Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling currents at Saturn

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leicester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy


We will newly examine the magnetic signatures of field-aligned coupling currents in Saturn's magnetosphere observed on highly-inclined orbits of the Cassini spacecraft in 2013 under conditions of northern spring. These will be compared with corresponding data obtained during southern summer to search for seasonal differences. The results will subsequently be input to the development of models of the field-perturbations due to these currents that are present within the Cassini grand finale mission data (2016/17), to help discriminate their signatures from those of rotating internal field asymmetries.


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Bader A (2019) The Dynamics of Saturn's Main Aurorae in Geophysical Research Letters

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Bradley T (2018) Planetary Period Modulation of Reconnection Bursts in Saturn's Magnetotail in Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics

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Palmaerts B (2018) Auroral Storm and Polar Arcs at Saturn-Final Cassini/UVIS Auroral Observations in Geophysical Research Letters

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Stallard TS (2019) Local-time averaged maps of H3+ emission, temperature and ion winds. in Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/N504117/1 01/10/2015 31/03/2021
1778784 Studentship ST/N504117/1 01/10/2016 31/03/2020 Thomas Bradley