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See detailThe Ganymede aurora …
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Shematovich, Valery; Bisikalo, Dmitry et al

Poster (2013, September)

In this Report we present the Monte Carlo model for calculation of oxygen UV and IR emissions due to the electron precipitation in the Ganymede polar regions. These techniques will provide column ... [more ▼]

In this Report we present the Monte Carlo model for calculation of oxygen UV and IR emissions due to the electron precipitation in the Ganymede polar regions. These techniques will provide column densities of atmospheric species at better than or equal to 1 km spatial resolution, and will constrain the amount of some specific compounds from limb scans and during stellar occultation. This investigation also needs characterization of the vertical temperature profile from ground up to about 400 km altitude with ~5 km vertical resolution as well as mapping of water vapour concentration. This can be performed by multiple water line observations in the 200-600 μm wavelength range. It shall be complemented by ion and neutral mass spectrometry of plasma particles, radio occultations to measure structures of the neutral atmosphere and ionosphere, and plasma wave measurements to constrain plasma density and temperature of the ionosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolated transient UV auroral structures at Jupiter: possible signatures of magnetospheric injections 
Dumont, Maïté ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg et al

Conference (2013, July 11)

We investigate transient ultraviolet auroral features located equatorward of the main emission (130 features) based on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations of the northern and southern Jovian ... [more ▼]

We investigate transient ultraviolet auroral features located equatorward of the main emission (130 features) based on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations of the northern and southern Jovian hemispheres (2000-2007). Several properties of the auroral emissions are analyzed, such as their position in auroral region, power and brightness. Additionally, we magnetically map the auroral structures to the equatorial plane using VIPAL model and we compare their observed properties with those of magnetospheric injections observed by Galileo. We suggest that these transient auroral structures could be related to magnetospheric injections. The mapped radial position and system III longitude of the observed auroral features are in good agreement with those of the injections observed in the equatorial plane by Galileo. Based on power and brightness of the auroral features, we discuss the mechanisms involved in the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling injections. This comparative study demonstrates that the structures under study are related to magnetospheric injections and sheds light to the mechanism involved in the magnetosphere-ionosphere dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailVariability of the Jovian aurorae: focus on a selection of recent results
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2013, July 11)

The aurorae at Jupiter can be separated into four main components: the satellite footprints, the outer emissions, the main emissions and the polar emissions. Each of these components displays some form of ... [more ▼]

The aurorae at Jupiter can be separated into four main components: the satellite footprints, the outer emissions, the main emissions and the polar emissions. Each of these components displays some form of variability in location, brightness and/or shape. The nature and the timescale of these changes is particularly revealing of the processes at play. The footprints of Io and Ganymede are often made of several spots. The distance between these spots and their brightness essentially varies as the planetary magnetic dipole rotates relative to the moons and as the plasma torus or plasma sheet wobble across the satellite orbital plane. However, the spots brightness can also considerably vary on a timescale of minutes as well as from one year to another. The outer emissions are made of diffuse, patchy or arc-shaped emissions. Two different sources have been proposed to explain these features: injections of hot plasma from the outer magnetosphere and the pitch angle scattering boundary. These features usually last for a few Jovian rotations, but their occurrence rate appears to be related to the global dynamics of the inner magnetosphere on timescales of months. The main emissions sometimes appear as a complete oval, but they usually have a more chaotic appearance, with broken arcs, gaps and forks. Their brightness and morphology respond to changes in the solar wind characteristics. Nevertheless, the dawn portion of the main emissions sometimes displays spectacular brightening apparently unrelated to the solar wind: the dawn storms. Moreover, on timescales of several months, the statistical location of the main emissions also evolves as the material input from Io increases or decreases. Globally speaking, the polar emissions also respond to the solar wind input. However, the term “polar emissions” encompasses many different auroral features obviously driven from different mechanisms. Spots and arcs, located just inside the main emissions on the dawn and night side and lasting for a few tens of minutes, have been seen to re-occur every 2 to 3 days. They have thus been associated with night-side reconnection related to the Vasyliũnas cycle. On the other hand, the dusk-side of the polar region is the locus of quasi-periodic UV flares on timescales of 2 to 3 minutes, while periodicities of 20 to 45 minutes have been identified for their X-ray counterpart. The central part of the polar region is very dynamic, with patches of emissions constantly appearing, moving and disappearing within minutes. However, along with these patches, elongated auroral arcs dubbed “polar auroral filaments” may remain present for several consecutive days. As we will see in this review talk, the current data set of UV images from the Hubble Space Telescope, including the brand new time-tag sequences from the latest 2012-2013 campaign, gives access to a wide range of auroral phenomena that only begin to reveal their secrets. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter’s elusive bald patch
Grodent, Denis ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg et al

Conference (2013, July)

The detailed morphology of Jupiter’s UV auroral emissions is definitely very complex. To some extent, this complexity depicts the zoo of processes taking place inside, and sometimes, outside Jupiter’s ... [more ▼]

The detailed morphology of Jupiter’s UV auroral emissions is definitely very complex. To some extent, this complexity depicts the zoo of processes taking place inside, and sometimes, outside Jupiter’s enormous magnetosphere. One is naturally more inclined to focus on the bright emissions, but recent progresses in cosmology teach us that there is also important information in the darkness. In this present, preliminary study, we are exploring a dark region of Jupiter’s polar aurora -“Jupiter’s bald patch”- located poleward of the main emission (oval). It appears to be bordered by patchy features belonging to auroral regions often referred to as the swirl and flare regions. These regions contain the poleward most auroral features. Therefore, it is legitimate to ask whether this dark region, even closer to the pole, is actually the polar cap, implying some level of reconnection of Jupiter’s strong magnetic field with the interplanetary magnetic field. An ongoing HST campaign is providing stunning high temporal and spatial (and spectral) resolution time tagged images of Jupiter’s northern and southern aurora. They show that the bald patch is conspicuous on some images but much less obvious in others. They also suggest that it is not always completely devoid of emission, possibly alluding to a weak, intermittent, Dungey-like cycle. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's conjugate ultraviolet aurora
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg et al

Conference (2013, July)

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See detailThe time evolution of O2(a1Δ) individual observations acquired by VIRTIS-M on board Venus Express
Soret, Lauriane ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Piccioni, Giuseppe et al

Poster (2013, June 10)

The O2(a1Δ) nightglow emission at 1.27 µm may be used as a tracer of the Venus upper mesosphere dynamics. This emission has been observed with VIRTIS-M-IR on board Venus Express. Previous studies showed ... [more ▼]

The O2(a1Δ) nightglow emission at 1.27 µm may be used as a tracer of the Venus upper mesosphere dynamics. This emission has been observed with VIRTIS-M-IR on board Venus Express. Previous studies showed that the emission maximum is statistically located close to the antisolar point at ∼96 km. This airglow results from the production of oxygen atoms on the Venus dayside by photodissociation and electron impact dissociation of CO2 and CO, which are then transported to the nightside by the subsolar to antisolar general circulation, where they recombine to create metastable O2(a1Δ) molecules. Their radiative deexcitation produces the O2(a1Δ) nightglow with a maximum near the antisolar point. However, VIRTIS individual observations indicate that the O2(a1Δ) nightglow emission is highly variable, both in intensity and location. Individual observations acquired every hour during a short period of time can also be grouped sequentially. Bright emission patches can thus be tracked and both their displacement and intensity variations can be analyzed. The peak intensity can vary from 1 to 6 megaRayleighs. We show that the emission peak moves with a mean value of ~80 m s-1, in good agreement with an earlier study by Hueso et al. (2008). The velocity vector in intensity and direction is evaluated approximately every 40 min. These displacements are highly variable, but some dynamical characteristics can be deduced from the observations. These results will be compared with other results of velocity determination in the upper mesosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of the auroral bifurcations at Saturn and their role in magnetopause reconnection
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg

Conference (2013, June)

We summarize recent results obtained with the UVIS instrument on board Cassini. They demonstrate that auroral signatures of magnetic field reconnection events in the flanks of the magnetopause are ... [more ▼]

We summarize recent results obtained with the UVIS instrument on board Cassini. They demonstrate that auroral signatures of magnetic field reconnection events in the flanks of the magnetopause are observed in the UV images collected by UVIS. [less ▲]

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See detailVenus night side measurements of winds at 115 km altitude from NO bright patches tracking.
Bertaux, J.-L.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Stiepen, Arnaud ULg et al

Conference (2013, June)

N and O atoms produced by photo-dissociation of CO2 and N2 on the day side of Venus are transported to the night side in the thermospheric circulation. When the air parcel is descending, the recombination ... [more ▼]

N and O atoms produced by photo-dissociation of CO2 and N2 on the day side of Venus are transported to the night side in the thermospheric circulation. When the air parcel is descending, the recombination N+O→ NO produces the famous γ and δ bands of NO emission. Pioneer Venus (1978) suggested that the statistical center of the emission is off from the anti-solar point, about one- two hours in Local time after midnight. This is confirmed from SPICAV/VEX results, and the explanation generally accepted is the influence of retrograde super rotation. However, the emission takes place at 115 km, while VIRTIS/VEX, with maps of O2 emission (peak altitude 95 km) in the night side of Venus (recombination of O+O coming from the day side), has shown that the maximum of emission is statistically centered on the antisolar point. Therefore, there is no influence of super-rotation at 95 km. One way to explain this paradox is that the cause of the super rotation is different at 115 km and in the lower atmosphere. Alternately, some gravity waves could propagate from below, crossing the altitude 95 km with minimal interaction, and breaking around 115, depositing their momentum. Another consideration is that the altitude of N2 photo-dissociation is higher in the thermosphere than CO2, therefore the thermospheric circulation pattern may be different for the transport of N atoms, and O atoms. We have started building maps of the NO emission by moving around the spacecraft along its orbit on the night side. The idea is that NO emission is concentrated generally in rather well defined patches of light. Therefore, by comparing maps taken at 1 hour or 24 hr interval, we can make a “bright patch tracking”, and derive directly the velocity of the moving air parcel containing N and O (we are aware that a part of the motion could be due to a phase shift of a gravity wave, if it has some influence on the NO emission). Preliminary results from this exercise with Venus Express will be presented and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailTwenty years of Hubble observations of Jupiter's and Saturn's UV aurora
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

Scientific conference (2013, May 27)

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See detailThe aurora of giant planets: 20 years of observations with the Hubble Space Telescope
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

Scientific conference (2013, May)

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See detailStatistical analysis of Saturn's UV auroral outer emission
Grodent, Denis ULg; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Schippers, Patricia et al

Conference (2013, March 15)

Recent observations of Saturn’s aurora with the UVIS spectrograph on-board Cassini not only confirm the presence of a quasi-permanent partial ring of emission equatorward of the main auroral oval, but ... [more ▼]

Recent observations of Saturn’s aurora with the UVIS spectrograph on-board Cassini not only confirm the presence of a quasi-permanent partial ring of emission equatorward of the main auroral oval, but they also increase the number of positive cases and allow for a statistical analysis of the characteristics of this outer emission. This faint but distinct auroral feature appears at both hemispheres in the nightside sector. It magnetically maps to relatively large distances in the nightside magnetosphere, on the order of 9 RS. It was initially thought that pitch angle scattering of electrons into the loss cone by whistler waves would be responsible for the outer auroral emission. Rough estimates suggested that a suprathermal electron population observed with Cassini in the nightside sector between 7 and 10 RS might power this process. However, a new analysis of 7 years of Cassini electron plasma data indicates the presence of layers of upward and downward field aligned currents. They appear to be part of a large-scale current system involving dayside-nightside asymmetries as well as trans- hemispheric variations. This system comprises a net upward current layer, carried by warm electrons, limited to the nightside sector which may as well generate the outer UV auroral emission. The growing dataset of UVIS spectro- images is used to find any such asymmetries in the outer auroral emission. [less ▲]

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See detailOxygen nightglow emissions of Venus: Vertical distribution and collisional quenching
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Soret, Lauriane ULg; Migliorini, Alessandra et al

in Icarus (2013)

We compare the altitude of three O2 night airglow emissions observed at the limb of Venus by the VIRTIS spectral imager with the values predicted by a model accounting for the different radiative ... [more ▼]

We compare the altitude of three O2 night airglow emissions observed at the limb of Venus by the VIRTIS spectral imager with the values predicted by a model accounting for the different radiative lifetimes and collisional deactivation of the upper O2 states. The O and CO2 density profiles are based on remote sensing observations from the Venus Express spacecraft. Effective production efficiencies of the involved O2 metastable states and quenching coefficients by oxygen and carbon dioxide are adjusted to provide the best match with the measured emission limb profiles. We find values in general good agreement with earlier studies for the c1Σ-u state which gives rise to the Herzberg II bands. In particular, we confirm the low net yield of the c state production and the importance of its deactivation by CO2, for which we derive a quenching coefficient of 3x10-16 cm-3 s-1. The ∼4.5 km higher altitude of the Chamberlain band emission also recently detected by VIRTIS and the ratio of the Herzberg II/Chamberlain bands observed with Venera are well reproduced. To reach agreement, we use a 12% yield for the A’3Δu production following O atom association and quenching coefficients by O and CO2 of 1.3x10-11 cm-3 s-1 and 4.5x10-13 cm-3 s-1 respectively. We conclude that the different peak altitudes of the IR Atmospheric, Herzberg II and the Chamberlain bands reflect the relative importance of radiative relaxation and collisional quenching by O and CO2. [less ▲]

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See detailThe characteristics of the O2 Herzberg II and Chamberlain bands observed with VIRTIS/Venus Express
Migliorini, A.; Piccioni, G.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Icarus (2013)

The oxygen Venus nightglow emissions in the visible spectral range have been known since the early observations from the Venera spacecraft. Recent observations with the VIRTIS instrument on board Venus ... [more ▼]

The oxygen Venus nightglow emissions in the visible spectral range have been known since the early observations from the Venera spacecraft. Recent observations with the VIRTIS instrument on board Venus Express allowed us to re-examine the Herzberg II system of O2 and to further study its vertical distribution, in particular the (0–m00 with m00 = 7–13) bands. The present work describes the vertical profile of the observed bands and relative intensities from limb observation data. The wavelength-integrated intensities of the Herzberg II bands, with m00 = 7–11, are inferred from the recorded spectra. The resulting values lie in the range of 84–116 kR at the altitudes of maximum intensity, which are found to lie in the range of 93–98 km. Three bands of the Chamberlain system, centered at 560 nm, 605 nm, and 657 nm have been identified as well. Their emission peak is located at about 100 km, 4 km higher than the Herzberg II bands. For the first time, the O2 nightglow emissions were investigated simultaneously in the visible and in the IR spectral range, showing a good agreement between the peak position for the Herzberg II and the O2ða1Dg—X3R g Þ bands. An airglow model, proposed by Gérard et al. (Gérard, J.C., Soret, L., Migliorini, A., Piccioni, G. [2012]. Icarus.) starting from realistic O and CO2 vertical distributions derived from Venus-Express observations, allows reproduction of the observed profiles for the three O2 systems. [less ▲]

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See detailRemote sensing of the energy of auroral electrons in Saturn’s atmosphere: Hubble and Cassini spectral observations
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg; Pryor, Wayne et al

in Icarus (2013), 223

Saturn’s north ultraviolet aurora has been successfully observed twice between March and May 2011 with the STIS long-slit spectrograph on board the Hubble Space Telescope. Spatially resolved spectra at ... [more ▼]

Saturn’s north ultraviolet aurora has been successfully observed twice between March and May 2011 with the STIS long-slit spectrograph on board the Hubble Space Telescope. Spatially resolved spectra at ∼12 Å spectral resolution have been collected at different local times from dawn to dusk to determine the amount of hydrocarbon absorption. For this purpose, the HST telescope slewed across the auroral oval from mid-latitudes up to beyond the limb while collecting spectral data in the timetag mode. Spectral images of the north ultraviolet aurora were obtained within minutes and hours with the UVIS spectrograph on board Cassini. Several daytime sectors and one nightside location were observed and showed signatures of weak absorption by methane present in (or above) the layer of the auroral emission. No absorption from other hydrocarbons (e.g. C2H2) has been detected. For the absorbed spectra, the overlying slant CH4 column varies from 3x1015 to 2x1016 cm-2, but no clear dependence on local time is identified. A Monte Carlo electron transport model is used to calculate the vertical distribution of the H2 emission and to relate the observed spectra to the energy of the primary auroral electrons. Assuming electron precipitation with a Maxwellian energy distribution into a standard model atmosphere, we find that the mean energy ranges from less than 3 to ∼10 keV. These results are compared with previous determinations of the energy of Saturn’s aurora based on ultraviolet spectra and limb images. We conclude that the energies derived from spectral methods indicate a wide range of electron energies while the nightside limb images suggest that the auroral precipitation is consistently soft. We emphasize the need for more realistic model atmospheres with temperature and hydrocarbon distributions appropriate to high-latitude conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailSignatures of magnetospheric injections in Saturn's aurora
Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Roussos, E.; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2013)

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