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Planned observations of thermal plasma drifts and solar wind interactions in the Martian ionosphere

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The structure and dynamics of the Martian ionosphere are believed to be strongly dependent on the nature, magnitude, and topology of its magnetic field, and whether or not Mars has an intrinsic magnetic field. Due to the weak magnetic field on Mars, the Martian ionosphere interacts directly with the solar wind, resulting in significant outflows of keV ion beams and lower-energy “pick-up” ions. We discuss the planned study of ion drifts and solar wind interactions in the Martian ionosphere using the Planet-B Thermal Plasma Analyzer.

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Yau, A.W., Garbe, G.P., Greffen, M.J. et al. Planned observations of thermal plasma drifts and solar wind interactions in the Martian ionosphere. Earth Planet Sp 50, 195–198 (1998) doi:10.1186/BF03352103

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Keywords

  • Solar Wind
  • Topside Ionosphere
  • Plasma Drift
  • Solar Wind Interaction
  • Martian Ionosphere