Sun  ID: 4480

Prompt Electron Acceleration in the Radiation Belts

On March 17, 2016, Van Allen Probe A detected a pulse of high energy electrons in the radiation belts, generated by the impact of a recent coronal mass ejection striking Earth's magnetosphere. The gradient drift speed of the electron pulse was high enough, that it propagated completely around Earth and was detected by the spacecraft again as the pulse spread out in the radiation belt. Because the particles have a range of energies, the pulse spread out as it moved around Earth, generating a weaker signal the next time it hit the spacecraft.  

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Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Visualizer
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
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Genna Duberstein (USRA): Lead Producer
Shrikanth G. Kanekal (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
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Radiation Belt Storm Probes/Van Allen Probes - RBSP
Van Allen Probes

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Van Allen Probes/Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma Suite
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SVS >> Geomagnetic Field
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Solid Earth >> Geomagnetism >> Magnetic Field
SVS >> Radiation Belts
SVS >> Hyperwall
NASA Science >> Sun

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version