Large-scale solar wind flow around Saturn's nonaxisymmetric magnetosphere

  title={Large-scale solar wind flow around Saturn's nonaxisymmetric magnetosphere},
  author={Ali H. Sulaiman and Xu Jia and Nicholas Achilleos and Nick Sergis and Donald A. Gurnett and William S. Kurth},
  journal={arXiv: Space Physics},
The interaction between the solar wind and a magnetosphere is fundamental to the dynamics of a planetary system. Here, we address fundamental questions on the large-scale magnetosheath flow around Saturn using a 3D magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulation. We find Saturn's polar-flattened magnetosphere to channel ~20% more flow over the poles than around the flanks at the terminator. Further, we decompose the MHD forces responsible for accelerating the magnetosheath plasma to find the plasma… Expand

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