Local electron heating in the Io plasma torus associated with Io: the HISAKI observation

Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Fuminori Tsuchiya1, Kazuo Yoshioka2, Tomoki Kimura2, Go Murakami2, Masato Kagitani1, Atsushi Yamazaki2, Yasumasa Kasaba1, Takeshi Sakanoi1, Ichiro Yoshikawa3 and Hiromasa Nozawa4, (1)Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, (2)ISAS/JAXA, Kanagawa, Japan, (3)University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Japan, (4)Kagoshima National College of, Kirishima, Kagoshima, Japan
Io-correlated brightness change in Io plasma torus (IPT) has been discovered by Voyager and show an evidence of local electron heating around Io. However, the amount of observation data is still limited to investigate its detail properties. In addition, the clear Io-correlated change has not been detected by EUVE and Cassini observations. Cause of the Io-correlated effect is still open issue.

The HISAKI satellite was launched on Sep. 14, 2013 and started observation of IPT and Jovian aurora for more than two months since the end of Dec. 2013. EUV spectrograph onboard the HISAKI satellite covers wavelength range from 55 to 145 nm, a wide slit which had a field of view of 400 x 140 arc-second was chosen to measure radial distribution and time variation of IPT.

Observation of IPT with HISAKI showed clear Io-correlated brightness change since the Voyager observation. The amplitude of the periodic variation associated with Io’s orbital period was found. It also showed long-term variation during the HISAKI’s observation period. Through the observation period, the amplitude was larger in the short wavelength than in long wavelength. The wavelength dependence suggests significant electron heating and/or hot electron production. The Io phase dependence shows that bright region is located just downstream of Io. These are evidence of local electron heating around/downstream of Io and consistent with the Voyager result. The brightness also depends on system-III longitude and has local maximum around 120 and 300 degrees. Based on an empirical model of IPT, electron density at Io also shows maxima around the same longitudes. This suggests that the electron heating process is related with plasma density at Io. Candidate mechanisms which are responsible for the electron heating will be discussed.