A theoretical investigation on the parametric instability excited by X-mode polarized electromagnetic wave at Tromsø

Wang, Xiang and Cannon, Patrick and Zhou, Chen and Honary, Farideh and Ni, Binbin and Zhao, Zhengyu (2016) A theoretical investigation on the parametric instability excited by X-mode polarized electromagnetic wave at Tromsø. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121 (4). pp. 3578-3591. ISSN 2169-9402

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Abstract

Recent ionospheric modification experiments performed at Tromsø, Norway, have indicated that X-mode pump wave is capable of stimulating high-frequency enhanced plasma lines, which manifests the excitation of parametric instability. This paper investigates theoretically how the observation can be explained by the excitation of parametric instability driven by X-mode pump wave. The threshold of the parametric instability has been calculated for several recent experimental observations at Tromsø, illustrating that our derived equations for the excitation of parametric instability for X-mode heating can explain the experimental observations. According to our theoretical calculation, a minimum fraction of pump wave electric field needs to be directed along the geomagnetic field direction in order for the parametric instability threshold to be met. A full-wave finite difference time domain simulation has been performed to demonstrate that a small parallel component of pump wave electric field can be achieved during X-mode heating in the presence of inhomogeneous plasma.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 79829
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2016 15:06
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 03:43
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/79829

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