Yao Meijuan1; Cui Jun1; Wu Xiaoshu2; Huang Yingying1; Wang Wenrui1
Source Publicationearthandplanetaryphysics
AbstractThe Martian ionosphere is produced by a number of controlling processes, including solar extreme ultraviolet radiation (EUV) and X-ray ionization, impact ionization by precipitating electrons, and day-to-night transport. This study investigates the structural variability of the Martian ionosphere with the aid of the radio occultation (RO) experiments made on board the recent Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. On the dayside, the RO electron density profiles are described by the superposition of two Chapman models, representing the contributions from both the primary layer and the low-altitude secondary layer. The inferred subsolar peak electron densities and altitudes are 1.24×10~5 cm-3 and 127 km for the former, and 4.28×10~4 cm-3 and 97 km for the latter, respectively, in general agreement with previous results appropriate for the low solar activity conditions. Our results strengthen the role of solar EUV and X-ray ionization as the driving source of plasma on the dayside of Mars. Beyond the terminator, a systematic decline in ionospheric total electron content is revealed by the MAVEN RO measurements made from the terminator crossing up to a solar zenith angle of 120°. Such a trend is indicative of day-to-night plasma transport as an important source for the nightside Martian ionosphere.
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Yao Meijuan,Cui Jun,Wu Xiaoshu,et al. variabilityofthemartianionospherefromthemavenradiooccultationscienceexperiment[J]. earthandplanetaryphysics,2019,3(4):283.
APA Yao Meijuan,Cui Jun,Wu Xiaoshu,Huang Yingying,&Wang Wenrui.(2019).variabilityofthemartianionospherefromthemavenradiooccultationscienceexperiment.earthandplanetaryphysics,3(4),283.
MLA Yao Meijuan,et al."variabilityofthemartianionospherefromthemavenradiooccultationscienceexperiment".earthandplanetaryphysics 3.4(2019):283.
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