Cyclotron maser radiation in space and laboratory plasmas

R. Bingham, B. J. Kellett, R. A. Cairns, I. Vorgul, A. D. R. Phelps, K. Ronald, D. Speirs

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One of the best known coherent radio emission mechanisms is the electron cyclotron maser instability. In this article we will demonstrate that electron cyclotron maser emission is directly associated with particular types of charged particle acceleration and propagation in space and laboratory plasmas. These include electron ring distributions, horseshoe or crescent shaped electron distribution functions. Planetary and stellarmagnetospheres are examples of where horseshoe or crescent shaped electron distributions can be found and astrophysical shocks produce ring shaped electron distribution functions. In the laboratory horseshoe or crescent shaped distributions are produced whenever an electron beam propagates into a stronger magnetic field region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-387
Number of pages6
JournalContributions to Plasma Physics
Issue number5-6
Early online date31 Aug 2004
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004


  • space plasma
  • cyclotron instability
  • shock waves
  • plasma propagation

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