Atomic and molecular hydrogen from Titan in the Kronian magnetosphere

Aharon Eviatar, Morris Podolak, John D Richardson

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Abstract

The question of the neutral gas and plasma population in the region of the Kronian magnetosphere, outside the plasma mantle and inside the magnetopause, dominated by the efflux of Titan's atmosphere is considered. A model that has been used successfully to describe the inner magnetosphere is applied to this region under constraints derived from the plasma science and ultraviolet spectrometer experiments on Voyager. It is shown that it is not possible to reconcile the results of these two experiments simultaneously with the values of the atomic and molecular source strengths of the atmosphere of Titan extant in the literature. The possible sources of the discrepancy are delineated.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5377593
Pages (from-to)21007-21016
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans
Volume95
Issue numberA12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1990

Keywords

  • LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
  • Physical Sciences
  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Science & Technology
  • PLASMA DENSITY
  • PLANETS
  • CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS
  • MATHEMATICAL MODELS
  • JUPITER PLANET
  • NONMETALS
  • ATMOSPHERES
  • SATURN PLANET
  • CHEMICAL COMPOSITION
  • MOLECULES
  • HYDROGEN
  • ELEMENTS
  • SATELLITE ATMOSPHERES
  • PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES
  • PLASMA
  • VEHICLES
  • VOYAGER SPACE PROBES
  • ATOMS
  • SATELLITES
  • PLANETARY MAGNETOSPHERES
  • SPACE VEHICLES
  • 640107 - Astrophysics & Cosmology- Planetary Phenomena

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