Propagation and Group Velocity in a Warm Magnetoplasma


  • M. P. Aubry,

  • J. Bitoun,

  • Ph. Graff


The full adiabatic theory is used to describe wave propagation in a warm magnetoplasma for frequencies around the plasma frequency and the upper hybrid resonance frequency. By comparison with the microscopic theory for directions perpendicular and parallel to the static magnetic field, we can well define the range of validity of the full adiabatic theory, which can then be used for computation of the group velocity. The variation of this group velocity as a function of frequency for several directions of propagation is shown for models corresponding to the ionosphere and the far magnetosphere. Three factors deserve attention: (1) the upper hybrid resonance and its neighborhood can be rigorously studied for far magnetospheric conditions by using the full adiabatic theory; (2) the computed modes present a mixed electrostatic-electromagnetic character; (3) The minima in group velocities for pseudoresonance frequencies progressively fill up as the temperature increases.