The jupiter-io connection: an alfven engine in space.

  title={The jupiter-io connection: an alfven engine in space.},
  author={John Winston Belcher},
  volume={238 4824},
Much has been learned about the electromagnetic interaction between Jupiter and its satellite Io from in situ observations. Io, in its motion through the Io plasma torus at Jupiter, continuously generates an Alfvén wing that carries two billion kilowatts of power into the jovian ionosphere. Concurrently, Io is acted upon by a J x B force tending to propel it out of the jovian system. The energy source for these processes is the rotation of Jupiter. This unusual planet-satellite coupling serves… CONTINUE READING

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