Ponderomotive force acceleration of ions in the auroral region

P. K. Shukla, L. Stenflo, R. Bingham, R. O. Dendy

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A general description of ion acceleration by the ponderomotive forces of circularly polarized electromagnetic waves with arbitrary frequency in magnetized plasmas is presented. The time derivative parallel ponderomotive force turns out to play an important role for nonstationary ion acceleration. Our results can be useful in understanding the acceleration of escaping ions in the presence of intense electromagnetic waves in the auroral zone of the Earth's ionosphere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27449-27451
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberA12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996


  • acceleration
  • Alfvén waves
  • ion acceleration
  • magnetosphere
  • plasma
  • waves
  • electromagnetic waves
  • ionosphere
  • plasmas


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