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3D global multi-species Hall-MHD simulation of the Cassini T9 flyby
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2007 (English)In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, Vol. 34, no 24, L24S10- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The wake region of Titan is an important component of Titan's interaction with its surrounding plasma and therefore a thorough understanding of its formation and structure is of primary interest. The Cassini spacecraft passed through the distant downstream region of Titan on 18: 59: 30 UT Dec. 26, 2005, which is referred to as the T9 flyby and provided a great opportunity to test our understanding of the highly dynamic wake region. In this paper we compare the observational data (from the magnetometer, plasma analyzer and Langmuir probe) with numerical results using a 7-species Hall MHD Titan model. There is a good agreement between the observed and modeled parameters, given the uncertainties in plasma measurements and the approximations inherent in the Hall MHD model. Our simulation results also show that Hall MHD model results fit the observations better than the non-Hall MHD model for the flyby, consistent with the importance of kinetic effects in the Titan interaction. Based on the model results, we also identify various regions near Titan where Hall MHD models are applicable.

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2007. Vol. 34, no 24, L24S10- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149980DOI: 10.1029/2007GL031627ISI: 000251345700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149980DiVA: diva2:406209
Available from: 2011-03-25 Created: 2011-03-24 Last updated: 2011-03-25Bibliographically approved

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