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5/1/2014 Seminar – Radiation belt precipitation: an overview of mechanisms and recent simulation results – cancelled

Published on May 1, 2014

Speaker:Thiago Brito
Date:5/1
Time:4:00pm
Location:SPSC W120

Seminar Abstract:

Radiation belt precipitation has been investigated since their discovery by Van Allen. This kind of loss is a major sink for the energetic particle population in our magnetosphere. There are many types of wave-particle interactions and other phenomena that can cause these particles to be lost to the atmosphere. I will give a brief overview of radiation belt precipitation, focusing on energetic electron precipitation and including the several mechanisms by which it can take place. I will also present the results from recent modeling efforts using MHD modeling of the magnetosphere coupled with test particle simulations to understand its possible causes.