Articles | Volume 33, issue 12
Ann. Geophys., 33, 1507–1512, 2015
Ann. Geophys., 33, 1507–1512, 2015

Regular paper 21 Dec 2015

Regular paper | 21 Dec 2015

Boltzmann electron PIC simulation of the E-sail effect

P. Janhunen

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