Plasma measurements in the Jovian polar region with Juno/JADE

J. R. Szalay, F. Allegrini, F. Bagenal, S. Bolton, G. Clark, J. E.P. Connerney, L. P. Dougherty, R. W. Ebert, D. J. Gershman, W. S. Kurth, S. Levin, P. Louarn, B. Mauk, D. J. McComas, C. Paranicas, D. Ranquist, M. Reno, M. F. Thomsen, P. W. Valek, S. WeidnerR. J. Wilson

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Jupiter's main auroral oval provides a window into the complex magnetospheric dynamics of the Jovian system. The Juno spacecraft entered orbit about Jupiter on 5 July 2016 and carries on board the Auroral Distributions Experiment (JADE) that can directly sample the auroral plasma structures. Here we identify five distinct regimes in the JADE data based on composition/energy boundaries and magnetic field mappings, which exhibit considerable symmetry between the northern and southern passes. These intervals correspond to periods when Juno was connected to the Io torus, inner plasma sheet, middle plasma sheet, outer plasma sheet, and the polar region. When connected to the torus and inner plasma sheet, the heavy ions are consistent with a corotating pickup population. For Juno's first perijove, we do not find evidence for a broad auroral acceleration region at Jupiter's main auroral oval for energies below 100 keV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7122-7130
Number of pages9
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 28 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


  • Jupiter
  • magnetosphere


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