Variation of energetic particle precipitation with local magnetic time

Autor(en): Wissing, J. M.
Bornebusch, J. P.
Kallenrode, M. -B.
Stichwörter: Astronomy & Astrophysics; Birkeland; ELECTRON; Engineering; Engineering, Aerospace; EVENTS; Geology; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary; local magnetic time; Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences; particle precipitation; SOLAR; STRATOSPHERIC OZONE
Erscheinungsdatum: 2008
Volumen: 41
Ausgabe: 8
Startseite: 1274
Seitenende: 1278
The detailed study of the precipitation of magnetospheric particles into the atmosphere is complicated by the rather complex spatial configuration of the precipitation region and its variability with geomagnetic activity. In this paper we will introduce polar oval coordinates and apply them to POES observations of 30 keV to 2.5 MeV electrons and comparable protons to illustrate the dependence of particle precipitation on local time and geomagnetic activity. These coordinates also allow an easy separation of the spatial precipitation patterns of solar and magnetospheric particles. The results indicate that (a) the spatial precipitation pattern of energetic magnetospheric electrons basically follows the pattern of the field parallel Birkeland currents up to Me V energies and (b) at least in the mesosphere the influence of magnetospheric electrons is comparable to the one of solar electrons. Implications for modeling of atmospheric chemistry will be sketched. (C) 2007 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 02731177
DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2007.05.063

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