Space Science Reviews

, Volume 128, Issue 1–4, pp 649–670 | Cite as

RPC-MAG The Fluxgate Magnetometer in the ROSETTA Plasma Consortium

  • Karl-Heinz Glassmeier
  • Ingo Richter
  • Andrea Diedrich
  • Günter Musmann
  • Uli Auster
  • Uwe Motschmann
  • Andre Balogh
  • Chris Carr
  • Emanuele Cupido
  • Andrew Coates
  • Martin Rother
  • Konrad Schwingenschuh
  • Karoly Szegö
  • Bruce Tsurutani
Article

Abstract

The fluxgate magnetometer experiment onboard the ROSETTA spacecraft aims to measure the magnetic field in the interaction region of the solar wind plasma with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It consists of a system of two ultra light (about 28 g each ) triaxial fluxgate magnetometer sensors, mounted on the 1.5 m long spacecraft boom. The measurement range of each sensor is ±16384 nT with quantization steps of 31 pT. The magnetometer sensors are operated with a time resolution of up to 0.05 s, corresponding to a bandwidth of 0–10 Hz. This performance of the RPC-MAG sensors allows detailed analyses of magnetic field variations in the cometary environment. RPC-MAG furthermore is designed to study possible remnant magnetic fields of the nucleus, measurements which will be done in close cooperation with the ROSETTA lander magnetometer experiment ROMAP.

Keywords

comet solar wind plasma fluxgate magnetometer ROSETTA 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl-Heinz Glassmeier
    • 1
  • Ingo Richter
    • 2
  • Andrea Diedrich
    • 2
  • Günter Musmann
    • 2
  • Uli Auster
    • 2
  • Uwe Motschmann
    • 2
  • Andre Balogh
    • 3
  • Chris Carr
    • 3
  • Emanuele Cupido
    • 3
  • Andrew Coates
    • 4
  • Martin Rother
    • 5
  • Konrad Schwingenschuh
    • 6
  • Karoly Szegö
    • 7
  • Bruce Tsurutani
    • 8
  1. 1.Institut für Geophysik und extraterrestrische PhysikTechnische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany
  2. 2.Technische Universität zu BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany
  3. 3.Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Mullard Space Science Laboratory at Holmbury St. MaryHolmbury St. MaryUK
  5. 5.GeoForschungsZentrum PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  6. 6.Institut für Weltraumforschung GrazGrazAustria
  7. 7.KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics BudapestBudapestHungary
  8. 8.Jet Propulsion Laboratory PasadenaPasadenaUSA

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