Jupiter Plasma Wave Observations: An Initial Voyager 1 Overview

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Science  01 Jun 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4396, pp. 991-995
DOI: 10.1126/science.204.4396.991


The Voyager I plasma wave instrument detected low-frequency radio emissions, ion acoustic waves, and electron plasma oscillations for a period of months before encountering Jupiter's bow shock. In the outer magnetosphere, measurements of trapped radio waves were used to derive an electron density profile. Near and within the Io plasma torus the instrument detected high-frequency electrostatic waves, strong whistler mode turbulence, and discrete whistlers, apparently associated with lightning. Some strong emissions in the tail region and some impulsive signals have not yet been positively identified.