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Analytical estimates of electron quasi-linear diffusion by fast magnetosonic waves

Abstract : [1] Quantifying the loss of relativistic electrons from the Earth's radiation belts requires to estimate the effects of many kinds of observed waves, ranging from ULF to VLF. Analytical estimates of electron quasi-linear diffusion coefficients for whistler-mode chorus and hiss waves of arbitrary obliquity have been recently derived, allowing useful analytical approximations for lifetimes. We examine here the influence of much lower frequency and highly oblique, fast magnetosonic waves (also called ELF equatorial noise) by means of both approximate analytical formulations of the corresponding diffusion coefficients and full numerical simulations. Further analytical developments allow us to identify the most critical wave and plasma parameters necessary for a strong impact of fast magnetosonic waves on electron lifetimes and acceleration in the simultaneous presence of chorus, hiss, or lightning-generated waves, both inside and outside the plasmasphere. In this respect, a relatively small frequency over ion gyrofrequency ratio appears more favorable, and other propitious circumstances are characterized. This study should be useful for a comprehensive appraisal of the potential effect of fast magnetosonic waves throughout the magnetosphere. Citation: Mourenas, D., A. V. Artemyev, O. V. Agapitov, and V. Krasnoselskikh (2013), Analytical estimates of electron quasi-linear diffusion by fast magnetosonic waves,
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D Mourenas, A.V. Artemyev, O. V. Agapitov, V Krasnoselskikh. Analytical estimates of electron quasi-linear diffusion by fast magnetosonic waves. Journal of Geophysical Research Space Physics, American Geophysical Union/Wiley, 2013, 118, pp.3096-3112. ⟨10.1002/jgra.50349⟩. ⟨insu-01179001⟩



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