Accession Number : AD0762952

Title :   Pitch-Angle Diffusion of Relativistic Electrons in the Plasmasphere.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. Jun 66-May 73,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB N MEX

Personal Author(s) : Kuck,George A.

Report Date : JUN 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 245

Abstract : ), MAGNETIC FIELDS, DIFFUSION, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, SCIENTIFIC SATELLITES, WHISTLERS, THESESThe lifetimes of particles trapped in the earth's magnetic field are controlled by the different transport processes. Particles can diffuse across the magnetic field lines (i.e., radial diffusion) or along field lines (i.e., pitch-angle diffusion). Very few experimental determinations of the pitch-angle diffusion coefficients are available. This report experimentally evaluates the pitch-angle diffusion coefficients for 1.75 < or = L < or = 2.5. The Russian high-altitude tests of 28 October and 1 November 1962 injected large numbers of relativistic electrons into the plasmasphere. These electrons were observed by scintillation spectrometers aboard an Air Force satellite. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   (*MAGNETOSPHERE, PARTICLE TRAJECTORIES), (*VAN ALLEN RADIATION BELT, ELECTRONS), MAGNETIC FIELDS, DIFFUSION, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, SCIENTIFIC SATELLITES, WHISTLERS, THESES

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE