Correlations between magnetic field and electron density observations during the inbound Ulysses Jupiter flyby

D. J. Southwood, M. K. Dougherty, P. Canu, A. Balogh, Paul J Kellogg

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Abstract

The spacecraft Ulysses flew through the Jovian magnetosphere during February 1992. This paper compares the magnetic field observations recorded during the inbound pass of the flyby with the electron density as derived from the URAP instrument. In general, it is expected that the density variations will anti-correlate with the magnetic field strength in order to maintain pressure balance, although there may be instances when a temperature or energy rise alone could balance the static stress. Furthermore, there is the possibility that a dynamic process could occur which would cause both the density and field magnitude to rise in unison. In the middle magnetosphere, anti-correlation is found to exist between the two data sets; however, in the outer magnetosphere (which was characterized by very disturbed fields) and in the transition region between the outer and middle magnetospheres, there is no simple relationship between the density and field. Examples of anti-correlation, temperature or energy increases and dynamic processes are found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)919-930
Number of pages12
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Volume41
Issue number11-12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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