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See detailA layer of ozone detected in the nightside upper atmosphere of Venus
Montmessin, Franck; Bertaux, J.-L.; Lefèvre, F. et al

in Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies (2011)

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See detailHubble Space Telescope/Advanced Camera for Surveys Observations of Europa's Atmospheric Ultraviolet Emission at Eastern Elongation
Saur, Joachim; Feldman, Paul D; Roth, Lorenz et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2011), 738

We report results of a Hubble Space Telescope (HST) campaign with the Advanced Camera for Surveys to observe Europa at eastern elongation, i.e., Europa's leading side, on 2008 June 29. With five ... [more ▼]

We report results of a Hubble Space Telescope (HST) campaign with the Advanced Camera for Surveys to observe Europa at eastern elongation, i.e., Europa's leading side, on 2008 June 29. With five consecutive HST orbits, we constrain Europa's atmospheric O I 1304 Å and O I 1356 Å emissions using the prism PR130L. The total emissions of both oxygen multiplets range between 132 ± 14 and 226 ± 14 Rayleigh. An additional systematic error with values on the same order as the statistical errors may be due to uncertainties in modeling the reflected light from Europa's surface. The total emission also shows a clear dependence of Europa's position with respect to Jupiter's magnetospheric plasma sheet. We derive a lower limit for the O[SUB]2[/SUB] column density of 6 × 10[SUP]18[/SUP] m[SUP]-2[/SUP]. Previous observations of Europa's atmosphere with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph in 1999 of Europa's trailing side show an enigmatic surplus of radiation on the anti-Jovian side within the disk of Europa. With emission from a radially symmetric atmosphere as a reference, we searched for an anti-Jovian versus sub-Jovian asymmetry with respect to the central meridian on the leading side and found none. Likewise, we searched for departures from a radially symmetric atmospheric emission and found an emission surplus centered around 90° west longitude, for which plausible mechanisms exist. Previous work about the possibility of plumes on Europa due to tidally driven shear heating found longitudes with strongest local strain rates which might be consistent with the longitudes of maximum UV emissions. Alternatively, asymmetries in Europa's UV emission can also be caused by inhomogeneous surface properties, an optically thick atmospheric contribution of atomic oxygen, and/or by Europa's complex plasma interaction with Jupiter's magnetosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall-scale structures in Saturn's ultraviolet aurora
Grodent, Denis ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2011), 116

On 26 August 2008, the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph Subsystem (UVIS) instrument onboard the Cassini spacecraft recorded a series of spatially resolved spectra of the northern auroral region of Saturn ... [more ▼]

On 26 August 2008, the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph Subsystem (UVIS) instrument onboard the Cassini spacecraft recorded a series of spatially resolved spectra of the northern auroral region of Saturn. Near periapsis, the spacecraft was only five Saturn radii (R[SUB]S[/SUB]) from the surface and spatially resolved auroral structures as small as 500 km across (0.5° of latitude). We report the observation of two types of UV auroral substructures at the location of the main ring of emission, bunches of spots and narrow arcs. They are found in the noon and dusk sectors, respectively, at latitudes ranging from 73 to 80° corresponding to equatorial regions located beyond 16 R[SUB]S[/SUB]. Their brightness ranges from 1 to 30 kR and their characteristic size varies from 500 km to several thousands of km. These small-scale substructures are likely associated with patterns of upward field aligned currents resulting from nonuniform plasma flow in the equatorial plane. It is suggested that magnetopause Kelvin-Helmholtz waves trigger localized perturbations in the flow, like vortices, able to give rise to the observed UV auroral substructures. [less ▲]

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See detailBifurcations of the main auroral ring at Saturn: ionospheric signatures of consecutive reconnection events at the magnetopause
Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2011), 116

This work reports for the first time on bifurcations of the main auroral ring at Saturn observed with the UVIS instrument onboard Cassini. The observation sequence starts with an intensification on the ... [more ▼]

This work reports for the first time on bifurcations of the main auroral ring at Saturn observed with the UVIS instrument onboard Cassini. The observation sequence starts with an intensification on the main oval, close to noon, which is possibly associated with dayside reconnection. Consecutive bifurcations appear with the onset of dayside reconnection, between 11 and 18 magnetic local time, while the area poleward of the main emission expands to lower latitudes. The bifurcations depart with time from the main ring of emission, which is related to the open-closed field line boundary. The augmentation of the area poleward of the main emission following its expansion is balanced by the area occupied by the bifurcations, suggesting that these auroral features represent the amount of newly open flux and could be related to consecutive reconnection events at the flank of the magnetopause. The observations show that the open flux along the sequence increases when bifurcations appear. Magnetopause reconnection can lead to significant augmentation of the open flux within a couple of days and each reconnection event opens ∼10% of the flux contained within the polar cap. Additionally, the observations imply an overall length of the reconnection line of ∼4 hours of local time and suggest that dayside reconnection at Saturn can occur at several positions on the magnetopause consecutively or simultaneously. [less ▲]

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See detailLes planètes géantes, leur composition et leur environnement magnétique
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

Scientific conference (2011)

Nous présentons un résumé de résultats récents et de programmes en développement relatifs à l'exploration du système solaire.

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See detailQuasi-periodic polar flares at Jupiter: A signature of pulsed dayside reconnections?
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Vogt, M. F.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2011), 38

The most dynamic part of the Jovian UV aurora is located inside the main auroral oval. This region is known to regularly show localized but dramatic enhancements on timescales of several tens of seconds ... [more ▼]

The most dynamic part of the Jovian UV aurora is located inside the main auroral oval. This region is known to regularly show localized but dramatic enhancements on timescales of several tens of seconds, called polar flares. They have often been associated with the polar cusp, based on their location in the polar cap. The present study is based on the longest high-time resolution image sequences ever acquired by the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. We report the first observations of a regularity in the occurrence of these flares, with a timescale of 2-3 minutes. We use a magnetic flux mapping model to identify the region corresponding to these emissions in the equatorial plane: the radial distance ranges from 55 to 120 Jovian radii and the local times are between 10: 00 and 18: 00. The analogy with similar phenomena observed at Earth suggests that these quasi-periodic auroral flares could be related to pulsed reconnections at the dayside magnetopause. Indeed, the flares' projected location in the equatorial plane and their rate of re-occurrence show some similarities with the properties of the flux transfer events observed by the Pioneer and Voyager probes. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery and characterization of an ozone layer in Venus’atmosphere
Montmessin, F.; Bertaux, J.-L.; Lefèvre, F. et al

Conference (2011)

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See detailAtomic oxygen distributions in the Venus thermosphere: Comparisons between Venus Express observations and global model simulations
Brecht, A.; Bougher, S. W.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies (2011)

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See detailNightside reconnection at Jupiter: Auroral and magnetic field observations from 26 July 1998
Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2011), 116

In this study we present ultraviolet and infrared auroral data from 26 July 1998, and we show the presence of transient auroral polar spots observed throughout the postdusk to predawn local time sector ... [more ▼]

In this study we present ultraviolet and infrared auroral data from 26 July 1998, and we show the presence of transient auroral polar spots observed throughout the postdusk to predawn local time sector. The polar dawn spots, which are transient polar features observed in the dawn sector poleward of the main emission, were previously associated with the inward moving flow resulting from tail reconnection. In the present study we suggest that nightside spots, which are polar features observed close to the midnight sector, are related to inward moving flow, like the polar dawn spots. We base our conclusions on the near-simultaneous set of Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and Galileo observations of 26 July 1998, during which HST observed a nightside spot magnetically mapped close to the location of an inward moving flow detected by Galileo on the same day. We derive the emitted power from magnetic field measurements along the observed plasma flow bubble, and we show that it matches the emitted power inferred from HST. Additionally, this study reports for the first time a bright polar spot in the infrared, which could be a possible signature of tail reconnection. The spot appears within an interval of 30 min from the ultraviolet, poleward of the main emission on the ionosphere and in the postdusk sector planetward of the tail reconnection x line on the equatorial plane. Finally, the present work demonstrates that ionospheric signatures of flow bursts released during tail reconnection are instantaneously detected over a wide local time sector. [less ▲]

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See detailThe auroral footprint of Enceladus on Saturn
Pryor, Wayne R; Rymer, Abigail M; Mitchell, Donald G et al

in Nature (2011), 472

Although there are substantial differences between the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn, it has been suggested that cryovolcanic activity at Enceladus could lead to electrodynamic coupling between ... [more ▼]

Although there are substantial differences between the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn, it has been suggested that cryovolcanic activity at Enceladus could lead to electrodynamic coupling between Enceladus and Saturn like that which links Jupiter with Io, Europa and Ganymede. Powerful field-aligned electron beams associated with the Io-Jupiter coupling, for example, create an auroral footprint in Jupiter's ionosphere. Auroral ultraviolet emission associated with Enceladus-Saturn coupling is anticipated to be just a few tenths of a kilorayleigh (ref. 12), about an order of magnitude dimmer than Io's footprint and below the observable threshold, consistent with its non-detection. Here we report the detection of magnetic-field-aligned ion and electron beams (offset several moon radii downstream from Enceladus) with sufficient power to stimulate detectable aurora, and the subsequent discovery of Enceladus-associated aurora in a few per cent of the scans of the moon's footprint. The footprint varies in emission magnitude more than can plausibly be explained by changes in magnetospheric parameters--and as such is probably indicative of variable plume activity. [less ▲]

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See detailNightglow investigation around 1.27 µm with VIRTIS/Venus-Express
Migliorini, A.; Piccioni, G.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2010, December)

In this study we report about the investigation of the spectral region 1.22-1.32 µm of the night side of Venus, observed by the VIRTIS instrument (Visible and InfraRed Spectral Imaging Spectrometer) on ... [more ▼]

In this study we report about the investigation of the spectral region 1.22-1.32 µm of the night side of Venus, observed by the VIRTIS instrument (Visible and InfraRed Spectral Imaging Spectrometer) on board the Venus Express spacecraft. This spectral region is characterized by the presence of the extensively studied (a1Δg – X3Σg-) (0,0) O2 nightglow band, the most intense emission observed on the night side of Venus. However, the comparison between data and synthetic spectra from the (0,0) band only, lacks a good match at wavelengths longer than 1.27 μm, especially in the region around 1.28-1.29 μm. The effects of temperature, CO2 and the (8,5) OH emission at 1.28 µm were investigated as a possible cause to the spectral disagreement, but they all are not enough to explain the observed difference. Instrumental effects were also excluded as possible cause of the mismatch. We found that the inclusion of the (1,1) band O2 emission in the synthetic spectra, originating from the upper vibrational level ν=1 of the (a1Δg – X3Σg-) transition centered at 1.28 μm, in addition to the (0,0), significantly improves the agreement between simulated spectra and observed data in the region at 1.28-1.29 μm. A synthetic spectrum, including the (0,0) and the (1,1) is produced and compared to 4 observed VIRTIS spectra, as an example. From the analyzed data, it results that the (1,1) band with an intensity ranging from the 8 to 15% of the (0,0) band is required to best reproduce the observed VIRTIS spectra. This corresponds to a (1,1) band intensity equal to 3.1-5.8 MR, in limb view, in agreement with the upper limit set by Connes et al., (1979), on their ground-based observations of the oxygen nightglow of Venus. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo-dimensional time-dependent model of the transport of minor species in the Venus night side upper atmosphere
Collet, Arnaud ULg; Cox, Cédric ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

in Planetary and Space Science (2010), 58

We present a numerical tool developed to quantify the role of processes controlling the spatio-temporal distribution of the NO ultraviolet and O2 infrared nightglows in the Venus night side upper ... [more ▼]

We present a numerical tool developed to quantify the role of processes controlling the spatio-temporal distribution of the NO ultraviolet and O2 infrared nightglows in the Venus night side upper atmosphere, observed with the VIRTIS and SPICAV instruments on board Venus Express. This numerical tool consists in a two-dimensional chemical-transport time-dependent model which computes in a hypothetical rectangular solving domain the spatio-temporal distributions of the number densities of the four minor species at play in these two nightglow emissions. The coupled nonlinear system of the four partial differential equations, describing the spatio-temporal variations of the minorspecies, has been solved using a finite volume method with a forward Euler method for the time integration scheme. As an application, we have first simulated a time-constant supply of atoms through the upper boundary of the solving domain. The fluxes are inhomogeneous relative to its horizontal direction, in order to simulate regions of enhanced downward flow of oxygen and nitrogen giving rise to NO and O2 brightening. Given that these two emissions show large time variations, we have also simulated a time-dependent downward flux of O and N atoms. It results from these simulations that the lack of correlation between the NO and O2 nightglows largely result from to the coupling between horizontal and vertical transport processes and the very different chemical lifetimes of the two species. In particular,we have quantified the role of each process generating spatio-temporal de-correlations between the NO and O2 nightglows. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery of pulsed polar flares in the Jovian aurorae
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Vogt, M~F; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

Poster (2010, December)

The most active part of the aurora at Jupiter is certainly the polar region, i.e. the emissions located poleward of the main auroral oval. This region is known to occasionally show localized but dramatic ... [more ▼]

The most active part of the aurora at Jupiter is certainly the polar region, i.e. the emissions located poleward of the main auroral oval. This region is known to occasionally show localized but dramatic enhancements of its brightness, referred to as polar flares. These emissions have been associated with the polar cusp, based on their location in the polar cap. In summer 2009, right after the refurbishment of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph camera, the Hubble Space Telescope acquired the longest high-time resolution sequence ever of images of the Jovian aurora. We report the first observations of a quasi-periodicity in the occurrence of these flares, with a timescale of ~2-3 minutes. By using a magnetic flux mapping model, we show that these features originate from a region located at a radial distance ranging from 80 to 100 Jovian radii and local times between 10:00 and 15:00. As a consequence, by analogy with similar behaviors observed in the Earth aurora, we suggest that these emissions could be attributed to pulsed reconnections in the dayside magnetopause. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Juno Mission
Bolton, S. J.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

in Barbieri, Cesare; Coradini, Marcello; Chakrabarti, Supriya (Eds.) et al Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 269. "Galileo's Medicean Moons: their impact on 400 years of discovery" (2010, November 03)

Juno is the next NASA New Frontiers mission which will launch in August 2011. The mission is a solar powered spacecraft scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in 2016 and be placed into polar orbit around Jupiter ... [more ▼]

Juno is the next NASA New Frontiers mission which will launch in August 2011. The mission is a solar powered spacecraft scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in 2016 and be placed into polar orbit around Jupiter. The goal of the Juno mission is to explore the origin and evolution of the planet Jupiter. Juno's science themes include (1) origin, (2) interior structure, (3) atmospheric composition and dynamics, and (4) polar magnetosphere and aurora. A total of nine instruments on-board provide specific measurements designed to investigate Juno's science themes. The primary objective of investigating the origin of Jupiter includes 1) determine Jupiter's internal mass distribution by measuring gravity with Doppler tracking, 2) determine the nature of its internal dynamo by measuring its magnetic fields with a magnetometer, and 3) determine the deep composition (in particular the global water abundance) and dynamics of the sub-cloud atmosphere around Jupiter, by measuring its thermal microwave emission. [less ▲]

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See detailElectron-atmosphere interaction in the aurora of giant planets
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

Conference (2010, October 18)

All methods converge to indicate that the efficiency of the H2 (B,C states) emission is close to 10 kR/mW m-2 of electron precipitation. The UV aurora is a direct instantaneous map of the distribution of ... [more ▼]

All methods converge to indicate that the efficiency of the H2 (B,C states) emission is close to 10 kR/mW m-2 of electron precipitation. The UV aurora is a direct instantaneous map of the distribution of the electron precipitation. By contrast, the IR H3+ aurora is indirectly produced and its intensity depends on the amount of H3+ ions and the local temperature. It has the advantage to be observable from the ground The «UV color ratio » method is a powerful tool to probe the electron mean energy IF the distribution of HCs (mostly methane) is known EUV spectroscopy is very useful to determine the depth of the electron energy deposition, but so far, without spatial resolution [less ▲]

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See detailThe distributions of the OH (Δv=1) and (Δv=2) emissions on the Venus nightside
Soret, Lauriane ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Piccioni, Giuseppe et al

Conference (2010, September)

The presence of OH was detected in the spectrum of the Venus mesosphere observed at the limb with the VIRTIS instrument on board the Venus Express spacecraft [3]. The (1-0) and (2-1) transitions at 2.80 ... [more ▼]

The presence of OH was detected in the spectrum of the Venus mesosphere observed at the limb with the VIRTIS instrument on board the Venus Express spacecraft [3]. The (1-0) and (2-1) transitions at 2.80 and 2.94 mm, respectively and the (2-0) band at 1.43 mm were clearly identified. The results of this study show that a correlation is observed between the emissions associated to the Δv=1 and the Δv=2 sequences. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Venus oxygen nightglow and density distributions
Soret, Lauriane ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Montmessin, Franck et al

Conference (2010, September)

Observing Venus nightglow is a key tool to understand the composition and the dynamics of its atmosphere. Results deduced from observations can be implemented to produce a data model of Venus atmosphere ... [more ▼]

Observing Venus nightglow is a key tool to understand the composition and the dynamics of its atmosphere. Results deduced from observations can be implemented to produce a data model of Venus atmosphere. For instance, the Visible and Infra-Red Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) instrument on board the Venus Express spacecraft is very useful to analyze the O2(a1Δ) nightglow at 1.27 µm in the Venus mesosphere. Nadir observations can be used to create a statistical map of the emission on Venus nightside. It appears that the maximum of the emission is located near the antisolar point. Limb observations also provide information on the altitude and on the shape of the emission layer. Combining nadir observations and vertically integrated limb observations improves the statistics of the emission map on Venus nightside. An associated limb profile can also be deduced for any point of the nightside. Given all these O2(a1Δ) intensity profiles, O2* density profiles can be calculated. O density profiles can also be calculated as long as CO2 density profiles are available. These can be retrieved either from the VTS3 model or from SPICAV stellar occultation measurements. Finally, three-dimensional maps of excited molecular and atomic oxygen densities can be generated. The oxygen density map shows significant differences from the VTS3 model predictions. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's ultraviolet polar emission: a statistical study
Coumans, Valérie ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

Conference (2010, September)

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See detailThe NO Venus nightglow: SPICAV observations and implications on transport in the lower thermosphere
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Cox, Cédric ULg; Bertaux, J.-L.

Conference (2010, June 22)

A new set of 725 NO limb profiles has been analyzed. The profiles have been deconvolved and inverted to get volume emission rates. Updates mean VER peak altitude is 115 km, in excellent agreement with PV ... [more ▼]

A new set of 725 NO limb profiles has been analyzed. The profiles have been deconvolved and inverted to get volume emission rates. Updates mean VER peak altitude is 115 km, in excellent agreement with PV results obtained 30 years ago. The corresponding average vertical intensity is 1.2 kR. The altitude of emission occurs at a higher altitude near the bright spot region than at larger distances (by about 7 km). The location of the statistical bright spot is the same as observed with PV (that is shifted dawnward by 2 hrs and slightly south of AS point). The nightside mean vertical intensity is between 0.4 and 1.8 kR, which brackets the values derived from the limb profiles. These results, coupled with other airglow measurements, provide constraints on global atmospheric circulation and vertical transport [less ▲]

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