Hydromagnetic Waves and Cosmic Ray Diffusion Theory
Abstract
Pitch angle diffusion of cosmic rays in hydromagnetic wave fields is considered strictly within the quasilinear approximation. It is shown that the popular assumption of an isotropic power spectrum tensor of magnetic fluctuations requires in this case equal forms and magnitudes of Alfven and magnetosonic wave spectra  a situation which is generally unlikely. The relative contributions to the pitch angle diffusion coefficient from the cyclotron resonances and Landau resonance due to the different types of waves are evaluated for a typical situation in the solar wind. Since in this approximation also the Landau resonance does not lead to particle reflections a proper consideration of the nonlinear particle orbits is indeed necessary to overcome the well known difficulties of quasilinear scattering theory for cosmic rays near 90 degrees pitch angle.
 Publication:

International Cosmic Ray Conference
 Pub Date:
 August 1975
 Bibcode:
 1975ICRC....3..838L
 Keywords:

 Cosmic Rays;
 Diffusion Theory;
 Magnetohydrodynamic Waves;
 Pitch (Inclination);
 Cyclotron Resonance;
 Diffusion Coefficient;
 Magnetoacoustic Waves;
 Particle Diffusion;
 Particle Trajectories;
 Power Spectra;
 Space Radiation