Possibility of saturnian synchrotron radiation
- Luthey, J. L.
- Jun 1, 1972.
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- Synchrotron spectra were computed for a hypothetical Saturn radiation belt. A monoenergetic distribution of relativistic electrons was assumed to exist in a toroidal volume in a dipole magnetic field aligned with the rotation axis. When synchrotron emission is added to the thermal component implied by observations at wavelengths shorter than 50 cm, the upturn in the total emission spectrum may be gradual to sharp, depending on the critical wavelength and the number density of radiating electrons. With the constraint of the pressure balance equation, the ranges of magnetic field intensity, and electron energy, and density were tabulated and nomographically illustrated. For several estimates of the magnetic field loading factor, the minimum surface magnetic field intensity and minimum electron number density were computed.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19720026126., Accession ID: 72N33776., NASA-CR-128334., and U-OF-IOWA-72-18.
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