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See detailUltraviolet Auroral Pulsations on Saturn from Cassini UVIS
Pryor, Wayne R.; Esposito, L. W.; Jouchoux, A. et al

in AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts (2012, October 01)

Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) observations of Saturn were obtained on 2009 days 278-280 with the UVIS long slit aligned east-west along the northern auroral oval. Bright quasi-periodic ... [more ▼]

Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) observations of Saturn were obtained on 2009 days 278-280 with the UVIS long slit aligned east-west along the northern auroral oval. Bright quasi-periodic localized bursts of UV emission were often observed with 1 hour spacing that slowly moved sub-corotationally along the main auroral arc. We will report on an apparent correlation of the bursts with the locations of Saturn's moons, and a search for other such examples. We will also compare the UVIS results with simultaneous Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) auroral images. [less ▲]

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See detailTitan airglow: FUV and EUV 2009 UVIS spectra of airglow during day, night and eclipse
Ajello, J.M.; Stevens, M.; West, R. et al

Conference (2012, January)

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See detailSaturn night-­‐side variability
Pryor, W.; Gustin, Jacques ULg; Holsclaw, G. et al

Conference (2012)

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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 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 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 years of study of Saturn’s atmosphere and auroras. Two long slit spectral channels are used to obtain EUV data from 56.3-118.2 nm and ... [more ▼]

Cassini’s Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) has completed five years of study of Saturn’s atmosphere and auroras. 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 2008-2009 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. 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. The same movie also shows one bright "polar flare" inside the oval. 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. We will discuss these features, their locations, and possible interpretations. We also report on a search for an Enceladus auroral footprint on Saturn. [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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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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See detailSaturn Auroral Movies from Cassini UVIS
Pryor, W. R.; Stewart, I.; Esposito, L. et al

Conference (2008, December 01)

Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) has completed four years of study of Saturn's atmosphere and auroras. Two long slit spectral channels are used to obtain EUV data from 56.3-118.2 nm and ... [more ▼]

Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) has completed four years of study of Saturn's atmosphere and auroras. 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 2008 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. 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. The same movie also shows one bright "polar flare" inside the oval. 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. We will discuss these features, their locations, and possible interpretations. [less ▲]

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See detailTitan Airglow Spectra from Cassini UVIS
Ajello, J. M.; Gustin, Jacques ULg; Stevens, M. et al

Conference (2007, December 01)

We present the first UV airglow observations of Titan's atmosphere by the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) on Cassini. The known UV emissions of Titan have been examined with higher spectral ... [more ▼]

We present the first UV airglow observations of Titan's atmosphere by the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) on Cassini. The known UV emissions of Titan have been examined with higher spectral resolution (0.4 nm FWHM) by the Cassini UVIS than in the past by the Voyager Ultraviolet Spectrometer (UVS) (3.0 nm FWHM). The UVIS observations, confirming Voyager UVS results, have shown that molecular nitrogen is the major constituent of the upper atmosphere of Titan. Using one spectral channel in the EUV from 56--118 nm and one in the FUV from 112--191 nm, the UVIS observed the disk on 13 December, 2004. The combined EUV and FUV spectral region is a probe of the stratosphere-mesosphere-thermosphere-exosphere region from about 300--2000 km. The EUV spectrum consists of three band systems of N2 (b {1}Πu, b' {1}Σu+, c{4'} {1}Σ{u+}--X {1}Σ{g+}), while the FUV spectrum consists of one N2 (a {1}Πg--X {1}Σ{g+}). The UVIS observations reveal that the c{4'}(0)--X(0) vibrational band near 95.8 nm is suppressed, and that N \sc{i} multiplets near 95.32 and 96.45 nm are present instead. Magnetospheric particle excitation is weak on this orbit, since the nightside EUV spectrum shows no observable N2 emission features and only H Lyman-β. The absence of significant darkside emission demonstrates that nitrogen emissions are predominantly excited on this orbit by photoelectrons near 900 km in the thermosphere. Above 145 nm most of the observed signal is due to sunlight reflected by N2 in the Titan mesosphere-stratosphere and modified by aerosol and hydrocarbon absorption. Mixing ratios of C2H2, C4H2, C2H4 and tholins have been derived from the reflected sunlight emission between 145 and 190 nm, using a Rayleigh scattering model. Assuming that the energy deposition at these wavelengths occurs near 300 km, these mixing ratios are in good agreement with recent photochemical models and previous Voyager observations in the IR. We also present the first geometric albedo measurement of Titan from 150--190 nm. [less ▲]

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See detailAuroral Movies and Spectroscopy from Cassini UVIS
Pryor, W. R.; West, R.; Stewart, I. et al

Conference (2007, December 01)

Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) has completed three years of study of Saturn's atmosphere and auroras. Two long slit spectral channels are used to obtain EUV data from 56.3-118.2 nm and ... [more ▼]

Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) has completed three years of study of Saturn's atmosphere and auroras. 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 UVIS obtained data with the spacecraft well out of Saturn's ring plane, permitting us to create images, spectra, and at times movies. We will present an auroral movie from 2007-145 that has been processed to remove flat-fielding artifacts and deconvolved to remove scattering along the slit. The movie shows near co- rotation of N polar auroral features with the planet's rotation. An auroral oval is present. The oval appears doubled on the midnight side. Other images from this year show emissions inside the auroral oval. We will discuss these images and their spectra. Additional images and movies are planned in coming months. [less ▲]

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