Cyclotron maser radiation in space and laboratory plasmas, R Bingham

BJ Kellett, Robert Alan Cairns, I Vorgul, ADR Phelps, K Ronald, D Speirs

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One of the best known coherent radio emission mechanisms is the electron cyclotron maser instability. In this article we will demonstrate that electron cyclotron maser emission is directly associated with particular types of charged particle acceleration and propagation in space and laboratory plasmas. These include electron ring distributions, horseshoe or crescent shaped electron distribution functions. Planetary and stellar magnetospheres are examples of where horseshoe or crescent shaped electron distributions can be found and astrophysical shocks produce ring shaped electron distribution functions. In the laboratory horseshoe or crescent shaped distributions are produced whenever an electron beam propagates into a stronger magnetic field region. (C) 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • space plasma
  • cyclotron instability
  • shock waves
  • plasma propagation


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