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See detailNeutral Ion Coupling Explorer satellite measurements of thermospheric composition, winds and temperatures.
Mende, S. B.; Immel, T. J.; England, S. et al

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A new Small Explorer mission, the Neutral Ion Coupling Explorer (NICE) mission, was selected for study by NASA to specifically address neutral ion coupling in the Earth's atmosphere. The main goal of NICE ... [more ▼]

A new Small Explorer mission, the Neutral Ion Coupling Explorer (NICE) mission, was selected for study by NASA to specifically address neutral ion coupling in the Earth's atmosphere. The main goal of NICE is to study neutral-ion coupling at low latitudes where the densest plasma in geospace is created and where a number of remarkable interactions between the plasma and neutral gas occur even in the relative absence of high-latitude forcing. NICE will study this region from a ~24 degree inclination 550 km circular orbit, residing entirely on closed magnetic field lines. The relatively fast precession of low-inclination orbit is favorable for frequent sampling of all local times for the determination of tidal structures. It is now widely recognized that the neutral thermosphere has a strong influence on the ionosphere and that Earth's ionosphere at quiet times is actually tidally dominated. The NICE concept is unique in simultaneously providing measurements of the parameters relevant to ion production and motion across the entire altitude range of the low-latitude ionosphere. The science payload consists of 3 remote sensing instruments viewing the atmospheric limb (1) a dual Doppler Fabry-Perot Interferometer (FP), scanning in altitude to measure neutral wind vector and temperature altitude profiles in the E- and F-regions, (2) a Far Ultraviolet (FUV) imager to measure daytime neutral composition and image the nighttime F-layer intensity distributions, and (3) an Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) altitude profiler to retrieve daytime F-layer properties. In addition, an Ion Velocity Meter (IVM) measures the in-situ ion drifts. NICE will take advantage of an elegant choice of orbit and instrument viewing geometries to make coordinated and complementary observations at all local times, with optimal conjunction of measurements occurring near the equator. The observations are accompanied by a suite of advanced numerical models and analysis techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailProton precipitation during transpolar auroral events: Observations with the IMAGE-FUV imagers
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Fuselier, S. A. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2004), 109(A6), 06204

Several transpolar auroras have been observed with the IMAGE-Far Ultraviolet (FUV) imagers. The unique capability of the IMAGE-FUV experiment to image the proton and electron aurora simultaneously on a ... [more ▼]

Several transpolar auroras have been observed with the IMAGE-Far Ultraviolet (FUV) imagers. The unique capability of the IMAGE-FUV experiment to image the proton and electron aurora simultaneously on a global scale is used to study this phenomenon. A set of 12 transpolar aurora observed with IMAGE-FUV is studied. We find that the dynamics of the transpolar aurora in relation with the IMF is consistent with previously published studies. The proton energy flux in the transpolar structure is determined and compared with the electron contribution. The contribution of the proton aurora inside the transpolar arc is also considered at the global scale. On the average, transpolar structure contributes similar to10% of the total precipitation. We find that the proton precipitation carries similar to5% of the energy flux of the transpolar arc. In 11 of the 12 cases of transpolar events studied, a local brightening of the auroral Lyman-alpha emission is detected concurrently with the appearance of the transpolar structure. The intensification takes place at the nightside base of the transpolar arc, in the auroral oval. The duration of the intensification is variable but shorter than the lifetime of the transpolar arc. This study also suggests that the localized intensification is mainly due to an increase of the proton precipitation. [less ▲]

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See detailSolar wind control of auroral substorm onset locations observed with the IMAGE-FUV imagers
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Hubert, Benoît ULg; Grard, Aline ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2004), 109

The FUV imagers on board the IMAGE satellite provide multispectral snapshots of the polar region every 2 min. The combination of the Wide-Angle Imaging Camera (WIC) with SI12 (Doppler shifted Lyman-alpha ... [more ▼]

The FUV imagers on board the IMAGE satellite provide multispectral snapshots of the polar region every 2 min. The combination of the Wide-Angle Imaging Camera (WIC) with SI12 (Doppler shifted Lyman-alpha) and SI13 (135.6 nm) spectral imagers is used to discriminate between the electron and the proton aurora. We describe a statistical study of the location of 78 substorms observed close to the 2000-2001 winter solstice. The latitudinal distribution of the onsets observed with WIC is asymmetric with a median at 65.6° MLAT and a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 3.5°. Their local time distribution is concentrated between 2000 and 0200 MLT with a median at 23.4 +/- 0.3 hours MLT and a FWHM of 1.8 hours. No statistically significant difference is found in the spatial distribution of the proton and electron onsets. All onsets take place within a region of preexisting proton precipitation, indicating that substorm initiation occurs in regions of stretched but dipole-like field lines that cross the equatorial plane close to the Earth. Latitudes of substorm onsets are located at a variable distance from the poleward FUV auroral boundary but remain at a nearly constant distance from the equatorward limit of both proton and electron auroral ovals. The magnetic latitudes of the onsets are correlated with some of the solar wind plasma properties measured by the ACE satellite prior to the substorm breakup. In particular, a clear anticorrelation is found between the onset MLAT and the 1-hour averaged solar wind dynamic pressure. A decrease of the onset latitude is also observed for larger B intensity values. No dependence of the onset MLT on the solar wind speed is observed, in contrast to the relationship expected from the thermal catastrophe model for substorm initiation. Our results are in agreement with models locating the initial instability in the near magnetosphere such as the near-Earth current disruption models. [less ▲]

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See detailRemote sensing of the proton aurora characteristics from IMAGE-FUV
Bisikalo, D. V.; Shematovich, V. I.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Annales Geophysicae [= ANGEO] (2003), 21

The combination of simultaneous global images of the north polar region obtained with the IMAGE-FUV imaging system makes it possible to globally map the properties of the electron and proton auroral ... [more ▼]

The combination of simultaneous global images of the north polar region obtained with the IMAGE-FUV imaging system makes it possible to globally map the properties of the electron and proton auroral precipitation. The SI12 imager, which observes the Doppler-shifted Lyman-a [less ▲]

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See detailSummary of quantitative interpretation of IMAGE far ultraviolet auroral data
Frey, H. U.; Mende, S. B.; Immel, T. J. et al

in Space Science Reviews (2003), 109

Direct imaging of the magnetosphere by instruments on the IMAGE spacecraft is supplemented by simultaneous observations of the global aurora in three far ultraviolet (FUV) wavelength bands. The purpose of ... [more ▼]

Direct imaging of the magnetosphere by instruments on the IMAGE spacecraft is supplemented by simultaneous observations of the global aurora in three far ultraviolet (FUV) wavelength bands. The purpose of the multi-wavelength imaging is to study the global auroral particle and energy input from the magnetosphere into the atmosphere. This paper describes the method for quantitative interpretation of FUV measurements. The Wide-Band Imaging Camera (WIC) provides broad band ultraviolet images of the aurora with maximum spatial resolution by imaging the nitrogen lines and bands between 140 and 180 nm wavelength. The Spectrographic Imager (SI), a dual wavelength monochromatic instrument, images both Doppler-shifted Lyman-alpha emissions produced by precipitating protons, in the SI-12 channel and OI 135.6 nm emissions in the SI-13 channel. From the SI-12 Doppler shifted Lyman-alpha images it is possible to obtain the precipitating proton flux provided assumptions are made regarding the mean energy of the protons. Knowledge of the proton (flux and energy) component allows the calculation of the contribution produced by protons in the WIC and SI-13 instruments. Comparison of the corrected WIC and SI-13 signals provides a measure of the electron mean energy, which can then be used to determine the electron energy flux. To accomplish this, reliable emission modeling and instrument calibrations are required. In-flight calibration using early-type stars was used to validate the pre-flight laboratory calibrations and determine long-term trends in sensitivity. In general, very reasonable agreement is found between in-situ measurements and remote quantitative determinations. [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal Imaging of Proton and Electron Aurorae in the far Ultraviolet
Mende, S. B.; Frey, H. U.; Immel, T. J. et al

in Space Science Reviews (2003), 109

The IMAGE spacecraft carries three FUV photon imagers, the Wideband Imaging Camera (WIC) and two channels, SI-12 and SI-13, of the Spectrographic Imager. These provide simultaneous global images, which ... [more ▼]

The IMAGE spacecraft carries three FUV photon imagers, the Wideband Imaging Camera (WIC) and two channels, SI-12 and SI-13, of the Spectrographic Imager. These provide simultaneous global images, which can be interpreted in terms of the precipitating particle types (protons and electrons) and their energies. IMAGE FUV is the first space-borne global imager that can provide instantaneous global images of the proton precipitation. At times a bright auroral spot, rich in proton precipitation, is observed on the dayside, several degrees poleward of the auroral zone. The spot was identified as the footprint of the merging region of the cusp that is located on lobe field lines when IMF B[SUB]z[/SUB] was northward. This identification was based on compelling statistical evidence showing that the appearance and location of the spot is consistent with the IMF B[SUB]z[/SUB] and B[SUB]y[/SUB] directions. The intensity of the spot is well correlated with the solar wind dynamic pressure and it was found that the direct entry of solar wind particles could account for the intensity of the observed spot without the need for any additional acceleration. Another discovery was the observation of dayside sub-auroral proton arcs. These arcs were observed in the midday to afternoon MLT sector. Conjugate satellite observations showed that these arcs were generated by pure proton precipitation. Nightside auroras and their relationship to substorm phases were studied through single case studies and in a superimposed epoch analysis. It was found that generally there is substantial proton precipitation prior to substorms and the proton intensity only doubles at substorm onset while the electron auroral brightness increases on average by a factor of 5 and sometimes by as much as a factor of 10. Substorm onset occurs in the central region of the pre-existing proton precipitation. Assuming that nightside protons are precipitating from a quasi-stable ring current at its outer regions where the field lines are distorted by neutral sheet currents we can associate the onset location with this region of closed but distorted field lines relatively close to the earth. Our results also show that protons are present in the initial poleward substorm expansion however later they are over taken by the electrons. We also find that the intensity of the substorms as quantified by the intensity of the post onset electron precipitation is correlated with the intensity of the proton precipitation prior to the substorms, highlighting the role of the pre-existing near earth plasma in the production of the next substorm. [less ▲]

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See detailObservation of dayside subauroral proton flashes with IMAGE-FUV.
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Fuselier, S. A. et al

in EGS - AGU - EUG Joint Assembly (2003, April 01)

The IMAGE-FUV experiment onboard the IMAGE satellite includes three imagers: the WIC and SI13 instruments produce a global scale imaging of the N_2 LBH wavelength range and of the OI 130.4 nm emission ... [more ▼]

The IMAGE-FUV experiment onboard the IMAGE satellite includes three imagers: the WIC and SI13 instruments produce a global scale imaging of the N_2 LBH wavelength range and of the OI 130.4 nm emission respectively, and are thus devoted to the study of the electron aurora. The third imager, SI12, remotely senses the Doppler shifted Lyman-alpha emission, that is solely due to the proton aurora, at the global scale. We present here a new auroral feature observed with the SI12 instrument, consisting of sudden dayside subauroral injections of protons at magnetic latitudes sometimes lower than 60^o MLAT, at the foot of field lines of L shells as low as 4 RE. The extension of the feature in magnetic local time is variable and cases extending from Ë 0700 to Ë 1500 MLT were seen. The relaxation time of these features will be discussed. Most of these dayside subauroral proton flashes are found to be related to sudden solar wind dynamic pressure pulses, but a few counter examples were found. The relationship with the IMF orientation is investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailSeasonal effects on the proton auroral precipitation observed by IMAGE-FUV
Coumans, Valérie ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Hubert, Benoît ULg et al

in EGS - AGU - EUG Joint Assembly (2003, April 01)

The statistical approach of the auroral electron precipitation has shown a summer/winter dissymmetry. Electron energy flux in the 1900-0300 MLT sector increases from summer to winter. The frequency of ... [more ▼]

The statistical approach of the auroral electron precipitation has shown a summer/winter dissymmetry. Electron energy flux in the 1900-0300 MLT sector increases from summer to winter. The frequency of occurrence of intense aurora (with electron energy flux above 5 erg cm[SUP]-2[/SUP] s[SUP]-1[/SUP]) in the dusk-to-midnight sector was observed to be 3 times higher under winter conditions (or conditions of local darkness) than under summer conditions (or in sunlight). On board the IMAGE satellite the FUV instruments monitor the aurora in three different spectral regions and especially one of them only images the auroral proton precipitation. The Wideband Imaging Camera (WIC) observes the molecular N_2 LBH and the atomic NI emissions between 140 and 180 nm. The two channels of the Spectrographic Imager (SI) respond to the Doppler shifted Lyman-α emission at 121.8 nm due to precipitating protons (SI12) and the electron auroral emission of OI at 135.6 nm (SI13). The auroral proton and electron energy fluxes are calculated from the IMAGE-FUV data, relying on energy degradation and auroral emission models. We will discuss possible seasonal asymmetry in the auroral proton precipitation. A statistical study is made with FUV data from 2 successive solstices to minimize effects due to the solar activity variations. [less ▲]

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See detailIMAGE FUV and in situ FAST particle observations of substorm aurorae
Mende, S. B.; Carlson, C. W.; Frey, H. U. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2003), 108

Images from the IMAGE Wide-band Imaging Camera (WIC) and Spectrographic Imager (SI) channels SI-12 and SI-13 were compared to in situ data taken by FAST during several substorms. FAST spacecraft ... [more ▼]

Images from the IMAGE Wide-band Imaging Camera (WIC) and Spectrographic Imager (SI) channels SI-12 and SI-13 were compared to in situ data taken by FAST during several substorms. FAST spacecraft observations have shown that the high latitude auroral ionosphere has several distinct regions. Intense auroras are seen in regions of upward directed quasi static electric fields and of Alfven wave accelerated superthermal electrons. In two of the cases presented, the satellite passed through an active poleward propagating substorm surge on its duskward flank. Both show that the superthermal wave accelerated component to be on the polar cap boundary of the surge, and that it could be distinguished from quasi static field ``inverted V'' precipitation which occurred at the more equatorward parts of the auroral oval. In one of these cases, the surge was accompanied by intense ion outflow. Three cases showed the FAST satellite passing through the substorm aurora at midnight or the dawn side outside of the surge and the wave accelerated electrons were less clearly separated from the inverted V type precipitation. The wave accelerated electrons were seen to be part of very short-lived transient events, i.e., bursts. The region of auroral forms, associated with Alfven waves exhibit relatively soft auroral precipitation with very intense electron fluxes. By comparing the intensity of the WIC and SI-13 channels of IMAGE FUV, it is possible sometimes to distinguish optically between the two types of regions. Global imaging of the two regions would allow the separation of quasi-static plasma convection regions containing inverted V-s from regions of Alfven wave driven electrons signifying substorm related magnetic field dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailObservation of dayside subauroral proton flashes with the IMAGE-FUV imagers
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Fuselier, S. A. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2003), 30

A detailed description of an intense flash of auroral emissions that occurs equatorward of the dayside auroral oval observed with the IMAGE-FUV imagers is presented. The comparison of simultaneous ... [more ▼]

A detailed description of an intense flash of auroral emissions that occurs equatorward of the dayside auroral oval observed with the IMAGE-FUV imagers is presented. The comparison of simultaneous snapshots of this subauroral flash obtained with the three FUV cameras indicates that proton precipitation is dominant. This transient proton aurora is triggered by the sudden increase of a solar wind dynamic pressure pulse. It occurs on closed field lines mapping to the equatorial plane at distances as small as ~4 R[SUB]E[/SUB]. A second similar event is presented, and several other cases are mentioned. These shock induced transcient emissions develop with a time scale of a few minutes (typically ~5 min), and have a relaxation time on the order of ~10 minutes. [less ▲]

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See detailInterplanetary magnetic field control of afternoon-sector detached proton auroral arcs
Burch, J. L.; Lewis, W. S.; Immel, T. J. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2002), 107

Data from the Far Ultraviolet Imager (FUV) on the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) satellite show that subauroral proton arcs appear in the afternoon sector during ... [more ▼]

Data from the Far Ultraviolet Imager (FUV) on the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) satellite show that subauroral proton arcs appear in the afternoon sector during geomagnetically disturbed periods when the interplanetary magnetic field rotates either from south to north or from west to east and when the magnetosphere is moderately compressed. Time series of proton aurora images show that the proton emissions are generally aligned along the equatorward part of the auroral oval. However, when interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) B[SUB]z[/SUB] changes from negative to positive the auroral oval contracts toward higher latitudes while the ring current proton precipitation remains stationary, resulting in a separation of several degrees between the latitude of the new oval position and a subauroral proton arc in the afternoon sector. A similar effect occurs when IMF B[SUB]y[/SUB] rotates from negative to positive, in which case the oval in the afternoon sector retreats toward higher latitudes, again leaving a separation between the oval and the subauroral proton arc of several degrees. Comparisons with low-altitude and geosynchronous satellite data show that the subauroral proton arc is caused by the precipitation of protons with energies from several keV to 30 keV and is likely associated with the existence of a plasmaspheric ``drainage plume.'' In contrast, the proton emissions along the main oval are caused by protons with energies generally less than 10 keV. [less ▲]

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See detailTotal electron and proton energy input during auroral substorms: Remote sensing with IMAGE-FUV
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Evans, D. S. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2002), 107

The IMAGE satellite carries three FUV imagers observing N[SUB]2[/SUB] LBH, O I 1356 Å, and HI Lyman alpha emissions in the polar aurora. These simultaneous observations are used to characterize the ... [more ▼]

The IMAGE satellite carries three FUV imagers observing N[SUB]2[/SUB] LBH, O I 1356 Å, and HI Lyman alpha emissions in the polar aurora. These simultaneous observations are used to characterize the precipitating electron and proton energy fluxes. The proton energy flux is derived from the Lyman alpha measurements on the basis of efficiency curves calculated with a Monte Carlo simulation of the proton aurora. The resulting proton contribution to the N[SUB]2[/SUB] LBH and O I 1356 Å emissions is calculated and subtracted to obtain the electron contribution in the other two channels. These two quantities are used to determine the precipitating electron average energy and energy flux. The proton and electron energy fluxes are integrated over the hemisphere to obtain the rate of auroral energy dissipation (hemispheric power) carried by the protons and electrons separately. The time development of the proton and electron aurora during four winter time events is examined. Although the onsets of the proton and electron aurora coincide in time and space, the time of the peak of energy dissipation and the recovery time are often found to differ. The fractional energy flux carried by the protons is highest during quiet periods and reaches a minimum during the most active phase of the substorms. This result is in agreement with the dependence of the fractional proton hemispheric power on magnetic activity measured by NOAA 15. The hemispheric power deduced from the FUV images is compared to the NOAA-deduced values and found to be in reasonable agreement. Sources of uncertainties in the determination of the hemispheric power are discussed on the basis of several sensitivity tests. In particular, it is found that the most critical factor is the assumption made on the energy of the auroral protons if this energy is <25 keV. [less ▲]

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See detailProton aurora in the cusp
Frey, H. U.; Mende, S. B.; Immel, T. J. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2002), 107

Frequently, the Far Ultraviolet Instrument (FUV) on the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) spacecraft observes intense ultraviolet emission from a localized dayside region ... [more ▼]

Frequently, the Far Ultraviolet Instrument (FUV) on the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) spacecraft observes intense ultraviolet emission from a localized dayside region poleward of the general auroral oval location. This emission is especially distinct in the Doppler-shifted emission of hydrogen atoms produced by precipitating protons. We interpret this as a direct signature of proton precipitation into the cusp after reconnection of magnetospheric lobe field lines. This cusp signature appears only when the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) has a positive northward B[SUB]z[/SUB] component. However, the intensity of the precipitation, and hence the intensity of UV emission, is not controlled by the magnitude of B[SUB]z[/SUB] but rather by the solar wind dynamic pressure. A statistical analysis of 18 cases observed in summer and fall 2000 shows good correlation between the UV intensity and the dynamic pressure and between the location in local time and the IMF B[SUB]y[/SUB] component. A quantitative analysis of observations from all three FUV subinstruments allows for an estimate of proton and electron energy fluxes during these times. In general, these estimates agree with results from in situ measurements by spacecraft and show that during these times, protons may contribute significantly to the overall energy deposition into the cusp. [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal comparison of magnetospheric ion fluxes and auroral precipitation during a substorm
Mende, S. B.; Frey, H. U.; Immel, T. J. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2002), 29

Integrated fluxes from global images taken by the High Energy Neutral Atom (HENA) and the far ultraviolet (FUV) imagers on the IMAGE spacecraft were compared for a six-hour period, during which a ... [more ▼]

Integrated fluxes from global images taken by the High Energy Neutral Atom (HENA) and the far ultraviolet (FUV) imagers on the IMAGE spacecraft were compared for a six-hour period, during which a reasonably intense substorm occurred. HENA and the FUV proton auroral imager (SI-12) monitor emissions which are representative of trapped and precipitating magnetospheric proton fluxes, respectively. For several hours prior to substorm onset, measurements of the fluxes of lower energy (10-16 and 16-27 keV) magnetospheric Energetic Neutral Atoms (ENA-s) by HENA and precipitating auroral protons by FUV SI-12 show strong similarities, with the implication that, in general, proton precipitation is controlled by a steady pitch angle diffusion process. Less similarity is seen between ENA-s and the auroral electron precipitation, which is monitored with the FUV Wideband Imaging Camera. Prior to substorm onset, ENA intensity at large radial distance (L > 8) is reduced while the overall integrated ENA flux increases signifying earthward motion and accumulation of the plasma. About 20 minutes before onset, the auroral fluxes decrease while the ENA intensity continues to grow. The observations are consistent with a pre-onset increase in plasma pressure in the inner magnetosphere without an increase in precipitation showing more efficient trapping perhaps by the distorted nightside magnetosphere. At substorm onset the increase in precipitation intensity is very sudden while the more gradual intensification of the energetic ENA-s continues. At onset the electron aurora shows an increase in intensity of one order of magnitude, while the increase in precipitating proton flux is only 50%. The intensification of the precipitation is relatively short lived (~10 minutes) while the ENA substorm enhancements last about an hour. [less ▲]

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See detailImaging and in Situ Particle Observations of Particles Accelerated by Auroral Electric Fields
Mende, S. B.; Carlson, C. W.; Frey, H. U. et al

Conference (2002, May 01)

Images from the IMAGE Wide-band Imaging Camera (WIC) and Spectrographic Imager (SI) channels SI12 and SI13, were compared to in situ data taken by FAST for several cases of substorm onsets and following ... [more ▼]

Images from the IMAGE Wide-band Imaging Camera (WIC) and Spectrographic Imager (SI) channels SI12 and SI13, were compared to in situ data taken by FAST for several cases of substorm onsets and following auroral conditions. FAST spacecraft observations had shown that the high latitude auroral ionosphere has several distinct regions and two of those are associated with intense particle precipitation The upward current region contains converging electric field structures, large-scale density cavities, down-going inverted V electrons and quasi-static potential structures. Another, sometimes distinct, region is characterized by filamentary currents containing Alfvenic electric fields, field aligned counter streaming (superthermal) electrons and ion heating transverse to B with associated large ion outflow. In two of the cases presented the satellite passed through the substorm surge on its duskward flank fairly soon after substorm onset. In these cases the superthermal wave accelerated component was clearly found to be on the polar cap boundary of the surge and could be isolated from inverted V precipitation which occurred in the more equatorward parts of the auroral oval. It is suggested that the wave accelerated precipitation is the signature of intense earthward-directed, Alfvenic Poynting fluxes usually observed at altitudes of 4-6 Re near the lobe/plasma sheet interface. In one of the cases the surge was accompanied by intense ion outflow. In three of the cases presented FAST passed through the substorm aurora at midnight or the dawn side outside of the surge and the wave accelerated electrons were less clearly separated from the inverted V type precipitation and the wave accelerated, electrons were seen to be part of very short lived transient events i.e. bursts. The ions were present equatorward of the surge with no enhancement poleward of their normal auroral oval position. The region of auroral forms, associated with intense Alfven waves propagating from the magnetosphere, are most likely to be produced by rapidly moving field lines through (substorm) dynamic reconfiguration unlike inverted V type electric field structures which may be produced by steady plasma convection. The ability to image the two different types of auroras would allow to map the field lines connected to regions of dynamic field configuration. [less ▲]

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See detailFUV Global View of the Evolution of Electrons and Protons Substorms
Meurant, M.; Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2002, May 01)

The FUV instruments on board the IMAGE satellite provide global images of the N2-LBH (WIC), OI-1356 Ì· (SI13) and Doppler shifted Lyman-alpha (SI12) emissions of the north polar aurora. The 7 Re apogee of ... [more ▼]

The FUV instruments on board the IMAGE satellite provide global images of the N2-LBH (WIC), OI-1356 Ì· (SI13) and Doppler shifted Lyman-alpha (SI12) emissions of the north polar aurora. The 7 Re apogee of the IMAGE orbit allows FUV to simultaneously image the entire auroral zone during a large fraction of the orbit. We present a result of a study of the global morphology evolution during substorm development and recovery. In order to avoid any dayglow contamination, this study is restricted to winter observation. In active regions, electron fluxes and electrons mean energies are deduced assuming a Maxwellian distribution assumption. The mean energy is derived from the WIC/SI13 ratio. Proton fluxes are also determined assuming a 8 keV proton mean energy with a Kappa distribution. The temporal dependence of the electron and proton injections is studied along with their magnetic local time and magnetic latitude variations during several substorms. In particular, the temporal evolution of the magnetic latitude of the bulk proton and electron injections is presented. Our results are found to be consistent with previous studies resting on ground based observations. [less ▲]

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See detailIMAGE-FUV multispectral observation of theta auroras.
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Mende, S. B. et al

Conference (2002, May 01)

The theta aurora is an auroral structure presenting a sun-aligned transpolar arc. Five different dynamic evolution of the transpolar arcs are known, some of them being symmetrical to each other, leaving ... [more ▼]

The theta aurora is an auroral structure presenting a sun-aligned transpolar arc. Five different dynamic evolution of the transpolar arcs are known, some of them being symmetrical to each other, leaving three basically different types of transpolar auroral features. The theta aurora was previously studied with in-situ particles detectors onboard polar orbiting satellites and by ultraviolet imagers. Previous imaging works focused on the electron aurora. We use the FUV imagers onboard the IMAGE spacecraft to study separately the proton and electron contributions to the transpolar arcs at the global scale. The imagers of the IMAGE-FUV experiment remotely sense the electron aurora with the WIC and SI13 imagers observing respectively the N[SUB]2[/SUB]-LBH and OI-135.6 nm emission, while the SI12 spectrographic imager measures the Doppler-shifted Lyman-ë± emission which is solely due to the auroral proton precipitation. The three different types of transpolar aurora will be analyzed using the IMAGE-FUV imagers. In particular, the relative contribution of proton and electron to the excitation of the theta aurora will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Electron and Proton Energy Input Into The Auroral Thermosphere During Substorms: Remote Sensing With Image-fuv
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Meurant, M. et al

in EGS XXVII General Assembly, Nice, 21-26 April 2002 (2002)

This paper investigates the dynamical properties of the Eta model, a state-of-the- art nested limited-area model, following the approach previously developed by the present authors. It is first shown that ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates the dynamical properties of the Eta model, a state-of-the- art nested limited-area model, following the approach previously developed by the present authors. It is first shown that the intrinsic dynamics of the model depends crucially on the size of the domain, with a non-chaotic behavior for small domains, supporting earlier findings on the absence of sensitivity to the initial conditions in these models. The quality of the predictions of several Eta model versions differing by their domain size is next evaluated and compared with the Avn analyses on a targeted region, centered on France. Contrary to what is usually taken for granted, a non-trivial relation between predictability and domain size is found, the best model versions be- ing the ones integrated on the smallest and the largest domain sizes. An explanation in connection with the intrinsic dynamics of the model is advanced. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacteristics and Cause of Localized Auroral Uv Emission At High Latitude
Frey, H. U.; Mende, S. B.; Immel, T. J. et al

in EGS XXVII General Assembly, Nice, 21-26 April 2002 (2002)

The FUV instrument on IMAGE frequently observes localized ultraviolet emission at high latitudes, poleward of the general auroral oval. These localized emissions occur during northward IMF conditions and ... [more ▼]

The FUV instrument on IMAGE frequently observes localized ultraviolet emission at high latitudes, poleward of the general auroral oval. These localized emissions occur during northward IMF conditions and there are two different types of them. One type is especially distinct in the observations of Doppler shifted Lyman alpha emission from proton precipitation. This type occurs during high solar wind dynamic pressure. We interpret this emission as the optical signature of proton precipitation into the cusp after lobe reconnection at the magnetopause. The second type of localized emission is distinct in the wide-band (WIC) and oxygen (SI13) images, but is absent in the proton images. This emission occurs during positive IMF By, but very low solar wind density and dynamic pressure. We interpret this emission as the optical signature of electron acceleration in the upward part of a field aligned current circuit after reconnection. [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous Observation of Magnetospheric Neutral Atoms and Proton Aurora
Mende, S. B.; Frey, H. U.; Immel, T. J. et al

in Eos (2001), 42

Data from the High Energy Neutral Atom (ENA) and the far ultraviolet (FUV) imagers on IMAGE were compared for a six hour period during which a reasonably intense substorm occurred. The substorm presented ... [more ▼]

Data from the High Energy Neutral Atom (ENA) and the far ultraviolet (FUV) imagers on IMAGE were compared for a six hour period during which a reasonably intense substorm occurred. The substorm presented is typical of a substorm expansive phase showing that while the total electron precipitation suddenly increase one whole order of magnitude, the protons increase only about 50%. In principle ENA images represent the trapped fluxes in the magnetosphere while the proton aurora measured by the FUV SI12 instrument represents the precipitating component. At substorm onset the increase in intensity of the auroral protons and electrons is very sudden while the intensification of the ENA-s coming from regions of L<6 is much more gradual. The intensification of the precipitating electrons is relatively short lived ( ~ 10 minutes) while the ENA enhancements are long lived (almost a whole hour). Just prior to the substorm expansive phase (in the growth phase) the precipitated proton and electron fluxes encounter a minimum while the ENA-s show a slight growth. [less ▲]

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