Accession Number:

ADA053844

Title:

The Effects of Geomagnetic Field Aligned Potential Differences on Precipitating Magnetospheric Particles.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1978-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

Mirroring of energetic ions and electrons between the magnetosphere and the ionosphere could by one possible mechanism for the precipitation of energetic particles necessary for the proper modeling of the auroral plasma. This paper considers the increased trapping or detrapping of particles in the ionosphere-magnetosphere mirror system caused by an electric potential difference along the geomagnetic field. It is found that the effect of this potential difference can be quite important to the proper modeling of the high latitude plasma, but is of lesser importance for the high energy Van Allen belts. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE