Plasma astrophysics: Acceleration of killer electrons

Relativistic electrons in the outer Van Allen belt wreak havoc with satellites in geosynchronous orbit, but how they reach such high energies has been unclear. New data identify gyro-resonant wave-particle interactions as the culprit.

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Publication status:
Published
Author(s):
Authors: Horne, Richard Bertram ORCIDORCID record for Richard Bertram Horne

On this site: Richard Horne
Date:
1 January, 2007
Journal/Source:
Nature Physics / 3
Page(s):
590-591
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys703