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Title: STEADY-STATE MODEL OF SOLAR WIND ELECTRONS REVISITED

In a recent paper, Kim et al. put forth a steady-state model for the solar wind electrons. The model assumed local equilibrium between the halo electrons, characterized by an intermediate energy range, and the whistler-range fluctuations. The basic wave–particle interaction is assumed to be the cyclotron resonance. Similarly, it was assumed that a dynamical steady state is established between the highly energetic superhalo electrons and high-frequency Langmuir fluctuations. Comparisons with the measured solar wind electron velocity distribution function (VDF) during quiet times were also made, and reasonable agreements were obtained. In such a model, however, only the steady-state solution for the Fokker–Planck type of electron particle kinetic equation was considered. The present paper complements the previous analysis by considering both the steady-state particle and wave kinetic equations. It is shown that the model halo and superhalo electron VDFs, as well as the assumed wave intensity spectra for the whistler and Langmuir fluctuations, approximately satisfy the quasi-linear wave kinetic equations in an approximate sense, thus further validating the local equilibrium model constructed in the paper by Kim et al.
Authors:
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  1. School of Space Research, Kyung Hee University, Yongin, Gyeonggi 446-701 (Korea, Republic of)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22518736
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 812; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; CYCLOTRON RESONANCE; DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS; FLUCTUATIONS; FOKKER-PLANCK EQUATION; KINETIC EQUATIONS; LANGMUIR FREQUENCY; PLASMA; SOLAR ELECTRONS; SOLAR WIND; STEADY-STATE CONDITIONS; TURBULENCE; WAVE EQUATIONS