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Johnson and Luhmann 1998

Johnson, R.E., and J.G. Luhmann, 1998: Sputter contribution to the atmospheric corona of Mars. J. Geophys. Res., 103, 3649-3653, doi:10.1029/97JE03266.

Pickup-ion-induced sputtering, a potentially important nonthermal loss mechanism for the atmosphere of Mars, will also increase the content of the oxygen corona. This atmospheric sputtering process is shown to provide a small fraction of the corona in the present epoch but is equivalent to or dominates the dissociative recombination contribution for the earlier epochs modeled by Zhang et al. [1993]. The addition of sputtered atoms to the corona initiates feedback processes which can enhance the atmospheric sputtering rate in the present epoch but limits it in the earliest epoch considered. It is also shown that the sputter contribution to the corona has the same dependence on altitude as the dissociative recombination component and it may be a significant contribution during contemporary solar maximum conditions. The possible detection of the sputter-produced component of atomic O in the corona during solar maximum conditions may be the most promising way of confirming the significance of this nonthermal loss mechanism at Mars.

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  author={Johnson, R. E. and Luhmann, J. G.},
  title={Sputter contribution to the atmospheric corona of Mars},
  journal={J. Geophys. Res.},

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ID  - jo02000x
AU  - Johnson, R. E.
AU  - Luhmann, J. G.
PY  - 1998
TI  - Sputter contribution to the atmospheric corona of Mars
JA  - J. Geophys. Res.
VL  - 103
SP  - 3649
EP  - 3653
DO  - 10.1029/97JE03266
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