Journal Article Modeling Jovian hectometric attenuation lanes during the Cassini flyby of Jupiter

Imai, Masafumi  ,  Lecacheux, Alain  ,  Moncuquet, Michel  ,  Bagenal, Fran  ,  Higgins, Charles A.  ,  Imai, Kazumasa  ,  Thieman, James R.

The Jupiter encounter by the Cassini spacecraft in late 2000 and early 2001 unveiled persistent properties of Jupiter's hectometric (HOM) radiation originating along auroral magnetic field lines in the polar regions. One of the unique properties of the HOM dynamic spectrum, known as attenuation lanes, appears as rotationally modulated, well-defined regions of lowered intensity, flanked by regions of enhancement. These lanes seem to be the result of refraction of radio waves in a high-density medium–either caused by Case (i) enhanced density in the magnetic L-shell connected to Io's orbit or Case (ii) in the Io plasma torus itself or both. In this paper, we investigate the HOM ray paths of 0.5–3.0 MHz emissions with various cone half-angles in the continuous radio longitudes generating at the magnetic L-value equal to 30. We use bi-kappa particle distributions to derive diffusive equilibrium distributions of density in the Io plasma torus. The enhanced density irregularities along the Io flux shell “ribbon” region can be described with a Gaussian density distribution of a maximum density n[0] and breadth (half-width of the distribution across the flux shell) σ. As a result, we found that the interpretation of Case (i) can be accounted for by the attenuation lanes which appear for all cone half-angles, and the reasonable flux shell density n[0] is, on top of specific latitude-dependent density from the diffusive equilibrium model, estimated as 100 cm[−3] with the half-width σ = 5.0 Io radii.

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