Electron heating by the magnetic field-aligned electron–cyclotron waves in plasmas

Padma Shukla, Bengt Eliasson

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It is shown that resonant nonlinear interactions between the magnetic-field aligned right-hand circularly polarized electromagnetic (CPEM) electron–cyclotron waves and electrons can produce electron temperature anisotropy due to the stochastic electron heating by waves in magnetized plasmas. The present result can thus account for the simultaneous presence of CPEM waves and an anisotropic electron temperature distribution in laboratory and space magnetoplasmas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4478-4479
Number of pages2
JournalPhysics Letters A
Issue number24
Early online date15 Apr 2008
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2008


  • electron heating
  • electron cyclotron waves
  • plasma

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