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, Volume 145, Issue 1–2, pp 137–191 | Cite as

Advances in Plasmaspheric Wave Research with CLUSTER and IMAGE Observations

  • Arnaud MassonEmail author
  • Ondrej Santolík
  • Donald L. Carpenter
  • Fabien Darrouzet
  • Pierrette M. E. Décréau
  • Farida El-Lemdani Mazouz
  • James L. Green
  • Sandrine Grimald
  • Mark B. Moldwin
  • František Němec
  • Vikas S. Sonwalkar


This paper highlights significant advances in plasmaspheric wave research with Cluster and Image observations. This leap forward was made possible thanks to the new observational capabilities of these space missions. On one hand, the multipoint view of the four Cluster satellites, a unique capability, has enabled the estimation of wave characteristics impossible to derive from single spacecraft measurements. On the other hand, the Image experiments have enabled to relate large-scale plasmaspheric density structures with wave observations and provide radio soundings of the plasmasphere with unprecedented details. After a brief introduction on Cluster and Image wave instrumentation, a series of sections, each dedicated to a specific type of plasmaspheric wave, put into context the recent advances obtained by these two revolutionary missions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnaud Masson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ondrej Santolík
    • 2
  • Donald L. Carpenter
    • 3
  • Fabien Darrouzet
    • 4
  • Pierrette M. E. Décréau
    • 5
  • Farida El-Lemdani Mazouz
    • 5
  • James L. Green
    • 6
  • Sandrine Grimald
    • 7
  • Mark B. Moldwin
    • 8
  • František Němec
    • 2
  • Vikas S. Sonwalkar
    • 9
  1. 1.Science Operations DepartmentESA/ESTECNoordwijkThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Institute of Atmospheric PhysicsCharles UniversityPrahaCzech Republic
  3. 3.Space, Telecommunications and Radioscience Laboratory (STAR)Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  4. 4.Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB)BrusselsBelgium
  5. 5.Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’Environnement et de l’Espace (LPC2E)CNRS/Université d’OrléansOrléansFrance
  6. 6.NASA HeadquartersWashingtonUSA
  7. 7.Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL)DorkingUK
  8. 8.Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP)University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  9. 9.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA

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