The propagation of Alfven waves along Io's flux tube

P. A. Deift, C. K. Goertz

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The transmission of Alfvén waves from Io to the Jovian ionosphere is discussed. Various simplified laws for the variation of plasma density are analyzed and juxtaposed to simulate a realistic density variation along the Io-Jupiter flux line. Apparently the ionosphere is previously only to frequencies in excess of 1 Hz. The ionosphere participates in tilting the flux tube trapped by Io leading to the formation of a neutral point in the vicinity of the satellite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1417-1429
Number of pages13
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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