Titan's Interaction with Saturn's Magnetosphere
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Cassini's suite of in situ and remote sensing instruments has sampled Titan's atmosphere and ionosphere during more than 100 close flybys spanning the years from 2004 to 2015. Even with this large number of samples, the coverage in the multitude of geospatial, magnetospheric, solar, and seasonal configurations is rather sparse resulting in an incomplete understanding of the coupling between the complex atmosphere and ionosphere of Titan and Saturn's corotational magnetospheric plasma. This paper reviews the Cassini observations from multiple instruments at Titan to piece together a cohesive picture of the interaction between Saturn's magnetosphere and Titan's ionosphere and thermosphere as it is currently understood.
Westlake, J. H., Cravens, T. E., Johnson, R. E., Ledvina, S. A., Luhmann, J. G., Mitchell, D. G., Richard, M. S., Sillanpää, I., Simon, S., Snowden, D., Waite, J. H., & Woodson, A. K. (2016). Titan’s Interaction with Saturn’s Magnetosphere. In C. R. Chappell, R. W. Schunk, P. M. Banks, J. L. Burch, & R. M. Thorne (Eds.), Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling in the Solar System (pp. 291–305). American Geophysical Union and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119066880.ch23
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