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Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

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See detailSaturn's aurora seen by HST and UVIS
Grodent, Denis ULg; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg et al

Conference (2010, June 07)

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See detailAuroral footprints; everywhere
Grodent, Denis ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg et al

Conference (2010, May 06)

Jupiter’s moons Io, Europa and Ganymede are continuously interacting with the Jovian magnetic field and with the sheet of plasma flowing near its equatorial plane. The interaction between these moons and ... [more ▼]

Jupiter’s moons Io, Europa and Ganymede are continuously interacting with the Jovian magnetic field and with the sheet of plasma flowing near its equatorial plane. The interaction between these moons and the Jovian magnetosphere causes strong Alfvénic perturbations which propagate along the magnetic field lines. On their way towards Jupiter’s polar regions, these perturbations accelerate charged particles which then interact with Jupiter’s ionosphere where they loose a fraction of their energy in the form of auroral emissions. Each of the three moons leaves an auroral footprint around the poles of Jupiter which departs from the bulk of the auroral emission. Their location is mainly controlled by the topology of the field lines and thus analysis of the auroral footprints provides information on the magnetic field itself. In that regard, the satellites auroral footpaths were used to highlight the presence of a strong magnetic anomaly in the northern hemisphere of Jupiter. Detailed inspection of the footprints’ brightness and morphology as a function of time reveals fundamental information on the interaction mechanisms near the moons, on the particles acceleration mechanisms as well as on the Jovian ionosphere. For example, it was suggested that the Io footprint actually consists of several spots resulting from successive steps in the perturbation propagation process. Another example is the finding of three different timescales in the variations of Ganymede’s footprint; each of them is pointing to a different part of the electromagnetic interaction between the moon’s mini-magnetosphere and the Jovian plasma. Several recent images of Saturn’s auroral regions obtained with Cassini/UVIS at high latitude show an obvious auroral spot at the predicted location of Enceladus’ footprint. This major finding demonstrates that the electromagnetic interaction between a moon and its parent planet is not unique to Jupiter but appears to be a common feature in planetary systems. [less ▲]

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See detailAuroral footprints of tail reconnection at Jupiter and Saturn
Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2010, May 03)

Tail reconnection at Jupiter’s magnetosphere, has recently been shown to leave its signature in the aurora. The Hubble Space Telescope observed transient polar dawn spots on the Jovian aurora, with a ... [more ▼]

Tail reconnection at Jupiter’s magnetosphere, has recently been shown to leave its signature in the aurora. The Hubble Space Telescope observed transient polar dawn spots on the Jovian aurora, with a characteristic recurrence period of 2-3 days. Because of their periodic occurrence cycle and observed location, it is suggested that the transient auroral features are related to the precipitated, heated plasma during reconnection processes taking place in the Jovian magnetotail. Particularly, it is proposed that the transient auroral spots are triggered by the planetward moving flow bursts released during the process. A comparison of their properties with those of the <br />auroral spots strengthen the conclusion that they are signatures of tail reconnection. <br />Cassini recently revealed magnetotail reconnection events at Saturn similar to those observed at Jupiter. Based on the UVIS dataset we present transient features at Saturn’s polar auroral region, which are possible signatures of tail reconnection. We study their size, power, duration and duty cycle and we suggest possible triggering mechanisms associated with magnetotail dynamics. We compare these auroral emissions with those at Jupiter and we discuss how energy is transferred to the ionosphere during tail reconnection. [less ▲]

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See detailUVIS FUV spectra of Saturn’s aurora
Gustin, Jacques ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

Conference (2010)

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See detailUltraviolet aurorae and dayglow in the upper atmospheres of terrestrial planets
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg et al

in 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly (2010)

Since its discovery in 2005 with the SPICAM spectrograph on board Mars Express, the Mars aurora has been further investigated. It is caused by sporadic soft electron precipitation whose signature is ... [more ▼]

Since its discovery in 2005 with the SPICAM spectrograph on board Mars Express, the Mars aurora has been further investigated. It is caused by sporadic soft electron precipitation whose signature is clearly observed in the FUV nightglow spectrum. The characteristics of the auroral electrons have been documented with parallel observations. Dayglow UV spectra have been collected with SPICAM over several seasons. The dependence of the intensity and peak altitude of the CO Cameron bands and CO2 + doublet emissions on latitude, local time and solar activity level have been investigated and compared with the results of a FUV Mars dayglow model. Far and Extreme ultraviolet spectra have been collected with the UVIS instrument during the flyby of Venus by Cassini, in a period a high solar activity. Their analysis shows the presence of OI, OII, NI, CI, CO and CO2 + emissions, some of them not previously identified in the Venus spectrum. The intensities will be compared with those observed with the HUT spectrograph during a period of low solar activity. The excitation processes of the observed features will be discussed. Scans of the intensity variation of several EUV bright emissions such as OII 83.4 nm, OI 98.9 nm and NI 120.0 nm multiplets across the sunlit disc will be compared with the calculations of a Venus dayglow model, including multiple scattering of optically thick transitions. [less ▲]

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See detailSaturn's secondary auroral ring
Grodent, Denis ULg; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg et al

Conference (2010)

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See detailSaturn's polar auroral emissions
Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

Conference (2010)

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See detailUVIS observations of the FUV OI and CO 4P Venus dayglow during the Cassini flyby
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg et al

in Icarus (2010), 207

We analyze FUV spatially-resolved dayglow spectra obtained at 0.37 nm resolution by the UVIS instrument during the Cassini flyby of Venus. We use a least-squares fit method to determine the brightness of ... [more ▼]

We analyze FUV spatially-resolved dayglow spectra obtained at 0.37 nm resolution by the UVIS instrument during the Cassini flyby of Venus. We use a least-squares fit method to determine the brightness of the OI emissions at 130.4 and OI 135.6 nm, and of the bands of the CO fourth positive system which are dominated by fluorescence scattering. We compare the brightness observed along the UVIS foot track of the two OI multiplets with that deduced from a model of the excitation of these emissions by photoelectron impact on O atoms and resonance scattering of the solar 130.4 nm emission. The large optical thickness 130.4 nm emission is accounted for using a radiative transfer model. The airglow intensities are calculated along the foot track and found to agree with the observed 130.4 nm brightness within ˜10%. The modeled OI 135.6 nm brightness is also well reproduced by the model. The oxygen density profile of the VTS3 model is found to be consistent with the observations. We find that self-absorption of the (0, v″) bands of the fourth positive emission of CO is important and we derive a CO vertical column of about 6.4 × 10[SUP]15[/SUP] cm[SUP]‑2[/SUP] in close agreement with the value provided by the VTS3 empirical atmospheric model. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacteristics of Saturn’s FUV airglow from limb-viewing spectra obtained with Cassini-UVIS
Gustin, Jacques ULg; Stewart, Ian; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies (2010), 210

This study reports the analysis of far ultraviolet (FUV) limb spectra of the airglow of Saturn in the 1150–1850 Å spectral window, obtained with the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) onboard Cassini ... [more ▼]

This study reports the analysis of far ultraviolet (FUV) limb spectra of the airglow of Saturn in the 1150–1850 Å spectral window, obtained with the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) onboard Cassini, spanning altitudes from 1200 to 4000 km. The FUV limb emission consists of three main contributions: (1) H Ly-a peaking at 1100 km with a brightness of 0.8 kilo-Rayleighs (kR), (2) reflected sunlight longward of 1550 Å which maximizes at 950 km with 16.5 kR and (3) H2 bands in the 1150–1650 Å bandwidth, peaking at 1050 km reaching a maximum of 3.9 kR. A vertical profile of the local H2 volume emission rate has been derived using the hydrocarbon density profiles from a model of the Saturn equatorial atmosphere. It is well matched by a Chapman function, characterized by a maximum value of 3.5 photons cm-3 s-1 in the 800–1650 Å UV bandwidth, peaking at 1020 km. Comparisons between the observed spectra and a first-order synthetic airglow H2 model in the 1150–1650 Å bandwidth show that the spectral shape of the H2 bands is accounted for by solar fluorescence and photoelectron excitation. The best fits are obtained with a combination of H2 fluorescence lines and 20 eV electron impact spectra, the latter contributing 68% of the total H2 airglow emission. [less ▲]

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See detailSaturn Auroral Movies from Cassini UVIS
Pryor, W. R.; Stewart, I.; Esposito, L. W. et al

in American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2009 (2009, December 01)

Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) continues to obtain Saturn auroral data. Two long slit spectral channels are used to obtain EUV data from 56.3-118.2 nm and FUV data from 111.5-191.3 nm ... [more ▼]

Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) continues to obtain Saturn auroral data. Two long slit spectral channels are used to obtain EUV data from 56.3-118.2 nm and FUV data from 111.5-191.3 nm. 64 spatial pixels along each slit are combined with slit motion to construct spectral images of Saturn. Auroral emissions are seen from electron-excited molecular and atomic hydrogen. In 2007-2009 UVIS obtained data with the spacecraft well out of Saturn's ring plane, permitting UVIS to obtain a number of short movies of the rotating auroral structures. Selected movies will be presented with geometric overlays and in polar projections. In some movies a cusp-like feature is present near noon inside the oval. One movie from 2008 day 201 shows parallel linear features on the day side almost at right angles to the main auroral oval that appear, then lengthen, separate in the middle, and then fade away. Other movies show similar cusp-related structures that resemble the letter "Q" where a dynamical feature at right angles to the oval moves away from the cusp region. The 2008 day 201 movie also shows one bright "polar flare" inside the oval with a spectrally distinct signature indicating the presence of higher energy electrons. A few of the most recent images were obtained at sufficiently close range that 2 spacecraft slews were needed to completely cover the oval. These images provide almost 100 pixels of information across the oval and clearly show multiple arcs of emission on the main oval and scattered emissions inside the oval. Several frames show emissions associated with the footprint of the Enceladus field line. We will discuss these features, their locations, and possible interpretations. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrection to ``Equatorward diffuse auroral emissions at Jupiter: Simultaneous HST and Galileo observations''
Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Tomás, Ana Tomas; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2009), 36

<A href="/journals/gl/gl0909/2009GL038676/">Abstract Available</A> from <A href="http://www.agu.org">http://www.agu.org</A>

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See detailEquatorward diffuse auroral emissions at Jupiter: Simultaneous HST and Galileo observations
Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Tomás, Ana Teresa; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2009), 36

We study the auroral emissions equatorward of the main oval based on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations of both Jovian hemispheres on September 20, 1997. On the same day, Galileo observed changes ... [more ▼]

We study the auroral emissions equatorward of the main oval based on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations of both Jovian hemispheres on September 20, 1997. On the same day, Galileo observed changes in the electron pitch angle distribution between the inner and middle magnetosphere (PAD boundary), indicative of electron diffusion. This region, magnetically maps to the equatorward diffuse emissions on both hemispheres. Whistler mode waves, observed simultaneously, can scatter electrons into the loss cone and lead to electron precipitation in the ionosphere. Based on simultaneous HST FUV and Galileo wave and electron data we test the conditions for electron scattering by whistler mode waves and derive the energy flux precipitated in the ionosphere. The comparison of the derived precipitation energy flux with the observed auroral brightness indicates that the energy contained in the PAD boundary can account for the auroral emissions. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacteristics of Saturn's polar atmosphere and auroral electrons derived from HST/STIS, FUSE and Cassini/UVIS spectra
Gustin, Jacques ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Pryor, Wayne et al

in Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies (2009), 200

Ultraviolet (UV) spectra of Saturn's aurora obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), the Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) and the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic ... [more ▼]

Ultraviolet (UV) spectra of Saturn's aurora obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), the Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) and the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) have been analyzed. Comparisons between the observed spectra and synthetic models of electron-excited H[SUB]2[/SUB] have been used to determine various auroral characteristics. Far ultraviolet (FUV: 1200 1700 Å) STIS and UVIS spectra exhibit, below 1400 Å, weak absorption due to methane, with a vertical column ranging between 1.4×10[SUP][/SUP] and 1.2×10[SUP][/SUP]cm[SUP][/SUP]. Using the low-latitude Moses et al. [Moses, J.I., Bézard, B., Lellouch, E., Feuchtgruber, H., Gladstone, G.R., Allen, M., 2000. Icarus, 143, 244 298] atmospheric model of Saturn and an electron energy H[SUB]2[/SUB] column relationship, these methane columns are converted into the mean energy of the primary precipitating electrons, estimated to lie in the range 10 18 keV. This result is confirmed by the study of self-absorption with UVIS and FUSE extreme ultraviolet (EUV: 900 1200 Å) spectra. Below 1200 Å, it is seen that transitions connecting to the v[SUP][/SUP]<2 vibrational levels of the H[SUB]2[/SUB] electronic ground state are partially self-absorbed by H[SUB]2[/SUB] molecules overlying the auroral emission. Because of its low spectral resolution (Ë 5.5 Å), the UVIS EUV spectrum we analyzed does not allow us to unequivocally determine reasonable ranges of temperatures and H[SUB]2[/SUB] columns. On the other hand, the high spectral resolution (Ë 0.2 Å) of the FUSE LiF1a and LiF2a EUV spectra we examined resolve the H[SUB]2[/SUB] rotational lines and makes it possible to determine the H[SUB]2[/SUB] temperature. The modeled spectrum best fitting the FUSE LiF1a observation reveals a temperature of 500 K and self-absorption by a H[SUB]2[/SUB] vertical column of 3×10[SUP][/SUP]cm[SUP][/SUP]. When converted to energy of precipitating electrons, this H[SUB]2[/SUB] column corresponds to primary electrons of Ë 10 keV. The model that best fits the LiF2a spectrum is characterized by a temperature of 400 K and is not self-absorbed, making this segment ideal to determine the H[SUB]2[/SUB] temperature at the altitude of the auroral emission. The latter value is in agreement with temperatures obtained from H3+ infrared polar spectra. Self-absorption is detectable in the LiF2a segment for H[SUB]2[/SUB] columns exceeding 6×10[SUP][/SUP]cm[SUP][/SUP], which sets the maximum mean energy determined from the FUSE observations to Ë 15 keV. The total electron energy range of 10 18 keV deduced from FUV and EUV observations places the auroral emission peak between the 0.1 and 0.3 mubar pressure levels. These values should be seen as an upper limit, since most of the Voyager UVS spectra of Saturn's aurora examined by Sandel et al. [Sandel, B.R., Shemansky, D.E., Broadfoot, A.L., Holberg, J.B., Smith, G.R., 1982. Science 215, 548] do not exhibit methane absorption. The auroral H[SUB]2[/SUB] emission is thus likely located above but close to the methane homopause. The H[SUB]2[/SUB] auroral brightness in the 800 1700 Å bandwidth varies from 2.9 kR to 139 kR, comparable to values derived from FUV Faint Object Camera (FOC) and STIS images. [less ▲]

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See detailAltitude of Saturn's aurora and its implications for the characteristic energy of precipitated electrons
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2009), 36

Images of Saturn's aurora at the limb have been collected with the Advanced Camera for Surveys on board the Hubble Space Telescope. They show that the peak of Saturn's nightside emission is generally ... [more ▼]

Images of Saturn's aurora at the limb have been collected with the Advanced Camera for Surveys on board the Hubble Space Telescope. They show that the peak of Saturn's nightside emission is generally located 900-1300 km above the 1-bar level. On the other hand, methane and H[SUB]2[/SUB] columns overlying the aurora have been determined from the analysis of FUV and EUV spectra, respectively. Using a low-latitude model, these columns place the emission layer at or above 610 km. One possibility to solve this apparent discrepancy between imaging and spectral observations is to assume that the thermospheric temperature in the auroral region sharply increases at a higher pressure level than in the low-latitude regions. Using an electron transport code, we estimate the characteristic energy of the precipitated electrons derived from these observations to be in the range 1-5 keV using a low latitude model and 5-30 keV in case of the modified model. [less ▲]

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See detailSaturn Auroral Images and Movies from Cassini UVIS
Pryor, Wayne; Esposito, L.W.; Stewart, A.I.F. et al

Conference (2009)

Cassini’s Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) has completed five <br />years of study of Saturn’s atmosphere and auroras. Two long slit spectral channels are <br />used to obtain EUV data from 56.3 ... [more ▼]

Cassini’s Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) has completed five <br />years of study of Saturn’s atmosphere and auroras. Two long slit spectral channels are <br />used to obtain EUV data from 56.3-118.2 nm and FUV data from 111.5-191.3 nm. 64 <br />spatial pixels along each slit are combined with slit motion to construct spectral images of <br />Saturn. Auroral emissions are seen from electron-excited molecular and atomic hydrogen. <br />In 2008-2009 UVIS obtained data with the spacecraft well out of Saturn’s ring plane, <br />permitting UVIS to obtain a number of short movies of the rotating auroral structures. <br />In some movies a cusp-like feature is present near noon inside the oval. One movie from <br />2008 day 201 shows parallel linear features on the day side almost at right angles to <br />the main auroral oval that appear, then lengthen, separate in the middle, and then fade <br />away. The same movie also shows one bright "polar flare" inside the oval. A few of <br />the most recent images were obtained at sufficiently close range that 2 spacecraft slews <br />were needed to completely cover the oval. These images provide almost 100 pixels of <br />information across the oval and clearly show multiple arcs of emission on the main oval <br />and scattered emissions inside the oval. We will discuss these features, their locations, and <br />possible interpretations. We also report on a search for an Enceladus auroral footprint <br />on Saturn. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of Titan airglow UV spectra from Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS)
Gustin, Jacques ULg; Ajello, J.M.; Stevens, M.H. et al

Poster (2009)

We present the analysis of FUV (1150-1750 Å) limb dayglow spectra of Titan’s atmosphere obtained on 13 December 2004 at 5 Å resolution by the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) onboard Cassini. The ... [more ▼]

We present the analysis of FUV (1150-1750 Å) limb dayglow spectra of Titan’s atmosphere obtained on 13 December 2004 at 5 Å resolution by the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) onboard Cassini. The fit to the data show that Titan’s airglow consists of four principal emissions: 1) the N2 Lyman-Birge-Hopfield (LBH) band system, which peaks in intensity at 1150 +/- 50 km, 2) N I multiplets peaking at 1050km +/- 50 km, 3) sunlight reflected by N2 between 0 and 300 km and 4) H Ly alpha which grows in intensity with increasing altitude. Comparisons with limb spectra obtained by the Voyager 1 Ultraviolet spectrometer (V1/UVS) show that the vertically integrated brightness are larger for V1/UVS than for UVIS by a factor of 3, consistent with the XUV solar flux ratio at Titan at the time of these observations. The N2 LBH and N I profiles obtained from the regression to the Titan data are compared to models obtained by the Atmospheric Ultraviolet Radiance Integrated Code (AURIC), adapted from Earth’s atmosphere to Titan’s. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacteristics of Saturn's polar atmosphere and auroral electrons derived from HST/STIS, FUSE and Cassini/UVIS spectra
Gustin, Jacques ULg; Pryor, W.; Feldman, P. et al

Poster (2008, December 01)

Ultraviolet spectra of Saturn's aurora obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), the Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) and the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic ... [more ▼]

Ultraviolet spectra of Saturn's aurora obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), the Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) and the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) have been compared to synthetic spectra of electron-excited H2 in order to derive various auroral characteristics, such as the energy of the primary precipitating electrons and the H2 temperature at the altitude of the aurora. Two physical processes have been exploited: the absorption by hydrocarbons in the FUV and H2 self-absorption in the EUV. We find energies in the range 10-18 keV, which locates Saturns's aurora between 0.1 and 0.3 μ bar. We also determined that the auroral H2 emission is characterized by a temperature of ~400K, consistent with temperatures measured in the infrared, but much higher than what is expected from equatorial atmospheric models. These new results bring valuable constraints on both polar atmospheric models and theoretical studies of the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling. [less ▲]

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