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Energetic charged particle weathering of Saturn's inner satellites

Authors
Journal
Planetary and Space Science
0032-0633
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
61
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2011.02.012
Keywords
  • Planetary Magnetospheres
  • Saturn
  • Planetary Satellites

Abstract

Abstract We characterize the relative importance of energetic electrons and protons to the weathering of five of the inner satellites of Saturn. To do this, we present data from the Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument on the Cassini spacecraft, some of which is averaged over the whole mission to date. We also compute averaged proton and electron energy spectra relevant to the distances of these inner satellites. Where data are available, we estimate the power per unit area into a satellite's surface. For electron energy deposition into satellite leading hemispheres, we find the power per unit area is greatest at Mimas and falls off with distance from Saturn. Using fluxes of 1–50MeV protons detected within the sweeping corridors of Mimas and Enceladus, we find the corresponding deposition would be about 2×108 and 3.7×107eV/cm2s.

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