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Rotationally driven magnetic reconnection in Saturn’s dayside

Authors
  • Guo, R. L.1, 2
  • Yao, Z. H.2
  • Wei, Y.1, 3
  • Ray, L. C.4
  • Rae, I. J.5
  • Arridge, C. S.4
  • Coates, A. J.5
  • Delamere, P. A.6
  • Sergis, N.7, 8
  • Kollmann, P.9
  • Grodent, D.2
  • Dunn, W. R.5
  • Waite, J. H.10
  • Burch, J. L.10
  • Pu, Z. Y.11
  • Palmaerts, B.2
  • Dougherty, M. K.12
  • 1 Key Laboratory of Earth and Planetary Physics, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China , Beijing (China)
  • 2 Université de Liège, Laboratoire de Physique Atmosphérique et Planétaire, STAR Institute, Liège, Belgium , Liège (Belgium)
  • 3 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, College of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Beijing, China , Beijing (China)
  • 4 Lancaster University, Department of Physics, Lancaster, UK , Lancaster (United Kingdom)
  • 5 University College London, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Dorking, UK , Dorking (United Kingdom)
  • 6 University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute, Fairbanks, AK, USA , Fairbanks (United States)
  • 7 Office for Space Research and Technology, Academy of Athens, Athens, Greece , Athens (Greece)
  • 8 Institute of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing, National Observatory of Athens, Athens, Greece , Athens (Greece)
  • 9 Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, USA , Laurel (United States)
  • 10 Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, USA , San Antonio (United States)
  • 11 Peking University, School of Earth and Space Sciences, Beijing, China , Beijing (China)
  • 12 Imperial College, Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences, London, UK , London (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nature Astronomy
Publisher
Nature Publishing Group UK
Publication Date
Jun 04, 2018
Volume
2
Issue
8
Pages
640–645
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/s41550-018-0461-9
Source
Springer Nature
License
Yellow

Abstract

Cassini magnetic field and plasma observations find evidence of magnetic reconnection on the dayside of Saturn’s magnetosphere, which can explain local auroral pulsations and play a role in the transport of energetic particles within rapidly rotating magnetospheres.

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