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    A new semiempirical model of Saturn's bow shock based on propagated solar wind parameters

    Went, D.R. and Hospodarsky, G.B. and Masters, Adam and Hansen, K.C. and Dougherty, M.K. (2011) A new semiempirical model of Saturn's bow shock based on propagated solar wind parameters. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 116 (A7), ISSN 0148-0227.

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    A new semiempirical model of Saturn's dayside bow shock is presented. The model uses observations made during the Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, and Voyager 2 flybys as well as data from the first 6 years of the Cassini mission (2004–2010) to derive the average shape of the shock surface and the variation of shock subsolar distance with solar wind dynamic pressure. The 574 bow shock crossings used to construct the model provide good local time coverage of the dayside shock surface up to latitudes of roughly 45°, allowing the three-dimensional shape of the shock surface to be investigated for the first time. Narrowband Langmuir waves observed by the Radio and Plasma Wave Science instrument are combined with propagated solar wind velocities in order to estimate the solar wind dynamic pressure associated with each of the Cassini crossings. An axisymmetric second-order surface is then fit to the resulting crossing distribution, self-consistently accounting for solar wind dynamic pressure variations. The new semiempirical model is compared with existing models of Saturn's bow shock and magnetopause, and the physical implications of the model are discussed. On the basis of these comparisons, it is proposed that the new semiempirical model is the most accurate representation of Saturn's bow shock surface to date.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences > UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2011 13:40
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:21


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