6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
[PCG32-P13] A simulation study of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability at the Martian ionopause
Keywords:the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, the finite Larmor radius effect
Terada et al.  pointed out that the KH instability at the Venusian ionopause develops asymmetrically through the acceleration of ionospheric ions in the direction of the solar wind motional electric field, using a global hybrid simulation. It is well known that the ion FLR effect, the gravitational stabilizing effect, the effect of the thickness of the boundary layer, etc. determine the initial growth of the KH instability. Unfortunately, it was difficult to separately evaluate each contribution of these effects with a global simulation. In addition, a study of the ion FLR effect with the parameters around the Martian ionopause is yet to be done.
In this study, we will estimate the escape rate of the Martian atmosphere by the KH instability considering the ion FLR effect and the gravitational stabilizing effect. We will investigate contribution of each effect to the linear growth rate and non-linear evolution of the KH instability in a parameter range around the Martial ionopause. As a first step of this study, we compare an ideal MHD simulation to an MHD simulation including the FLR effect to investigate its effect on the linear growth rate and non-linear evolution of the KH instability. In this presentation, initial results obtained by these numerical simulations will be presented.