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  Solar Wind Deflection by Mass Loading in the Martian Magnetosheath Based on MAVEN Observations

Dubinin, E. M., Fränz, M., Pätzold, M., Halekas, J. S., Mcfadden, J., Connerney, J. E. P., et al. (2018). Solar Wind Deflection by Mass Loading in the Martian Magnetosheath Based on MAVEN Observations. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(6), 2574-2579. doi:10.1002/2017GL076813.

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Dubinin, E. M.1, Author              
Fränz, Markus1, Author              
Pätzold, M., Author
Halekas, J. S., Author
Mcfadden, J., Author
Connerney, J. E. P., Author
Jakosky, B. M., Author
Vaisberg, O., Author
Zelenyi, L., Author
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1Department Planets and Comets, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society, ou_1832288              

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Free keywords: Mars solar wind mass loading MAVEN
 MPIS_GROUPS: Planetary Plasmas
 MPIS_PROJECTS: Mars DFG
 Abstract: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN observations at Mars show clear signatures of the shocked solar wind interaction with the extended oxygen atmosphere and hot corona displayed in a lateral deflection of the magnetosheath flow in the direction opposite to the direction of the solar wind motional electric field. The value of the velocity deflection reaches ∼50 km/s. The occurrence of such deflection is caused by the “Lorentz‐type” force due to a differential streaming of the solar wind protons and oxygen ions originating from the extended oxygen corona. The value of the total deceleration of the magnetosheath flow due to mass loading is estimated as ∼40 km/s. Plain Language Summary Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN observations at Mars show that the solar wind interaction with Mars occurs already far from the planet. We observe clear signatures of the interaction with the extended oxygen atmosphere displayed in a lateral deflection of the magnetosheath flow in the direction opposite to the direction of the solar wind motional electric field. In a certain sense Mars resembles a small comet with the already formed magnetospheric cavity and a bow shock.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018-08-082018
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1002/2017GL076813
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Title: Geophysical Research Letters
  Abbreviation : GRL
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Washington, D.C. : American Geophysical Union
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 45 (6) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 2574 - 2579 Identifier: ISSN: 0094-8276
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925465217