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Earth\textquoterights Van Allen Radiation Belts: From Discovery to the Van Allen Probes Era

Discovery of the Earth\textquoterights Van Allen radiation belts by instruments flown on Explorer 1 in 1958 was the first major discovery of the Space Age. The observation of distinct inner and outer zones of trapped megaelectron volt (MeV) particles, primarily protons at low altitude and electrons at high altitude, led to early models for source and loss mechanisms including Cosmic Ray Albedo Neutron Decay for inner zone protons, radial diffusion for outer zone electrons and loss to the atmosphere due to pitch angle scatter ...

Li, W.; Hudson, M.K.;

YEAR: 2019     DOI: 10.1029/2018JA025940

Particle acceleration; particle loss; particle transport; Radiation belts; Van Allen Probes; wave-particle interactions