SUPRATHERMAL ELECTRON STRAHL WIDTHS IN THE PRESENCE OF NARROW-BAND WHISTLER WAVES IN THE SOLAR WIND

P. Kajdič, O. Alexandrova, M. Maksimovic, C. Lacombe, A. N. Fazakerley
2016 Astrophysical Journal  
We perform the first statistical study of the effects of the interaction of suprathermal electrons with narrow-band whistler mode waves in the solar wind. We show that this interaction does occur and that it is associated with enhanced widths of the so called strahl component. The latter is directed along the inter- planetary magnetic field away from the Sun. We do the study by comparing the strahl pitch angle widths in the solar wind at 1AU in the absence of large scale discontinuities and
more » ... sient structures, such as interplanetary shocks, interplanetary coronal mass ejections, stream interaction regions, etc. during times when the whistler mode waves were present and when they were absent. This is done by using the data from two Cluster instruments: STAFF data in frequency range between ~0.1 Hz and ~200 Hz were used for determining the wave properties and PEACE datasets at twelve central energies between ~57 eV (equivalent to ~10 typical electron thermal energies in the solar wind, E_T ) and ~676 eV (~113 E_T ) for pitch angle measurements. Statistical analysis shows that during the inter- vals with the whistler waves the strahl component on average exhibits pitch angle widths between 2 and 12 degrees larger than during the intervals when these waves are not present. The largest difference is obtained for the electron central energy of ~344 eV (~57 E_T ).
doi:10.3847/1538-4357/833/2/172 fatcat:qbstj4dswfb65gy6ez6sxymo3i