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Evidence of jovian active longitude: 2. A parametric study.

Abstract : In a previous work, we developed a model allowing a theoretical location of the Io‐controlled decameter radio sources (Io‐A, Io‐B, Io‐C, and Io‐D) in the central meridian longitude‐Io phase diagram. This model considers the cyclotron maser instability to be at the origin of most auroral planetary radio emissions. We derive the efficiency of this theoretical mechanism at the footprint of the Io flux tube during a complete revolution of the satellite around Jupiter, and we show that some longitudes in the northern and southern hemispheres favor the radio decameter emission and lead to a probability of higher occurrence. In order to make the calculation easier, we suppose that electrons are accelerated in the neighborhood of Io and follow an adiabatic motion along magnetic field lines carried by the satellite. We also assume that the source of free energy needed by the cyclotron maser instability to amplify the waves derives from a loss cone distribution function built up by electrons which have disappeared in Jupiter's ionosphere. We study the effect of several parameters on the theoretical location of the sources in the central meridian longitude‐Io phase diagram, in particular the Jovicentric declination of the Earth and the frequency of emission.
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Patrick H. M. Galopeau, Mohammed y. Boudjada, Helmut O. Rucker. Evidence of jovian active longitude: 2. A parametric study.. Journal of Geophysical Research Space Physics, American Geophysical Union/Wiley, 2007, 112, pp.A04211. ⟨10.1029/2006JA011911⟩. ⟨hal-00151827⟩

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