This paper analyzes the frequency structure of the bands of electron-cyclotron maser instability. The calculations show that each term of the series describing the growth rate provides a double-peak structure, if we accept a nonthermal electron distribution with a 'two-side' loss-cone. The ratio of central frequencies is found to be non-integer in general case. We conclude that the harmonic structure of solar radio spikes observed in a number of events can be imitated by electron-cyclotron maser emission of mildly relativistic electrons with a power-law momentum distribution.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science