Cyclotron maser radiation in space and laboratory plasmas

Bingham, R. and Kellett, B. J. and Cairns, R. A. and Vorgul, I. and Phelps, A. D. R. and Ronald, K. and Speirs, D. (2004) Cyclotron maser radiation in space and laboratory plasmas. Contributions to Plasma Physics, 44 (5-6). pp. 382-387. ISSN 1521-3986

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Abstract

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 stellarmagnetospheres 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.