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In-situ Measurements of Particles and CME Transients (IMPACT) - a suite of seven instruments that samples the 3-D distribution of solar wind plasma electrons, the characteristics of the solar energetic particle (SEP) ions and electrons, and the local vector magnetic field. IMPACT is one of the STEREO mission's four measurement packages whose principal objective is to understand the origin and consequences of coronal mass ejections (CME's).
PLASTIC on STEREO is a Time of Flight mass spectrometer that uses the principles of electrostatic deflection, post acceleration, time-of-flight measurement, energy measurement, and position measurement to determine the bulk parameters and composition of the solar wind and suprathermal ions.
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PLasma And Supra Thermal Ion Composition Investigation
Fact Clearance Center