Publication Date:
2019-07-12

Description:
The weakly relativisitic dielectric tensor for a system of electrons comprised of cold and energetic populations, embedded in a neutralizing background, is reformulated in terms of an infinite series representation in powers of lamba = alpha ck(perpendicular)/omega (c), where alpha-squared is a parameter proportional to the average thermal energy of the energetic electrons, k(perpendicular) is the perpendicular component of the wave vector k, and omega (c) is the electron gyrofrequency. The energetic electrons are assumed to have a loss-cone feature in the perpendicular momentum space. The present formalism can be used in the problem of cyclotron maser as well as more general gyroharmonic maser (i.e., multiharmonics) emissions resulting from weakly relativistic loss-cone electrons. This is because, unlike the previous theories in which certain approximations such as the single-harmonic approximations are made, the present formalism retains contributions from the entire harmonics.

Keywords:
PLASMA PHYSICS

Type:
Physics of Fluids B (ISSN 0899-8221); 2; 1918-192

Format:
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