The 90° problem of cosmic-ray transport theory is revisited in this paper. By using standard forms of the wave spectrum in the solar wind, the pitch-angle Fokker–Planck coefficient and the parallel mean free path are computed for different resonance functions. A critical comparison is made of the strength of 90° scattering due to plasmawave effects, dynamical turbulence effects and nonlinear effects. It is demonstrated that, only for low-energy cosmic particles, dynamical effects are usually dominant. The novel results presented here are essential for an effective comparison of heliospheric observations for the parallel mean free path with the theoretical model results.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Dec 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics