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On the unique structure of the magnetic fields of Uranus and NeptuneThe magnetic fields of Uranus and Neptune, which have comparable dipole, quadrupole, and octupole harmonics, are unique in the present-day solar system, but they resemble the geomagnetic field at the epochs of excursions and reversals known from paleomagnetic data. The precession dynamo model, in which the dominant role in the generation of the planetary magnetic fields is played by external gravitational forces, allows us to propose two scenarios for the formation of the unique topology of the magnetic fields of Uranus and Neptune. In the first case, tidal flows in the 'oceans' of these two planets extend down to the depths where the matter has a noticeable electric conductivity and velocity. A hydromagnetic interaction of the moving conducting fluid with the planetary magnetic field outside the generation region results in the deformation of the field and the deceleration of the motion under the action of the radial magnetic field. In the second case, the deformation of the field facilitates drastic changes in cyclonic cells within the generation region causing instabilities that result in a multi-polar field structure, excursions, and inversions. This paper considers this problem in greater detail by using the Neptune-Triton system as an example.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Dolginov, Sh. SH.
(Academy of Sciences (USSR) Moscow, Ussr)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 1: A-F
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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