Volume 18, Issue 2 p. 131-134

Steady-state plasma transition in the Venus ionosheath

H. Pérez-de-Tejada

H. Pérez-de-Tejada

Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM, Ensenada, Mexico

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D. S. Intriligator

D. S. Intriligator

Carmel Research Center, Santa Mónica, CA

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R. J. Strangeway

R. J. Strangeway

Inst. of Geophys. and Planet. Physics. UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

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First published: February 1991
Citations: 10

Abstract

The results of an extended analysis of the plasma and electric field data of the Pioneer Venus Orbiter (PVO) are presented. We report the persistent presence of a plasma transition embedded in the flanks of the Venus ionosheath between the bow shock and the ionopause. This transition is identified by the repeated presence of characteristic bursts in the 30 kHz channel of the electric field detector of the PVO. The observed electric field signals coincide with the onset of different plasma conditions in the inner ionosheath where more rarified plasma fluxes are measured. The repeated identification of this intermediate ionosheath transition in the PVO data indicates that it is present as a steady state feature of the Venus plasma environment. The distribution of PVO orbits in which the transition is observed suggests that it is more favourably detected in the vicinity of and downstream from the terminator.