Researcher ORCID Identifier
Dhananjay Ravat: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1962-4422
Michael E. Purucker: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5519-7977
Nils Olsen: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1132-6113
Dataset Creation Date
University of Kentucky Libraries
We use L1-norm model regularization of |Br| component at the surface on magnetic monopoles bases and along-track magnetic field differences alone (without vector observations) to derive high quality global magnetic field models at the surface of the Moon. The practical advantages to this strategy are: monopoles are more stable at closer spacing in comparison to dipoles, improving spatial resolution; L1-norm model regularization leads to sparse models which may be appropriate for the Moon which has regions of localized magnetic field features; and along-track differences reduce the need for ad-hoc external field noise reduction strategies. We examine also the use of Lunar Prospector (LP) and SELENE/Kaguya magnetometer data, combined and separately, and find that the LP along-track vector field differences lead to surface field models that require weaker regularization and, hence, result in higher spatial resolution. Significantly higher resolution and higher amplitude surface magnetic fields can be derived over localized regions of high amplitude anomalies (due to their higher signal-to-noise ratio). These high resolution field models are also compared with the results of Surface Vector Mapping (SVM) approach of Tsunakawa et al. (2015). Finally, the monopoles- as well as dipole-based patterns of the Serenitatis high amplitude magnetic feature has characteristic textbook patterns of Br and B component fields from a nearly vertically downwardly magnetized source region and it implies that the principal source of the anomaly was formed when the region was much closer to the north magnetic pole of the Moon.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
© 2020 Ravat, Purucker, and Olsen
This dataset is distributed under Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium.
The data file “Ravatetal_JGR2020_LunarL1MagneticModelFields_LPgrad.dat“ contains 7 columns: Longitude (degree), Latitude (degree), Br, Btheta, Bphi and Total Field components of the magnetic field, 6485401 data lines.
Data images are provided for cross-checking purposes and are available for download as the additional file listed at the end of this record.
Dataset: DAT file (.dat)
Data image file: Adobe Acrobat Document (.pdf)
Dataset: 88 MB (compressed)
Data image file: 1.22 MB
The Moon (global)
NASA research grant NNX16AN51G to DR
“Lunar magnetic field models from Lunar Prospector and SELENE/Kaguya along-track magnetic field gradients”
Revised version submitted to Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.
Ravat, Dhananjay; Purucker, Michael E.; and Olsen, Nils, "New Magnetic Field Models of the Moon" (2020). Earth and Environmental Sciences Research Data. 2.