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Plasmapause Test Particle (PTP) Simulations

On this page you can download the output of a very simple plasmapause test particle (PTP) simulation that reproduces Van Allen Probes plasmapause observations to within 0.4 RE [Goldstein et al., 2014b]. The PTP model represents the time-varying global plasmapause as an ensemble of cold test particles subject only to ExB drift. The convection electric (E) field is driven by solar wind data and the Kp geomagnetic index.


NEW: STORM SIMULATIONS

Plasmapause Simulations for 60 Storms from 2012 to 2017

Here you can download the results of running an ensemble of storm events with peak Dst values ranging from -60 nT to -223 nT.

Each simulation run download includes several days' worth of ASCII output files, a movie of the output with simulated flythroughs of the Van Allen Probes, and a ReadMe file describing how to use the ASCII files.

Click on the Storm Peak Dates Below

List of 60 Storms (2012 – 2017)
Storm Peak for Each Event Start of Each 4-day Simulation
Date of Storm Peak (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD) UT of Storm Peak Dst of Peak (nT) Date of Simulation Start UT of Simulation Start
1 2012 / 09 / 03 10:30 −69 2012 / 09 / 02 09:30
2 2012 / 10 / 01 04:30 −122 2012 / 09 / 30 04:30
3 2012 / 10 / 09 08:30 −109 2012 / 10 / 08 00:30
4 2012 / 10 / 13 07:30 −90 2012 / 10 / 12 07:30
5 2012 / 11 / 01 20:30 −65 2012 / 10 / 31 19:30
6 2012 / 11 / 14 07:30 −108 2012 / 11 / 13 07:30
7 2013 / 03 / 17 20:30 −132 2013 / 03 / 16 19:30
8 2013 / 03 / 29 17:30 −61 2013 / 03 / 28 13:30
9 2013 / 05 / 01 18:30 −67 2013 / 04 / 30 17:30
10 2013 / 06 / 01 08:30 −119 2013 / 05 / 31 06:30
11 2013 / 06 / 07 05:30 −73 2013 / 06 / 06 04:30
12 2013 / 06 / 29 01:30 −98 2013 / 06 / 27 23:30
13 2013 / 07 / 06 18:30 −79 2013 / 07 / 05 17:30
14 2013 / 07 / 14 23:30 −73 2013 / 07 / 13 14:30
15 2013 / 10 / 02 07:30 −67 2013 / 10 / 01 06:30
16 2013 / 10 / 09 01:30 −62 2013 / 10 / 08 00:30
17 2013 / 11 / 09 08:30 −81 2013 / 11 / 08 08:30
18 2013 / 12 / 08 08:30 −66 2013 / 12 / 07 08:30
19 2014 / 02 / 19 08:30 −116 2014 / 02 / 18 06:30
20 2014 / 02 / 27 23:30 −94 2014 / 02 / 26 21:30
21 2014 / 04 / 12 09:30 −81 2014 / 04 / 11 09:30
22 2014 / 04 / 30 09:30 −64 2014 / 04 / 29 09:30
23 2014 / 08 / 27 18:30 −80 2014 / 08 / 26 18:30
24 2014 / 09 / 12 23:30 −75 2014 / 09 / 11 23:30
25 2015 / 01 / 04 21:30 −71 2015 / 01 / 03 19:30
26 2015 / 01 / 07 11:30 −99 2015 / 01 / 06 11:30
27 2015 / 02 / 18 00:30 −64 2015 / 02 / 16 19:30
28 2015 / 03 / 17 22:30 −223 2015 / 03 / 16 18:30
29 2015 / 04 / 11 09:30 −75 2015 / 04 / 10 09:30
30 2015 / 04 / 16 23:30 −79 2015 / 04 / 15 21:30
31 2015 / 05 / 13 06:30 −76 2015 / 05 / 12 06:30
32 2015 / 06 / 08 08:30 −73 2015 / 06 / 07 08:30
33 2015 / 06 / 23 04:30 −204 2015 / 06 / 22 04:30
34 2015 / 07 / 05 05:30 −67 2015 / 07 / 04 05:30
35 2015 / 07 / 13 15:30 −61 2015 / 07 / 12 15:30
36 2015 / 07 / 23 07:30 −63 2015 / 07 / 22 06:30
37 2015 / 08 / 16 07:30 −84 2015 / 08 / 15 07:30
38 2015 / 08 / 27 20:30 −92 2015 / 08 / 26 12:30
39 2015 / 09 / 09 12:30 −98 2015 / 09 / 08 11:30
40 2015 / 09 / 20 15:30 −75 2015 / 09 / 19 15:30
41 2015 / 10 / 07 22:30 −124 2015 / 10 / 06 22:30
42 2015 / 11 / 04 12:30 −60 2015 / 11 / 03 12:30
43 2015 / 11 / 07 06:30 −89 2015 / 11 / 06 06:30
44 2015 / 12 / 20 22:30 −155 2015 / 12 / 19 21:30
45 2016 / 01 / 01 00:30 −110 2016 / 01 / 01 00:30
46 2016 / 01 / 20 16:30 −93 2016 / 01 / 19 16:30
47 2016 / 03 / 06 21:30 −98 2016 / 03 / 05 21:30
48 2016 / 04 / 07 21:30 −60 2016 / 04 / 06 11:30
49 2016 / 05 / 08 08:30 −83 2016 / 05 / 07 05:30
50 2016 / 08 / 23 21:30 −74 2016 / 08 / 22 18:30
51 2016 / 09 / 29 09:30 −66 2016 / 09 / 28 09:30
52 2016 / 10 / 13 17:30 −104 2016 / 10 / 12 13:30
53 2016 / 10 / 25 17:30 −60 2016 / 10 / 24 17:30
54 2016 / 10 / 29 03:30 −64 2016 / 10 / 28 00:30
55 2017 / 03 / 01 21:30 −61 2017 / 02 / 28 21:30
56 2017 / 03 / 27 14:30 −74 2017 / 03 / 26 14:30
57 2017 / 05 / 28 07:30 −125 2017 / 05 / 27 07:30
58 2017 / 07 / 16 15:30 −72 2017 / 07 / 15 12:30
59 2017 / 09 / 08 01:30 −142 2017 / 09 / 07 00:30
60 2017 / 09 / 28 06:30 −76 2017 / 09 / 27 04:30





Plasmapause Simulations for the Van Allen Probes Mission (2012-2015)

The plasmapause model results are available from several years of the Van Allen Probes mission, in monthly (31-day) simulation runs, at the links below.

Each simulation run download includes month's worth of ASCII output files, a movie of the output with simulated flythroughs of the Van Allen Probes, and a ReadMe file describing how to use the ASCII files.

Plasmapause Test Particle (PTP) Simulation: DOWNLOAD

How to Use PTP Sim Results (PDF)

 


References

  • Goldstein, J., M. F. Thomsen, and A. DeJong (2014a), In situ signatures of residual plasmaspheric plumes, J. Geophys. Res., 119, 4706, doi:10.1002/2014JA019953.

  • Goldstein, J., S. De Pascuale, C. Kletzing, W. Kurth, K. J. Genestreti, R. M. Skoug, B. A. Larsen, L. M. Kistler, C. Mouikis, H. Spence (2014b), Simulation of Van Allen Probes plasmapause encounters, J. Geophys. Res., 119, 7464, doi:10.1002/2014JA020252.

  • Goldstein, J., et al. (2016), The relationship between the plasmapause and outer belt electrons, J. Geophys. Res., 121, 8392, doi:10.1002/2016JA023046.

  • Goldstein, J., et al. (2017), Cross-scale observations of the 2015 St. Patrick┐s day storm: THEMIS, Van Allen Probes, and TWINS, J. Geophys. Res., 122, 368, doi:10.1002/2016JA023173.