Graduation Year

2018

Graduation Month

May

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

School or Department

Physics and Astronomy

Major

Physics

Faculty Mentor

Daniel Reisenfeld

Faculty Mentor Department

Physics and Astronomy

Faculty Reader(s)

Daniel Reisenfeld

Keywords

magnetosphere, IBEX

Subject Categories

Instrumentation | The Sun and the Solar System

Abstract

The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) is an Earth orbiting satellite launched in 2008; designed to map the boundary of our Solar System. In this presentation, we focus on how data collected by the IBEX-Hi sensor can be used to map the distribution of hot ions within the Earth's magnetosphere. As opposed to other satellites, IBEX images the magnetosphere from afar rather than by going through it. An improvement on the previous imaging techniques was developed, and we compare the new results to the old.

Honors College Research Project

Yes

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