Identify the nonlinear wave-particle interaction regime in rising tone chorus generation

Xin Tao, Fulvio Zonca, Liu Chen

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Nonlinear wave-particle interaction during chorus wave generation was assumed to be in the adiabatic regime in previous studies, i.e., the particle phase-space trapping timescale (τtr) is considered to be much smaller than the nonlinear dynamics timescale τNL. In this work, we use particle-in-cell simulations to demonstrate that τtr∼τNL, i.e., the interaction regime during chorus generation is in the nonadiabatic regime. The timescale for nonlinear evolution of resonant particle phase-space structures is determined by making the time-averaged power exchange plot, which clearly demonstrates that particles with pitch angle near 80° make the most significant contribution to wave growth. The phase-space trapping timescale is also comparable to the amplitude modulation timescale of chorus, suggesting that chorus subpackets are formed because of the self-consistent evolution of resonant particle phase-space structures and spatiotemporal features of the fluctuation spectrum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3441 - 3446
Number of pages6
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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