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Title: Planetary period oscillations in Saturn's magnetosphere: Comparison of magnetic oscillations and SKR modulations in the postequinox interval
Authors: Provan, G.
Lamy, L.
Cowley, Stanley W. H.
Dougherty, M. K.
First Published: 22-Sep-2014
Publisher: American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Citation: Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics , 2014, 119 (9)
Abstract: We compare the properties of planetary period oscillations observed in Saturn kilometric radiation (SKR) and magnetospheric magnetic field data from Saturn equinox in August 2009 to July 2013. As shown previously, the southern and northern oscillation periods converged across equinox from ~10.8 h and ~10.6 h, respectively, during southern summer, to closely common values ~10.7 h approximately 1 year after equinox. Near coalescence is judged to have occurred approximately 3 months earlier in the SKR data, centered in late June 2010, than in the magnetic data, in late September, though SKR periods were particularly difficult to determine during this interval due to less clearly modulated emissions. Both data sets agree, however, that by early November 2010 the two periods had separated again but remained closely spaced with a difference in period of ~3 min about a mean of ~10.67 h, with the southern period remaining longer than the northern. Thus, no enduring reversal of the northern and southern periods took place following near coalescence in mid-2010, the periods remaining uncrossed to the end of the interval studied here. The SKR modulations also show effects related to the sharp amplitude changes observed in the magnetic oscillation data at ~100–200 day intervals since February 2011, though the correspondences are not exact, indicating that other factors such as “seeing” effects on the variable Cassini orbit are also involved. Postequinox variations in the relative phase between the magnetic and SKR oscillations are also shown to be related to changes in orbit apoapsis orientation.
DOI Link: 10.1002/2014JA020011
ISSN: 2169-9380
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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