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A novel technique for rapid L* calculation using UBK coordinates

[1] The magnetic drift invariant (L*) is an important quantity used for tracking and organizing particle dynamics in the radiation belts, but its accurate calculation has been computationally expensive in the past, thus making it difficult to employ this quantity in real-time space weather applications. In this paper, we propose a new, efficient method to calculate L* using the principle of energy conservation. This method uses Whipple\textquoterights (U, B, K) coordinates to quickly and accurately determine trajectories of ...

Min, Kyungguk; Bortnik, J.; Lee, Jeongwoo;

YEAR: 2013     DOI: 10.1029/2012JA018177

Generalized L value; L star; RBSP; Van Allen Probes