Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron Waves in the Inner Magnetosphere with a Kappa-Maxwellian Proton Distribution
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves are studied in kappa-Maxwellian plasma. The plasma is assumed to have five-components, i.e., electrons, cold and hot protons, singly charged helium and oxygen ions. The hot anisotropic protons are assumed to have kappa-Maxwellian anisotropic particle distribution function. The numerical results are obtained using KUPDAP (Kyoto University Plasma Dispersion Analysis Package), a full dispersion solver developed at Kyoto University. The growth/damping of oxygen, helium, and proton bands and higher harmonics of the EMIC waves are studied. The effects of the kappa distribution on the growth/damping of these waves are clearly demonstrated. The findings from our model are applied to EMIC wave observations in the inner magnetosphere by the Cluster spacecraft.