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A fast plasma analyser for the study of the solar wind interaction with Mars

James, Adrian Martin; (1998) A fast plasma analyser for the study of the solar wind interaction with Mars. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis describes the design and development of the FONEMA instrument to be flown aboard the Russian mission to Mars in 1996. Many probes have flown to Mars yet despite this many mysteries still remain, among them the nature of the interaction of the solar wind with the planetary obstacle. In this thesis I will present some of the results from earlier spacecraft and the models of the interaction that they suggest paying particular attention to the contribution of ion analysers. From these results it will become clear that a fast ion sensor is needed to resolve many of the questions about the magnetosphere of Mars. The FONEMA instrument was designed for this job making use of a novel electrostatic mirror and particle collimator combined with parallel magnetic and electrostatic fields to resolve the ions into mass and energy bins. Development and production of the individual elements is discussed in detail.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: A fast plasma analyser for the study of the solar wind interaction with Mars
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Pure sciences; Earth sciences; Mars; Solar wind
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10097437
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