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2014

Limiting energy spectrum of an electron radiation belt

To determine the Kennel-Petschek limiting particle flux in a planetary radiation belt in a fully relativistic regime, without assuming a predetermined form for the particle energy distribution, has been a long-standing challenge in space physics. In this paper, for the case of whistler mode wave-electron interaction, we meet this challenge. The limiting flux is determined by a steady state marginal stability criterion in which a convective wave gain condition is applied over all frequencies for which wave growth occurs. This ...

Summers, Danny; Shi, Run;

YEAR: 2014     DOI: 10.1002/2014JA020250

limiting trapped flux; Radiation belts



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