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Stimulation of Jupiter's Radio Emission by Io

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Variations in the decameter radio signals from Jupiter are known to be associated with one of the planet's five satellites. It is now suggested that Io travels in the analogue of the inner Van Allen radiation belt surrounding Jupiter, giving rise to a plasma wake which streams ahead of it by about 130,000 km and stimulates the radio emission from the Jovian atmosphere.

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  1. Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder

    • L. MARSHALL
  2. Department of Chemistry and Institute of Geophysics, University of California, Los Angeles

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