DPS Meeting, Madison, October 1998
Session 43P. Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune
Contributed Poster Session, Thursday, October 15, 1998, 5:00-6:30pm, Hall of Ideas

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[43P.13] A 3D Global MHD Simulation of the Saturnian Magnetosphere

K.C. Hansen, D.L. DeZeeuw, T.I. Gombosi, C.P.T. Groth, K.G. Powell (University of Michigan)

The recent launch of the Cassini spacecraft and the continued planning of its tour of the Saturnian system makes the development of predictive models and analysis tools very important. We present the results of a 3D global magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model of the magnetosphere of Saturn as a first step in developing a detailed model which can be used for both prediction and analysis. The present model represents the interaction of a magnetized solar wind with a fast rotating, magnetized planet and includes planetary rotation as well as a simplified model of the neutral torus produced by Titan. Solutions in the steady-state for three different interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) conditions will be shown.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: kenhan@umich.edu

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