Radiation belt storm probes: Resolving fundamental physics with practical consequences

TitleRadiation belt storm probes: Resolving fundamental physics with practical consequences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsUkhorskiy, AY, Mauk, BH, Fox, NJ, Sibeck, DG, Grebowsky, JM
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Volume73
Issue11-12
Pagination1417 - 1424
Date Published07/2011
ISSN13646826
KeywordsRadiation belts; Space weather; Van Allen Probes
AbstractThe fundamental processes that energize, transport, and cause the loss of charged particles operate throughout the universe at locations as diverse as magnetized planets, the solar wind, our Sun, and other stars. The same processes operate within our immediate environment, the Earth's radiation belts. The Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission will provide coordinated two-spacecraft observations to obtain understanding of these fundamental processes controlling the dynamic variability of the near-Earth radiation environment. In this paper we discuss some of the profound mysteries of the radiation belt physics that will be addressed by RBSP and briefly describe the mission and its goals.
URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364682610003688
DOI10.1016/j.jastp.2010.12.005
Short TitleJournal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics


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