Accession Number : ADA115787

Title :   Detection of Nonthermal Continuum Radiation in Saturn's Magnetosphere.

Descriptive Note : Progress rept. for period ending 1982,


Personal Author(s) : Kurth,W S ; Scarf,F L ; Sullivan,J D ; Gurnett,D A

PDF Url : ADA115787

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : A detailed analysis of high resolution wideband data from the Voyager 1 and 2 plasma wave receivers has revealed the presence of heretofore undiscovered nonthermal continuum radiation trapped within the Saturnian magnetosphere. The discovery of Saturnian trapped continuum radiation fills a disturbing void in the Saturnian radio spectrum. On the basis of observations at both the Earth and Jupiter it was expected that continuum radiation should be a pervasive signature of planetary magnetospheres in general. Special processing of the Voyager I plasma wave data at Saturn has now confirmed the existence of weak emissions that have a spectrum characteristics of trapped continuum radiation. Similar radiation was also detected by Voyager 2; however, in this case it is not certain that Saturn was the only source. Considerable evidence exists which suggests that Saturn may have been immersed in the Jovian tail during the Voyager 2 encounter, so tha Jupiter may provide an additional source of the continuum radiation detected by Voyager 2. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Saturn(Planet), *Detection, *Electromagnetic radiation, *Magnetosphere, High resolution, Broadband, Electromagnetic spectra, Trapping(Charged particles), Emission spectra, Radiofrequency, Signatures, Low strength, Jupiter(Planet)

Subject Categories : Astrophysics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE