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Modeling magnetospheric density and composition

The Earth's inner magnetosphere, extending to a distance of about 10 Earth radii from the center of the earth, contains populations of charged particles, ions (positively charged) and electrons. These particles provide inertia which affects the timescales of waves, shocks, and other time-dependent phenomena. But a comprehensive study of the three-dimensional density and composition of the particles has not yet been done. The purpose of this project is to model the density and composition of the inner magnetosphere using statistical modeling of observed densities.

FACULTY CONTACT: Richard Denton