Physics and Astronomy Department and Space Science Center
College or School
Faculty Research Advisor
We have surveyed magnetic field data from the Ulysses spacecraft and found examples of magnetic waves with the expected characteristics that point to excitation by newborn pickup He+. With interstellar neutrals as the likely source for the pickup ions, we have modeled the ion production rates and used them to produce wave excitation rates that we compare to the background turbulence rates. The source ions are thought to be always present, but the waves are seen when growth rates are comparable to or exceed the turbulence rates. With the exception of the fast latitude scans, and unlike the waves excited by newborn interstellar pickup H+, the waves are seen throughout the Ulysses orbit.
Marchuk, Anastasia V. and Smith, Charles, "Low-frequency Waves due to Newborn Interstellar Pickup He+ Observed by the Ulysses Spacecraft" (2022). Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) Student Presentations. 518.