Coupled rotational dynamics of Saturn ’ s thermosphere and magnetosphere : a thermospheric modelling study

@inproceedings{Smith2008CoupledRD,
  title={Coupled rotational dynamics of Saturn ’ s thermosphere and magnetosphere : a thermospheric modelling study},
  author={Catherine Allison Smith and Alan D. Aylward},
  year={2008}
}
We use a numerical model of Saturn’s thermosphere to investigate the flow of angular momentum from the atmosphere to the magnetosphere. The thermosphere model is driven by Joule heating and ion drag calculated from a simple model of the magnetospheric plasma flows and a fixed model of the ionospheric conductivity. We describe an initial study in which our plasma flow model is fixed and find that this leads to several inconsistencies in our results. We thus describe an improved model in which… CONTINUE READING

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