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Survey of trapped plasmas at the earth's magnetic equator

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Authors
Braccio, Peter G.
Subjects
Equatorially trapped plasma
Plasmapause
AMPTE
Ion distribution
Electrons distributions
Survey of low energy trapped particles
Advisors
Olsen, Richard Christopher
Date of Issue
1991-12
Date
December 1991
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
Analysis of data from the HPCE experiment on the AMPTEACCE satellite established probability distributions for trapped ions and electrons. Trapped 150 eV electrons occurred primarily in the dawn to noon local time sector, centered at L= 6. Trapped 50-150 eV ion distributions show strong L versus local time dependence, but are primarily found on the dayside (the dusk sector was not sampled for ions in this survey.) This local time dependence appears to reflect the L versus local time dependence of the plasmapause. The regions of peak occurrence probability for trapped ions were mutually exclusive with the high probability regions of trapped electrons. This offset in the location of trapped plasma species was seen frequently on a daily basis as well as in the statistical survey.
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Thesis
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Department
Department of Physics
Other Units
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
80 p.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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