Observations of plasma waves during a traversal of the moon's wake

Paul J. Kellogg, Keith Goetz, Steven J. Monson, J. L. Bougeret, Robert Manning, M. L. Kaiser

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The Wind satellite passed through the solar wind wake of the moon at a distance of about 8 lunar radii on 27 Dec. 1994. Several different wave modes were observed, which we describe. Some of these modes are not certainly identifiable with modes of a uniform plasma, and arc probably associated with the density discontinuity, and possibly with a velocity shear, at the boundary of the wake. Modes which are identifiable, at least tentatively, include electromagnetic waves at both fp and 2 fp from outside the wake, and a mode at the local plasma frequency of the wake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number96GL00376
Pages (from-to)1267-1270
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1996


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