Particle Saturation of the Outer Zone: A Nonlinear Model.
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS
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Properties of the steady state and transient behavior of geomagnetically trapped radiation are analyzed by means of phenomenological equations that concisely summarize the operative dynamical processes. The equations provide for a realistic coupling between electromagnetic wave energy, particle intensity, and pitch-angle anisotropy in the context of the outer zone. Applications include magnetospheric enforcement of a limit on stably trapped particle flux, the smooth transition between weak pitch-angle diffusion and strong diffusion, parasitic particle precipitation by natural and man-made radio signals, natural and artificial injections of trapped radiation, and the consequence of magnetospheric cold-plasma injection.
- Atmospheric Physics