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Imaging of Ganymede through Energetic Neutral Atoms sputtered/backscattered from the surface

Angèle Pontoni1, Manabu Shimoyama1, Shahab Fatemi1, Andrew Poppe2, Yoshifumi Futaana1, and Stas Barabash1
Angèle Pontoni et al.
  • 1Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden (
  • 2Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley

Brightness asymmetries on the surface of Ganymede are thought to be caused by ion impact from Jovian co-rotating plasma. The Jovian Neutrals Analyzer instrument onboard the JUICE spacecraft will help investigate this theory by yielding a map of ion precipitation at the surface of Ganymede through the observation of low-energy Energetic Neutral Atoms (ENAs) (10 eV to 3300 eV) sputtered or backscattered by the Jovian plasma.

In order to optimize JNA operations planning at Ganymede, we
estimate the expected energy distribution of ENAs caused by the impacting Jovian plasma. As an input, we use results from a three dimensional hybrid plasma simulation, which gives us the energy distribution of precipitating H+, O++ and S+++ at the surface of Ganymede. We then calculate the ENA yield using respectively Famà’s model (Famà, 2008) for the sputtering yield of water ice and Thompson-Sigmund’s model (Sigmund, 1969) for electronic sputtering to get the energy distribution of the ENAs.

How to cite: Pontoni, A., Shimoyama, M., Fatemi, S., Poppe, A., Futaana, Y., and Barabash, S.: Imaging of Ganymede through Energetic Neutral Atoms sputtered/backscattered from the surface, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-19415,, 2020

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