Accession Number:

ADA239967

Title:

Ionospheric and Magnetospheric Processes.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 28 Feb 86-28 Feb 91,

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-05-17

Pagination or Media Count:

108.0

Abstract:

Results of a five-year study of a variety of kinetic plasma processes in the ionosphere and magnetosphere are described. Specific topics discussed in detail include 1 The formation of ion conics due to electromagnetic ion cyclotron andor lower hybrid turbulence. 2 Auroral beam-plasma interactions and VLF turbulence, 3 Heating of charged particles in the ionosphere and magnetosphere due to strong plasma turbulence, 4 Formation of counterstreaming electron distributions along auroral field lines, and 5 Double layer formation along discrete auroral field lines. A complete listing of published papers and books during the years 1986-1991 are also included. Particle Acceleration by electromagnetic ion cyclotron turbulence Particle acceleration by intense auroral VLF turbulence Equatorially generated ULF waves as a source for the turbulence associated with ion conics and a 3D model of double layer formation on auroral field lines are described.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE