Polarization and direction of arrival of Jovian quasiperiodic bursts observed by Cassini

T. Kimura, B. Cecconi, P. Zarka, Y. Kasaba, F. Tsuchiya, H. Misawa, A. Morioka

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Jovian quasiperiodic (QP) radio bursts are suspected to be associated with relativistic particle accelerations occurring with a quasiperiodicity between a few minutes and a few tens of minutes in Jupiter's polar magnetosphere. Understanding the excitation and propagation of QP bursts could help us to better understand this periodic energization process. A first necessary step is to measure the wave mode, source location, and directivity of QP bursts. For that purpose, we performed a statistical analysis of goniopolarimetric measurements of QP bursts made with the Radio and Plasma Wave Science investigation (RPWS) onboard Cassini spacecraft during the Jupiter flyby of 2000-2001. We studied two groups of QP bursts on 22 and 23 December 2000, and we found consistent source directions about 50 RJ north of Jupiter with an error bar 20 RJ. Statistics of the Stokes parameters indicate that QP bursts are partially left-handed polarized (V > 0, Q,U<0). Together with the direction finding Results, these polarization statistics imply that QP bursts observed from low latitudes are L-O mode waves which have been excited in the northern polar source, have propagated toward high latitudes, and then got refracted equatorward in the magnetosheath. Dependence of the Stokes parameters on the longitude indicates that QP bursts are excited within a particular phase range of the planetary rotation, when the system III longitude of the sub-solar point is between 260 and 480. This implies that QP radio bursts and associated particle accelerations always occur within the same rotational sector, suggesting the existence of a recurrent magnetospheric disturbance at the planetary rotation period. Finally, we propose a possible scenario for the generation and propagation of QP bursts by combining the Results of the present study with those of other recent observational and theoretical studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA11209
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Geophysics


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