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ELF whistler events with a reduced intensity observed by the DEMETER spacecraft

Abstract : A survey of VLF frequency-time spectrograms obtained by the DEMETER spacecraft (2004-2010, altitude about 700 km) revealed that the intensity of fractional hop whistlers is sometimes significantly reduced at specific frequencies. These frequencies are typically above about 3.4 kHz (second cutoff frequency of the Earth-ionosphere waveguide), and they vary smoothly in time. The events were explained by the wave propagation in the Earth-ionosphere waveguide, and a resulting interference of the first few waveguide modes. We analyze the events whose frequency-time structure is rather similar, but at frequencies below 1 kHz. Altogether, 284 events are identified during the periods with active Burst mode, when high resolution data are measured by DEMETER. The vast majority of events (93%) occurs during the nighttime. All six electromagnetic field components are available, which allows us to perform a detailed wave analysis. An overview of the properties of these events is presented, and their possible origin is discussed.
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J. Zahlava, F. Nemec, O. Santolik, I. Kolmasova, Michel Parrot. ELF whistler events with a reduced intensity observed by the DEMETER spacecraft. American Geophysical Union, 2017, San Francisco, United States. ⟨insu-03570117⟩

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