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Authors: Li W, and Hudson M.K.
Title: Earth's Van Allen Radiation Belts: From Discovery to the Van Allen Probes Era
Abstract: Discovery of the Earth's Van Allen radiation belts by instruments flown on Explorer 1 in 1958 was the first major discovery of the Space Age. The observation of distinct inner and outer zones of trapped megaelectron volt (MeV) particles, primarily protons at low altitude and electrons at high altitude, led to early models for source and loss mechanisms including Cosmic Ray Albedo Neutron Decay for inner zone protons, radial diffusion for outer zone electrons and loss to the atmosphere due to pitch angle scattering. This scattering lowers the mirror altitude for particles in their bounce motion parallel to the Earth's magnetic field until they suffer collisional loss. A view of the belts as quasi‐static inner and outer zones of energetic particles with different sources was modified by ob. . .
Date: 11/2019 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics DOI: 10.1029/2018JA025940 Available at:
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Authors: Ripoll Jean‐Francois, Claudepierre Seth, Ukhorskiy Sasha, Colpitts Chris, Li Xinlin, et al.
Title: Particle Dynamics in the Earth's Radiation Belts: Review of Current Research and Open Questions
Abstract: The past decade transformed our observational understanding of energetic particle processes in near‐Earth space. An unprecedented suite of observational systems were in operation including the Van Allen Probes, Arase, MMS, THEMIS, Cluster, GPS, GOES, and LANL‐GEO magnetospheric missions. They were supported by conjugate low‐altitude measurements on spacecraft, balloons, and ground‐based arrays. Together these significantly improved our ability to determine and quantify the mechanisms that control the build‐up and subsequent variability of energetic particle intensities in the inner magnetosphere. The high‐quality data from NASA's Van Allen Probes are the most comprehensive in‐situ measurements ever taken in the near‐Earth space radiation environment. These observations, cou. . .
Date: 12/2019 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics DOI: 10.1029/2019JA026735 Available at:
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Authors: Li Li, Zhou Xu-Zhi, Omura Yoshiharu, Wang Zi-Han, Zong Qiu-Gang, et al.
Title: Nonlinear drift resonance between charged particles and ultra-low frequency waves: Theory and Observations
Abstract: In Earth's inner magnetosphere, electromagnetic waves in the ultra‐low frequency (ULF) range play an important role in accelerating and diffusing charged particles via drift resonance. In conventional drift‐resonance theory, linearization is applied under the assumption of weak wave‐particle energy exchange so particle trajectories are unperturbed. For ULF waves with larger amplitudes and/or durations, however, the conventional theory becomes inaccurate since particle trajectories are strongly perturbed. Here, we extend the drift‐resonance theory into a nonlinear regime, to formulate nonlinear trapping of particles in a wave‐carried potential well, and predict the corresponding observable signatures such as rolled‐up structures in particle energy spectrum. After considering how. . .
Date: 08/2018 Publisher: Geophysical Research Letters DOI: 10.1029/2018GL079038 Available at:
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Authors: Liu Jiang, Angelopoulos V, Zhang Xiao-Jia, Turner D. L., Gabrielse C., et al.
Title: Dipolarizing flux bundles in the cis-geosynchronous magnetosphere: relationship between electric fields and energetic particle injections
Abstract: Dipolarizing flux bundles (DFBs) are small flux tubes (typically < 3 RE in XGSM and YGSM) in the nightside magnetosphere that have magnetic field more dipolar than the background. Although DFBs are known to accelerate particles, creating energetic particle injections outside geosynchronous orbit (trans-GEO), the nature of the acceleration mechanism and the importance of DFBs in generating injections inside geosynchronous orbit (cis-GEO) are unclear. Our statistical study of cis-GEO DFBs using data from the Van Allen Probes reveals that just like trans-GEO DFBs, cis-GEO DFBs occur most often in the pre-midnight sector, but their occurrence rate is ~1/3 that of trans-GEO DFBs. Half the cis-GEO DFBs are accompanied by an energetic particle injection and have an electric field three times stro. . .
Date: 01/2016 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics DOI: 10.1002/2015JA021691 Available at:
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Authors: Turner D. L., Fennell J. F., Blake J B, Clemmons J. H., Mauk B H, et al.
Title: Energy limits of electron acceleration in the plasma sheet during substorms: A case study with the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission
Abstract: We present multipoint observations of earthward moving dipolarization fronts and energetic particle injections from NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission with a focus on electron acceleration. From a case study during a substorm on 02 August 2015, we find that electrons are only accelerated over a finite energy range, from a lower energy threshold at ~7–9 keV up to an upper energy cutoff in the hundreds of keV range. At energies lower than the threshold energy, electron fluxes decrease, potentially due to precipitation by strong parallel electrostatic wavefields or initial sources in the lobes. Electrons at energies higher than the threshold are accelerated cumulatively by a series of impulsive magnetic dipolarization events. This case demonstrates how the upper energy cutoff increa. . .
Date: 08/2016 Publisher: Geophysical Research Letters Pages: 7785 - 7794 DOI: 10.1002/2016GL069691 Available at:
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Authors: Drake J. F., Agapitov O. V., and Mozer F S
Title: The development of a bursty precipitation front with intense localized parallel electric fields driven by whistler waves
Abstract: The dynamics and structure of whistler turbulence relevant to electron acceleration in the Earth's outer radiation belt is explored with simulations and comparisons with observations. An initial state with an electron temperature anisotropy in a spatially localized domain drives whistlers which scatter electrons. An outward propagating front of whistlers and hot electrons nonlinearly evolves to form regions of intense parallel electric field with structure similar to observations. The precipitating hot electrons propagate away from the source region in intense bunches rather than as a smooth flux.
Date: 03/2015 Publisher: Geophysical Research Letters DOI: 10.1002/2015GL063528 Available at:
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Authors: Omura Yoshiharu, Miyashita Yu, Yoshikawa Masato, Summers Danny, Hikishima Mitsuru, et al.
Title: Formation process of relativistic electron flux through interaction with chorus emissions in the Earth's inner magnetosphere
Abstract: We perform test particle simulations of energetic electrons interacting with whistler mode chorus emissions. We compute trajectories of a large number of electrons forming a delta function with the same energy and equatorial pitch angle. The electrons are launched at different locations along the magnetic field line and different timings with respect to a pair of chorus emissions generated at the magnetic equator. We follow the evolution of the delta function and obtain a distribution function in energy and equatorial pitch angle, which is a numerical Green's function for one cycle of chorus wave-particle interaction. We obtain the Green's functions for the energy range 10 keV–6 MeV and all pitch angles greater than the loss cone angle. By taking the convolution integral of the Green's f. . .
Date: 11/2015 Publisher: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics Pages: 9545–9562 DOI: 10.1002/2015JA021563 Available at:
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Authors: Mauk B H, Blake J B, Baker D N, Clemmons J. H., Reeves G D, et al.
Title: The Energetic Particle Detector (EPD) Investigation and the Energetic Ion Spectrometer (EIS) for the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission
Abstract: The Energetic Particle Detector (EPD) Investigation is one of 5 fields-and-particles investigations on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. MMS comprises 4 spacecraft flying in close formation in highly elliptical, near-Earth-equatorial orbits targeting understanding of the fundamental physics of the important physical process called magnetic reconnection using Earth’s magnetosphere as a plasma laboratory. EPD comprises two sensor types, the Energetic Ion Spectrometer (EIS) with one instrument on each of the 4 spacecraft, and the Fly’s Eye Energetic Particle Spectrometer (FEEPS) with 2 instruments on each of the 4 spacecraft. EIS measures energetic ion energy, angle and elemental compositional distributions from a required low energy limit of 20 keV for protons and 45 keV for o. . .
Date: 06/2014 Publisher: Space Science Reviews DOI: 10.1007/s11214-014-0055-5 Available at:
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