A Review of General Physical and Chemical Processes Related to Plasma Sources and Losses for Solar System Magnetospheres

K. Seki, A. Nagy, C. M. Jackman, F. Crary, D. Fontaine, P. Zarka, P. Wurz, A. Milillo, J. A. Slavin, D. C. Delcourt, M. Wiltberger, R. Ilie, X. Jia, S. A. Ledvina, M. W. Liemohn, R. W. Schunk

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to provide a review of general processes related to plasma sources, their transport, energization, and losses in the planetary magnetospheres. We provide background information as well as the most up-to-date knowledge of the comparative studies of planetary magnetospheres, with a focus on the plasma supply to each region of the magnetospheres. This review also includes the basic equations and modeling methods commonly used to simulate the plasma sources of the planetary magnetospheres. In this paper, we will describe basic and common processes related to plasma supply to each region of the planetary magnetospheres in our solar system. First, we will describe source processes in Sect. 1. Then the transport and energization processes to supply those source plasmas to various regions of the magnetosphere are described in Sect. 2. Loss processes are also important to understand the plasma population in the magnetosphere and Sect. 3 is dedicated to the explanation of the loss processes. In Sect. 4, we also briefly summarize the basic equations and modeling methods with a focus on plasma supply processes for planetary magnetospheres.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-89
Number of pages63
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Volume192
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • General processes
  • Planetary magnetosphere
  • Plasma sources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Seki, K., Nagy, A., Jackman, C. M., Crary, F., Fontaine, D., Zarka, P., Wurz, P., Milillo, A., Slavin, J. A., Delcourt, D. C., Wiltberger, M., Ilie, R., Jia, X., Ledvina, S. A., Liemohn, M. W., & Schunk, R. W. (2015). A Review of General Physical and Chemical Processes Related to Plasma Sources and Losses for Solar System Magnetospheres. Space Science Reviews, 192(1-4), 27-89. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-015-0170-y