Interactions between Mercury's surface and its dynamic space environment

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

Abstract

The project will have a number of research strands including:
The energetic particle populations surrounding Mercury: We will focus on particle and magnetic field measurements taken by MESSENGER in regions magnetically conjugate to previous observations of particle
induced X-ray fluorescence, in order to understand the particle populations responsible for the X-ray emissions.

An associated laboratory programme will include the characterisation of X-ray and particle-induced X-ray
fluorescence from ground based Mercury surface analogues, using the MIXS ground truth facility. Such analysis is a vital precursor to the BepiColombo mission to ensure maximum science return from the MIXS instrument

The ULF wave population within Mercury's magnetosphere using MESSENGER data: The damping of these
waves is determined by their interaction with the insulating planetary surface and highly conducting planetary core, and here we will focus on their use, for the first time, as a diagnostic of crustal electrical properties.

Publications

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/V506849/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024
2432262 Studentship ST/V506849/1 28/09/2020 31/03/2024 Michael Martin McKee