IGPP Seminar Series

New Perspectives of Titan's Plasma Interaction from MHD modeling of the Cassini flybys

by Yingjuan Ma
IGPP, UCLA

Abstract

As the largest moon of Saturn, Titan has a well extended atmosphere/ionosphere system and no appreciable intrinsic magnetic field. Its interaction with the rotating plasma flow in the Saturnian magnetosphere is controlled by both the upstream plasma and Titan's Saturn local time. The interaction results in a complex plasma environment near Titan: the plasma flow slows down due to ion pick-up and the resulting mass loading, the magnetic field lines pile-up in front of the obstacle and form an induced bipolar magnetotail in the wake region. In this presentation, new perspectives will be discussed about Titanšs plasma interaction based on MHD modeling of a few special Cassini flybys of Titan
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
3853 Slichter Hall
Refreshments at 3:45 PM
Lecture at 4:00 PM