Micrometeoroid impact on planetary satellites as a magnetospheric mass source

P. K. Haff, A. Eviatar

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Abstract

Planetary satellites are an important source of mass for planetary magnetospheres. Meteoroid impact vaporization is a supply mechanism which can potentially compete with charged-particle sputtering. Recent estimates of impact fluxes in the outer solar system vary by several orders of magnitude. For the larger flux values impact vaporization will play a role both at Jupiter and Saturn, although for the most part it will not dominate sputtering. At the small end of the flux range, sputtering dominates magnetospheric mass-loading everywhere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-269
Number of pages12
JournalIcarus
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1986
Externally publishedYes

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