Investigation of Whistler Wave Phenomena
Final Technical rept. 1993-1997
COLUMBIA UNIV NEW YORK
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This award supported research to develop physics-based models of energetic particle transport induced by fluctuations with complex, time-evolving frequency spectra. New observations were made using the Collisionless terrella Experiment CTX , and a variety of experimental and computation techniques were developed. By combining detailed laboratory measurements of the global structure of intense plasma fluctuations with nonlinear guiding-center Hamiltonian simulations, the relationship between induced radial transport and the spectral intensity of drift-resonant fluctuations was demonstrated for the first time. This award provided research and educational support for three undergraduate students and four graduate students.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation