The Effects of Geomagnetic Field Aligned Potential Differences on Precipitating Magnetospheric Particles.
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C
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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
- Atmospheric Physics
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics