Charged Particle Densities in the Outer Radiation Belt

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Marty D. Y. Schob

Adviser(s): Dr. Lauren Blum, NASA, Professor Jeff Larsen

Poster #82

The Earth is not a magnetic dipole, which is to say that the magnetic field lines that exit the planet do not only go through the poles. Instead, they enter and exit seemingly at random with varying intensities. Charged particles from the Sun get trapped in these magnetic fields and are accelerated to energy levels four to six orders of magnitude beyond the energy they contained drifting through space. The mechanisms within the magnetic fields, or radiations belts, are unknown, but their products are very real and damaging to satellites in orbit above Earth. I will continue research next semester.

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