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Cosmic-ray transport and acceleration. I - Derivation of the kinetic equation and application to cosmic rays in static cold media. II - Cosmic rays in moving cold media with application to diffusive shock wave acceleration
Schlickeiser, Reinhard
AA(High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, CO)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1 (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 336, Jan. 1, 1989, p. 243-293. (ApJ Homepage)
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Space Radiation
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Cosmic Rays, Kinetic Equations, Particle Acceleration, Shock Wave Propagation, Transport Properties, Charged Particles, Electric Fields, Fokker-Planck Equation, Magnetohydrodynamic Waves, Polarized Radiation
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The propagation of energetic charged particles in a zero electric field and an ordered uniform magnetic field (B0) in a cold background medium is investigated theoretically, with a focus on the case where Alfven waves propagating parallel or antiparallel to B0 are superposed. The derivations of the governing equations of a quasi-linear theory for pitch-angle and momentum diffusion and for its applications to cosmic-ray protons in a cold medium at rest or in nonrelativistic motion parallel to B0 are given in great detail; numerical predictions are presented in tables and graphs and discussed with reference to published observational data.

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