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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.


4.9 The Divergence of Magnetic Field in Models M1 and M2



Figure 4.35 The divergence of a magnetic field line starting from 45º latitude and 90º West longitude in a GSII coordinate system for model M1. The distance scale chosen to implement the derivatives was 100 km.



Figure 4.36 The divergence of the magnetic field along the field line presented in figure 4.31 for model M2. The distance scale chosen to implement the derivatives was 100 km.



4.10 Using the EPD Instrument to Check for Aberration of the Plasma Direction


It is possible to use the ion rate data to imply a set of aberration angles from the direction of corotation. This can be done by locating the direction of the maximum rate and the minimum rate in a complete stepping sequence. The ideal case would find these directions to be 180º apart, but due to the fact that the spacecraft is translating and the angular coverage is in discrete steps, these two vectors are only approximations. This procedure produces for G2 (stepping sequence 3-4-5-4-3), during the inbound trajectory outside of the magnetopause and the outbound, the aberration angles in Table 4.11. For G7 this procedure is plagued by a more complete angular coverage of the 4π sphere. This seems contradictory, but the 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 stepping sequence allows for a longer translation range (4 minutes worth), and a greater probability that the maximum and minimum vectors will be less than 180º apart.  This procedure yields for G7 the aberration angles in Table 4.11.


Table 4.11 Aberration angles of the corotational plasma flow as ascertained from the look directions of the maximum and minimum rates. The angles α and β are calculated from the orientation of the maximum look direction relative to the theoretical corotation direction in GSII coordinates {0,-1,0}.


Encounter Angle between
Max and Min
G2 inbound 104º -49º 10º
G2 outbound 118º -23º
G7 inbound 107º 70º 13º
G7 outbound 111º 33º 28º



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