Electron energization in lunar magnetospheres

R. Bingham, R. Bamford, B. J. Kellett, V. D. Shapiro

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The interaction of the solar wind with lunar surface magnetic fields produces a bow shock and a magnetosphere-like structure. In front of the shock wave energetic electrons up to keV energies are produced. This paper describes how resonant interactions between plasma turbulence in the form of lower-hybrid waves and electrons can result in field aligned electron acceleration. The turbulent wave fields close to the lower-hybrid resonant frequency are excited most probably by the modified two-stream instability, driven by the solar wind ions that are reflected and deflected by the low shock.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)915-918
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Issue number6
Early online date20 Aug 2010
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • plasma turbulence
  • lower-hybrid waves
  • electrons
  • field aligned electron acceleration
  • turbulent wave fields
  • solar wind ions
  • frequency

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