R. Hajra2, T. Tanimori3, A.Takada3, B. Remya4, A.J. Mannucci1, G.S. Lakhina5, J.U. Kozyra6, K. Shiokawa7, L.C. Lee4, E. Echer2, R.V. Reddy4, and W.D. Gonzalez2 1Pasadena, CA 2Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espacias, Sao Jose dos Campos, SP, Brazil 3Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 6068502, Japan 4Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan 5Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Navi Mumbai, India 6National Science Foundation, Wash. D.C. 7 Institute for Space Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
Wilcox et al. (1973) discovered that solar wind heliospheric current sheet (HCS) crossings affected high atmospheric vorticity centers at ~300 mb altitude. In a new interpretation of this effect, we show that high density solar wind heliospheric plasmasheet (HPS) events impinge onto the magnetosphere, compressing it along with remnant noon-sector outer-zone magnetospheric ~10-100 keV protons. The betatron accelerated protons generate coherent EMIC waves through a temperature anisotropy (T┴/T|| > 1) instability. The waves in turn interact with relativistic electrons and cause the rapid loss of these particles to a small region of the atmosphere. A peak total energy deposition of 3 x 1020 ergs is derived for the precipitating electrons. Maximum energy deposition and creation of electron-ion pairs at 30-50 km and at < 30 km altitude are quantified. Several possible atmospheric effects can be caused by this energy deposition.
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