Amalthea's modulation of Jovian decametric radio 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, Schmidlstrasse 6, 8042 Graz, Austria e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 9 February 2007
Most modulation lanes in dynamic spectra of Jovian decametric emission (DAM) are formed by radiation scattering on field-aligned inhomogeneities in the Io plasma torus. The positions and frequency drift of hundreds of lanes have been measured on the DAM spectra from UFRO archives. A special 3D algorithm is used for localization of field-aligned magnetospheric inhomogeneities by the frequency drift of modulation lanes. It is found that some lanes are formed near the magnetic shell of the satellite Amalthea mainly at longitudes of (north) and (south). These disturbances coincide with regions of plasma compression by the rotating magnetic field of Jupiter. Such modulations are found at other longitudes too (189° to 236°) with higher sensitivity. Amalthea's plasma torus could be another argument for the ice nature of the satellite, which has a density less than that of water.
Key words: planets and satellites: individual: Amalthea / planets and satellites: individual: Jupiter / scattering / plasmas / magnetic fields / radiation mechanisms: non-thermal
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