ULF Wave Driven Radial Diffusion During Geomagnetic Storms:A Statistical Analysis of Van Allen Probes Observations

Sandhu, J. K. and Rae, I J and Wygant, J. R. and Breneman, A. W. and Tian, S. and Watt, C. E. J. and Horne, R. B. and Ozeke, L. G. and Georgiou, M. and Walach, M.‐T. (2021) ULF Wave Driven Radial Diffusion During Geomagnetic Storms:A Statistical Analysis of Van Allen Probes Observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 126 (4). ISSN 2169-9402

Full text not available from this repository.


The impact of radial diffusion in storm time radiation belt dynamics is well‐debated. In this study we quantify the changes and variability in radial diffusion coefficients during geomagnetic storms. A statistical analysis of Van Allen Probes data (2012–2019) is conducted to obtain measurements of the magnetic and electric power spectral densities for Ultra Low Frequency (ULF) waves, and corresponding radial diffusion coefficients. The results show global wave power enhancements occur during the storm main phase, and continue into the recovery phase. Local time asymmetries show sources of wave power are both external solar wind driving and internal sources from coupling with ring current ions and substorms. Wave power enhancements are also observed at low L values (L < 4). The accessibility of wave power to low L is attributed to a depression of the Alfvén continuum. The increased wave power drives enhancements in both the magnetic and electric field diffusion coefficients by more than an order of magnitude. Significant variability in diffusion coefficients is observed, with values ranging over several orders of magnitude. A comparison to the Kp parameterized empirical model of Ozeke et al. (2014) is conducted and indicates important differences during storm times. Although the electric field diffusion coefficient is relatively well described by the empirical model, the magnetic field diffusion coefficient is approximately ∼10 times larger than predicted. We discuss how differences could be attributed to data set limitations and assumptions. Alternative storm‐time radial diffusion coefficients are provided as a function of L* and storm phase.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
12 Apr 2021 13:40
Last Modified:
15 Sep 2023 01:16