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Reversible electron heating vs. wave-particle interactions in quasi-perpendicular shocksThe energy necessary to explain the electron heating in quasi-perpendicular collisionless shocks can be derived either from the electron acceleration in the d.c. cross shock electric potential, or by the interactions between the electrons and the waves existing in the shock. A Monte Carlo simulation has been performed to study the electron distribution function evolution through the shock structure, with and without particle diffusion on waves. This simulation has allowed us to clarify the relative importance of the two possible energy sources; in particular it has been shown that the electron parallel temperature is determined by the d.c. electromagnetic field and not by any wave-particle-induced heating. Wave particle interactions are effective in smoothing out the large gradients in phase space produced by the 'reversible' motion of the electrons, thus producing a 'cooling' of the electrons.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Veltri, P. (Calabria Univ. Rende, Italy)
Mangeney, A. (Paris Observatoire, Meudon, France)
Scudder, J. D. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: Nuovo Cimento C, Serie 1
Volume: 15 C
Issue: 5
ISSN: 0390-5551
Subject Category
Distribution Limits