Numerical simulations of unbounded cyclotron-maser emissions

D. C. Speirs, S. L. McConville, K. M. Gillespie, A. D. R. Phelps, K. Ronald

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Numerical simulations have been conducted to study the spatial growth rate and emission topology of the cyclotron-maser instability responsible for stellar/planetary auroral magnetospheric radio emission and intense non-thermal radio emission in other astrophysical contexts. These simulations were carried out in an unconstrained geometry, so that the conditions existing within the source region of some natural electron cyclotron masers could be more closely modelled. The results have significant bearing on the radiation propagation and coupling characteristics within the source region of such non-thermal radio emissions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1001
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Issue number6
Early online date12 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • cyclotron maser
  • cyclotron-maser
  • cyclotron maser instability
  • auroral cyclotron maser
  • numerical simulations
  • radio emissions
  • astrophysical plasma
  • astrophysical signals
  • auroral kilometric radiation


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