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Inhibition of type III radio emissions due to the interaction between two electron beams: Observations and simulations

By C Briand, Pierre Henri and S Hoang


International audienceWe report the peculiar interaction of two type III bursts observed in the solar wind. As electronbeams propagating on the same magnetic field lines cross, a spectacular depletion of the type III radioemission is observed. We combine observations from the WAVES experiment on board the STEREO missiontogether with kinetic plasma simulations to study the extinction of type III radio emission resulting fromthe interaction between two electron beams. The remote observations enable to follow the electron beamsin the interplanetary medium and show that the level of radiated radio waves is recovered after the beamcrossing. The in situ observations of beam-driven Langmuir waves give evidence for Langmuir decay. Thedensity fluctuations are extracted from in situ observations. The velocity of the beams is independentlyevaluated from in situ observations of decaying Langmuir waves and remote radio observations. The kineticsimulations show that the level of beam-driven Langmuir waves is reduced as the two beams cross. Weshow that the slow beam induced a strong reduction of the quasilinear relaxation of the fast beam, limitingthe amplitude of the generated Langmuir waves. Moreover, in the case of two electron beams, the lack ofLangmuir wave coherence reduces the efficiency of the Langmuir parametric decay. We thus conclude thatthe observed depletion of the type III radio emission is independent of the radio emission mechanism, aslong as it depends on the Langmuir amplitude and coherence

Topics: [ SDU ] Sciences of the Universe [physics]
Publisher: American Geophysical Union/Wiley
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1002/2013JA019688
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:insu-01174014v1
Provided by: Hal-Diderot

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