Power-Line Harmonic Radiation: Can It Significantly Affect the Earth's Radiation Belts?

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Science  25 May 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4395, pp. 839-841
DOI: 10.1126/science.204.4395.839


It has been suggested that harmonic radiation from the earth's 50- and 60-hertz power transmission lines might significantly influence the distribution of electrons in the radiation belts. On the basis of observations presented here, it seems advisable to accept such a hypothesis with caution. New evidence suggests that power-line radiation does not play any major role in the nonadiabatic dynamics of radiation belt electrons.