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dc.contributor.advisor Cloutier, Paul A.
dc.creatorLaw, Colin Christian
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:45:19Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:45:19Z
dc.date.issued 1993
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/13753
dc.description.abstract Present models of the Venus solar wind interaction do not allow for changes in the orientation of the field as you approach the planet. Analysis of high resolution magnetic field data from the Pioneer Venus Orbiter spacecraft has revealed two distinct field rotations that are observed to occur in conjunction with the dayside ionosphere and ionopause. These rotations are a result of the velocity shear at the ionopause and indicate an alignment of the magnetic field with the day to night ionospheric plasma flow. From these results a new configuration of the dayside field draping has been determined. In addition, the field diagnostics discovered here can be used to probe the ionosphere of Mars which may otherwise go unobserved due to a lack of ion instrumentation onboard the Mars Observer spacecraft.
dc.format.extent 90 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectPlasma physics
Astronomy
Astrophysics
dc.title Observations of magnetic signatures and structure in the dayside ionosphere of Venus
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
dc.identifier.citation Law, Colin Christian. "Observations of magnetic signatures and structure in the dayside ionosphere of Venus." (1993) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/13753.


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