RPC-MAG The Fluxgate Magnetometer in the ROSETTA Plasma Consortium

Authors: Glassmeier, Karl-Heinz; Richter, Ingo; Diedrich, Andrea; Musmann, Günter; Auster, Uli; Motschmann, Uwe; Balogh, Andre; Carr, Chris; Cupido, Emanuele; Coates, Andrew; Rother, Martin; Schwingenschuh, Konrad; Szegö, Karoly; Tsurutani, Bruce

Source: Space Science Reviews, Volume 128, Numbers 1-4, February 2007 , pp. 649-670(22)

Publisher: Springer

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Abstract:

The fluxgate magnetometer experiment onboard the ROSETTA spacecraft aims to measure the magnetic field in the interaction region of the solar wind plasma with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It consists of a system of two ultra light (about 28 g each ) triaxial fluxgate magnetometer sensors, mounted on the 1.5 m long spacecraft boom. The measurement range of each sensor is ±16384 nT with quantization steps of 31 pT. The magnetometer sensors are operated with a time resolution of up to 0.05 s, corresponding to a bandwidth of 0–10 Hz. This performance of the RPC-MAG sensors allows detailed analyses of magnetic field variations in the cometary environment. RPC-MAG furthermore is designed to study possible remnant magnetic fields of the nucleus, measurements which will be done in close cooperation with the ROSETTA lander magnetometer experiment ROMAP.

Keywords: ROSETTA; comet; fluxgate magnetometer; plasma; solar wind

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11214-006-9114-x

Affiliations: Email: kh.glassmeier@tu-braunschweig.de

Publication date: February 1, 2007

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