Plasma Waves Near Venus: Initial Observations

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Science  23 Feb 1979:
Vol. 203, Issue 4382, pp. 748-750
DOI: 10.1126/science.203.4382.748


The Pioneer Venus electric field detector observes significant effects of the interaction of the solar wind with the ionosphere of Venus all along the orbiter trajectory. Information is obtained on plasma oscillations emitted by suprathermal electrons beyond the bows shock, on sharp and diffuse shock structures, and on waveparticle interaction phenomena that are important near the boundary of the dayside ionosphere.