Whistler mode wave coupling effects on electron dynamics in the near Earth magnetosphere
UNSPECIFIED. (1998) Whistler mode wave coupling effects on electron dynamics in the near Earth magnetosphere. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 25 (3). pp. 265-268. ISSN 0094-8276Full text not available from this repository.
Nonlinear electron whistler mode wave particle interactions in the near earth magnetosphere suggest several candidate mechanisms for phase space diffusion of electrons into the loss cone to provide a source of auroral precipitating electrons. A unidirectional whistler mode wave propagating parallel to the background magnetic field and interacting with an electron can be shown to produce resonance (trapping of electrons) but the process is not stochastic. Chaos can be introduced by resonance between electrons that mirror many times in the earth's field, and a whistler wavefield. Here, we show that an electron interacting with two oppositely directed, parallel propagating whistler mode waves exhibits stochastic behaviour in addition to resonance. The background field is uniform, so that stochasticity arises solely due to the presence of the wavefield without requiring bounce motion of electrons between mirror points. Stochasticity first appears for wave amplitudes not inconsistent with observations at disturbed times in the near earth magnetosphere and therefore may contribute to pitch angle diffusion.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QE Geology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS|
|Publisher:||AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION|
|Official Date:||1 February 1998|
|Number of Pages:||4|
|Page Range:||pp. 265-268|
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