The Near-Saturn Magnetic Field Environment

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Springer, Nov 16, 2016 - Science - 97 pages
This thesis focuses on the very high Mach number shock wave that is located sunward of Saturn's strong magnetic field in the continuous high-speed flow of charged particles from the Sun (the solar wind). The author exploits the fact that the Cassini spacecraft is the only orbiter in a unique parameter regime, far different from the more familiar near-Earth space, to provide in-situ insights into the unreachable exotic regime of supernova remnants. This thesis bridges the gap between shock physics in the Solar System and the physics of ultra-high Mach number shocks around the remnants of supernova explosions, since to date research into the latter has been restricted to theory, remote observations, and simulations.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction to Space Plasmas
1
2 The SunSaturn Connection
23
3 Spacecraft and Instrumentation
39
4 Magnetic Field Characterisation of Saturns Bow Shock
47
5 QuasiPerpendicular High Mach Number Collisionless Shocks
63
6 The Magnetic Structure of Saturns Magnetosheath
77
7 Summary and Perspective
94
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Dr. Sulaiman graduated from Imperial College London with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering with first class honors. He holds a Ph.D. in Space Physics at Imperial College London under Professor Michele Dougherty FRS. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Iowa.

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