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Published September 26, 2006 | Published
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Termination shock particle spectral features


Spectral features of energetic H ions accelerated at the termination shock may be evidence of two components. At low energies the energy spectrum is ~E^(–1.55), with break at ~0.4 MeV to E^(–2.2). A second component appears above ~1 MeV with a spectrum of E^(–1.27) with a break at ~3.2 MeV. Even though the intensities upstream are highly variable, the same spectral break energies are observed, suggesting that these are durable features of the source spectrum. The acceleration processes for the two components may differ, with the lower energy component serving as the injection source for diffusive shock acceleration of the higher energy component. Alternatively, the spectral features may result from the energy dependence of the diffusion tensor that affects the threshold for diffusive shock acceleration.

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©2006 American Institute of Physics. Issue Date: 26 September 2006. The availability of the LECP data2,7 is greatly appreciated. This work was supported by NASA under contract NAS7-03001.

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