Hybrid Particle Code Simulations of Mars: The Role of Assorted Processes in Ionospheric Escape.

Friday, 19 December 2014: 5:15 PM
Stephen H Brecht, Bay Area Research Corp, Orinda, CA, United States and Stephen A Ledvina, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States
The results of our latest hybrid particle simulations using the HALFSHEL code are discussed. The presentation will address assorted processes that produce differing ion escape rates from Mars. The simulations investigate the role of the neutral atmosphere (Univ. of Michigan’s MTGCM) in its dynamic form (neutral winds and co-rotation) in the calculation of the ionospheric loss from Mars. In addition, the effect of crustal magnetic field orientation in ion escape from Mars will be discussed. Further, the presentation addresses reasons for these differences and details of the interaction around the crustal magnetic fields. Finally, these results and others will be compared to fits to data produced by Lundin et al. [2013]. In the Lundin paper the estimated loss rates from a variety of missions and times were fit to the solar EUV flux. Our results will be compared to this fit.

Lundin, R, S. Barabash, M. Holström, H. Nilsson, Y. Futaana, R. Ramstad, M. Ymauchi, E. Dubinin, and M. Fraenz (2013), “Solar cycle effects on the ion escape from Mars,” Geophy. Res. Lett., 40, 6028-6032, doi:10.1002/2013GL058154.