Interaction of the solar wind with unmagnetized planets

Zoltan Dobe, Kevin B. Quest, Vitali D. Shapiro, K. Szegö, Joseph D. Huba

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Abstract

The results of a one-dimensional electromagnetic hybrid simulation of the interaction between the ionospheres of Venus and Mars and the solar wind are presented. Finite electron inertia is retained, allowing for the analysis of the lower hybrid waves propagating along an oblique but fixed angle to the shocked solar-wind magnetic field. The waves are excited by a relative drift between a cold electron beam, created by E X B pickup, and the planetary oxygen ions. The free energy source for instability is in the solar-wind proton flow supporting electron drift through the convective electric field. The waves generate a collective friction between the shocked solar-wind flow and planetary ions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-263
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume83
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 12 1999

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solar wind
planets
interactions
Venus (planet)
energy sources
oxygen ions
inertia
mars
ionospheres
electrons
friction
free energy
electron beams
electromagnetism
protons
electric fields
sensors
magnetic fields
ions
simulation

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Dobe, Z., Quest, K. B., Shapiro, V. D., Szegö, K., & Huba, J. D. (1999). Interaction of the solar wind with unmagnetized planets. Physical Review Letters, 83(2), 260-263.

Interaction of the solar wind with unmagnetized planets. / Dobe, Zoltan; Quest, Kevin B.; Shapiro, Vitali D.; Szegö, K.; Huba, Joseph D.

In: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 83, No. 2, 12.07.1999, p. 260-263.

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Dobe, Z, Quest, KB, Shapiro, VD, Szegö, K & Huba, JD 1999, 'Interaction of the solar wind with unmagnetized planets', Physical Review Letters, vol. 83, no. 2, pp. 260-263.
Dobe Z, Quest KB, Shapiro VD, Szegö K, Huba JD. Interaction of the solar wind with unmagnetized planets. Physical Review Letters. 1999 Jul 12;83(2):260-263.
Dobe, Zoltan ; Quest, Kevin B. ; Shapiro, Vitali D. ; Szegö, K. ; Huba, Joseph D. / Interaction of the solar wind with unmagnetized planets. In: Physical Review Letters. 1999 ; Vol. 83, No. 2. pp. 260-263.
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