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Parasitic Pitch Angle Diffusion of Radiation Belt Particles by Ion Cyclotron Waves

AuthorLyons, Lawrence; Thorne, Richard;
KeywordsLocal Loss due to VLF/ELF/EMIC Waves
AbstractThe resonant pitch angle scattering of protons and electrons by ion cyclotron turbulence is investigated. The analysis is analogous to that recently performed for electron interactions with whistler mode waves. The role played by the intense band of ion cyclotron waves, predicted to be generated just within the plasmapause during the decay of the magnetospheric ring current, is evaluated in detail. Loss rates resulting from parasitic interactions with this turbulence are determined for energetic protons and relativistic electrons.
Year of Publication1972
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Number of Pages5608-5616
Date Published10/1972