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See detailSpectral mapping of the FUV Jovian aurora and electron energy distribution
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

Conference (2014, September)

Observations have been made with the Hubble Space Telescope in the timetag mode using the STIS long slit. During the 40 min of the observations, the slit spatially scanned the polar regions to build ... [more ▼]

Observations have been made with the Hubble Space Telescope in the timetag mode using the STIS long slit. During the 40 min of the observations, the slit spatially scanned the polar regions to build spectral maps of the jovian aurora. The emission is composed of the HI Lyman-alpha line and the H2 Lyman and Werner bands. The shorter wavelengths are partly absorbed by the methane layer overlying the bulk of the auroral emission. Since the CH4 absorption cross section drastically drops above 140 nm, the longer wavelengths are not absorbed and the intensity directly reflects the precipitated energy flux carried by the electrons. Maps of the intensity ratio of the two spectral regions will be presented, together with the associated auroral electron energy. These values will be compared with those expected from current magnetosphere-ionosphere model. They will provide input into 3-D modeling of the auroral heat source into the high-latitude Jovian upper atmosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailCassini Ultraviolet Images of Saturn's Aurorae
Pryor, Wayne; Jouchoux, Alain; Esposito, Larry et al

Scientific conference (2014, August 04)

Cassini has been obtaining auroral images and spectra of Saturn with the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS). We will present highlights of the auroral images, showing a variety of morphologies ... [more ▼]

Cassini has been obtaining auroral images and spectra of Saturn with the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS). We will present highlights of the auroral images, showing a variety of morphologies, including multiple arcs, spiral forms, polar cusp activity, and rotating emission features, some of them pulsating with a roughly 1-hour period. A satellite footprint of Enceladus is occasionally visible. [less ▲]

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See detailQuasi-periodic flares in Jupiter's aurora : new results
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Badman, Sarah et al

Conference (2014, April 29)

Two recent Hubble Space Telescope observation campaigns have been dedicated to the Jovian Far-UV aurora (GO 12883 – PI: D. Grodent and GO 13035 – PI: S. Badman). Both of them made use of the Time-Tag mode ... [more ▼]

Two recent Hubble Space Telescope observation campaigns have been dedicated to the Jovian Far-UV aurora (GO 12883 – PI: D. Grodent and GO 13035 – PI: S. Badman). Both of them made use of the Time-Tag mode of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), a high time resolution mode which allows to observe temporal variations on timescales of tens of seconds. In the present study, we focus on sudden and spectacular bursts of auroral emissions taking place in the active region located poleward of the main emissions and called “flares”. A previous study, based on only two image sequences acquired with rather unfavorable viewing angles, showed that these flares could reappear quasi-periodically on time scales of 2-3 minutes. Phenomena with similar timescales have been identified by in-situ spacecraft in relativistic electron and radio data as well as in reconnection signatures, for example. But the physical mechanism behind these ubiquitous signatures remains to be unveiled. Here we make use of the most recent and much larger data set to study in further details the occurrence rate, the period, the location, the extent and the motion of these quasi-periodic flares and to compare their behavior in both hemispheres. Quantifying these parameters allows us to narrow down the possibilities among likely explanations and provide a tentative scenario for these short timescale quasi-periodic features. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of the aurora at Jupiter
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Badman, Sarah et al

Conference (2014, February 19)

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See detailThe science case for an orbital mission to Uranus: Exploring the origins and evolution of ice giant planets
Arridge, C. S.; Achilleos, N.; Agarwal, J. et al

in Planetary and Space Science (2014), (0), -

Abstract Giant planets helped to shape the conditions we see in the Solar System today and they account for more than 99% of the mass of the Sun's planetary system. They can be subdivided into the Ice ... [more ▼]

Abstract Giant planets helped to shape the conditions we see in the Solar System today and they account for more than 99% of the mass of the Sun's planetary system. They can be subdivided into the Ice Giants (Uranus and Neptune) and the Gas Giants (Jupiter and Saturn), which differ from each other in a number of fundamental ways. Uranus, in particular is the most challenging to our understanding of planetary formation and evolution, with its large obliquity, low self-luminosity, highly asymmetrical internal field, and puzzling internal structure. Uranus also has a rich planetary system consisting of a system of inner natural satellites and complex ring system, five major natural icy satellites, a system of irregular moons with varied dynamical histories, and a highly asymmetrical magnetosphere. Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to have explored Uranus, with a flyby in 1986, and no mission is currently planned to this enigmatic system. However, a mission to the uranian system would open a new window on the origin and evolution of the Solar System and would provide crucial information on a wide variety of physicochemical processes in our Solar System. These have clear implications for understanding exoplanetary systems. In this paper we describe the science case for an orbital mission to Uranus with an atmospheric entry probe to sample the composition and atmospheric physics in Uranus’ atmosphere. The characteristics of such an orbiter and a strawman scientific payload are described and we discuss the technical challenges for such a mission. This paper is based on a white paper submitted to the European Space Agency's call for science themes for its large-class mission programme in 2013. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 2-3 minutes periodicity in the polar aurora and the magnetosphere of Jupiter
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Poster (2013, December 10)

The main aurora at Jupiter is related to the middle magnetosphere and the corotation breakdown of the magnetospheric plasma. On the other hand, the polar regions either magnetically map to the outer ... [more ▼]

The main aurora at Jupiter is related to the middle magnetosphere and the corotation breakdown of the magnetospheric plasma. On the other hand, the polar regions either magnetically map to the outer magnetosphere or correspond to field lines open to the interplanetary medium and most of the auroral emissions from this region are still poorly understood. Among these polar auroral emissions are the flares, dramatic brightenings of several million square kilometers over a couple of minutes. Two previously reported observations of the southern hemisphere showed that these flares can be quasi-periodic with a re-occurrence time of 2-3 minutes. Here we report results from the Hubble Space Telescope campaign carried out in 2012-2013 with the STIS FUV instrument in time-tag mode (PI: D. Grodent). This campaign consisted in alternating observations of the two hemispheres. Based on the analysis of this dataset, we confirm that these quasi-periodic flares are ubiquitous and occur in both hemispheres. Moreover, in at least one case, these flares appear to occur in phase in both hemispheres. We compare the characteristics of these flares with those of the relativistic electron bursts observed by the Ulysses spacecraft with the HET instrument. We find that 2-3 minutes quasi-periodic burst are much more frequent than previously reported and that they magnetically map to the same auroral area as the flares. We conclude that these two phenomena are most probably related and arise from a common origin. [less ▲]

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See detailSaturn’s UV aurora: the (high latitude) point of view of Cassini
Grodent, Denis ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg et al

Conference (2013, December 09)

The high latitude vantage point of Cassini and its short distance to Saturn give rise to a unique opportunity for obtaining exceptional spectral images of the aurorae, along with in situ observations of ... [more ▼]

The high latitude vantage point of Cassini and its short distance to Saturn give rise to a unique opportunity for obtaining exceptional spectral images of the aurorae, along with in situ observations of the associated particles and magnetic field. Cassini’s T83 flyby of Titan significantly changed the inclination of the spacecraft’s orbit and marked the beginning of the XXM inclined phase 1 which will last until March 16, 2015. We will give an overview of the auroral emissions observed so far with the UVIS camera on board Cassini. In particular we will link the morphology of the aurora with specific magnetospheric processes, such as dayside reconnection and auroral bifurcations, nightside reconnection, hot plasma injections. We will also take advantage of the view from nearly above the poles to describe the overall shape and size of the aurora, which are expected to respond to the solar wind conditions. Moreover, this presentation will focus on small-scale features, which can only be observed by an instrument close enough to the planet. We will also present movies of these observations, allowing us to explore the auroral dynamics at various timescales. This information will be used to identify the various mechanisms at play in Saturn’s magnetosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailThe multiple spots of the Ganymede auroral footprint
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Hess, Sébastien; Bagenal, Fran et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2013), 40

The interaction between the moons and the magnetosphere of giant planets sometimes gives rise to auroral signatures in the planetary ionosphere, called the satellite footprints. So far, footprints have ... [more ▼]

The interaction between the moons and the magnetosphere of giant planets sometimes gives rise to auroral signatures in the planetary ionosphere, called the satellite footprints. So far, footprints have been detected for Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Enceladus. These footprints are usually seen as single spots. However, the Io footprint, the brightest one, displays a much more complex morphology made of at least three different spots and an extended tail. Here we present Hubble Space Telescope FUV images showing evidence for a second spot in the Ganymede footprint. The spots separation distance changes as Ganymede moves latitudinally in the plasma sheet, as is seen for the Io footprint. This indicates that the processes identified at Io are universal. Moreover, for similar Ganymede System III longitudes, the distance may also vary significantly with time, indicating changes in the plasma sheet density. We identified a rapid evolution of this distance 8 days after the detection of a volcanic outburst at Io, suggesting that such auroral observations could be used to estimate the plasma density variations at Ganymede. [less ▲]

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See detailCassini UVIS Saturn Auroral Images from the 2013 HST/Cassini Campaign
Pryor, Wayne; Jouchoux, Alain; Esposito, Larry et al

Conference (2013, October)

In 2013 coordinated observations of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope (HST) were obtained. During these observations the Cassini spacecraft provided a high-latitude view of ... [more ▼]

In 2013 coordinated observations of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope (HST) were obtained. During these observations the Cassini spacecraft provided a high-latitude view of Saturn's auroras. Intense auroras were observed by the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) from close range (about 5 Saturn radii away). A 6-frame UVIS movie has been constructed from some of the observations from May 20- 21, 2013 showing the evolution of two bright auroral features. We report on the UVIS images, the corresponding spectra, and compare the UVIS data to HST images and data from other Cassini instruments. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Ganymede auroral footprint: implications of the spots’ multiplicity
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Hess, Sébastien; Bagenal, Fran et al

Conference (2013, September 10)

We report here the finding of a secondary spot for the Ganymede auroral footprint on Jupiter. Moreover, we characterize the evolution of the Ganymede footprint morphology with longitude and time. Finally ... [more ▼]

We report here the finding of a secondary spot for the Ganymede auroral footprint on Jupiter. Moreover, we characterize the evolution of the Ganymede footprint morphology with longitude and time. Finally, we discuss the implications of these results with respect to the morphology of the other satellite footprints. [less ▲]

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See detailCassini’s recent high inclination views of Saturn’s UV aurorae
Grodent, Denis ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg et al

Conference (2013, September)

On 22 May 2012, Cassini flew by Titan at a closest approach distance of 955 km. This T83 flyby significantly changed the inclination of the spacecraft’s orbit and marked the beginning of the XXM inclined ... [more ▼]

On 22 May 2012, Cassini flew by Titan at a closest approach distance of 955 km. This T83 flyby significantly changed the inclination of the spacecraft’s orbit and marked the beginning of the XXM inclined phase 1 which will last until March 16, 2015. During this 3-year period, the inclination of Cassini’s orbit reaches very high values, up to 62° in April 2013. This makes it possible to obtain exceptionally good views of Saturn’s poles to observe the auroral emissions in different wavelength ranges. In this presentation, we will summarize the auroral observations taken in the UV with the UVIS camera. We will focus on the morphology of the emission and pinpoint signatures that are attributed to various magnetospheric processes, such as dayside reconnection and auroral bifurcations, nightside reconnection, hot plasma injections. We will also take advantage of the view from nearly above the poles to describe the overall shape and size of the aurora, which are expected to respond to the solar wind conditions. This set of data is to be compared with the contemporaneous observations obtained from the different remote and in situ instruments onboard Cassini. It will also be completed by quasi- simultaneous UV observations of the northern aurorae caught by HST in April 2013 and may allow inter hemispheric comparisons. This information will be used to constrain the various processes at play in Saturn’s magnetosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailMultispectral simultaneous diagnosis of Saturn's aurorae throughout a planetary rotation
Lamy, L.; Prangé, R.; Pryor, W. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2013), 118

From 27 to 28 January 2009, the Cassini spacecraft remotely acquired combined observations of Saturn's southern aurorae at radio, ultraviolet, and infrared wavelengths, while monitoring ion injections in ... [more ▼]

From 27 to 28 January 2009, the Cassini spacecraft remotely acquired combined observations of Saturn's southern aurorae at radio, ultraviolet, and infrared wavelengths, while monitoring ion injections in the middle magnetosphere from energetic neutral atoms. Simultaneous measurements included the sampling of a full planetary rotation, a relevant timescale to investigate auroral emissions driven by processes internal to the magnetosphere. In addition, this interval coincidentally matched a powerful substorm-like event in the magnetotail, which induced an overall dawnside intensification of the magnetospheric and auroral activity. We comparatively analyze this unique set of measurements to reach a comprehensive view of kronian auroral processes over the investigated timescale. We identify three source regions for the atmospheric aurorae, including a main oval associated with the bulk of Saturn Kilometric Radiation (SKR), together with polar and equatorward emissions. These observations reveal the coexistence of corotational and subcorototational dynamics of emissions associated with the main auroral oval. Precisely, we show that the atmospheric main oval hosts short-lived subcorotating isolated features together with a bright, longitudinally extended, corotating region locked at the southern SKR phase. We assign the substorm-like event to a regular, internally driven, nightside ion injection possibly triggered by a plasmoid ejection. We also investigate the total auroral energy budget, from the power input to the atmosphere, characterized by precipitating electrons up to 20 keV, to its dissipation through the various radiating processes. Finally, through simulations, we confirm the search-light nature of the SKR rotational modulation and we show that SKR arcs relate to isolated auroral spots. We characterize which radio sources are visible from the spacecraft and we estimate the fraction of visible southern power to a few percent. The resulting findings are discussed in the frame of pending questions as the persistence of a corotating field-aligned current system within a subcorotating magnetospheric cold plasma, the occurrence of plasmoid activity, and the comparison of auroral fluxes radiated at different wavelengths. [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 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 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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