Volume 482, Number 3, May II 2008
|Page(s)||1009 - 1014|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||25 February 2008|
S-bands of Jovian decametric emission
Institute of Radio Astronomy, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Chervonopraporna 4, 61002 Kharkiv, Ukraine e-mail: email@example.com
2 Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Schmiedlstrasse 6, 8042 Graz, Austria e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 1 February 2008
There are theoretical and experimental arguments for a modulation of Jovian decametric S-emission by standing Alfvén waves in the regions of radio sources. One effect of such modulation is the concentration of S-burst emission around certain frequencies (S-bands) in dynamic spectra of radio emission. It is argued that S-bands are generated at the local electron cyclotron frequencies, around nodes of a standing Alfvén wave. To test this hypothesis, we derived several verifiable predictions: the anti-correlation of radio-flux in adjacent S-bands at short time scales (<0.1 s); the correlation of frequency shifts of S-bands at long time scales (>0.1 s); and the transformation of the broadband S-storm into S-bands. We searched for and found these effects experimentally. Because the predictions are confirmed, the standing wave modulation of Jovian S-emission appears valid.
Key words: planets and satellites: individual: Jupiter / magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) / plasmas / magnetic fields / waves / radiation mechanisms: non-thermal
© ESO, 2008
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