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Cosmic Ray Albedo Neutron Decay (CRAND) as a Source of Inner Belt Electrons: Energy Spectrum Study

Abstract : Cosmic Ray Albedo Neutron Decay (CRAND) has been recently confirmed as a source of energetic electrons at the inner edge of the inner belt by the Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment (CSSWE) mission. Here we use observations from the Detection of Electro-Magnetic Emissions Transmitted from Earthquake Regions (DEMETER) mission, to investigate the CRAND contribution to inner belt electrons quantitatively over a broad energy range ( 100-800 keV). Spectral fitting analysis supports the conclusion that CRAND is the most important electron source at the inner edge of the inner belt. For the first time, we show that CRAND is the dominant source of >250-keV quasitrapped electrons throughout the inner belt and slot region during quiet times. We suggest that additional sources for <250-keV electrons exist, perhaps from inward transport. In contrast, dynamics of electrons in the inner belt and slot region is dominated by injections during active times.
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K. Zhang, X. Li, H. Zhao, Q. Schiller, L. -y. Khoo, et al.. Cosmic Ray Albedo Neutron Decay (CRAND) as a Source of Inner Belt Electrons: Energy Spectrum Study. Geophysical Research Letters, 2019, 46, pp.544-552. ⟨10.1029/2018GL080887⟩. ⟨insu-03674467⟩

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