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Ion dynamics during compression of Mercury's magnetosphere
Because of the small planetary magnetic field as well as proximity to the Sun that leads to enhanced solar wind pressure as compared to Earth, the magnetosphere of Mercury is very dynamical and at times subjected to prominent compression. We investigate the dynamics of magnetospheric ions during such compression events. Using threedimensional single-particle simulations, we show that the electric field induced by the time varying magnetic field can lead to significant ion energization, up todoi:10.5194/angeo-28-1467-2010 fatcat:ooihgtnping6rkdfj72rtl2r44