On magnetospheric electron impact ionisation and dynamics in Titan's ram-side and polar ionosphere - a Cassini case study
2007 (English)In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 25, no 11, 2359-2369 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We present data from the sixth Cassini flyby of Titan (T5), showing that the magnetosphere of Saturn strongly interacts with the moon's ionosphere and exo-ionosphere. A simple electron ionisation model provides a reasonable agreement with the altitude structure of the ionosphere. Furthermore, we suggest that the dense and cold exo-ionosphere (from the exobase at 1430 km and outward to several Titan radii from the surface) can be explained by magnetospheric forcing and other transport processes whereas exospheric ionisation by impacting low energy electrons seems to play a minor role.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 25, no 11, 2359-2369 p.
ionosphere (Planetary ionospheres; Plasma; temperature and density); Magnetospheric physics Magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-14309ISI: 000251998900009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-14309DiVA: diva2:42079