References of "Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society"
     in
Bookmark and Share    
Full Text
See detailStudy of the Forbidden Oxygen Lines in Comets at Different Heliocentric and Nucleocentric Distances
Decock, Alice ULg; Rousselot, P.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2013, October 01), 45

Oxygen is an important element in the chemistry of the solar system objects given its abundance and its presence in many molecules including H2O 80% of cometary ices). The analysis of oxygen atoms in ... [more ▼]

Oxygen is an important element in the chemistry of the solar system objects given its abundance and its presence in many molecules including H2O 80% of cometary ices). The analysis of oxygen atoms in comets can provide information not only on the comets themselves but also on the solar system. These atoms have been analyzed using the 3 forbidden oxygen lines [OI] observed in emission in the optical region at 5577.339 Å (the green line), 6300.304 Å and 6363.776 Å (the red lines) (Swings, 1962). Our analysis is based on a sample of 12 comets of various origins. The observing material is made of 53 high signal-to-noise spectra obtained with the high-resolution UVES spectrograph at the ESO VLT from 2002 to 2012 (Manfroid et al, 2009). After noticing that the green line is blended with one C2 line, we built synthetic spectra of C2 for each observing circumstances and we subtracted its contribution to the cometary spectra in order to ensure the decontamination of the 5577 Å line. Then, we measured the intensity of the 3 [OI] lines at different heliocentric distances. By comparing the green to red lines ratio (G/R) with the Bhardwaj & Raghuram (2012) effective excitation rates, we found that H2O is the main parent molecule when the comet is observed at 1 au. When the comet is located beyond 2.5 au from the Sun, CO2 also contributes to the production of oxygen. Studying forbidden oxygen lines could be a new way to estimate the abundances of CO2 in comets, a very difficult task from the ground (Decock et al. 2013). In order to estimate the effect of the quenching on our results, we analyzed the evolution of the G/R ratio at different nucleocentric distances. For nearby comets, we divided the extended 2D spectrum into several zones in order to analyze the oxygen lines as close as possible to the nucleus (down to ~10 km for the closest comets). Their analysis will allow us to study the link of the oxygen lines with the nucleocentric distance. We found a clear variation of the G/R ratio close to the comet nucleus that is in agreement with a contribution from CO2 as predicted by Raghuram & Bhardwaj (2013). [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 31 (6 ULg)
Full Text
See detailThe May 4, 2013 Stellar Occultation by Pluto and Implications for Pluto's Atmosphere
Olkin, Catherine B.; Young, L. A.; Borncamp, D. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2013, October 01), 45

On May 4 2013, Pluto passed in front of a 14 star and the shadow was well observed from multiple occultation groups. This paper presents results from the three light curves observed at Las Cumbres ... [more ▼]

On May 4 2013, Pluto passed in front of a 14 star and the shadow was well observed from multiple occultation groups. This paper presents results from the three light curves observed at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) from their Cerro Tololo site. The three LCOGT telescopes have 1.0 m apertures and used identical frame-transfer cameras. The cameras currently have a 2 second readout time therefore autonomous observations were scheduled with different exposure times to give good time resolution of the event. We will present results of this occultation and compare occultation results from 1988 to 2013 with volatile transport models. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 12 (1 ULg)
Full Text
See detailHyper-volatiles in Comet C/2010 G2 (Hill)
Kawakita, Hideyo; Dello Russo, N.; Vervack, R. J. J. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2013, October 01), 45

We performed high-dispersion near-infrared spectroscopic observations of comet C/2010 G2 (Hill) at 2.5 AU from the Sun using NIRSPEC (R ~ 2.5x10^4) at the Keck II telescope on UT 2012 Jan 9 and 10. The ... [more ▼]

We performed high-dispersion near-infrared spectroscopic observations of comet C/2010 G2 (Hill) at 2.5 AU from the Sun using NIRSPEC (R ~ 2.5x10^4) at the Keck II telescope on UT 2012 Jan 9 and 10. The comet had been in outburst. Over the two nights of our observations, prominent emission lines of CH4 and C2H6 along with weaker emission lines of H2O, HCN, CH3OH and CO were detected. The gas production rate of CO was comparable to that of H2O. The mixing ratios of CO, HCN, CH4, C2H6, and CH3OH with respect to H2O are higher than those for normal comets by a factor of five or more. Hyper-volatile species such as CO and CH4 were enriched in the coma of comet Hill suggesting that the sublimation of these hyper-volatiles could sustain the outburst of the comet. Based on a comparison with optical observations, some fraction of water in the inner coma existed as icy grains. Those icy ice grains were likely ejected from nucleus by the sublimation of hyper-volatiles. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 11 (1 ULg)
Full Text
See detailA Search For 15NH2 Emission Lines In Comets
Rousselot, Philippe; Pirali, O.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2013, October 01), 45

The determination of nitrogen isotopic ratios in solar system objects is important for a good understanding of their origin. The measurements of [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N isotopic ratio done so far in ... [more ▼]

The determination of nitrogen isotopic ratios in solar system objects is important for a good understanding of their origin. The measurements of [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N isotopic ratio done so far in various solar system objects and molecules have revealed a great diversity (from 50 to 441), all of them, except Jupiter, being enriched in [SUB]15[/SUB]N compared to the protosolar nebula. Different explanations have been proposed to explain this enrichement. One of them suggests that these differences reflect the different interstellar N reservoirs from which N-bearing molecules are originating (Hily-Blant et al., 2013). These authors, from observations of H[SUB]13[/SUB]CN and HC[SUB]15[/SUB]N in two prestellar cores, suggest that the molecules carrying the nitrile- (-CN) functional group would be more enriched in [SUB]15[/SUB]N than the molecules carrying the amine (-NH) functional group. Comets are interesting targets to test this theory because they contain both HCN and NH[SUP]3[/SUP] molecules. So far the [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N ratio has only been measured in CN (Arpigny et al., 2003; Manfroid et al., 2009) and HCN (Bockelée-Morvan et al., 2005, 2008) in comets, leading for both species to [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N ≈ 150. Our work aimed at measuring the [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N isotopic ratio in NH[SUP]2[/SUP], which comes from NH[SUP]3[/SUP]. We have determined accurately the wavelengths of [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] emission lines with the AILES beamline spectrometer at synchrotron SOLEIL by Fourier transform spectroscopy. The analysis of this spectrum has permitted to extract the [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] emission lines wavelengths and to search for [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] cometary emission lines. Thanks to a collection of spectra of 12 different comets obtained from 2002 to 2011 with the UVES spectrometer at the VLT ESO 8-m telescope (Manfroid et al., 2009), it has been possible to search for [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] emission lines with a high sensitivity. We will present the results obtained from these data. Arpigny et al., Science, 301, 1522-1525, 2003 Bockelée-Morvan et al., in Comets II, ed. M. C. Festou, H. U. Keller, & H. A. Weaver (Tucson: Univ. Arizona Press), 391-423, 2005 Bockelée-Morvan et al., ApJ, 679, L49-L52, 2008 Hily-Blant et al., Icarus 223, 582-590, 2013 Manfroid et al., A&A, 503, 613-624, 2009 [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 22 (1 ULg)
Full Text
See detailA Search For 15NH2 Lines In Comet C/2002 T7 (LINEAR)
Rousselot, Philippe; Pirali, O.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2012), 44

The determination of isotopic ratios in comets is of primary importance for a good understanding of their origin and the formation of solar system. The [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratio is an ... [more ▼]

The determination of isotopic ratios in comets is of primary importance for a good understanding of their origin and the formation of solar system. The [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratio is an interesting tracer, because of its variability among various solar system bodies. So far it has only been measured in bright comets through optical observations of the CN radical (Arpigny et al., 2003; Manfroid et al., 2009) and millimeter observations of HCN (Bockelée-Morvan et al., 2005, 2008). The measurements give for both species the same non-terrestrial isotopic composition ([SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N≈150 in comets versus 272 in the Earth atmosphere), but HCN and CN are minor species. In order to get a determination of this ratio in another molecule we have searched for [SUP]15[/SUP]NH[SUB]2[/SUB] lines in a high-resolution and high signal-to-noise ratio spectrum of comet C/2002 T7 (LINEAR) obtained with the UVES spectrometer at the VLT ESO 8-m telescope (Hutsemékers et al., 2008). This work is based on a new laboratory experiment conducted with the AILES beamline spectrometer at synchrotron SOLEIL to determine the [SUP]15[/SUP]NH[SUB]2[/SUB] wavelengths by Fourier transform spectroscopy. We will present the first results obtained from these data, which have allowed to search for the first time [SUP]15[/SUP]NH[SUB]2[/SUB] emission lines in a comet. References: Arpigny et al., 2003, Science, 301, 1522 Bockelée-Morvan et al.,2005, in Comets II, ed. M. C. Festou, H. U. Keller, & H. A. Weaver (Tucson: Univ. Arizona Press), 391 Bockelée-Morvan et al., 2008, ApJ, 679, L49 Hutsemékers et al., 2008, A&A 490, L31 Manfroid et al., 2009, A&A 503, 613 [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 8 (4 ULg)
Full Text
See detailComet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann Observed with the Herschel Space Observatory: Detection of Water Vapour and Dust Far-IR Thermal Emission
Bockelee-Morvan, Dominique; Biver, N.; Crovisier, J. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2010, October 01), 42

The distant comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann was observed with the HIFI, PACS and SPIRE instruments aboard the Herschel Space Observatory, as part of the guaranteed time key programme "Water and related ... [more ▼]

The distant comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann was observed with the HIFI, PACS and SPIRE instruments aboard the Herschel Space Observatory, as part of the guaranteed time key programme "Water and related chemistry in the Solar System" (KP-GT HssO). Supporting observations of the 230 GHz CO line were carried out with the IRAM 30-m telescope. The HIFI observations of the 557 GHz H2O line were performed on 19.05 April 2010, about 2 days after a major outburst, and on 11.02 May 2010, when 29P was in a more quiescent phase. H2O was detected on both dates with a production rate corresponding to about 1/10th the CO production, assuming near-nucleus production. The H2O line shape is consistent with release of water vapour from icy grains. PACS and SPIRE imaging data from 70 to 500 micrometers were acquired mid-June 2010 when the comet was in a quiescent phase. The continuum emission detected in the 70-μm and 160-μm PACS images is weakly extended with respect to the PSF, suggesting a major contribution from the nucleus or from slowly moving large grains. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 40 (8 ULg)
Full Text
See detailOPRs of Ammonia versus 14N/15N Ratios in CN in 15 Comets
Shinnaka, Yoshiharu; Kawakita, H.; Kobayashi, H. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2010, October 01), 42

The solar system was formed from interstellar matter 4.6 Gyrs ago and comets are considered as remnants of icy planetesimals formed in the early solar system. One of interesting primordial characters of ... [more ▼]

The solar system was formed from interstellar matter 4.6 Gyrs ago and comets are considered as remnants of icy planetesimals formed in the early solar system. One of interesting primordial characters of cometary ice is an ortho-to-para abundance ratio (OPR) of molecules such as H2O, NH3, etc. The OPR probably indicates the molecular formation temperatures in the solar nebula or in the pre-solar molecular cloud. We determined the OPRs of ammonia by using the high dispersion optical spectra of NH2 in 15 comets: C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp), C/1999 S4 (LINEAR), C/2001 A2 (LINEAR), C/2000 WM1 (LINEAR), 153P/Ikeya-Zhang, C/2002 V1 (NEAT), C/2002 X5 (Kudo-Fujikawa), C/2002 Y1 (Juels-Holvorcem), C/2001 Q4 (NEAT), C/2002 T7 (LINEAR), C/2003 K4 (LINEAR), 8P/Tuttle, 88P/Howell, 9P/Tempel 1, and 73P-B and -C/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3. The observations were mainly carried out by the Ultraviolet and Visual Echelle Spectrograph (UVES) mounted on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. Other telescopes/instruments were also used in some cases. The OPRs of ammonia are determined from OPRs of NH2 (0,9,0) ro-vibronic band around 600 nm. Although absorption lines (by the telluric atmosphere) and cometary C2 emission lines blended affected to NH2 emission lines in this region, we removed them in our analysis. The determined OPRs of ammonia clustered around 30K but not in the cases of 73P-B and -C. This situation is very similar to that of 14N/15N ratios in CN (i.e., 73P-B and -C are quite peculiar relative to other comets). We discuss about the relationship between the OPRs of ammonia and 14N/15N ratios in CN in these 15 comets. Our results indicate the formation of materials at relatively higher temperatures for 73P-B and -C than other comets. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 17 (1 ULg)
Full Text
See detailThe 3/4 July 2010 Pluto Stellar-Occultation Observations
Pasachoff, Jay M; Elliot, J. L.; Souza, S. P. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2010, October 01), 42

Continuing our monitoring of Pluto's atmospheric temperature and pressure, previously shown by us to be increasing (Elliot et al., Nature 424, 165, 2003; Pasachoff et al., AJ 129, 1718, 2005) and ... [more ▼]

Continuing our monitoring of Pluto's atmospheric temperature and pressure, previously shown by us to be increasing (Elliot et al., Nature 424, 165, 2003; Pasachoff et al., AJ 129, 1718, 2005) and subsequently found by us to be leveling off (Elliot et al., AJ 134, 1, 2007), we report on a stellar occultation by Pluto of UCAC2 mag=15.3, observed from South America and Africa on 4 July 2010 UT. Success was achieved with a 0.45 m at Cerro Calan using one of our POETS (Portable Occultation, Eclipse, and Transit System; Souza et al. PASP 118, 1550, 2006), a 1.0 SMARTS (Small and Medium Aperture Research Telescope System) at Cerro Tololo, four 0.6 m telescopes of PROMPT (Panchromatic Robotic Optical Monitoring and Polarimetry Telescopes) on Cerro Tololo, and TRAPPIST's (TRansiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope) 0.6-m telescope on La Silla in Chile; the 0.35 m telescope of U. Ponta Grossa, Brazil; and the 0.75-m ATOM (Automatic Telescope for Optical Monitoring), Namibia, using POETS. Winds prevented opening the 6.5 m Magellan/Clay telescope on Las Campanas, Chile, with its own frame-transfer camera, and clouds obscured the 1.9 m telescope at Sutherland, South Africa, which had POETS. With shadow velocity 23.6 km/s, it was a rapid event: maximum occultation <2 minutes. The observations were supported in part by grants NNX08AO50G to Williams College and NNX10AB27G to MIT from NASA's Planetary Astronomy Division, and NNH08AI17I to USNO for astrometry. Student participation was supported in part by NASA's Massachusetts Space Grant and NSF's REU. Japan's government donated U. Chile's Cerro Calan Goto telescope. PROMPT observations were made possible by the Robert Martin Ayers Science Fund. TRAPPIST is a project driven by the University of Liège, in close collaboration with the Observatory of Geneva, supported by the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research and the Swiss National Science Foundation. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 29 (5 ULg)
Full Text
See detailRevisit to Nuclear Spin Temperature of Ammonia in Comets
Shinnaka, Yoshiharu; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2009, September 01), 41

Comets had formed from dust and icy materials in the solar nebula 4.6 Gyrs ago. The cometary materials are considered as the most pristine in the solar system and both dust grains and icy materials in ... [more ▼]

Comets had formed from dust and icy materials in the solar nebula 4.6 Gyrs ago. The cometary materials are considered as the most pristine in the solar system and both dust grains and icy materials in comets have been used to investigate the formation conditions of the solar system. One of interesting primordial characters is a nuclear spin temperature (related to an ortho-to-para ratio; OPR) of cometary molecules such as H2O, NH3, etc. The nuclear spin temperatures probably reflect the molecular formation temperatures in the solar nebula (or in the presolar molecular cloud). In this work, we analyzed high dispersion optical spectra of C/2001 Q4 (NEAT), C/2000 WM1 (LINEAR), 88P/Howell, fragments B and C of 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 and 8P/Tuttle. Our observations were performed by the Ultraviolet and Visual Echelle Spectrograph (UVES) mounted on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile and the High Dispersion Spectrograph (HDS) mounted on the Subaru telescope in Hawaii. We determined nuclear spin temperatures of NH3 in five comets based on optical spectra of NH2. The nuclear spin temperatures of NH3 can be obtained from OPRs of NH2. We used the (0,9,0) ro-vibronic band at 610nm in this work. Absorption lines (by the telluric atmosphere) and cometary C2 emission lines blended with NH2 emission lines were also taken into account in our analysis. These lines have never been considered in previous studies. The origin of icy materials in the five comets will be discussed based on these results. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 33 (5 ULg)
Full Text
See detailHigh-dispersion Spectroscopic Observations Of 8P/Tuttle With VLT/CRIRES
Kobayashi, Hitomi; Bockelee-Morvan, D.; Dello Russo, N. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2008, September 01), 40

We present near-infrared observations of organic molecules in comet 8P/Tuttle. Comet 8P/Tuttle is a Halley-type comet and its last perihelion was in early January 2008. Our observations were carried out ... [more ▼]

We present near-infrared observations of organic molecules in comet 8P/Tuttle. Comet 8P/Tuttle is a Halley-type comet and its last perihelion was in early January 2008. Our observations were carried out on January 28 and February 4 using CRIRES (CRyogenic high-resolution InfraRed Echelle Spectrograph) at the Very Large Telescope (VLT). We used a 0.2" slit which provided a spectral resolving power of 80,000. We detected H[SUB]2[/SUB]O, OH, HCN, C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB] on Jan 28, and H[SUB]2[/SUB]O, OH, CH[SUB]4[/SUB], C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB], and CH[SUB]3[/SUB]OH on Feb 4. We find that 8P/Tuttle is depleted in HCN, C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB] and C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB] relative to H[SUB]2[/SUB]O compared with most other Oort cloud comets studied to date. Perhaps these depletions suggest that 8P/Tuttle formed in a different region from most Oort cloud comets, but it is also possible that the depletions are caused by repeated passages through the inner solar system. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 60 (6 ULg)
Full Text
See detailAnomalous 14N/15N ratio in comets 122P/1995 S1 (de Vico) and 153P/2002 C1 (Ikeya-Zhang)
Arpigny, Claude ULg; Cochran, A. L.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2003, May 01), 35

High-resolution (R 60,000) spectra of the Halley-type comet 122P/1995 S1 de Vico (Period 74 years) and the ``intermediate-period" comet 153P/2002 C1 Ikeya-Zhang (P 370 yr) were obtained with the 2DCoude ... [more ▼]

High-resolution (R 60,000) spectra of the Halley-type comet 122P/1995 S1 de Vico (Period 74 years) and the ``intermediate-period" comet 153P/2002 C1 Ikeya-Zhang (P 370 yr) were obtained with the 2DCoude spectrograph at the 2.7-m Harlan J. Smith telescope of the McDonald Observatory. These comets were within 1 AU from the Sun (0.66 and 0.92 AU, respectively). The spectra display CN (0,0) bands indicating an anomalous [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N isotope ratio, in the sense that it is close to half the value in Earth's atmosphere (the so-called ``Solar system value") and about half that obtained in comet Hale-Bopp from sub-millimeter measurements on HCN, generally believed to be the main parent of CN. Similar conclusions had been reached for C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp), an ``old long-period", and for C/2000 WM1 (LINEAR), a ``young long-period" comet. As suggested by Arpigny et al. (2003), this apparent abundance anomaly points towards the existence of other unknown parent(s) of CN, with an even higher [SUP]15[/SUP]N excess. Organic compounds like those found in interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) are good candidates. The similarity between comets of different dynamical ages is pointed out. 1 Research Director FNRS (Belgium) 2 Research Associate FNRS (Belgium) [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 15 (2 ULg)
See detailHST Observations of Aurora from the Magnetic Footprints of Io, Ganymede, and Europa during the Millennium Campaign
Clarke, J. T.; Grodent, Denis ULg; Connerney, J. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2001, November 01)

UV images of Jupiter's aurora obtained with the HST STIS instrument reveal much detail in the distribution of emissions from Io's magnetic footprint on Jupiter, including extended trails of emission in ... [more ▼]

UV images of Jupiter's aurora obtained with the HST STIS instrument reveal much detail in the distribution of emissions from Io's magnetic footprint on Jupiter, including extended trails of emission in the downstream direction. Emissions are also seen from the magnetic footprints of Ganymede and Europa, relatively much fainter and point-like in spatial extent. Knowledge of the statistical properties of these emissions, in terms of their locations and brightnesses, was greatly advanced in a comprehensive series of images obtained during the Millennium campaign in Dec. 2000 - Jan. 2001. These images provide sufficient spatial coverage to give a good indication of the auroral oval locations mapping to Io and Ganymede, and a few points mapping to Europa. The observed variations in footprint properties provide indications of the nature of the electrodynamic interactions of the satellites with Jupiter's magnetic field. These and other indicators also show the direction that magnetic field models should take to better describe Jupiter's internal magnetic field. Contributing evidence comes from the locus of footprint latitudes, and their deviations from the VIP4 model. The latitudinal distance between the Io and Ganymede footprint loci indicates variations in the local field strength, with larger separations corresponding to a weaker field. These separations, and the distance from and distortion of the main oval, indicate an anomalously weak field region in the north near 90[SUP]o[/SUP] longitude. This work has been supported by NASA in STScI grants GO-08171-97A and GO-08657-01A to the University of Michigan. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 22 (2 ULg)
See detailSpatial and temporal variations of the Jovian auroral electrons deduced from HST-STIS ultraviolet spectroscopy
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2001, November 01)

Jovian auroral spectra have been observed with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrometer (STIS) in both hemispheres since 1997, including during the recent Cassini Jupiter millenium campaign. The time ... [more ▼]

Jovian auroral spectra have been observed with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrometer (STIS) in both hemispheres since 1997, including during the recent Cassini Jupiter millenium campaign. The time-tagged G140L STIS spectra used for this study cover the 1100-1700 Ì· range which includes the Lyman (B-X) bands and continuum and the Werner (C-X) bands. Time-dependent spectroscopy with spatial resolution along the 25 arcsec slit makes it possible to follow spectral and temporal variations in different regions of the aurora. FUV images observed on the same HST orbit were obtained to put the spectral data into the global morphology context. Synchronous observations of spectral domains absorbed or not by CH4 and other hydrocarbons are used to determine the FUV color ratio and the depth of the auroral emission relative to the methane homopause. Large variations of the color ratio across the auroral oval are observed. The time evolution of the mean electron energy and its possible correlation with the precipitated energy flux are investigated. It is found that the mean electron energy generally positively correlates with the auroral brightness. In contrast, flares occasionally observed in the polar cap can correspond to a softening or a hardening of the precipitation. The mean electron energy associated with the Io trail is approximately constant and shows less hydrocarbon absorption than the higher latitude aurora. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 8 (4 ULg)
See detailJovian thermal structure inferred from the energy degradation of auroral electrons
Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Waite, J. H.

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (1999, October 10)

A one--dimensional model has been developed to investigate the links between auroral heat input and the atmospheric temperature and composition structure of Jupiter. Different energy distributions are ... [more ▼]

A one--dimensional model has been developed to investigate the links between auroral heat input and the atmospheric temperature and composition structure of Jupiter. Different energy distributions are used to evaluate the importance of the energy spectrum of the incident electrons for the thermal balance of Jupiter's auroral thermosphere. Radiative cooling by H_3(+) and hydrocarbon (CH_4, C_2H_2) and downward conduction are calculated to solve the heat conduction equation. The values of observable quantities such as the altitude of the H_2 emission peak, infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) emissions and temperatures associated with H_2 and H_3(+) optical signatures are used to constrain the parameters of the auroral electron energy distributions. From these simulations, it appears that the precipitated auroral energy is not able to directly provide the necessary heat to balance the hydrocarbon cooling below the homopause. It is suggested however that the auroral upper stratosphere is warmer than the equatorial upper stratosphere measured by Galileo. A Maxwellian energy distribution with a total flux of 20 ergs cm(-2) s(-1) and a characteristic energy of 22 keV added to a soft Maxwellian component of 1 erg cm(-2) s(-1) and 350 eV produces results in good agreement with thermospheric observations. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 13 (10 ULg)
See detailFar ultraviolet Observations of Jovian low latitude regions with HST/STIS
Gustin, Jacques ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (1999, September 01), 30(11),

Far ultraviolet observations of the Jovian disk were made at low and mid-latitudes with FUV MAMA/STIS on board HST in January 1999 both in the imaging and spectroscopic modes. An image was obtained with ... [more ▼]

Far ultraviolet observations of the Jovian disk were made at low and mid-latitudes with FUV MAMA/STIS on board HST in January 1999 both in the imaging and spectroscopic modes. An image was obtained with the Lyalpha filter in the hydrogen bulge region for comparison with the expected Lyman-alpha brightness distribution for Ly-alpha resonance scattering. Other images in the 1200-1700 { Angstroms} region show band structures parallel to the equator with fading contrast toward the center and the limb. Spectroscopic observations were made in the 1200-1700 { Angstroms} (G140L) and 1245-1298 { Angstroms} (G140M) regions at ~ 5 { Angstroms} resolution to map the H_2 airglow and the UV absorbents along the STIS slit. Preliminary results indicate that a C_2H_2 absorption signature is clearly observed in the solar ultraviolet reflected spectrum. The ethylene absorption may be mapped to derive variations of the acetylene abundance. The H_2 FUV airglow shows both the fluorescence and the electron impact components. Its spatial variation is described and compared with the expected airglow distribution. We acknowledge funding by NASA and by the PRODEX program of the European space agency. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 26 (17 ULg)
Full Text
See detailOn the Production and Kinematics of Sodium Atoms in the Head of Comet Hale-Bopp
Rauer, H.; Arpigny, Claude ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (1997, July 01), 29

The interpretation of the presence and extent of the atomic sodium observed in comet Hale-Bopp raises a number of questions related to the production, motion, and lifetime of these Na atoms under the ... [more ▼]

The interpretation of the presence and extent of the atomic sodium observed in comet Hale-Bopp raises a number of questions related to the production, motion, and lifetime of these Na atoms under the action of the solar radiation near 1 AU. Here we report on data which pertain to the study of sodium in the head of the comet, yielding information on the Na emission in the coma out to ~ 0.15 x 10(6) km on the sunward side, to ~ 0.2 x 10(6) km tailwards. The observations were carried out at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence, with the 1.93 m telescope and the ELODIE spectrometer, which is fed by a pair of optical fibers with 2-arcsec apertures separated by 1.8 arcmin. In particular, spectra were obtained on 15-17 April, 1997, near the discovery date of the sodium tail at the La Palma Observatory. These spectra (resolution ~ 7 km/s) were used to determine Na D line profiles, as well as the relative intensities of the emissions corresponding to the two positions observed simultaneously. The main outcome of our first analysis concerns the profiles recorded some distance away from the optical centre, which all show velocity shifts and asymmetric line broadening in the direction of anti-sunward velocities. Some evidence is found to suggest the existence of an extended or multi-source production of sodium atoms, at least in the coma. Another series of spectra secured just before perihelion, 25-27 March, was analysed in the same way as the April spectra. Comparison between the two sets of data provides a nice illustration of the marked influence of the heliocentric radial velocity, not only upon the strength of the fluorescence ("Swings effect"), but also upon the motion of the emitting atoms, which are accelerated by the radiation pressure to widely different degrees as their excitation wavelengths fall at different places within the Fraunhofer Na D line profiles. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 13 (9 ULg)