CRRES electric field power spectra and radial diffusion coefficients

Type: Journal Article

Venue: Journal of Geophysical Research


Brautigam, D.H., G.P. Ginet, J.M. Albert, J.R. Wygant, D.E. Rowland, A. Ling, and J. Bass (2005), CRRES electric field power spectra and radial diffusion coefficients, J. Geophys. Res. 110, A02214, doi:10.1029/2004JA010612

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Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES) Electric Field Instrument (EFI) data are used to determine the electric field power spectral density as a function of L and Kp over the frequency range 0.2 to 15.9 mHz. The power at each frequency is fit to the function P(L, Kp) = a Lb exp(cKp). Assuming a purely electrostatic field and making several other assumptions regarding the azimuthal dependence of the field fluctuations, a Kp-dependent radial diffusion coefficient DLL E is computed from the power spectra. The model average DLL E for high activity (Kp = 6) are between 1 to 2 orders of magnitude larger than that for low activity (Kp = 1), dependent upon L and first invariant.


In 2005 AER acquired Radex, Inc., and research by Ling, A., is intellectual property of AER.