Chaotic precipitation of relativistic electrons driven by large amplitude whistler waves

James Faith, Joe Huang, S. P. Kuo

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This work investigates the interaction on a single test electron with a large amplitude nonresonant wave. It is shown that the interaction of a whistler wave with a trapped bouncing electron can lead to chaos in the electron trajectory. The end result of the chaotic behavior is to enhance the electron's axial kinetic energy, which decreases the particles pitch angle allowing it to be scattered into the mirror field loss cone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-93
Number of pages2
JournalIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Jun 3 1996Jun 5 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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