Title

Ion Trajectory in Saturn’s Magnetosphere near Titan

Presenter Information

Jordache Richardson

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Energy, Distribution, Magnetosphere

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to try and determine how particles of varying energy are being distributed in the induced magnetosphere of Titan, Saturn’s moon. This information would prove valuable in understanding the plasma interactions with Titan as well as other experiments conducted by Cassini, an unmanned spacecraft that orbits Saturn. In order to calculate where the particles would be distributed, I created a MATLAB code that tracks a particle’s movement using a fourth order Runge-Kutta approximation through a constant electric and magnetic field and modified it to track multiple particles of varying energy to see how those particles will distribute. Using the data collected during Cassini’s fly-bys of Titan and comparing it to the results of the model, I will be able to find how particles are distributing in Titan’s magnetosphere.

Poster Number

2

Faculty Mentor(s)

Snowden , Darci

Additional Mentoring Department

Physics

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Ion Trajectory in Saturn’s Magnetosphere near Titan

SURC Ballroom C/D

The purpose of this research is to try and determine how particles of varying energy are being distributed in the induced magnetosphere of Titan, Saturn’s moon. This information would prove valuable in understanding the plasma interactions with Titan as well as other experiments conducted by Cassini, an unmanned spacecraft that orbits Saturn. In order to calculate where the particles would be distributed, I created a MATLAB code that tracks a particle’s movement using a fourth order Runge-Kutta approximation through a constant electric and magnetic field and modified it to track multiple particles of varying energy to see how those particles will distribute. Using the data collected during Cassini’s fly-bys of Titan and comparing it to the results of the model, I will be able to find how particles are distributing in Titan’s magnetosphere.