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Numerical study of electrostatic electron cyclotron harmonic waves due to Maxwellian ring velocity distributions
© 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. 2007
Received: 3 August 2007
Accepted: 2 October 2007
Published: 30 November 2007
Excitation of electrostatic electron cyclotron harmonic (ECH) waves is studied by performing linear dispersion analysis and particle-in-cell computer simulation. The ECH wave emissions can be excited by a positive slope in a velocity distribution function perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field, such as that due to a loss cone or ring velocity distribution. However, there exists no analytic expression for integration of Maxwellian ring velocity distribution functions. Here we present a method to solve the linear dispersion relations of Maxwellian ring velocity distribution functions with numerical integration. The obtained dispersion relations are confirmed by particle-in-cell simulation.