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Pitch Angle Distributions of Energetic Electrons in the Equatorial Regions of the Outer Magnetosphere — OGO-5 Observations

  • Harry I. WestJr.
  • Richard M. Buck
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 44)

Abstract

Pitch angle distributions (PAD) of energetic electrons relate to a wide variety of magnetospheric processes. Wave-particle interactions (turbulence, instabilities) act on a time scale comparable to the particle gyro period; betatron acceleration is important on time scales of the bounce period to minutes; and drift-shell effects are important on time scales of the azimuthal drift period. A study of pitch angle effects can provide important information on the static and dynamic aspects of field topology. Our interest in this paper is primarily with the drift shell effects.

Keywords

Pitch Angle Energetic Electron Field Configuration Neutral Sheet Pitch Angle Distribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry I. WestJr.
    • 1
  • Richard M. Buck
    • 1
  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaLivermoreUSA

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