Magnetic field experiment for Voyagers 1 and 2

Abstract

The magnetic field experiment to be carried on the Voyager 1 and 2 missions consists of dual low field (LFM) and high field magnetometer (HFM) systems. The dual systems provide greater reliability and, in the case of the LFM's, permit the separation of spacecraft magnetic fields from the ambient fields. Additional reliability is achieved through electronics redundancy. The wide dynamic ranges of ± 0.5 G for the LFM's and ± 20 G for the HFM's, low quantization uncertainty of ± 0.002 γ (γ = 10−5 G) in the most sensitive (± 8 γ) LFM range, low sensor RMS noise level of 0.006 γ, and use of data compaction schemes to optimize the experiment information rate all combine to permit the study of a broad spectrum of phenomena during the mission. Objectives include the study of planetary fields at Jupiter, Saturn, and possibly Uranus; satellites of these planets; solar wind and satellite interactions with the planetary fields; and the large-scale structure and microscale characteristics of the interplanetary magnetic, field. The interstellar field may also be measured.

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Behannon, K.W., Acuna, M.H., Burlaga, L.F. et al. Magnetic field experiment for Voyagers 1 and 2. Space Sci Rev 21, 235–257 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00211541

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Keywords

  • Solar Wind
  • Satellite Interaction
  • Information Rate
  • Wide Dynamic Range
  • Dual System