Observation of mass loading in the Io plasma torus
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1994 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 21, Issue 10, pages 847–850, 15 May 1994
How to Cite
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 FEB 1994
- Manuscript Received: 17 SEP 1993
Ground-based high-resolution spectra of emission from the Io plasma torus obtained during 53 nights of observation over a seven month period are used to measure the torus rotation speed and discern regions of the torus that are slowed by mass loading of newly ionized materials. The amount of torus slowing implies that between 2000 and 3000 kg sec−1 are being ionized by the torus. The slowing is spread azimuthally throughout the orbit of Io, suggesting that neutral materials emanating from Io are distributed around Jupiter much more uniformly than currently believed.