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Title: Relativistic electron precipitation events driven by electromagnetic ion-cyclotron waves

We adopt a canonical approach to describe the stochastic motion of relativistic belt electrons and their scattering into the loss cone by nonlinear EMIC waves. The estimated rate of scattering is sufficient to account for the rate and intensity of bursty electron precipitation. This interaction is shown to result in particle scattering into the loss cone, forming ∼10 s microbursts of precipitating electrons. These dynamics can account for the statistical correlations between processes of energization, pitch angle scattering, and relativistic electron precipitation events, that are manifested on large temporal scales of the order of the diffusion time ∼tens of minutes.
Authors:
;  [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. NASA Goddard Space FlightCenter, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771 (United States)
  2. Department of Physics and Technology, Altai State University, Barnaul (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22303786
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 8; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ELECTRON PRECIPITATION; INCLINATION; LOSS CONE; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; SCATTERING