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The magnetic memory of Titan's ionized atmosphere

Bertucci, C; Achilleos, N; Dougherty, MK; Modolo, R; Coates, AJ; Szego, K; ... Young, DT; + view all (2008) The magnetic memory of Titan's ionized atmosphere. SCIENCE , 321 (5895) 1475 - 1478. 10.1126/science.1159780.

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Abstract

After 3 years and 31 close flybys of Titan by the Cassini Orbiter, Titan was finally observed in the shocked solar wind, outside of Saturn's magnetosphere. These observations revealed that Titan's flow- induced magnetosphere was populated by "fossil" fields originating from Saturn, to which the satellite was exposed before its excursion through the magnetopause. In addition, strong magnetic shear observed at the edge of Titan's induced magnetosphere suggests that reconnection may have been involved in the replacement of the fossil fields by the interplanetary magnetic field.

Type:Article
Title:The magnetic memory of Titan's ionized atmosphere
DOI:10.1126/science.1159780
Keywords:PLASMA
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Space and Climate Physics

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