We investigate the dynamics of a realization of the stochastic Fermi acceleration mechanism. The model consists of test particles moving between two oscillating magnetic clouds and differs from the usual Fermi- Ulam model in two ways. ͑i͒ Particles can penetrate inside clouds before being reflected. ͑ii͒ Particles can radiate a fraction of their energy during the process. Since the Fermi mechanism is at work, particles are stochastically accelerated, even in the presence of the radiated energy. Furthermore, due to a kind of resonance between particles and oscillating clouds, the probability density function of particles is strongly modified, thus generating beams of accelerated particles rather than a translation of the whole distribution function to higher energy. This simple mechanism could account for the presence of beamlets in some space plasma physics situations.
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|Titolo:||Beamlest from stochastic acceleration|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|