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Magnetopause structure favorable for radiation belt electron loss

Magnetopause shadowing is regarded as one of the major reasons for the loss of relativistic radiation belt electrons, although this has not yet been fully validated by observations. Previous simulations on this process assumed that all of the electrons encountering the magnetopause are simply lost into the magnetosheath just as ring current ions can be and did not examine details of the particle dynamics across and inside the magnetopause which has a finite thickness. In this paper, we perform test particle orbit calculation ...

Kim, Kyung-Chan; Lee, Dae-Young;

YEAR: 2014     DOI: 10.1002/2014JA019880

magnetopause shadowing; relativistic electron loss; test particle orbit calculation