JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

Presentation information

[EE] Oral

P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-EM Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Electromagnetism & Space Environment

[P-EM13] [EE] Exploring space plasma processes with Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission

Sat. May 20, 2017 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM 105 (International Conference Hall 1F)

convener:Hiroshi Hasegawa(Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Thomas Earle Moore(NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr), Benoit Lavraud(IRAP), Seiji Zenitani(NAOJ National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Chairperson:Seiji Zenitani(NAOJ National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

[PEM13-11] Simultaneous Remote Observations of Intense Reconnection Effects by MMS and DMSP Spacecraft During Storm-time Substorms

*Ali Varsani1, Rumi Nakamura1, Victor A Sergeev2, Wolfgang Baumjohann1, Anatoli A Petrukovich3, Christopher J Owen4, Zhonghua Yao5, Thomas Sotirelis6, Ferdinand Plaschke1, Werner Magnes1, Christopher T Russell7, Yuri V Khotyaintsev8, Barbara L Giles9, John Dorelli9, Daniel J Gershman10, Robert J Strangeway7, Victoria N Coffey11, Roy B Torbert12, Per-Arne Lindqvist13, Robert Ergun14 (1.Austrian Academy of Sciences, Space Research Institute, Graz, Austria, 2.St Petersburg State University, St Petersburg, Russia, 3.Space Research Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia, 4.Mullard Space Science Laboratory/UCL, Dorking, UK, 5.Space science, Technologies and Astrophysics Research (STAR) Institute, Liège, Belgium, 6.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, United States, 7.University of California Los Angeles, IGPP/EPSS, Los Angeles, CA, United States, 8.IRF Swedish Institute of Space Physics Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden, 9.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Heliophysics Science Division, Greenbelt, MD, United States, 10.University of Maryland College Park, Department of Astronomy, College Park, MD, United States, 11.NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States, 12.University of New Hampshire Main Campus, Durham, NH, United States, 13.KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 14.University of Colorado, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder, CO, United States)

Keywords:Plasma sheet boundary layer, Magnetic reconnection, Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission

During a magnetic storm on 23 June 2015, several very intense substorm took place whose signatures were observed by various spacecraft including MMS and DMSP. At the time of interest, MMS was located duskward of 22h MLT, during an inward crossing of the expanding plasma sheet boundary. A poleward-expanding auroral bulge boundary was crossed inwards by DMSP F18 at 23.5h MLT. Both spacecraft consistently observed a set of signatures as they simultaneously crossed the reconnection separatrix layer during this very intense reconnection event, including: 1) Energy dispersion of the energetic electrons travelling earthwards, accompanied with unusually high (10keV) electron energies in the vicinity of the separatrix, 2) Intense inward convection of the magnetic field lines ~4mV/m at MMS location, and 3) Energy dispersion of polar rain electrons, with high-energy cutoff. The high temporal resolution measurements by MMS provide unprecedented observations of the low-energy cutoff in the earthward moving electrons. We discuss the relevance of the energy dispersion of the electrons and the evolution in pitch angle distribution, to the spatial and temporal evolution of plasma sheet, resulting from this magnetic reconnection.