Volume 474, Number 3, November II 2007
|Page(s)||1031 - 1035|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||23 October 2007|
Effects of magnetohydrodynamic waves in Jovian decametric emission
Institute of Radio Astronomy, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Chervonopraporna 4, 61002 Kharkiv, Ukraine e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Schmiedlstrasse 6, 8042 Graz, Austria e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 15 August 2007
The flux variability of Jovian decametric radio emission (DAM) is analyzed to search for its possible modulations by magnetohydrodynamic waves of ultra-low frequencies (ULF). The ULF modulating waves are found in DAM dynamic spectra as a moving pattern (moire) on the background of Jovian millisecond radio bursts (S-bursts). Their frequency drift (~55 MHz/s) corresponds to the wave motion to Jupiter with Alfvén velocity (~ 4 104 km s-1). There are whistler-like drifting details in the dynamic power spectra of ULF variations of S-burst emission flux at fixed radio frequency. Their frequency drift rates are consistent with whistlers that are dispersed mainly in the Io torus. Formally our analysis of DAM reveals the specific 2s-modulation of S-burst emission corresponding to the known magnetic pulsations near gyrofrequencies of heaviest ions (SO and SO+) in the Io torus.
Key words: planets and satellites: individual: Jupiter / radio continuum: solar system / magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) / waves / plasmas / instabilities
© ESO, 2007
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