Articles | Volume 39, issue 1
Regular paper
23 Feb 2021
Regular paper |  | 23 Feb 2021

Distribution of Earth's radiation belts' protons over the drift frequency of particles

Alexander S. Kovtyukh

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This is a continuation of work published in Annales Gephysicae between 2016 and 2020. In this paper, a new method for analyzing experimental data is proposed, calculations are carried out, and a new class of distributions of particles of radiation belts is constructed. As a result of this work, new, finer physical regularities of the structure of the Earth's proton radiation belt and its solar-cyclic variations have been obtained, which cannot be obtained by other methods.