• Gravito-electrodynamics and the structure of planetary ring systems

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      Gravito-electrodynamic; structure of planetary ring system; Saturnian ring system; Jovian ring system

    • Abstract


      Recent spacecraft observations of the Saturnian and Jovian ring systems have highlighted a plethora of interesting new phenomena associated with those regions containing fine (micron and sub-micron sized) dust. Recognizing that these dust grains, by virtue of being immersed within the planetary magnetospheres, are electrostatically charged to the point that they experience comparable gravitational and electric forces, a new “gravito-electrodynamic” theory has been developed to describe their dynamics. This theory has been successful in explaining all these phenomena in a systematic way. In this review, the basic model and its range of validity are outlined, and its application to the Saturnian and Jovian ring systems are discussed.

    • Author Affiliations


      D A Mendis1

      1. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Centre for Astrophysics and Space Science, University of California, San Diego La Jolla - CA 92093, USA
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  • Journal of Earth System Science | News

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