Time Domain Structures: Generation Mechanisms and Their Role for Electron Acceleration in the Earth's Outer Radiation Belt

Tuesday, 15 December 2015: 13:55
2018 (Moscone West)
Forrest Mozer1, Anton Artemyev2, Oleksiy V. Agapitov1, James Frederick Drake3, Vladimir Krasnoselskikh4, Solène Lejosne1, Didier Mournas4 and Ivan Vasko2, (1)University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States, (2)Space Research Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia, (3)University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, United States, (4)Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement et de l'Espace, Orléans Cedex 2, France
Time Domain Structures (TDS) is the generic name for short duration (~msec) electric field pulses that occur in streams and that have significant components parallel to the background magnetic field. Examples of TDS are electrostatic or electromagnetic double layers, electron holes, and non-linear whistlers. They are found in copious quantities in the Earth’s outer radiation belt and on auroral zone magnetic field lines, in the tail, the plasma sheet, the plasma sheet boundary layer, at shocks, at magnetic field reconnection sites, in the solar wind and at Saturn. Mechanisms for the generation of TDS and their role in accelerating radiation belt electrons will be described.