A Parametric Study for the Generation of Ion Bernstein Modes from a Discrete Spectrum to a Continuous One in the Inner Magnetosphere. II. Particle-In-Cell Simulations




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American Institute of Physics Inc



In this paper, we perform one-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations to investigate the properties of perpendicular magnetosonic waves in a plasma system consisting of three components: cool electrons, cool protons, and tenuous ring distribution protons, where the waves are excited by the tenuous proton ring distribution. Consistent with the linear theory, the spectra of excited magnetosonic waves can change from discrete to continuous due to the overlapping of adjacent unstable wave modes. The increase of the proton to electron mass ratio, the ratio of the light speed to the Alfven speed, or the concentration of protons with a ring distribution tends to result in a continuous spectrum of magnetosonic waves, while the increase of the ring velocity of the tenuous proton ring distribution leads to a broader one, but with a discrete structure. Moreover, the energization of both cool electrons and protons and the scattering of ring distribution protons due to the excited magnetosonic waves are also observed in our simulations, which cannot be predicted by the linear theory. Besides, a thermalized proton ring distribution may lead to the further excitation of several lower discrete harmonics with their frequencies about several proton gyrofrequencies.



Protons, Magnetohydrodynamic waves, Magnetic fields, Nuclear spin


National Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41331067, 41474125, 11220101002, 11235009, 41174124, and 41121003), 973 Program (2013CBA01503 and 2012CB825602), and CAS Key Research Program (KZZD-EW-01-4).


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