Van Allen Probes Project Publications for July-Aug 2020

Van Allen Probes Project Publications for July-Aug 2020

The Van Allen Probes project continues to put out publications this July and August, with three published papers, three papers in press, and two submitted papers (See below for a list of publications). This NASA funded project conducts research on Space Weather, the environment and activity in space that can harm satellites and endanger Earth-based systems that depend on them. This project focuses on analysis of space weather data specifically from instruments on NASA’s Van Allen Probes (RBSP) satellites.

The Van Allen Probes mission came to an end last fall as the spacecraft ran out of fuel. Now the Van Allen Probes are in a 25 year period where the orbit gradually decays. Eventually they re-enter and burn up in the atmosphere.

New Mexico Consortium (NMC) scientists are reprocessing all 7 years of the data, implementing some data quality improvements, and making new data products that will enable new types of science investigations. It is expect that ed the project won’t fully wrap up for another couple of years.

NMC scientists working on the Van Allen Probes include Mick Denton, Sean Fu, and Maria Voskresenskaya. The LANL scientists currently working under a joint appointment with the New Mexico Consortium are Geoff Reeves, Brian Larsen, Mike Henderson, Vania Jordanova, and Ruth Skoug.

Van Allen Probes PublicationsThe full list of all publications can be found at:

This graphic shows all publications that use data from the RBSP-ECT instrument suite on Van Allen Probes.

The RBSP-ECT instrument suite consists of 3 of the 5 instruments on Van Allen Probes that measure charged particles (electrons, protons, He+ and O+). There are an additional two instruments that measure electromagnetic fields and waves.

New publications include:

Nosé, M., A. Matsuoka, A. Kumamoto, Y. Kasahara, M. Teramoto, S. Kurita, J. Goldstein, L. M. Kistler, S. Singh, A. Gololobov, K. Shiokawa, S. Imajo, S. Oimatsu, K. Yamamoto, Y. Obana, M. Shoji, F. Tsuchiya, I. Shinohara, Y. Miyoshi, W. S. Kurth, C. A. Kletzing, C. W. Smith, R. J. MacDowall, H. E. Spence, and G. D. Reeves (2020),  Longitudinal Structure of Oxygen Torus and its coincidence with EMIC wave in the inner magnetosphere: Van Allen Prob B and Arase observations of the 12 September 2017 event, Earth Planets and Space, 72, 111, doi:10.1186/s40623-020-01235-w.

Yue, C., Q. Ma, C.-W. Jun, J. Bortnik, Q.-G. Zong, X.-Z. Zhou, E. Jang, G. D. Reeves, H. E. Spence, and J. R. Wygant (2020), The modulation of plasma and waves by background electron density irregularities in the inner magnetosphere, Geophysical Research Letters, 47, 15, doi:10.1029/2020gl088855.

Ma, Q., H. K. Connor, X. J. Zhang, W. Li, X. C. Shen, D. Gillespie, C. A. Kletzing, W. S. Kurth, G. B. Hospodarsky, S. G. Claudepierre, G. D. Reeves, and H. E. Spence (2020), Global Survey of Plasma Sheet Electron Precipitation due to Whistler Mode Chorus Waves in Earth’s Magnetosphere, Geophysical Research Letters, 47, 15, doi:10.1029/2020gl088798.

New papers in press:

Hartinger, M. D., G. D. Reeves, A. J. Boyd, M. G. Henderson, D. L. Turner, C. Komar, S. G. Claudepierre, I. R. Mann, A. W. Breneman, S. Di Matteo, and X.-J. Zhang (2020). Why are there so few reports of high energy electron drift resonances? Role of radial phase space density profile, JGR, submitted, doi:10.1029/2020JA027924.

Hull, A., C. C. Chaston, J. W. Bonnell, P. Damiano, J. R. Wygant, and G. D. Reeves (2020). Correlations between dispersive Alfven wave activity, electron energization and ion outflow in the inner magnetosphere, Geophysical Research Letters, in press, doi:10.1029/2020GL088985

Zhao, X. X., Y. X. Hao, Q.-G. Zong, X.-Z. Zhou, X. R. Chen, Y. Liu, H. E. Spence, J. B. Blake, S. G. Claudepierre, and G. D. Reeves(2020), Origin of Electron Boomerang Stripes: Localized ULF Wave-particle Interactions, Geophysical Research Letters, in press, doi:10.1029/2020GL087960.

This project also has two newly submitted papers:

Li, J., J. Bortnik, Q. Ma, W. Li, X. Shen, T. Nishimura, X. An, S. A. Thaller, A. W. Breneman, J. R. Wygant, S. Kurita, G. B. Hospodarsky, D. P. Hartley, G. D. Reeves, H. O. Funsten, J. B. Blake, H. E. Spence, and D. N. Baker (2020). Multi-Point Observations of Quasiperiodic Emission Intensification and Effects on Energetic Electron Precipitation. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, submitted, doi:10.1029/2020JA028484.

Nakamura, K., K. Shiokawa, Y. Otsuka, A. Shinbori, M. Connors, H. E. Spence, G. D. Reeves, H. O. Funsten, C. A. Kletzing, R. J. MacDowall, C. W. Smith, J. R. Wygant, and J. W. Bonnell (2020). First simultaneous observation of the isolated proton aurora at subauroral latitudes by a highly sensitive all-sky camera and the Van Allen Probes satellite, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, submitted.

The full list of all publications can be found at: