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Plasma waves in space: the importance of properly accounting for the measuring device
  • Nicole Meyer-Vernet,
  • Michel Moncuquet
Nicole Meyer-Vernet
Observatoire de Paris

Corresponding Author:nicole.meyer@obspm.fr

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Michel Moncuquet
Observatoire de Paris
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Electric fields are generally measured or calculated using two intuitive assumptions: (1) the electric field equals the voltage divided by the antenna length when the antenna is electromagnetically short, (2) the antenna responds best to electric field along its length. Both assumptions are often incorrect for electrostatic fields because they scale as the Debye length or as the electron gyroradius, which may be smaller than the antenna length. Taking into account this little-known fact enables us to complete or correct several recent papers on plasma spontaneous fluctuations in various solar system environments.
Mar 2020Published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics volume 125 issue 3. 10.1029/2019JA027723