Radiation belt storm probes: Resolving fundamental physics with practical consequences

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Abstract
The 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\textquoterights 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.
Year of Publication
2011
Journal
Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Volume
73
Number of Pages
1417-1424
Date Published
07/2011
ISSN Number
13646826
URL
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364682610003688
DOI
10.1016/j.jastp.2010.12.005