Detection of dusty plasma near the E-ring of Saturn
2009 (English)In: Planetary and Space Science, ISSN 0032-0633, E-ISSN 1873-5088, Vol. 57, no 14-15, 1795-1806 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We present several independent in-situ measurements, which provide evidence that charged dust in the E-ring interacts collectively with the dense surrounding plasma disk of Saturn, i.e., form a system of dust-plasma interaction. The results are based on data sampled by the Radio and Plasma Wave Science (RPWS) investigation onboard Cassini, which allows for interferometry of plasma density inhomogeneities (delta n/n) with two antenna elements and a Langmuir probe sensor. The interferometer experiment detects two ion populations: one co-rotating with the planetary magnetic field and another moving with near Keplerian speed around Saturn. The full range of RPWS measurements indicates that the Keplerian population consists of colder ions (T-i
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 57, no 14-15, 1795-1806 p.
Saturn Magnetosphere, E-ring, Cassini, Dust-plasma interaction, Electrodynamic coupling, Plasma physics, langmuir probe, space plasmas, magnetosphere, wave, particles, satellite, emission, dynamics, velocity, system
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19082DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2009.03.011ISI: 000273099100016ScopusID: 2-s2.0-70450223543OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-19082DiVA: diva2:337129
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