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Investigation of the Magnetosphere of Ganymede with Galileo's Energetic Particle Detector

Ph.D. dissertation by Shawn M. Stone, University of Kansas, 1999.


Copyright 1999 by Shawn M. Stone.  Used with permission.


2.3.3 The Third Adiabatic Invariant


The third invariant is associated with the azimuthal drift that charged particles undergo. From the action integral Equation [2.17] and using information provided in Figure 2.8 yields




where p in the direction of dl is assumed negligible since the drift velocity is typically an order of magnitude, or more, less than the particle's total velocity. Using Stoke's theorem gives




where Φ is the amount of magnetic flux through the drift path. The constancy of Φ keeps the particles bouncing and drifting along the same L shell.


Figure 2.8 Conservation of the third adiabatic invariant. Magnetic flux enclosed by a particle drifting perpendicular to B and ΔB remains constant during slow changes in the magnetic field [Walt, 1994].




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Manufacturer: The Galileo Spacecraft was manufactured by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, General Electric, and the Hughes Aircraft Company.

Mission Duration: Galileo was planned to have a mission duration of around 8 years, but was kept in operation for 13 years, 11 months, and 3 days, until it was destroyed in a controlled impact with Jupiter on September 21, 2003.

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