The Venusian induced magnetosphere: A case study of plasma and magnetic field measurements on the Venus Express mission

E. Kallio, T. L. Zhang, S. Barabash, R. Jarvinen, I. Sillanpää, P. Janhunen, A. Fedorov, J. A. Sauvaud, C. Mazelle, J. J. Thocaven, H. Gunell, H. Andersson, A. Grigoriev, K. Brinkfeldt, Y. Futaana, M. Holmström, R. Lundin, M. Yamauchi, K. Asamura, W. BaumjohannH. Lammer, A. J. Coates, D. R. Linder, D. O. Kataria, C. C. Curtis, K. C. Hsieh, B. R. Sandel, M. Grande, H. E.J. Koskinen, T. Säles, W. Schmidt, P. Riihelä, J. Kozyra, N. Krupp, J. Woch, J. G. Luhmann, S. McKenna-Lawlor, S. Orsini, R. Cerulli-Irelli, A. Mura, A. Milillo, M. Maggi, E. Roelof, P. Brandt, C. T. Russell, K. Szego, J. D. Winningham, R. A. Frahm, J. R. Scherrer, J. R. Sharber, P. Wurz, P. Bochsler

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Plasma and magnetic field measurements made onboard the Venus Express on June 1, 2006, are analyzed and compared with predictions of a global model. It is shown that in the orbit studied, the plasma and magnetic field observations obtained near the North Pole under solar minimum conditions were qualitatively and, in many cases also, quantitatively in agreement with the general picture obtained using a global numerical quasi-neutral hybrid model of the solar wind interaction (HYB-Venus). In instances where the orbit of Venus Express crossed a boundary referred to as the magnetic pileup boundary (MPB), field line tracing supports the suggestion that the MPB separates the region that is magnetically connected to the fluctuating magnetosheath field from a region that is magnetically connected to the induced magnetotail lobes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)796-801
Number of pages6
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2008



  • Numerical modelling
  • Planetary magnetospheres
  • Solar wind
  • Venus
  • Venus-solar wind interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Kallio, E., Zhang, T. L., Barabash, S., Jarvinen, R., Sillanpää, I., Janhunen, P., Fedorov, A., Sauvaud, J. A., Mazelle, C., Thocaven, J. J., Gunell, H., Andersson, H., Grigoriev, A., Brinkfeldt, K., Futaana, Y., Holmström, M., Lundin, R., Yamauchi, M., Asamura, K., ... Bochsler, P. (2008). The Venusian induced magnetosphere: A case study of plasma and magnetic field measurements on the Venus Express mission. Planetary and Space Science, 56(6), 796-801.