Volume 402, Number 3, May II 2003
First Science with the ODIN satellite
|Page(s)||819 - 826|
|Published online||23 April 2003|
Non-collisional cross-field diffusion of relativistic electrons
INAF/Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
Corresponding author: E. Amato, email@example.com
Accepted: 7 February 2003
We investigate the diffusion of relativistic particles in the presence of a time constant, spatially non-homogeneous magnetic field. We show that the intrinsic dynamical instability of the particle trajectories can provide an important source of non-collisional diffusion even in the absence of time-dependent phenomena and for the simplest possible field structure that still allows microscopic chaos.
Key words: relativity / instabilities / magnetic fields / plasmas / shock waves
© ESO, 2003
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