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 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 201A (International Conference Hall 2F)

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:Benoit Lavraud(IRAP, University of Toulouse)

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

[PEM13-18] Investigation of turbulence in the magnetosheath with observations from Magnetospheric Multiscale’s Fast Plasma Instrumentation

*William R Paterson1, Mostafa El-Alaoui2, Barbara L Giles1, Alex C Barrie1, Scott A Boardsen1, Levon A Avanov1, John C Dorelli1, Daniel J Gershman1, David A Mackler1, Melvyn L Goldstein1, Craig J Pollock3, Thomas E Moore1, James L Burch5, Christopher T Russell2, Robert J Strangeway2, Roy B Torbert4 (1.NASA GSFC, 2.UCLA, 3.Denali Scientific, 4.Univ. New Hampshire, 5.Southwest Research Inst.)

The Fast Plasma Instrumentation for the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission measures the velocity distributions of electrons and ions with energies several eV to 30 keV. In its fast survey mode of operation, velocity distributions are acquired every 30 ms for the electrons and every 150 ms for the ions. Due to telemetry limitations, only a small subset of these high time resolution distributions can be transmitted to the ground, and priority is given to potential observations of reconnection. However, a continuous and compact set of approximate plasma moments is computed onboard the spacecraft and sent to the ground at the full temporal resolution of the instrumentation. Thus it is possible to examine the power spectral densities of plasma parameters in the magnetosheath for hours at a time. Additionally, the 4-spacecraft tetrahedron provides a capability for direct observation of vorticity. In this presentation we report on the study of magnetosheath turbulence based on analysis of these measurements.