This workshop is organized to address several “key” questions that are stimulated by the MESSENGER observations:
- How does the structure of Mercury’s magnetosphere and exosphere change as a function of orbital phase and under average and extreme solar wind conditions?
- What are the flux and energy distribution of solar wind and magnetospheric plasma impinging upon the planet? How much do they vary and what factors control their variability?
- What are the values of fundamental physical parameters that are required to interpret the exosphere data:
- Yields, chemical compositions, ionization states, and energy distributions of surface materials released by precipitating ions and electrons.
- Basic atomic and molecular parameters: Ionization lifetimes, sputtering line ratios, dissociation energies of molecules.
- Other processes, such as surface chemistry, meteor streams, Lyman alpha background and its variation.
- What is the planetary ion density in the magnetosphere? How are ions transported and accelerated while in the magnetosphere?
- Do terrestrial-type substorms occur at Mercury? How do field-aligned currents close? To what extent and under what conditions are charged particles accelerated within the magnetosphere?
Notional Mercury Exosphere - Magnetosphere Coupling Workshop Sessions
MESSENGER – BepiColombo Workshop, Nov. 2-5, 2010
Day 1 – Tuesday, November 2
- Magnetospheric Observations
- Planetary Magnetic Field Observations & Theory
- Haje Korth, Magnetospheric Magnetic Field Observations and Modeling at Mercury
- Daniel Heyner , Analysis of Modeled Magnetospheric Current Systems of Mercury for Low Internal Dipole Fields and Various Solar Wind Pressures
- Haje Korth , Mercury’s Magnetospheric Response to the Dynamics of the Space Environment
- Plasma & Energetic Particles Observations
- Dan Baker , Substorms at Mercury: Old Questions and New Insights
- Dominique Delcourt , Magnetospheric Charged Particle Observations and Modeling at Mercury
- Jim Raines , MESSENGER Observations of the Composition of Mercury’s Ionized Exosphere and Plasma Environment
- Menelaos Sarantos , Planetary Pickup Ions at Mercury
- George Ho , Observations of Suprathermal Electrons in Mercury’s Magnetosphere During the Three MESSENGER Flybys
- Jim Raines , MESSENGER Observations of the Plasma Environment Near Mercury
- Planetary Magnetic Field Observations & Theory
- Exospheric Observations
- Ground Measurements
- Rosemary Killen , Overview of Ground Based Observations of the Exosphere
- François Leblanc , Energetic Characterization of Mercury's Exospheric Sodium Component
- Valeria Mangano , A Statistical Study of Sodium Intensity and Dynamics in The Exosphere of Mercury
- Rosemary Killen , Long-Term Supply of Volatiles and Refractories to the Exosphere of Mercury
- Space-Based Measurements'
Day 2 – Wednesday, November 3
- Surface Interactions
- Photon Stimulated Desorption
- Sputtering and Backscattering
- Peter Wurz , The Combined Effect of Physical and Chemical Processes on the Release of Particles into the Exosphere
- Thomas Orlando , Stimulated Desorption of Silicates: A Potential Source for Ions in Mercury's Space Environment
- Gabriele Cremonese , New Calculations of Neutral Atoms Release in the Mercury Exosphere Caused by Micrometeoroid Impacts
- Matt Burger , Impact Vaporization at Mercury: Limits from the MASCS Data
- Karl Hibbitts, Solar Powered HYDROXYL & WATER on Mercury
- Ann Sprague, Exploring New Views of Mercury’s Exosphere and Surface
- Deborah Domingue , Space Weather on Mercury
- Dust and Surface Charging
- Atmospheric Models
- Alex Mura , Particle and Chemical Sputtering as a Source for the Exosphere of Mercury: Modeling and Data Comparison
- François Leblanc , Mercury Exosphere, Global Circulation Model of its Sodium Component
- Shingo Kameda , Loss of Mercury's Exospheric Sodium
- Menelaos Sarantos , Implications of MESSENGER Observations for Models of Exospheric Magnesium
- Matt Burger , Calcium in Mercury’s Exosphere: Modeling MESSENGER Data
Day 3 – Thursday, November 4
- Plasma Processes
- K-H Boundary Waves
- Magnetic Reconnection
- Jim Slavin , MESSENGER Observations of Reconnection and Its Effects on Mercury’s Magnetosphere
- Karl-Heinz Glassmeier , Planetary Induction and Field-Aligned Currents at Mercury
- Lars Blomberg , Magnetospheric Electric Fields at Mercury
- Wave Particle Interactions & ULF Waves
- Toshi Nishimura , Direct Measurements of the Poynting Flux Associated with Convection Electric Fields
- Scott Boardsen , Bursts of Narrow-Band Magnetospheric Waves near the He+ to H+ Cyclotron Frequencies Observed During MESSENGER’s Mercury Flybys
- Vadim Uritsky , Understanding Multiscale Transients in Mercury's Plasma Environment under Northward IMF Condition: Data Analysis Tools and First Results
- Scott Boardsen , Quasi-Periodic ~20–30-s Oscillations in Mercury’s Inner Magnetosphere During Steady Southward IMF
- MHD Simulations
- Robert Winglee , Global Modeling of Mercury’s Magnetosphere
- Mehdi Benna , Modeling of Mercury’s Pick-up Ion Dynamics and its Response to Changes in IMF Conditions
- Alex Glocer , Three Dimensional MHD Modeling of Mercury's Magnetosphere During ICMEs
- Y-C Wang , Exospheric and Magnetospheric Responses to Large Solar Wind Disturbances
- Pavel Travnicek , Ion Foreshock and Magnetosheath Properties in Global Hybrid Simulations of Mercury's Magnetosphere
Day 4 – Friday, November 5
- Atmospheric Reporter
- Magnetospheric Reporter
- MESSENGER & BepiColombo Leadership Panel
- Emmanuel Grotheer, HEMO – The Hermean Exosphere Model of Oxygen: A Comprehensive Model for Interpreting Data from the MESSENGER and BepiColombo Missions to Mercury
- Ariah Kidder, Reconnection Events and Sodium Morphology at Mercury
- Susan McKenna-Lawlor, Mercury’s Magnetosphere in Response to Elevated, Prolonged, Solar Activity in December, 2006: Hybrid Modeling Results
- Helen Middleton, BepiColombo - Hermean Environment Instrument Science Operation Planning
- Andrew Potter, Sodium Velocity Maps on Mercury
- Mea Simon Wedlund, Monte Carlo Modelling of Neutral Hydrogen in the Exosphere of Mercury
Our meeting concept is to hold a three-and-a-half-day workshop beginning on Tuesday, November 2, with seven half-day sessions on MESSENGER and BepiColombo Science Measurements and Mission Plans, the Key Questions and a final Summary Session and Discussion led by two “Exosphere and Magnetosphere Moderators” on the third morning. The workshop will conclude at noon on November 5.
Our goal is to have comprehensive presentations (invited and contributed) and to provide ample time for discussion.
Red Lion Restaurant
Thursday, Nov. 4, 6:00 p.m.
There will be a special dinner for all attendees and their guests at the historic Red Lion Restaurant. Originally built and established in 1870, the historic restaurant now provides a cozy setting where rustic elegance is combined with extraordinary cuisine.
Tickets: $40. Reservations are required – Please sign up and pay for this event on the Registration Form. Everyone is encouraged to attend and guests are welcome. Ticket price include appetizers, entrée, accompaniments, dessert, gratuity and tax.
After an interesting day of talks, please join us to continue the discussions!
The agenda for this interactive meeting consists of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations. Please submit all abstracts by August 27, 2010, to Vanessa George via email (Vanessa.George@lasp.colorado.edu). Please limit your abstract to 250 words, include your contact information, affiliation, what session you would like to be included in, and whether you prefer an oral or poster presentation. The final program will be determined by Septembr 10, and speakers will be notified at that time.