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Radiation belt electron acceleration by chorus waves during the 17 March 2013 storm

Local acceleration driven by whistler-mode chorus waves is suggested to be fundamentally important for accelerating seed electron population to ultra-relativistic energies in the outer radiation belt. In this study, we quantitatively evaluate chorus-driven electron acceleration during the 17 March 2013 storm, when Van Allen Probes observed very rapid electron acceleration up to multi MeV within \~15 hours. A clear peak in electron phase space density observed at L* \~ 4 indicates that the internal local acceleration process ...

Thorne, R.; Li, W.; Ma, Q.; Ni, B.; Bortnik, J.;

YEAR: 2014     DOI: 10.1109/URSIGASS.2014.6929882

Atmospheric waves; Van Allen Belts; Van Allen Probes