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Co-Existance of Lightning Generated Whistlers, Hiss and Lower Hybrid Noise Observed by e- POP (SWARM-E) –RRI

Version 1 : Received: 9 January 2020 / Approved: 11 January 2020 / Online: 11 January 2020 (10:53:52 CET)

How to cite: Maxworth, A.; Gołkowski, M.; Hussey, G. Co-Existance of Lightning Generated Whistlers, Hiss and Lower Hybrid Noise Observed by e- POP (SWARM-E) –RRI. Preprints 2020, 2020010103 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202001.0103.v1). Maxworth, A.; Gołkowski, M.; Hussey, G. Co-Existance of Lightning Generated Whistlers, Hiss and Lower Hybrid Noise Observed by e- POP (SWARM-E) –RRI. Preprints 2020, 2020010103 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202001.0103.v1).

Abstract

Whistler mode waves play a major role in regulating the lifetime of trapped electrons in the Earth's radiation belts. Specifically, whistler mode hiss waves are one of the mechanisms that maintains the slot region between the inner and outer radiation belts. The generation mechanism of hiss is a topic still under debate with at least three prominent theories present in the literature. Lightning generated whistlers in their ducted or non-ducted modes, are considered to be one of the possible sources of hiss. We present a study of new observations from the Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI) on the Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (ePOP: currently known as SWARM-E). RRI consists of two orthogonal dipole antennas, which enables polarization measurements, when the satellite boresight is parallel to the geomagnetic field. Here we present 75 passes of ePOP - RRI from 2014 - 2018, in which lightning whistlers and hiss waves were observed. In more than 50% of those passes hiss is found to co-exist with the lightning whistlers. Moreover, the whistler observations are correlated with observations of wave power at the lower-hybrid resonance. The observations and a whistler mode ray-tracing study suggest that multiple-hop lightning induced whistlers can be a source of hiss and plasma instabilities in the magnetosphere.

Subject Areas

lightning whistlers; hiss; e-POP; raytracing; radio receiver; lower hybrid resonance

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