A reexamination of pitch angle diffusion of electrons at the boundary of the lunar wake
© The Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (SGEPSS); The Seismological Society of Japan; The Volcanological Society of Japan; The Geodetic Society of Japan; The Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences. 2006
Received: 21 February 2006
Accepted: 3 April 2006
Published: 28 April 2006
Velocity distribution of the solar wind electrons injected into the lunar wake boundary is re-examined by using a simple model structure of inward electric field. The electrons that were flowing along the magnetic field lines undergo pitch angle scattering due to the electric field component perpendicular to the magnetic field. The electrons obtain perpendicular speeds twice as much as the drift speed. On the basis of the GEOTAIL observations of the whistler mode waves and strahl electrons, the intensity of the electric field and the thickness of the wake structure are estimated to be 28-40 mVm-1 and less than 20 km, respectively.