Io-Accelerated Electrons: Predictions for Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11

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Science  28 Dec 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4119, pp. 1348-1350
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4119.1348


Based on a model in which electrons are accelerated to energies of 100 kiloelectron volts through sheaths associated with Io, predictions are made about energetic electrons to be observed by Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 in the Jovian magnetosphere. This energetic electron source may be distinguishable from the solar wind diffusion source by the radial flux profile and by the characteristic electron energies.