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Interaction of electromagnetic waves and energetic charge particles in geospace plasma
Modeling of radiation belt dynamics
Instability and propagation of plasma waves
Applications of plasma waves
The Earth’s magnetosphere, our geospace environment a few thousand kilometers above the Earth’s surface, consists of energetic charge particles trapped by the Earth’s magnetic field. Those energetic particles exhibit great variability due to solar activities, and pose a great threat to spacecraft orbiting in it and to astronauts. Understanding and predicting their variability are of great interest for space weather. A variety of naturally occurring electromagnetic waves, from Ultra Low Frequency to Very Low Frequency, play important roles in dynamics of those energetic charge particles, especially the radiation belts referring to population of electrons and protons with relativistic energy in geospace. The physical process involved is called wave-particle resonant interaction, where electromagnetic waves seen by particles match fundamental frequencies of trapped particles, leading to stochastic change in particles’ energy and momentum. My research interest is to study the nature of electromagnetic waves in our geospace and the effect of wave-particle interaction. We use various numerical simulation techniques to address the following questions, how are electromagnetic waves generated due to what kind of free energy, how do them propagate in complex geospace medium, where is the wave energy absorbed, how those waves affect energetic particles, and how do we model temporal evolution and spatial distribution of energetic particle population due to wave-particle interaction. These questions are the compelling science topics of the NASA’s $700M two-twin Van Allen Probes Mission. The mission, named after Dr. Van Allen who made the discovery of the radiation belts in 1958, was launched in 2012 August and aims at identifying fundamental mechanisms responsible for radiation belt loss and acceleration.
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Chen, L., R. Thorne, W. Li, and J. Bortnik, Modeling the Wave Normal Distribution of Chorus Waves, J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1029/2012JA018343. Category: JGR
Meredith, N. P., R. B. Horne, J. Bortnik, R. M. Thorne, L. Chen, W. Li, and A. Sicard-Piet, Global statistical evidence for chorus as the embryonic source of plasmaspheric hiss, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50593. Category: GRL
de Soria-Santacruz, M., M. Spasojevic, and L. Chen, EMIC waves growth and guiding in the presence of cold plasma density irregularities, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50484. Category: GRL
Li, W., J. Bortnik, R. Thorne, C. Cully, L. Chen, V. Angelopoulos, T. Nishimura, J. Tao, J. Bonnell, and O. LeContel, Characteristics of the Poynting flux and wave normal vectors of whistler-mode waves observed on THEMIS, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 1461–1471, doi:10.1029/2012JA018609. Category: JGR
Chen, L., R. Thorne, Y. Shprits, and B. Ni, An improved dispersion relation for parallel propagating electromagnetic waves in warm plasmas: Application to electron scattering, J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1029/2012JA018371. Category: JGR
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2012 American Geophysical Union Space Physics and Aeronomy Section‘s 2012 Fred L. Scarf Award Given annually to a recent recipient of a Ph.D. for outstanding dissertation researchthat contributes directly to solar-planetary science.
2012 Nominee for the Chancellor‘s Award for Postdoctoral Research, UCLA. The award is given to recognize the important contributions that postdoctoral scholars from a variety of academic areas make to UCLA’s research mission.
2010 Jacob A. Bjerknes Award. Given for graduate students of the outstanding research by the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA
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