Equilibrium Structure of Radiation Belt Electrons

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Abstract
The detailed quiet time structure of energetic electrons in the earth\textquoterights 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.
Year of Publication
1973
Journal
Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume
78
Number of Pages
2142-2149
Date Published
05/1973
ISSN Number
0148-0227
URL
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/JA078i013p02142/abstract
DOI
10.1029/JA078i013p02142