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Solar wind and external magnetospheric boundaries.
Solar wind structure upstream of Saturn
Interplanetary pick-up ions
External boundary regions:
Foreshock, shock, magnetosheath
Structure and dynamics of boundary layers and solar wind plasma entry into the Kronian magnetosphere:
Low-latitude boundary layer (LLBL), mantle (?)
Average global magnetospheric morphology.
Magnetic field configuration
Distribution of plasma composition, density, temperature, sources and sinks
Investigation of plasma domains and internal boundaries (principal domains to be listed here)
Global magnetospheric dynamics.
Solar-wind-driven convection, solar wind plasma input to the magnetosphere, relationship to auroral emissions and SKR
Dynamics of the corotation regions, plasma pick-up, plasma input to the magnetosphere from satellites and rings, radial transport of mass and angular momentum
Magnetotail dynamics, substorms, and their effects
Investigation of the high-latitude magnetosphere and its interaction with Saturn's ionosphere and thermosphere
Field-aligned currents, auroral potential drops, particle acceleration, beams, conics, relationship to auroral emissions and SKR
Role of magnetosphere/ionosphere coupling in the maintenance of corotation
Plasma input to the magnetosphere from Saturn
Magnetospheric Interaction with Titan.
Plasma input to the magnetosphere from Titan's atmosphere, exosphere, and neutral torus; ion pick-up
Injection of Titan ionospheric plasma into the magnetosphere: tail wind, detached plasma blobs, Titan plumes
Effects of Titan interaction on the magnetosphere: generation of a tail, Alfven wings, magnetic boundaries upstream of Titan in the magnetosphere and magnetosheath
Magnetospheric interaction with icy satellites.
Plasma input to the magnetosphere form icy satellite surfaces: sputtering, ion pick-up from the neutral torus
Absorption and loss of trapped particles to satellites
Effects of satellite interaction on magnetospheric particle dynamics inside and around the satellite flux cube
Magnetospheric interaction with the rings and dust.
Plasma input to the magnetosphere from rings, their atmosphere and ionosphere
Role of the magnetosphere in the transport of chemical species (water, etc.) between the rings and Saturn's atmosphere
Role of the magnetosphere in spoke formation and decay
Wave-particle interactions and generation of Electrostatic and Electromagnetic emissions from free energy in particle distribution functions, flows, and gradients
Microphysics of the shock, foreshock, magnetosheath, relation to high-Mach-number interaction between the solar wind and magnetosphere
Reconnection signatures in the magnetopause and tail
Microphysics of ion pick-up and associated wave activity and thermalization processes
Effects of magnetospheric interaction on Titan's upper atmosphere.
Ionization and heating by particle precipitation, role in N
photolysis and aerosol formation
Loss of Titan's atmosphere by non-thermal processes
Particle precipitation as a source for Titan's ionosphere
Magnetization state of Titan's ionosphere
Effect of magnetospheric interaction on ionospheric flows
Ionospheric diurnal variations and magnetic control
Sources and sinks of ionospheric plasma: ion inflow/outflow, particle precipitation
Effects of Joule heating and ionospheric drag on thermospheric dynamics and energetics
Heating by particle precipitation
Interactions with the magnetosphere.
Role in spoke formation
Role in ring particle erosion
Dynamics of sub-micron-size particles
Remote sensing of ring particle composition from analysis of sputtered ions or ionization of sputtered neutrals
Remote sensing of icy satellite surface composition from the analysis of sputtered ions and ions from neutral torus pick-up
Mechanisms of surface modification: role of particle bombardment and direct magnetospheric interaction with surfaces
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