Articles | Volume 34, issue 2
Regular paper
17 Feb 2016
Regular paper |  | 17 Feb 2016

Energetic ions scattered into the loss cone with observations of the Cluster satellite

Ying Xiong, Zhigang Yuan, and Jingfang Wang

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