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Volume 29, issue 12 | Copyright
Ann. Geophys., 29, 2253-2257, 2011
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ANGEO Communicates 15 Dec 2011

ANGEO Communicates | 15 Dec 2011

Proton/electron temperature ratio in the magnetotail

A. V. Artemyev1, W. Baumjohann2, A. A. Petrukovich1, R. Nakamura2, I. Dandouras4,3, and A. Fazakerley5 A. V. Artemyev et al.
  • 1Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • 2Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
  • 3IRAP, University of Toulouse, UPS-OMP, Toulouse, France
  • 4CNRS, IRAP, 9 Ave. Colonel Roche, BP 44346, 31028 Toulouse cedex 4, France
  • 5Mullard Space Science Laboratory, London, UK

Abstract. We study the temperature ratio of protons and electrons based on statistics of Cluster observations in the Earth's magnetotail from 2001 to 2004. During these years, from June to November, the Cluster spacecraft visited the plasma sheet at the distance r~−19 RE. We use proton and electron moments collected in the central region of the plasma sheet (|Z|<5 RE). We find an average ratio of proton and electron temperatures ⟨Tp/Te ⟩ ≈ 3.5. The dependence of Tp on Te can be approximated by the power-law function: Tp ≈ 11Te0.62, where Tp and Te are measured in MK. A previous reported ratio ⟨Tp/Te ⟩ ~ 7 is limited to small electron temperatures <20 MK. The observations with the high electron temperature correspond to smaller values of the electron density and larger values of the proton and electron bulk velocities. A correlation between Te and curlometer current density is not found.

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