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Testing the importance of precipitation loss mechanisms in the inner radiation belt

Rodger, Craig J.; McCormick, Robert J.; Clilverd, Mark A.. 2004 Testing the importance of precipitation loss mechanisms in the inner radiation belt. Geophysical Research Letters, 31 (10), L10803. 5, pp. 10.1029/2004GL019501

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Abstract/Summary

Manmade control of the radiation belts for the protection of space-based infrastructure has been suggested on the basis of theoretical calculations. In this paper we put forward an experimental test of the relative importance of either whistler-induced electron precipitation (WEP) or manmade VLF transmitters as the most significant inner radiation belt loss mechanisms for 2 < L < 2.4. The experimental identification of seasonality in inner radiation belt electrons lifetimes would provide strong evidence for the relative significance of WEP- or manmade transmitter-driven losses depending on the relative phasing found.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1029/2004GL019501
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Antarctic Science in the Global Context (2000-2005) > Geospace Atmosphere Transfer Functions
ISSN: 0094-8276
NORA Subject Terms: Physics
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 25 Jan 2012 10:47
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/12382

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