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Electron-cylotron maser radiation from electron holes: Downward current region

Treumann, R. A., W. Baumjohann, and R. Pottelette (2012), Electron-cylotron maser radiation from electron holes: Downward current region, Annales Geophysicae, 30(1), 119-130, doi:10.5194/angeo-30-119-2012, Full paper, modified version, 8 Figures.

The electron-cyclotron maser emission theory from electron holes is applied to holes generated in the downward current region of the aurora. It is argued that the main background auroral kilometric radiation source may still be located in the upward current region electron-ring (horseshoe) distribution while the fine structure is caused by electron holes predominantly in the downward current region. There the existence of electron holes is well established and electron densities are high enough for substantial maser growth rates. Trapping of radiation by the holes provides strong amplification. Upward motion of holes favours the escape of radiation both from the holes and from the downward current region into the upward current region. Since upward and downward current regions always exist simultaneously, they are acting in tandem in generating auroral kilometric radiation and its fine structure by the same mechanism though in different ways. This mechanism solves the long-standing problem of auroral kilometric radiation fine structure.

Electron cyclotron maser, auroral kilometric radiation, auroral radiation fine structure, electron holes, downward current region, solar radio bursts, Jupiter radio emission, planetary radio emission, stellar radio bursts
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  author = {R. A. Treumann and W. Baumjohann and R. Pottelette},
  journal = {Annales Geophysicae},
  month = {jan},
  note = {Full paper, modified version, 8 Figures},
  number = {1},
  pages = {119-130},
  title = {{Electron-cylotron maser radiation from electron holes: Downward current region}},
  volume = {30},
  year = {2012},
  url = {www.ann-geophys.net/30/119/2012},
  doi = {10.5194/angeo-30-119-2012},
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%J Annales Geophysicae
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%Z Full paper, modified version, 8 Figures
%T Electron-cylotron maser radiation from electron holes: Downward current region
%U www.ann-geophys.net/30/119/2012
%8 jan
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