Erosion of the dayside magnetosphere at Mercury in association with ion outflows and flux rope generation: MULTIFLUID SIMULATIONS OF MERCURY

@inproceedings{Kidder2008ErosionOT,
  title={Erosion of the dayside magnetosphere at Mercury in association with ion outflows and flux rope generation: MULTIFLUID SIMULATIONS OF MERCURY},
  author={Aimee C Kidder and Robert Winglee and Erika Megan Harnett},
  year={2008}
}
[1] In preparation for the arrival of the MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury, and to further understanding of the Mariner 10 and ground-based observations, 3-D multifluid simulations are used to predict Mercury’s magnetospheric response to forcing from the solar wind. The model, which includes both heavy (Na + ) and light (He + ) ionospheric ion populations, predicts that solar wind access to Mercury’s surface is highly asymmetric and dependent on the strength and direction of the interplanetary… CONTINUE READING

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