Plasma Sources of Solar System Magnetospheres

  • Andrew F. Nagy
  • Michel Blanc
  • Charles R. Chappell
  • Norbert Krupp

Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 52)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-V
  2. Michel Blanc, Andrew F. Nagy
    Pages 1-3
  3. K. Seki, A. Nagy, C. M. Jackman, F. Crary, D. Fontaine, P. Zarka et al.
    Pages 27-89
  4. J. M. Raines, G. A. DiBraccio, T. A. Cassidy, D. C. Delcourt, M. Fujimoto, X. Jia et al.
    Pages 91-144
  5. Daniel T. Welling, Mats André, Iannis Dandouras, Dominique Delcourt, Andrew Fazakerley, Dominique Fontaine et al.
    Pages 145-208
  6. Scott J. Bolton, Fran Bagenal, Michel Blanc, Timothy Cassidy, Emmanuel Chané, Caitriona Jackman et al.
    Pages 209-236
  7. M. Blanc, D. J. Andrews, A. J. Coates, D. C. Hamilton, C. M. Jackman, X. Jia et al.
    Pages 237-283

About this book


This volume reviews what we know of the corresponding plasma source for each intrinsically magnetized planet. Plasma sources fall essentially in three categories: the solar wind, the ionosphere (both prevalent on Earth), and the satellite-related sources. 

Throughout the text, the case of each planet is described, including the characteristics, chemical composition and intensity of each source. The authors also describe how the plasma generated at the source regions is transported to populate the magnetosphere, and how it is later lost. To summarize, the dominant sources are found to be the solar wind and sputtered surface ions at Mercury, the solar wind and ionosphere at Earth (the relative importance of the two being discussed in a specific introductory chapter), Io at Jupiter and – a big surprise of the Cassini findings – Enceladus at Saturn. The situation for Uranus and Neptune, which were investigated by only one fly-by each, is still open and requires further studies and exploration. In the final chapter, the book offers a summary of the little we know of Uranus and Neptune, then summarizes in a comparative way what we know of plasma sources throughout the solar system, and proposes directions for future research.

Originally published in Space Science Reviews, Vol. 192, Issues 1-4, 2015


Planetary magnetospheres Plasma processes in magnetospheres Interplay between plasma sources Interplay between transport processes Planetary space environments Moon-planets interactions

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew F. Nagy
    • 1
  • Michel Blanc
    • 2
  • Charles R. Chappell
    • 3
  • Norbert Krupp
    • 4
  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Institut de Rechercheen Astrophysique et PlanétologieToulouseFrance
  3. 3.Physics and AstronomyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  4. 4.Max-Planck Institut fur SonnensystemGöttingenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-3543-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-3544-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-7525
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