Beam Tracing for MICROBE


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Solar activity plays a pivotal role both in shaping space weather and our activities here on Earth. Thus, understanding the effects of extreme solar events, especially as we enter a solar maximum, has become increasingly important. The Magnetosphere Ionosphere Coupling & Response Observed via Beam Echoes (MICROBE) mission proposes launching a particle accelerator and detector into a sub-orbital trajectory, emitting particles through the earth’s magnetic field and measuring their return. The designs of these instruments are reliant on an accurate simulation of the emitted particles. This project aims to enhance existing particle tracing software by implementing an electric field model alongside the existing magnetic field model, thus providing the data for instrumentation design. Altering the particle tracing code involves adding the electric field force to calculate the next coordinates for a particle as it advances through the simulation. The accuracy of this implementation will be evaluated by ensuring that the adiabatic invariants, properties that are fixed along a particle's trajectory, remain constant. We also analyzed several plots, such as flux in spatial and temporal dimensions, to ensure the simulation's accuracy.


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Christopher Oelerich
James Regan
Carly Cole

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Conference URC
Event Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (ISE)
Department Computer Science (ISE)
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