three fundamentally different plasma regimes were identified from the measurements: (1) the hot outer magnetosphere, (2) the extended plasma sheet, and (3) the inner plasma torus.

  19. Electronic and magnetic properties of Fe and Mn doped two dimensional hexagonal germanium sheets

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    Soni, Himadri R. Jha, Prafulla K.

    2014-04-24

    Using first principles density functional theory calculations, the present paper reports systematic total energy calculations of the electronic properties such as density of states and magnetic moment of pristine and iron and manganese doped two dimensional hexagonal germanium sheets.

  20. Thermal catastrophe in the plasma sheet boundary layer. [in substorm models

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    Smith, Robert A.; Goertz, Christoph K.; Grossmann, William

    1986-01-01

    This letter presents a first step towards a substorm model including particle heating and transport in the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL). The heating mechanism discussed is resonant absorption of Alfven waves. For some assumed MHD perturbation incident from the tail lobes onto the plasma sheet, the local heating rate in the PSBL has the form of a resonance function of the one-fluid plasma temperature. Balancing the local heating by convective transport of the heated plasma toward the central plasma sheet, an 'equation of state" is found for the steady-state PSBL whose solution has the form of a mathematical catastrophe: at a critical value of a parameter containing the incident power flux, the local density, and the convection velocity, the equilibrium temperature jumps discontinuously. Associating this temperature increase with the abrupt onset of the substorm expansion phase, the catastrophe model indicates at least three ways in which the onset may be triggered. Several other consequences related to substorm dynamics are suggested by the simple catastrophe model.

  1. Ion beam generation at the plasma sheet boundary layer by kinetic Alfven waves

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    Moghaddam-Taaheri, E.; Goertz, C.K.; Smith, R.A. )

    1989-08-01

    The kinetic Alfven wave, an Alfven wave with a perpendicular wavelength comparable to the ion gyroradius, can diffuse ions both in velocity and coordinate spaces with comparable transport rates. This may lead to the generation of ion beams in the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL). To investigate the ion beam generation process numerically, a two-dimensional quasi-linear code was constructed. Assuming that the plasma {beta} (the ratio of plasma pressure to the magnetic pressure) varies from {beta} = 1 to {beta} << 1 across the magnetic field, the dynamics of the ion beam generation in the PSBL was studied. It was found that if your start with an ion distribution function which monotonically decreases with velocity along the magnetic field and a density gradient across the magnetic field, ions diffuse in velocity-coordinate space until nearly a plateau is established along the diffusion path. Depending on the topology of the magnetic field at the lobe side of the simulation system, i.e., open or closed field lines, the ion distribution function may or may not reach a steady state. If the field lines are open there, i.e., if the diffusion extends into the lobe, the double diffusion process may provide a mechanism for continuously transferring the ions from the central plasma sheet to the lobe. The authors comment on the effect of the particle loss on the establishment of the pressure balance in the plasma sheet.

  2. Electronic and magnetic properties of substituted BN sheets: A density functional theory study

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    Zhou, Yungang; Yang, Ping; Wang, Zhiguo; Zu, Xiaotao T.; Xiao, Hai Yan; Sun, Xin; Khaleel, Mohammad A.; Gao, Fei

    2011-04-15

    Using density functional calculations, we investigate the geometries, electronic structures and magnetic properties of hexagonal BN sheets with 3d transition metal (TM) and nonmetal atoms embedded in three types of vacancies: VB, VN, and VB+N. We show that some embedded configurations, except TM atoms in VN vacancy, are stable in BN sheet and yield interesting phenomena. For instance, the band gaps and magnetic moments of BN sheet can be tuned depending on the embedded dopant species and vacancy type. In particular, embedment such as Cr in VB+N, Co in VB, and Ni in VB leads to half-metallic BN sheets interesting for spin filter applications. From the investigation of Mn-chain (CMn) embedments, a regular 1D structure can be formed in BN sheet as an electron waveguide, a metal nanometer wire with a single atom thickness.

  3. A new model for the ion beams in the plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Whelan, T.; Goertz, C. K.

    1987-01-01

    A new model is proposed for the ion beams frequently observed in the plasma sheet boundary layer. The model assumes injection of magnetosheath plasma onto closed tail field lines. The plasma then expands along the field lines and is convected towards the earth. Particle simulations of the expansion process are used to calculate properties of these beams. The expansion produces beams of ions at energies of up to a few tens of k(B)T(e), which are consistent with the observed energies of the beams.

  4. The structure of the plasma sheet-lobe boundary in the Earth's magnetotail

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    Orsini, S.; Candidi, M.; Formisano, V.; Balsiger, H.; Ghielmetti, A.; Ogilvie, K. W.

    1982-01-01

    The structure of the magnetotail plasma sheet-plasma lobe boundary was studied by observing the properties of tailward flowing O+ ion beams, detected by the ISEE 2 plasma experiment inside the boundary during three time periods. The computed value of the north-south electric field component as well as the O+ parameters are shown to change at the boundary. The results are related to other observations made in this region. The O+ parameters and the Ez component behavior are shown to be consistent with that expected from the topology of the electric field lines in the tail as mapped from the ionosphere.

  5. Multifluid MHD simulation of Saturn's magnetosphere: Dynamics of mass- and momentum-loading, and seasonal variation of the plasma sheet

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    Rajendar, A.; Paty, C. S.; Arridge, C. S.; Jackman, C. M.; Smith, H. T.

    2013-12-01

    Saturn's magnetosphere is driven externally, by the solar wind, and internally, by the planet's strong magnetic field, rapid rotation rate, and the addition of new plasma created from Saturn's neutral cloud. Externally, the alignment of the rotational and magnetic dipole axes, combined with Saturn's substantial inclination to its plane of orbit result in substantial curvature of the plasma sheet during solstice. Internally, new water group ions are produced in the inner regions of the magnetosphere from photoionization and electron-impact ionization of the water vapor and OH cloud sourced from Enceladus and other icy bodies in Saturn's planetary system. In addition to this, charge-exchange collisions between the relatively fast-moving water group ions and the slower neutrals results in a net loss of momentum from the plasma. In order to study these phenomena, we have made significant modifications to the Saturn multifluid model. This model has been previously used to investigate the external triggering of plasmoids and the interchange process using a fixed internal source rate. In order to improve the fidelity of the model, we have incorporated a physical source of mass- and momentum-loading by including an empirical representation of Saturn's neutral cloud and modifying the multifluid MHD equations to include mass- and momentum-loading terms. Collision cross-sections between ions, electrons, and neutrals are calculated as functions of closure velocity and energy at each grid point and time step, enabling us to simulate the spatially and temporally varying plasma-neutral interactions. In addition to this, by altering the angle of incidence of the solar wind relative to Saturn's rotational axis and applying a realistic latitudinally- and seasonally-varying ionospheric conductivity, we are also able to study seasonal effects on Saturn's magnetosphere. We use the updated multifluid simulation to investigate the dynamics of Saturn's magnetosphere, focusing specifically

  6. Compressible turbulence with slow-mode waves observed in the bursty bulk flow of plasma sheet

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    Wang, Tieyan; Cao, Jinbin; Fu, Huishan; Meng, Xuejie; Dunlop, M.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we report the evidence of compressible turbulence with slow-mode waves in a bursty bulk flow of plasma sheet. This compressible turbulence is characterized by a multiscale (1-60 s) anticorrelation between plasma density and magnetic field strength. Besides, the magnetic compressibility spectrum stays nearly constant at all the measured frequencies. Furthermore, the turbulence energy distributions are anisotropic with k⊥ > k//, and the dispersion relation is consistent with slow-mode prediction. The fluctuations of density and magnetic field have similar double slope spectrum and kurtosis. These results suggest that the slow waves are involved in the intermittent turbulence cascade from MHD to ion kinetic scales, which may have significant implications for the energy transfer in the plasma sheet.

  7. Self-organization in space plasma: formation of magnetic shear in current sheets

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    Zelenyi, Lev; Delcourt, Dominique; Mingalev, Oleg; Malova, Helmi; Popov, Victor; Grigorenko, Elena; Petrukovich, Anatoli

    2016-07-01

    Thin current sheets are plasma structures that usually appear near reconnection regions. The presence of the shear magnetic field is characteristic for these structures. Self-consistent kinetic model of magnetotail thin current sheet (TCS) is used to understand the mechanisms of self-organization of sheared thin current sheets in a space plasma. It is shown that these configurations appear as a result of self-consistent evolution of some initial magnetic perturbation at current sheet center. Two general shapes of shear TCS components are found as a function of the transverse coordinate: symmetric and antisymmetric. We show that TCS formation goes together with the emergence of field-aligned currents in the center of the current sheet, as a result of north-south asymmetry of quasi-adiabatic ion motions. Ion drift currents can also contribute to the magnetic shear evolution, but their role is much less significant, their contribution depending upon the normal component Bz and the amplitude of the initial perturbation in TCS. Parametric maps illustrating different types of TCS equilibria are presented.

  8. Plasma heating with crossing relativistic electron beams

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    Ratan, Naren; Sircombe, Nathan; Ceurvorst, Luke; Kasim, Muhammad; Sadler, James; Bingham, Robert; Trines, Raoul; Norreys, Peter

    2015-11-01

    Plasma heating by relativistic electron beams is a powerful tool with applications including the heating of inertial confinement fusion targets and the study of matter in extreme conditions. We discuss the use of two relativistic electron beams to efficiently heat the plasma ions where the beams cross by using beam-plasma instabilities and non-linear wave coupling between Langmuir and ion-acoustic waves. Energy from the electron beams is coupled to the plasma ions as the beams become unstable and drive Langmuir waves which couple non-linearly to ion-acoustic waves which are then damped . Results of linear growth rate calculations are presented for the system of two crossing electron beams demonstrating a broad spectrum of unstable modes. Relativistic Vlasov-Maxwell simulations in two space and two momentum dimensions have been performed which demonstrate the non-linear coupling of the electron beam energy into ion-acoustic waves and the energy cascade to the background ions. Time-frequency analysis is applied to analyze the non-linear coupling between Langmuir and ion-acoustic waves in wave phase space. Structural properties of the strong turbulence produced at late times are analyzed.

  9. Pure electron plasmas in asymmetric traps*

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    Chu, R.; Wurtele, J. S.; Notte, J.; Peurrung, A. J.; Fajans, J.

    1993-07-01

    Pure electron plasmas are routinely confined within cylindrically symmetric Penning traps. In this paper the static and dynamic properties of plasmas confined in traps with applied electric field asymmetries are investigated. Simple analytical theories are derived and used to predict the shapes of the stable noncircular plasma equilibria observed in experiments. Both analytical and experimental results agree with those of a vortex-in-cell simulation. For an l=1 diocotron mode in a cylindrically symmetric trap, the plasma rotates as a rigid column in a circular orbit. In contrast, plasmas in systems with electric field asymmetries are shown to have an analog to the l=1 mode in which the shape of the plasma changes as it rotates in a noncircular orbit. These bulk plasma features are studied with a Hamiltonian model. It is seen that, for a small plasma, the area enclosed by the orbit of the center of charge is an invariant when electric field perturbations are applied adiabatically. This invariant has been observed experimentally. The breaking of the invariant is also studied. The dynamic Hamiltonian model is also used to predict the shape and frequency of the large amplitude l=1 and l=2 diocotron modes in symmetric traps.

  10. Ballooning Instabilities in the Plasma Sheet in Conjunction with Auroral Wave Structures

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    Xing, X.; Liang, J.; Spanswick, E.; Lyons, L. R.; Angelopoulos, V.

    2014-12-01

    Ballooning instability in the near-Earth plasma sheet transition region has been suggested to be a plausible trigger leading to azimuthally-aligned auroral wave structures (auroral beading) and subsequent substorm onset expansion. Previous observational studies on ballooning instability have been focused on the subsequent particle and field oscillations. However, the initiation of the instability has never been validated, and its connection to the auroral beading is also to be evaluated observationally. We take advantage of the THEMIS multi-spacecraft and ground All-Sky-Imager and Multi-Spectrum-Imager observation conjunctions to examine whether the plasma and field conditions in the transition region prior to the substorm/pseudo-breakup onset is unstable against ballooning mode within MHD regime. The instability criterion is calculated using observations from radially aligned THEMIS probes in the near-Earth plasma sheet. We found that the ballooning instability criterion is violated locally in the transition region about one Alfvenic transit time prior to the auroral beading initiation. The instability is associated with enhanced field-aligned currents (FAC) on top of the background currents, which provides energy source for the auroral brightening. These observations support the idea that the ballooning instability in the near-Earth plasma sheet is a plausible trigger for the auroral beading. We also found evidence in some cases that earthward moving flow channels from middle tail to the near-Earth region precedes the instability, indicating that the earthward penetrating plasma may lead to the violation of the instability criterion. The observed magnetic field profile prior to the instability initiation provides an initial condition for the numerical simulations, which may assist further understanding of the plasma sheet conditions leading to instability for every event.

  11. The Self-Consistent Generation of Current Sheets in Astrophysical Plasma Turbulence

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    Howes, Gregory

    2014-10-01

    In space and astrophysical plasma turbulence, it has long been recognized that dissipation occurs predominantly in intermittent current sheets, with vigorous activity in the past few years focused on obtaining observational evidence for such localized dissipation in the near-Earth solar wind. The nature of these magnetic discontinuities and their associated current sheets measured in the solar wind remains unclear--are these discontinuities due to filamentary magnetic structure in the solar wind, or do they arise dynamically from turbulent interactions? Recent analytical solution, numerical validation, and experimental verification of the nonlinear energy transfer in Alfven wave collisions, the nonlinear interactions between counterpropagating Alfven waves, has established this interaction as the fundamental building block of astrophysical plasma turbulence. Here I will present first-principles analytical calculations and supporting numerical simulations that Alfven wave collisions in the strong turbulence limit naturally produce current sheets, providing the first theoretical unification of models of plasma turbulence mediated by Alfven waves with ideas on localized dissipation in current sheets. Supported by NSF CAREER Award AGS-1054061, NSF Grant PHY-10033446, and NASA Grant NNX10AC91G.

  12. Current-sheet velocity oscillation and radiation emission in plasma focus discharges

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    Melzacki, K.; Nardi, V.

    1995-12-31

    A phenomenon of current sheet velocity oscillation during the compression phase in plasma focus discharge has been found with a Schlieren photography technique. The oscillation period has been determined as about 17 ns and coincided with the period of the simultaneously measured time derivative of the current. The same velocity behavior has been observed with magnetic probes. A microwave emission burst (in 3 cm and 10 cm bands) consisting of a sequence of very narrow (FWHM < 1 ns) peaks, 17 ns apart one another, has also been observed before, during, and after the pinch. The microwave was polarized with the electric field parallel to the electrode axis. All these effects have been recorded on the same PF device (6 kJ). The origin of these oscillations can be interpreted in a few ways, e.g. as related to the electrode-plasma sheath RLC circuit, or to the j{sub s}xB of the plasma current sheet, where j{sub s} is the current density component perpendicular to the current sheet surface. The j{sub s} is related to the current sheet velocity. These results provide the basis of the analysis.

  13. Electron density measurements for plasma adaptive optics

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    Neiswander, Brian W.

    Over the past 40 years, there has been growing interest in both laser communications and directed energy weapons that operate from moving aircraft. As a laser beam propagates from an aircraft in flight, it passes through boundary layers, turbulence, and shear layers in the near-region of the aircraft. These fluid instabilities cause strong density gradients which adversely affect the transmission of laser energy to a target. Adaptive optics provides corrective measures for this problem but current technology cannot respond quickly enough to be useful for high speed flight conditions. This research investigated the use of plasma as a medium for adaptive optics for aero-optics applications. When a laser beam passes through plasma, its phase is shifted proportionally to the electron density and gas heating within the plasma. As a result, plasma can be utilized as a dynamically controllable optical medium. Experiments were carried out using a cylindrical dielectric barrier discharge plasma chamber which generated a sub-atmospheric pressure, low-temperature plasma. An electrostatic model of this design was developed and revealed an important design constraint relating to the geometry of the chamber. Optical diagnostic techniques were used to characterize the plasma discharge. Single-wavelength interferometric experiments were performed and demonstrated up to 1.5 microns of optical path difference (OPD) in a 633 nm laser beam. Dual-wavelength interferometry was used to obtain time-resolved profiles of the plasma electron density and gas heating inside the plasma chamber. Furthermore, a new multi-wavelength infrared diagnostic technique was developed and proof-of-concept simulations were conducted to demonstrate the system's capabilities.

  14. Controlling electron energy distributions for plasma technologies

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    Kushner, Mark

    2009-10-01

    The basic function of low temperature plasmas in society benefiting technologies is to channel power into specific modes of atoms and molecules to excite desired states or produce specified radicals. This functionality ultimately depends on the ability to craft an electron energy distribution (EED) to match cross sections. Given electric fields, frequencies, gas mixtures and pressures, predicting EEDs and excitation rates can in large part be reliably done. The inverse problem, specifying the conditions that produce a given EED, is less well understood. Early strategies to craft EEDs include adjusting gas mixtures, such as the rare gas-Hg mixtures in fluorescent lamps, and externally sustained discharges, such as electron-beam sustained plasmas for molecular lasers. More recent strategies include spiker-sustainer circuitry which produces desired EEDs in non-self-sustained plasmas; and adjusting frequency in capacitively coupled plasmas. In this talk, past strategies for customizing EEDs in low pressure plasmas will be reviewed and prospects for improved control of plasma kinetics will be discussed using results from 2-dimensional computer models.

  15. Nonquasineutral electron vortices in nonuniform plasmas

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    Angus, J. R.; Richardson, A. S.; Swanekamp, S. B.; Schumer, J. W.; Ottinger, P. F.

    2014-11-15

    Electron vortices are observed in the numerical simulation of current carrying plasmas on fast time scales where the ion motion can be ignored. In plasmas with nonuniform density n, vortices drift in the B × ∇n direction with a speed that is on the order of the Hall speed. This provides a mechanism for magnetic field penetration into a plasma. Here, we consider strong vortices with rotation speeds V{sub ϕ} close to the speed of light c where the vortex size δ is on the order of the magnetic Debye length λ{sub B}=|B|/4πen and the vortex is thus nonquasineutral. Drifting vortices are typically studied using the electron magnetohydrodynamic model (EMHD), which ignores the displacement current and assumes quasineutrality. However, these assumptions are not strictly valid for drifting vortices when δ ≈ λ{sub B}. In this paper, 2D electron vortices in nonuniform plasmas are studied for the first time using a fully electromagnetic, collisionless fluid code. Relatively large amplitude oscillations with periods that correspond to high frequency extraordinary modes are observed in the average drift speed. The drift speed W is calculated by averaging the electron velocity field over the vorticity. Interestingly, the time-averaged W from these simulations matches very well with W from the much simpler EMHD simulations even for strong vortices with order unity charge density separation.

  16. On the contribution of plasma sheet bubbles to the storm time ring current

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    Yang, Jian; Toffoletto, Frank R.; Wolf, Richard A.; Sazykin, Stanislav

    2015-09-01

    Particle injections occur frequently inside 10 Re during geomagnetic storms. They are commonly associated with bursty bulk flows or plasma sheet bubbles transported from the tail to the inner magnetosphere. Although observations and theoretical arguments have suggested that they may have an important role in storm time dynamics, this assertion has not been addressed quantitatively. In this paper, we investigate which process is dominant for the storm time ring current buildup: large-scale enhanced convection or localized bubble injections. We use the Rice Convection Model-Equilibrium (RCM-E) to model a series of idealized storm main phases. The boundary conditions at 14-15 Re on the nightside are adjusted to randomly inject bubbles to a degree roughly consistent with observed statistical properties. A test particle tracing technique is then used to identify the source of the ring current plasma. We find that the contribution of plasma sheet bubbles to the ring current energy increases from ~20% for weak storms to ~50% for moderate storms and levels off at ~61% for intense storms, while the contribution of trapped particles decreases from ~60% for weak storms to ~30% for moderate and ~21% for intense storms. The contribution of nonbubble plasma sheet flux tubes remains ~20% on average regardless of the storm intensity. Consistent with previous RCM and RCM-E simulations, our results show that the mechanisms for plasma sheet bubbles enhancing the ring current energy are (1) the deep penetration of bubbles and (2) the bulk plasma pushed ahead of bubbles. Both the bubbles and the plasma pushed ahead typically contain larger distribution functions than those in the inner magnetosphere at quiet times. An integrated effect of those individual bubble injections is the gradual enhancement of the storm time ring current. We also make two predictions testable against observations. First, fluctuations over a time scale of 5-20 min in the plasma distributions and electric field

  17. Plasma and energetic electron flux variations in the Mercury 1 C event - Evidence for a magnetospheric boundary layer

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    Christon, S. P.

    1989-01-01

    Charge-particle and magnetic-field data obtained during the first encounter (on March 29, 1974) of Mariner 10 with the planet Mercury are reexamined, and a new interpretation of the Mariner 10 energetic electron, plasma electron, and magnetic field data near the outbound magnetopause at Mercury is presented. It is shown that Mariner 10 sampled the hot substorm energized magnetospheric plasma sheet for the first 36 sec of the C event and, for the next 48 sec, alternatively sampled hot (plasma sheet) and cold (boundary-layer magnetosheathlike) plasma regions. It is argued that the counting rate of the ID1 event (i.e., a particle event triggering detector D1 but not the D2, D3, or D7 detectors) throughout the C event most probably represents a pulse pileup response to about 35-175 keV electrons, rather than the nominal above-175 keV electrons presumed in the earlier interpretations.

  18. Using PEACE Data from the four CLUSTER Spacecraft to Measure Compressibility, Vorticity, and the Taylor Microscale in the Magnetosheath and Plasma Sheet

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    Goldstein, Melvyn L.; Parks, George; Gurgiolo, C.; Fazakerley, Andrew N.

    2008-01-01

    We present determinations of compressibility and vorticity in the magnetosheath and plasma sheet using moments from the four PEACE thermal electron instruments on CLUSTER. The methodology used assumes a linear variation of the moments throughout the volume defined by the four satellites, which allows spatially independent estimates of the divergence, curl, and gradient. Once the vorticity has been computed, it is possible to estimate directly the Taylor microscale. We have shown previously that the technique works well in the solar wind. Because the background flow speed in the magnetosheath and plasma sheet is usually less than the Alfven speed, the Taylor frozen-in-flow approximation cannot be used. Consequently, this four spacecraft approach is the only viable method for obtaining the wave number properties of the ambient fluctuations. Our results using electron velocity moments will be compared with previous work using magnetometer data from the FGM experiment on Cluster.

  19. Nature of Axial Tail Instability and Bubble-Blob Formation in Near-Earth Plasma Sheet*

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    Zhu, P.; Raeder, J.; Hegna, C. C.; Sovinec, C. R.

    2011-12-01

    Previous global MHD simulations of substorm events have identified the dynamic presence of an axial tail instability with dawn-dusk symmetry in the near-Earth plasma sheet as a major cause of the initial loss of MHD equilibrium on closed field lines prior to the subsequent magnetic reconnection and substorm expansion onset processes [Raeder et al. 2010; Siscoe et al. 2009]. In this work, energy principle analysis indicates that a two-dimensional thin current sheet configuration in the magnetotail is typically stable to the axial mode within the framework of ideal MHD model. Linear resistive MHD calculations find axial tail instabilities on closed field lines in the generalized Harris sheet configurations. The properties of these instabilities are similar to the axial tail modes observed in the global MHD simulations. The axial tail mode is unstable in regimes of low Lundquist number and regions with small normal component of magnetic field. Mode growth and structure show both similarities and differences in comparison to the linear resistive tearing mode of a one-dimensional Harris sheet. Unlike the conventional tearing mode of Harris sheet, the linear axial tail instability does not involve any reconnection process. Instead, the nature of the mode is dominantly an interchange or slippage process among neighboring flux tubes as facilitated by dissipations such as resistivity. The formation of bubble-blob pairs in pressure and entropy distributions in the near-Earth plasma sheet is shown to be a natural component as well as consequence of this axial instability process. *Supported by NSF grants AGS-0902360 and PHY-0821899. REFERENCES: Raeder, J., P. Zhu, Y. Ge, and G. Siscoe (2010), Open Geospace General Circulation Model simulation of a substorm: Axial tail instability and ballooning mode preceding substorm onset, J. Geophys. Res., 115, A00I16, doi:10.1029/2010JA015876. Siscoe, G. L., M. M. Kuznetsova, and J. Raeder (2009), Search for an onset mechanism that

  20. Effect of Electron Beam Irradiation on the Tensile Properties of Carbon Nanotubes Sheets and Yarns

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    Williams, Tiffany S.; Miller, Sandi G.; Baker, James S.; McCorkle, Linda S.; Meador, Michael A.

    2013-01-01

    Carbon nanotube sheets and yarns were irradiated using electron beam (e-beam) energy to determine the effect of irradiation dose on the tensile properties. Results showed that a slight change in tensile strength occurred after irradiating as-received CNT sheets for 20 minutes, and a slight decrease in tensile strength as the irradiation time approached 90 minutes. On the other hand, the addition of small molecules to the CNT sheet surface had a greater effect on the tensile properties of e-beam irradiated CNT sheets. Some functionalized CNT sheets displayed up to a 57% increase in tensile strength following 90 minutes of e-beam exposure. In addition, as-received CNT yarns showed a significant increase in tensile strength as the irradiation time increased.

  1. Free electron laser with small period wiggler and sheet electron beam: A study of the feasibility of operation at 300 GHz with 1 MW CW output power

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    Booske, J.H.; Granatstein, V.L.; Antonsen, T.M. Jr.; Destler, W.W.; Finn, J.; Latham, P.E.; Levush, B.; Mayergoyz, I.D.; Radack, D.; Rodgers, J.

    1988-01-01

    The use of a small period wiggler (/ell//sub ..omega../ < 1 cm) together with a sheet electron beam has been proposed as a low cost source of power for electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH) in magnetic fusion plasmas. Other potential applications include space-based radar systems. We have experimentally demonstrated stable propagation of a sheet beam (18 A. 1 mm /times/ 20 mm) through a ten-period wiggler electromagnet with peak field of 1.2 kG. Calculation of microwave wall heating and pressurized water cooling have also been carried out, and indicate the feasibility of operating a near-millimeter, sheet beam FEL with an output power of 1 MW CW (corresponding to power density into the walls of 2 kW/cm/sup 2/). Based on these encouraging results, a proof-of-principle experiment is being assembled, and is aimed at demonstrating FEL operating at 120 GHz with 300 kW output power in 1 ..mu..s pulses: electron energy would be 410 keV. Preliminary design of a 300 GHz 1 MW FEL with an untapered wiggler is also presented. 10 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  2. Understanding Turbulence in the Plasma Sheet and Its Role in Transport

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    El-Alaoui, M.; Ashour-Abdalla, M.; Lapenta, G.; Richard, R. L.

    2014-12-01

    In this study the nature and implications of turbulence in the plasma sheet is explored with emphasis on large scale and meso-scale processes. The relationship between turbulence and reconnection, and its contribution to magnetospheric transport and dynamics will be evaluated. Observational studies to date have shown that the magnetotail rarely exhibits simple steady convection; instead, flows in the magnetotail have a high level of fluctuations. Flows driven on the scale of the entire system are well described by MHD and break up into structures that cascade to smaller scales. MHD simulation studies have shown the presence of realistic fluctuation spectra both in case studies where direct comparisons to observations have been made and in idealized test cases which have been compared to the statistical studies of observed events. The simulations do a good job of representing the effects of dissipation and yield dissipative scale lengths that are comparable to those inferred from observations. At intermediate, meso-scales, which receive energy from both large and small scales, turbulent processes are important in the plasma sheet, in particular around dipolarization fronts. We will explore the interaction between large-scale and smaller-scale fluctuations and their contributions to the magnetotail current sheet structure. We will use a global MHD simulation and a two dimensional version of the iPIC3Dimplicit particle in cell simulation separately to examine how turbulence is related to global and local processes involved in the current sheet.

  3. Electron Scattering in Hot/Warm Plasmas

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    Rozsnyai, B F

    2008-01-18

    Electrical and thermal conductivities are presented for aluminum, iron and copper plasmas at various temperatures, and for gold between 15000 and 30000 Kelvin. The calculations are based on the continuum wave functions computed in the potential of the temperature and density dependent self-consistent 'average atom' (AA) model of the plasma. The cross sections are calculated by using the phase shifts of the continuum electron wave functions and also in the Born approximation. We show the combined effect of the thermal and radiative transport on the effective Rosseland mean opacities at temperatures from 1 to 1000 eV. Comparisons with low temperature experimental data are also presented.

  4. High conductivity magnetic tearing instability. [of neutral plasma sheets

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    Cross, M. A.; Van Hoven, G.

    1976-01-01

    Linearized equations of magnetohydrodynamics are used to investigate the tearing mode, for arbitrary values of the conductivity, through a consideration of the additional effect of the electron-inertia contribution to Ohm's law. A description is provided of the equilibrium and subsequent instability in the magnetohydrodynamic approximation. A method for solving the perturbation equations in the linear approximation is discussed and attention is given to the results in the high conductivity limit.

  5. Electric and magnetic components of ballooning perturbations in the magnetotail plasma sheet before breakup

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    Kogai, T. G.; Golovchanskaya, I. V.; Kornilov, I. A.; Kornilova, T. A.; Fedorenko, Y. V.

    2016-01-01

    Using data from THEMIS spacecraft we investigated transverse to the magnetic field mutually perpendicular electric and magnetic components of ballooning type perturbations with periods 60-240 s, which are observed in the magnetospheric plasma sheet during the period preceding substorm onset. With applying Hilbert transform, we analyzed the phase relations between them. It is shown that the perturbations are dominated by radial electric and azimuthal magnetic (that is, toroidal) components which are usually in phase or out-of-phase. Along with them, approximately 2.5 times less intense azimuthal electric and radial magnetic components are present, which are more often phase-shifted by π/2. It is concluded that the observed perturbations are not a simple consequence of the development of plasma sheet ballooning instability, leading to the growth of strongly elongated along the magnetotail ballooning structures. It is pointed out that this conclusion is confirmed by simultaneous ground-based observations of magnetically conjugate auroral structures.

  6. Observations of plasma sheet expansion at substorm onset, R = 15 to 22 Re

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    Lyons, L. R.; Huang, C. Y.

    1992-01-01

    We have used a large number of auroral magnetograms to identify four isolated substorms and estimate their onset times. At the onsets, ISEE-1 was in the vicinity of magnetic midnight at radial distances of 15.6 to 21.8 Re and very near the outer boundary of the plasma sheet. We find that, for each event, the plasma sheet expanded, and the magnetic field dipolarized at the inferred onset time. Our most definitive event occurred while ISEE was at a geocentric radial distance of 21.8 Re. This result conflicts with previous understanding, though further verification of the result is required. Our observations show very similar characteristics to those observed at synchronous orbit, and they are consistent with an extension of a portion of the substorm current wedge to the radial distance of the satellite. If this explanation is correct, ISEE must have been within the longitude range of the substorm current wedge at the onsets.

  7. Ion beam generation at the plasma sheet boundary layer by kinetic Alfven waves

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    Moghaddam-Taaheri, E.; Goertz, C. K.; Smith, R. A.

    1989-01-01

    A two-dimensional quasi-linear numerical code was developed for studying ion beam generation at the plasma sheet boundary layer by kinetic Alfven waves. The model assumes that the central plasma sheet is the particle source, and that the last magnetic field lines on which kinetic Alfven waves exist and diffusion occurs can be either open or closed. As the possible source for the excitement of the kinetic Alfven waves responsible for ion diffusion, the resonant mode conversion of the surface waves to kinetic Alfven waves is considered. It is shown that, depending on the topology of the magnetic field at the lobe side of the simulation system, i.e., on whether field lines are open or closed, the ion distribution function may or may not reach a steady state.

  8. Plasma exudation in the skin measured by external detection of conversion electrons.

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    Karambatsakidou, A; Bergh, G; Ahlgren, L; Strand, S E; Olsson, O; Greiff, L; Wollmer, P

    1996-03-01

    A novel technique for measurement of plasma exudation in the skin is described. Transferrin labelled in vivo with indium-113m is used as a plasma tracer. The conversion electrons from 113mIn are detected with a polystyrene crystal mounted on a photomultiplier tube. Owing to the short range of the electrons in tissue, background radiation from tracer circulating in underlying tissue will be very small, allowing plasma exudation in the skin to be detected with a high signal to noise ratio. The characteristics of the detector system are described in model experiments using sheets of mylar to simulate soft tissue. The acute inflammatory response to histamine provocation was studied in guinea pig skin. A dose-related increase in count rate representing vasodilatation and plasma exudation was detected over the skin after histamine provocation. The electron radiation system appears suitable for detection of low levels of superficial radioactivity and for pathophysiological studies of the skin. PMID:8599960

  9. Distributions of the ion temperature, ion pressure, and electron density over the current sheet surface

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    Kyrie, N. P.; Markov, V. S.; Frank, A. G.; Vasilkov, D. G.; Voronova, E. V.

    2016-06-01

    The distributions of the ion temperature, ion pressure, and electron density over the width (the major transverse dimension) of the current sheet have been studied for the first time. The current sheets were formed in discharges in argon and helium in 2D and 3D magnetic configurations. It is found that the temperature of argon ions in both 2D and 3D magnetic configurations is almost uniform over the sheet width and that argon ions are accelerated by the Ampère force. In contrast, the distributions of the electron density and the temperature of helium ions are found to be substantially nonuniform. As a result, in the 2D magnetic configuration, the ion pressure gradient across the sheet width makes a significant contribution (comparable with the Ampère force) to the acceleration of helium ions, whereas in the 3D magnetic configuration, the Ampère force is counterbalanced by the pressure gradient.

  10. Laser-driven electron acceleration in an inhomogeneous plasma channel

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    Zhang, Rong; Cheng, Li-Hong; Xue, Ju-Kui

    2015-12-15

    We study the laser-driven electron acceleration in a transversely inhomogeneous plasma channel. We find that, in inhomogeneous plasma channel, the developing of instability for electron acceleration and the electron energy gain can be controlled by adjusting the laser polarization angle and inhomogeneity of plasma channel. That is, we can short the accelerating length and enhance the energy gain in inhomogeneous plasma channel by adjusting the laser polarization angle and inhomogeneity of the plasma channel.