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See detailDerivation of Auroral Conductances from IMAGE FUV
Immel, T. J.; Mende, S. B.; Frey, H. U. et al

Conference (2001, May 01)

Auroral emissions are observed in 3 separate Far-Ultraviolet (FUV) wavelength regimes by IMAGE. The Wideband Imaging Camera (WIC) is sensitive mainly to N[SUB]2[/SUB] LBH and N I emissions in the 140-190 ... [more ▼]

Auroral emissions are observed in 3 separate Far-Ultraviolet (FUV) wavelength regimes by IMAGE. The Wideband Imaging Camera (WIC) is sensitive mainly to N[SUB]2[/SUB] LBH and N I emissions in the 140-190-nm range, while the Spectrographic Imager (SI) spectrally separates the OI 135.6-nm emission and Doppler shifted hydrogen emissions of the proton aurora at 121.8 nm. The brightness of the N[SUB]2[/SUB] LBH and OI 135.6-nm emissions depend in part on the spectrum and total energy flux of incoming electrons, and on the height-density profile of the respective species, and O[SUB]2[/SUB]. Due mainly to these atmospheric factors, the ratio of the N[SUB]2[/SUB] and OI emissions depends strongly on the characteristic energy of precipitating electrons which, once estimated, can in turn be used to calculate the total energy flux. The proton aurora generates secondary electrons, which excite additional emissions of N[SUB]2[/SUB] and OI. It is not possible to absolutely determine either the total proton energy flux or the characteristic proton energy (<E[SUB]p[/SUB]>) with a single proton imaging channel. However, the proton-induced N[SUB]2[/SUB] and OI emissions depend mainly on the total proton energy flux, so reasonable estimates of <E[SUB]p[/SUB]> can be used in the calculation of proton energy input. Ground-based or in-situ observations of proton energies can help in this determination. With accurate corrections for N[SUB]2[/SUB] and OI airglow emissions, and formulae such as those provided by Robinson et al. [1987], IMAGE FUV can provide global maps of height-integrated conductivity (conductance) in the auroral oval. It is also possible to examine the degree to which the proton aurora contributes to enhanced conductance on a global scale. The promise of providing these conductances using IMAGE's real-time capabilities will be discussed. Robinson, R. M., R. R. Vondrak, K. Miller, T. Dabbs, and D. Hardy, On Calculating Ionospheric Conductances from the Flux and Energy of Precipitating Electrons, J. Geophys. Res., 92, 2566, 1987. [less ▲]

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See detailThe electron and proton aurora as seen by IMAGE-FUV and FAST
Frey, H. U.; Mende, S. B.; Carlson, C. W. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2001), 28

The Far Ultraviolet Instrument (FUV) on the IMAGE spacecraft observes the aurora in three different channels. One of them (SI12) is sensitive to the signal from precipitating protons, while the other two ... [more ▼]

The Far Ultraviolet Instrument (FUV) on the IMAGE spacecraft observes the aurora in three different channels. One of them (SI12) is sensitive to the signal from precipitating protons, while the other two (WIC and SI13) observe auroral emissions which are not only excited by precipitating electrons, but also by protons. We examine a period when in-situ particle measurements by the FAST spacecraft were available simultaneously with global imaging with FUV. The measured electron and proton energy spectra are used to calculate the auroral brightness along the FAST orbit. The comparison with the FUV/IMAGE observations shows good quantitative agreement and demonstrates that under certain circumstances high proton fluxes may produce significant amounts of auroral FUV emission. [less ▲]

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