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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.


Chapter 2. Single Particle Theory


A plasma is composed of charged particles that are reacting to the electromagnetic field environment present in their region of space as well as to each other. Single particle motion in a plasma is strongly distorted by the presence of all the other particles. However, due to Debye screening, the particles move approximately freely in a dilute collisionless and hot plasma for distances larger than a Debye length [Treumann and Baumjohann, 1997]. With this assumption, it is possible to learn much about the dynamics of plasmas in planetary magnetic fields from the study of single particle motion and their physical properties. This chapter sets out the theoretical basis for the analysis and modeling that will be done in Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7.




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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.

Destination: Galileo's destination was Jupiter and its moons, which it orbitted for 7 years, 9 months, and 13 days.