The Source Mechanism of Auroral Kilometric Radiation
- S.-I. Akasofu and
- J.R. Kan
Published Online: 26 MAR 2013
Copyright 1981 by the American Geophysical Union.
Physics of Auroral Arc Formation
How to Cite
Wu, C. S. (1981) The Source Mechanism of Auroral Kilometric Radiation, in Physics of Auroral Arc Formation (eds S.-I. Akasofu and J.R. Kan), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM025p0418
- Published Online: 26 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1981
Print ISBN: 9780875900506
Online ISBN: 9781118664360
- Auroras—Addresses, essays, lectures
The cyclotron maser mechanism for the auroral kilometric radiation (AKR) proposed by Wu and Lee (1979 and Lee et al. (1980) is reviewed. Moreover, some recent developments concerning the quasilinear saturation of AKR and its energy conversion efficiency are also discussed. These discussions are concerned with the case in which the population of the secondary electrons prevails over that of the energetic electrons. In this paper the limit of zero secondary electrons is discussed briefly. It is found that the dispersion relation of the radiation is significantly modified.