Reference : Dynamics of the Io UV footprints: short timescale brightness variations
Scientific congresses and symposiums : Unpublished conference
Physical, chemical, mathematical & earth Sciences : Space science, astronomy & astrophysics
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/33611
Dynamics of the Io UV footprints: short timescale brightness variations
English
Bonfond, Bertrand mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Labo de physique atmosphérique et planétaire (LPAP) >]
Grodent, Denis mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Labo de physique atmosphérique et planétaire (LPAP) >]
Gérard, Jean-Claude mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Labo de physique atmosphérique et planétaire (LPAP) >]
2006
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International
[en] The electromagnetic interaction between Io and Jupiter's magnetic field leads to single or multiple UV spots in both jovian hemispheres. Variations of the multiplicity of the spots and the inter-spots distances have been observed and are linked to the position of Io in its plasma torus. These morphological changes have a timescale of a few hours. We have studied the footprint evolution with a time resolution of a few tens of seconds using the HST/STIS camera in the time-tag mode. This approach resulted in an evaluation of the impact of the rapid evolution of the jovian magnetic field lines when measuring the dimensions of the spots with a longer exposure time. More basically, evidence of strong brightness variations of the main spots (up to 40%) have been observed with a typical growth time of 1 minute. Finally, unexpected simultaneous fluctuations of both primary and secondary spots have also been found in the southern hemisphere. In conclusion, the characterisation of the variations mentioned herein provides clues for a complex and rapidly evolving energetic electrons precipitation mechanism.
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/33611
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2006epsc.conf..170B

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