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    Minimagnetospheres above the lunar surface and the formation of lunar swirls

    Bamford, R.A. and Kellett, B. and Bradford, W.J. and Norberg, C. and Thornton, K.J. and Gibson, I.A. and Crawford, Ian and Silva, L. and Gargaté, L. and Bingham, R. (2012) Minimagnetospheres above the lunar surface and the formation of lunar swirls. Physical Review Letters 109 (8), ISSN 0031-9007.

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    Abstract

    In this paper we present in situ satellite data, theory, and laboratory validation that show how small-scale collisionless shocks and minimagnetospheres can form on the electron inertial scale length. The resulting retardation and deflection of the solar wind ions could be responsible for the unusual “lunar swirl” patterns seen on the surface of the Moon.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 14:50
    Last Modified: 17 May 2016 14:50
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15204

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