ORIGIN OF AURORAL PRIMARIES.
Final scientific rept. 1 Aug 66-30 Sep 69,
IMPERIAL COLL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LONDON (ENGLAND) DEPT OF PHYSICS
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The theory of the neutral sheet in the geomagnetic tail has reached the point where noise should be taken into account. The problem of the sheet is formidable, but is tractable assuming it can be treated as a boundary layer. There is no fundamental need for noise to occur, but the distribution function derived from previous work suggests that noise whould be generated. Because the sheet is so thin, radiation out from the sides might quench the instability. It has been shown that this radiation can be calculated in a straightforward way and some computations have been published. A method has also been developed for calculating the energy fed into waves from particles. An approximate method of evaluation, valid for all but the longest wavelengths, yields reasonably simple formulae, and the application of this method to electrostatic waves is described. Once a self-consistent model of the noise-free sheet has been set up, these methods are sufficient to determine the nature of any noise generated. Author
- Atmospheric Physics