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Simulations of electromagnetic ion cyclotron and whistler chorus waves

Electromagnetic ion cyclotron and whistler chorus waves occur in the Earth's inner magnetosphere at a distance of about 4 to 7 Earth radii from the center of the earth. These waves are thought to be a major loss mechanism for particles in the Earth's radiation belt. Two-dimensional simulations of these waves are revealing the structure of the waves, their evolution, and their effects on particle populations including the radiation belts.

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