Cyclotron resonant interactions in cosmic particle accelerators

Toshio Terasawa, Shuichi Matsukiyo

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    A review is given for cyclotron resonant interactions in space plasmas. After giving a simple formulation for the test particle approach, illustrative examples for resonant interactions are given. It is shown that for obliquely propagating whistler waves, not only fundamental cyclotron resonance, but also other resonances, such as transit-time resonance, anomalous cyclotron resonance, higher-harmonic cyclotron resonance, and even subharmonic resonance can come into play. A few recent topics of cyclotron resonant interactions, such as electron injection in shocks, cyclotron resonant heating of solar wind heavy ions, and relativistic modifications, are also reviewed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)623-640
    Number of pages18
    JournalSpace Science Reviews
    Issue number1-4
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Space and Planetary Science


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