Electron heating by the magnetic field-aligned electron–cyclotron waves in plasmas

Shukla, Padma and Eliasson, Bengt (2008) Electron heating by the magnetic field-aligned electron–cyclotron waves in plasmas. Physics Letters A, 372 (24). pp. 4478-4479. ISSN 0375-9601

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Abstract

It is shown that resonant nonlinear interactions between the magnetic-field aligned right-hand circularly polarized electromagnetic (CPEM) electron–cyclotron waves and electrons can produce electron temperature anisotropy due to the stochastic electron heating by waves in magnetized plasmas. The present result can thus account for the simultaneous presence of CPEM waves and an anisotropic electron temperature distribution in laboratory and space magnetoplasmas.