Accession Number : AD0755352

Title :   Precipitation of Auroral and Ring-Current Particles by Artificial Plasma Injection,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Cornwall,John M.

Report Date : 30 JAN 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : Outside the plasmasphere, most of the energy in magnetospherically trapped particles resides in two populations: auroral-energy electrons, and the proton ring current, with single-particle energies from 1 to 50 keV. The ring current contains more energy than all other components of the magnetospherically trapped radiation. It may be possible to precipitate a large fraction of this energy into the ionosphere by injection of a light-ion plasma from a synchronous satellite, which would render the ring current protons unstable to a variety of plasma modes. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MAGNETOSPHERE, CHARGED PARTICLES), VAN ALLEN RADIATION BELT, PROTONS, ELECTRONS, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), AURORAE, IONOSPHERE

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE