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Plasma astrophysics: Acceleration of killer electrons

By Richard Bertram Horne

Abstract

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

Topics: Space Sciences
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1038/nphys703
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:1736

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