Cover: Acceleration of Charged Particles by Hydromagnetic Shock Waves.

Acceleration of Charged Particles by Hydromagnetic Shock Waves.

Published 1963

by J. W. Kern

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A discussion of two mechanisms by which a single hydromagnetic (HM) shock wave can produce significant ring currents. One mechanism accelerates thermal electrons throughout the magnetosphere; the other affects energetic particles trapped in the magnetosphere, changing their energy and pitch-angle distributions. A single HM shock wave is shown to be capable of producing, by either (or both) mechanisms, significant ring currents. 35 pp.

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