Auroral kilometric radiation and electron pairing


We suggest that pairing of bouncing medium-energy electrons in the auroral upward current region close to the mirror points may play a role in driving the electron cyclotron maser instability to generate an escaping narrow band fine structure in the auroral kilometric radiation. We treat this mechanism in the gyrotron approximation, for simplicity using the extreme case of a weakly relativistic Dirac distribution instead the more realistic anisotropic Jüttner distribution. Promising estimates of bandwidth, frequency drift and spatial location are given.

  author = {Treumann, R.A. and Baumjohann, W.},
  doi = {10.3389/fphy.2020.00386},
  journal = {Frontiers in Physics, Space Physics},
  language = {en},
  pages = {386},
  title = {Auroral kilometric radiation and electron pairing},
  volume = {8},
  year = {2020},
%O Journal Article
%A Treumann, R.A.
%A Baumjohann, W.
%R 10.3389/fphy.2020.00386
%J Frontiers in Physics, Space Physics
%G en
%P 386
%T Auroral kilometric radiation and electron pairing
%V 8
%D 2020