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Magnetosphere-exosphere-surface coupling at Mercury
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics.
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2007 (English)In: Space Science Reviews, ISSN 0038-6308, E-ISSN 1572-9672, Vol. 132, no 04-feb, 551-573 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mercury's environment is a complex system, resulting from the interaction between the solar wind, magnetosphere, exosphere and surface. A comprehensive description of its characteristics requires a detailed study of these four elements. This paper illustrates and discusses the key processes that are implicated in the strong coupling of the Hermean magnetosphere with the other elements. The magnetosphere of Mercury, frequently called mini- magnetosphere, when compared to that of Earth, plays a significant role in controlling the planet source and loss processes, by means of both particle and field interactions. We review the status of our knowledge, and give possible interpretations of the still-limited data set presently available.

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2007. Vol. 132, no 04-feb, 551-573 p.
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planets and satellites : Mercury, planetary environments, planetary magnetospheres plasmas, solarplanetary relatioships, interplanetary medium, field-aligned currents, substorm current wedge, magnetic-field, solar-wind, magnetopause reconnection, earths magnetosphere, energetic particles, sodium exosphere, ion-acceleration, ring current
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-17194DOI: 10.1007/s11214-007-9222-2ISI: 000251996200013Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-37649022165OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-17194DiVA: diva2:335237
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Conference: Workshop on Mercury. Int Space Sci Inst, Bern, SWITZERLAND. JUN 26-30, 2006Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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