Macroscopic Magnetospheric Particle Acceleration

  1. J. H. Waite Jr.,
  2. J. L. Burch and
  3. R. L. Moore
  1. B. H. Mauk and
  2. C.-I. Meng

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM054p0319

Solar System Plasma Physics

Solar System Plasma Physics

How to Cite

Mauk, B. H. and Meng, C.-I. (1989) Macroscopic Magnetospheric Particle Acceleration, in Solar System Plasma Physics (eds J. H. Waite, J. L. Burch and R. L. Moore), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM054p0319

Author Information

  1. Applied Physics Laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, MD 20707

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1989

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900742

Online ISBN: 9781118664315



  • Space plasmas;
  • Sun;
  • Magnetosphere;
  • Astrophysics


Selected topics of recent theoretical developments in the study of macroscopic magnetospheric particle acceleration mechanisms are reviewed. As such mechanisms are fairly well understood as isolated entities, it is in the incorporation of the mechanisms into the complex workings of real plasma systems that new findings have emerged. In terms of illuminating the outstanding problems in solar system plasma physics, these discussions are used to illustrate the importance of considering the reciprocal interactions between the macroscopic kinetic acceleration mechanisms and the processes of coupling between different macroscopic regions (e.g., magnetosphere/ionosphere) as opposed to the point of view that macroscopic kinetic energization is simply a consequence of coupling. Full particle distributions, as well as accurate distribution moments, are needed to experimentally characterize such interactions.