Evidence of currents and unstable particle distributions in an extended region around the lunar plasma wake

S. D. Bale, C. J. Owen, J. L. Bougeret, K. Goetz, Paul J Kellogg, R. P. Lepping, R. Manning, S. J. Monson

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Abstract

We report observations of electrostatic ion acoustic waves and Langmuir waves during a recent lunar encounter by the Wind spacecraft. These waves are observed when Wind is magnetically connected to the nominal wake and at distances greater than 8 lunar radii from the wake. When interpreted in the context of a simple time-of-flight model, these observations imply the existence of a system of currents and disturbed particle distributions that extends far into solar wind.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number97GL01193
Pages (from-to)1427-1430
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume24
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

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