Ions of planetary origin in the Martian magnetosphere (Phobos 2/TAUS experiment)

M. I. Verigin, N. M. Shutte, A. A. Galeev, K. I. Gringauz, G. A. Kotova, A. P. Remizov, H. Rosenbauer, P. Hemmerich, S. Livi, A. K. Richter, I. Apathy, K. Szegö, W. Riedler, K. Schwingenschuh, M. Steller, Ye G. Yeroshenko

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The measurements onboard the Phobos 2 Martian orbiter revealed one more physical process of Martian neutral atmosphere dissipation-outflow of heavy ions of planetary origin through the magnetic tail of Mars. The distribution of heavy ions through the cross-section of the Martian magnetotail is studied based on TAUS spectrometer data. Average loss rate of heavy ions through the plasmasheet (separating magnetotail lobes) is evaluated as ∼ 5 × 1024 s-1. The revealed process of Martian atmosphere dissipation is important for cosmological time and constitutes ∼ 10% of non-thermal oxygen dissipation due to dissociative recombination of molecular oxygen ions near exobase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-137
Number of pages7
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1991

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Verigin, M. I., Shutte, N. M., Galeev, A. A., Gringauz, K. I., Kotova, G. A., Remizov, A. P., Rosenbauer, H., Hemmerich, P., Livi, S., Richter, A. K., Apathy, I., Szegö, K., Riedler, W., Schwingenschuh, K., Steller, M., & Yeroshenko, Y. G. (1991). Ions of planetary origin in the Martian magnetosphere (Phobos 2/TAUS experiment). Planetary and Space Science, 39(1-2), 131-137.