Fundamental Plasma Processes in Saturn's Magnetosphere

  • B. H. MaukEmail author
  • D. C. Hamilton
  • T. W. Hill
  • G. B. Hospodarsky
  • R. E. Johnson
  • C. Paranicas
  • E. Roussos
  • C. T. Russell
  • D. E. Shemansky
  • E. C. SittlerJr.
  • R. M. Thorne


In this chapter, we review selected fundamental plasma processes that control the extensive space environment, or magnetosphere, of Saturn (see Chapter 9, for the global context). This writing occurs at a point in time when some measure of maturity has been achieved in our understanding of the operations of Saturn's magnetosphere and its relationship to those of Earth and Jupiter. Our understanding of planetary magnetospheres has exploded in the past decade or so partly because of the presence of orbiting spacecraft (Galileo and Cassini) as well as remote sensing assets (e.g., Hubble Space Telescope). This book and chapter are intended to take stock of where we are in our understanding of Saturn's magnetosphere following the successful return and analysis of extensive sets of Cassini data. The end of the prime mission provides us with an opportunity to consolidate older and newer work to provide guidance for continuing investigations.


Solar Wind Magnetic Field Line Phase Space Density Chorus Emission Dayside Reconnection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. H. Mauk
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. C. Hamilton
    • 2
  • T. W. Hill
    • 3
  • G. B. Hospodarsky
    • 4
  • R. E. Johnson
    • 5
  • C. Paranicas
    • 1
  • E. Roussos
    • 6
  • C. T. Russell
    • 7
  • D. E. Shemansky
    • 8
  • E. C. SittlerJr.
    • 9
  • R. M. Thorne
    • 10
  1. 1.The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics LaboratoryLaurelUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  3. 3.Physics and Astronomy DepartmentRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  5. 5.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  6. 6.Max-Planck-Institut für SonnensystemforschungKatlenburg-LindauGermany
  7. 7.Institute of Geophysics and Planetary PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  8. 8.Planetary and Space Science DivisionSpace Environment TechnologiesPasadenaUSA
  9. 9.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  10. 10.Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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