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|Title:||Horizontal Plasma Flow Velocities in the Ionosphere of Mars: A Test Case for the Solar Wind Interaction|
|Authors:||Singhal, R P|
Whitten, R C
|Abstract:||On the apparently non-magnetic planets Mars and Venus, ionospheric plasma can be driven from the day to the nightside by two different mechanisms: (a) the pressure gradient force across the terminator, and (b) a solar wind-induced force via a viscous boundary layer interaction. Calculations of the horizontal flow velocities in the ionosphere of Mars using the two mechanisms produce results differing by an order of magnitude. It is pointed out that the detailed observations of the horizontal flow velocity in the ionosphere of Mars may provide a test case for the resolution of some problems relating to the interaction of the solar wind with the planets Mars and Venus.|
|ISSN:||0975-105X (Online); 0367-8393 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||IJRSP Vol.17(2) [April 1988]|
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