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Citation: YaLu Wang, XueMin Zhang, XuHui Shen, 2018: A study on the energetic electron precipitation observed by CSES, Earth and Planetary Physics. doi: 10.26464/epp2018052

doi: 10.26464/epp2018052


A study on the energetic electron precipitation observed by CSES


Institute of Earthquake Forecasting, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing 100036, China


Institute of Crustal Dynamics, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing 100085, China

Corresponding author: YaLu Wang, wangyalu310@163.comXueMin Zhang,

Received Date: 2018-08-16
Web Publishing Date: 2018-12-01

High energy particles are the main target of satellite space exploration; particle storm events are closely related to solar activity, cosmic ray distribution, and magnetic storms. The commonly seen energetic particle (electron) precipitation anomalous structures include mainly the inner and outer Van Allen radiation belts, the South Atlantic anomaly, and the anomalous stripes excited by artificial electromagnetic waves. The China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite (CESE), launched in February of 2018, provides a platform for studying ionospheric particle disturbances. This paper reports the first studies of electron precipitation phenomenon based on high energy particle data from the CSES satellite. We find that the global distribution of electrons in the low energy band (0.1–3 MeV) can relatively well reflect the structure of the anomalous precipitation belt, which is consistent with results based on data from the DEMETER satellite, indicating that the quality of the low-energy band data from the energetic particle instrumentation of the CSES satellite is good. In addition, this paper makes an in-depth study of the electron precipitation belt excited by the NWC artificial VLF electromagnetic wave transmitter located in Australia, which appears as a typical wisp structure on the energy spectrum. The magnetic shell parameter L corresponding to the precipitation belt ranges from 1.44 to 1.74, which is close to the L value (~1.45) of the Australian NWC transmitter; the energy of the precipitation electrons is between 100 keV and 361.57 keV, among which the precipitation of 213.73 keV electrons is most conspicuous.

Key words: CSES satellite, VLF, Electron precipitation, DEMETER satellite, L shell.

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YaLu Wang, XueMin Zhang, XuHui Shen