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Correcting Parker Solar Probe Electron Measurements for Spacecraft Magnetic and Electric Fields
Author  McGinnis, Daniel; Halekas, Jasper; Whittlesey, Phyllis; Larson, Davin; Kasper, Justin; 
Keywords  Parker Data Used 
Abstract  The spacecraft body of the Parker Solar Probe may interfere with electron measurements in two ways. The first is the presence of several permanent magnets near the Solar Probe Analyzers (SPAN) instruments. The second is the widely varying spacecraft potential. We estimate the effect of these interferences by performing particle tracing simulations on electrons of various energies using a simplified model of the spacecraft potential and measurements of the magnetic fields. From this we can (1) estimate the individual and combined fields of view of the SPANE instruments, (2) identify regions of phase space that may be highly distorted, and (3) simulate measurements of the velocity distribution function. We compute density, temperature, and bulk velocity moments of the measured distribution functions and find that a correction table derived from the particle tracing results can be incorporated in the computation to greatly decrease the errors caused by the spacecraft potential and magnetic fields. Similar tables could be computed for a wide range of spacecraft potentials and applied during the processing of actual SPAN data. 
Year of Publication  2019 
Journal  JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCHSPACE PHYSICS 
Volume  124 
Number of Pages  73697384 
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Date Published  09/2019 
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DOI  10.1029/2019JA026823 