Enceladus : A significant plasma source for Saturn ’ s magnetosphere

@inproceedings{Pontius2006EnceladusA,
  title={Enceladus : A significant plasma source for Saturn ’ s magnetosphere},
  author={Dieter Pontius and Thomas Winther Hill},
  year={2006}
}
The Cassini Plasma Spectrometer has reported dramatic perturbations of the magnetospheric plasma flow in a region extending at least 30 satellite radii away from Saturn’s small but active icy satellite Enceladus. We interpret these observations here by means of a steady-state model of the electrodynamic coupling between Enceladus and Saturn. Neutral water molecules from Enceladus are ionized, predominantly by charge exchange with ambient ions, to produce a pickup current that accelerates them… CONTINUE READING

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