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Modulational instability of whistler-mode signals

Nature volume 274, pages 874875 (31 August 1978) | Download Citation

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DATA from ground based and satellite observations have confirmed the occurrence of quasi-period very low-frequency (VLF) whistler-mode signals in the Earth's magnetosphere1 and the solar wind2. I report here that new regions of modulational instability could cause whistler wave modulation in the magnetosphere. I also indicate the importance of whistler modulation instability in other astrophysical and laboratory plasmas.

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  1. Institut für Theoretische Physik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, FRG

    • P. K. SHUKLA

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