Signature of a Parallel Electric Field in Ion and Electron Distributions in Velocity Space.
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Charged particle data taken by the S3-3 satellite are presented as contours of the velocity distribution function on a velocity-space diagram. This report focuses on the analytical technique used to interpret the particle data. Details of features exhibited by the electron and ion data in the velocity space representations are discussed in terms of a simple electrostatic acceleration model. The observed particle populations are separated in velocity-space by recognizable demarcations calculated from the conservation laws in accordance with Liouvilles theorem.
- Atmospheric Physics