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The development of a bursty precipitation front with intense localized parallel electric fields driven by whistler waves

The dynamics and structure of whistler turbulence relevant to electron acceleration in the Earth\textquoterights outer radiation belt is explored with simulations and comparisons with observations. An initial state with an electron temperature anisotropy in a spatially localized domain drives whistlers which scatter electrons. An outward propagating front of whistlers and hot electrons nonlinearly evolves to form regions of intense parallel electric field with structure similar to observations. The precipitating hot electron ...

Drake, J.; Agapitov, O.; Mozer, F.;

YEAR: 2015     DOI: 10.1002/2015GL063528

Earth\textquoterights Outer Radiation Belts; Parallel electric fields; Particle acceleration; Precipitating electrons