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Title: Electrons in the Inner Van Allen Belt

Abstract

A recent study shows that the inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected. This is good news for spacecraft that are orbiting in the region and can be damaged by high levels of radiation. The results will also help scientists better understand—and detect—effects from high-altitude nuclear explosions.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA)
OSTI Identifier:
1369549
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; LANL; NASA; VAN ALLEN RADIATION BELT; OUTER BELT; INNER BELT; SATELLITES; ELECTRONS

Citation Formats

Reeves, Geoff. Electrons in the Inner Van Allen Belt. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Reeves, Geoff. Electrons in the Inner Van Allen Belt. United States.
Reeves, Geoff. Wed . "Electrons in the Inner Van Allen Belt". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1369549.
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abstractNote = {A recent study shows that the inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected. This is good news for spacecraft that are orbiting in the region and can be damaged by high levels of radiation. The results will also help scientists better understand—and detect—effects from high-altitude nuclear explosions.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {3}
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