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Electric and magnetic variations in the near-Mars environment
University of Colorado Boulder, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3431-0739
University of Colorado Boulder, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6384-7036
University Of Iowa, Department of Physics And Astronomy.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5258-6128
NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6371-9683
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2017 (English)In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 2169-9380, E-ISSN 2169-9402, Vol. 122, no 8, p. 8536-8559Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For the first time at Mars the statistical distribution of (1-D) electric field wave power in the magnetosphere is presented, along with the distribution of magnetic field wave power, as observed by the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft from the first 14.5months of the mission. Wave power in several different frequency bands was investigated, and the strongest wave powers were observed at the lowest frequencies. The presented statistical studies suggest that the full thermalization of ions within the magnetosheath does not appear to occur, as has been predicted by previous studies. Manual inspection of 140 periapsis passes on the dayside shows that Poynting fluxes (at 2-16 Hz) between similar to 10(-11) and 10(-8) Wm(-2) reach the upper ionosphere for all 140 cases. Wave power is not observed in the ionosphere for integrated electron densities greater than 10(10.8)cm(-2), corresponding to typical depths of 100-200 km. The observations presented support previous suggestions that energy from the Mars-solar wind interaction can propagate into the upper ionosphere and may provide an ionospheric heating source. Upstream of the shock, the orientation of the solar wind interplanetary magnetic field was shown to significantly affect the statistical distribution of wave power, based on whether the spacecraft was likely magnetically connected to the shock or not-something that is predicted but has not been quantitatively shown at Mars before. In flight performance and caveats of the Langmuir Probe and Waves electric field power spectra are also discussed.

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2017. Vol. 122, no 8, p. 8536-8559
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magnetic, electric, wave, power, Mars, MAVEN
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-336649DOI: 10.1002/2016JA023411ISI: 000411788800047OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-336649DiVA, id: diva2:1166663
Available from: 2017-12-15 Created: 2017-12-15 Last updated: 2017-12-15Bibliographically approved

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