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Space Science Reviews

, Volume 132, Issue 2–4, pp 529–550 | Cite as

Hermean Magnetosphere-Solar Wind Interaction

  • M. Fujimoto
  • W. BaumjohannEmail author
  • K. Kabin
  • R. Nakamura
  • J. A. Slavin
  • N. Terada
  • L. Zelenyi
Article

Abstract

The small intrinsic magnetic field of Mercury together with its proximity to the Sun makes the Hermean magnetosphere unique in the context of comparative magnetosphere study. The basic framework of the Hermean magnetosphere is believed to be the same as that of Earth. However, there exist various differences which cause new and exciting effects not present at Earth to appear. These new effects may force a substantial correction of our naïve predictions concerning the magnetosphere of Mercury. Here, we outline the predictions based on our experience at Earth and what effects can drastically change this picture. The basic structure of the magnetosphere is likely to be understood by scaling the Earth’s case but its dynamic aspect is likely modified significantly by the smallness of the Hermean magnetosphere and the substantial presence of heavy ions coming from the planet’s surface.

Keywords

Mercury Magnetosphere Substorm Solar wind 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Fujimoto
    • 1
  • W. Baumjohann
    • 2
    Email author
  • K. Kabin
    • 3
  • R. Nakamura
    • 2
  • J. A. Slavin
    • 4
  • N. Terada
    • 5
  • L. Zelenyi
    • 6
  1. 1.Institute of Space and Astronautical ScienceSagamiharaJapan
  2. 2.Space Research InstituteAustrian Academy of SciencesGrazAustria
  3. 3.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  4. 4.Goddard Space Flight CenterNASAGreenbeltUSA
  5. 5.NiCTKoganeiJapan
  6. 6.Space Research InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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