Equilibrium Structure of Radiation Belt Electrons

TitleEquilibrium Structure of Radiation Belt Electrons
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1973
AuthorsLyons, LR, Thorne, RM
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Pagination2142 - 2149
Date Published05/1973
KeywordsLocal Loss due to VLF/ELF/EMIC Waves
AbstractThe detailed quiet time structure of energetic electrons in the earth's radiation belts is explained on the basis of a balance between pitch angle scattering loss and inward radial diffusion from an average outer zone source. Losses are attributed to a combination of classical Coulomb scattering at low L and whistler mode turbulent pitch angle diffusion throughout the outer plasmasphere. Radial diffusion is driven by substorm associated fluctuations of the magnetospheric convection electric field.

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