Parasitic Pitch Angle Diffusion of Radiation Belt Particles by Ion Cyclotron Waves

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Abstract
The resonant pitch angle scattering of protons and electrons by ion cyclotron turbulence is investigated. The analysis is analogous to that recently performed for electron interactions with whistler mode waves. The role played by the intense band of ion cyclotron waves, predicted to be generated just within the plasmapause during the decay of the magnetospheric ring current, is evaluated in detail. Loss rates resulting from parasitic interactions with this turbulence are determined for energetic protons and relativistic electrons.
Year of Publication
1972
Journal
Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume
77
Number of Pages
5608-5616
Date Published
10/1972
ISSN Number
0148-0227
URL
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/JA077i028p05608/abstract
DOI
10.1029/JA077i028p05608