JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

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[JJ] Poster

P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-EM Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Electromagnetism & Space Environment

[P-EM21] [JJ] Space Plasma Physics: Theory and Simulation

Thu. May 25, 2017 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL7)

convener:Takayuki Umeda(Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University), Yasuhiro Nariyuki(Faculty of Human Development, University of Toyama), Yohei Miyake(Education Center on Computational Science and Engineering, Kobe University), Tadas Nakamura(Fukui Prefectural University)

[PEM21-P06] Particle Simulations on Near-Spacecraft Plasma Perturbations in Polar Ionospheric Environment

*Yohei Miyake1, Yukari Sasaki2, Hideyuki Usui2 (1.Education Center on Computational Science and Engineering, Kobe University, 2.Graduate School of System Informatics, Kobe University)

Keywords:Polar Ionospheric plasma, sounding rocket, spacecraft charging, wake, PIC simulation

This paper reports the international collaborative project on spacecraft-plasma interactions in the Polar Ionospheric environment, which is initiated by Kobe University and University of Oslo. It is widely known that plasma density irregularities with various spatial scales are generated frequently in the Ionospheric environment. A series of ICI rockets have been launched from Norway for studying such ionospheric phenomena. One of the outstanding issues regarding the rocket experiments is near-spacecraft plasma perturbations, possibly influencing the in-situ observations. We applied the 3-dimensional plasma particle simulations to the problem, in order to have better understanding of such processes.

Our preliminary results confirmed 1. rocket surface potential depending on an angle between the geomagnetic field and the rocket axis and 2. asymmetric wake structure due to strong magnetization of plasma electrons. We analyzed their associated electron dynamics around the rocket and found that electron motion creates a circular current center at the body, which may be attributed to the ExB drift as well as the diamagnetic effect. We have also started a numerical study on frequency spectra of potential fluctuations and their relevance to plasma wave modes near a spacecraft/rocket.