Reference : Morphology of the ultraviolet Io footprint emission and its control by Io's location
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/7896
Morphology of the ultraviolet Io footprint emission and its control by Io's location
English
Gérard, Jean-Claude mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys.]
Saglam, Adem 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) >]
Clarke, J. T. [> > > >]
1-Apr-2006
Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics
Amer Geophysical Union
111
A4
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0148-0227
Washington
[en] Io ; auroral phenomena ; ultraviolet spot
[en] [1] A total of 74 images of the ultraviolet footprint of the Io flux tube (IFT) on Jupiter's upper atmosphere made with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph on board the Hubble Space Telescope have been analyzed to characterize their location, morphology, and brightness distribution. The observations cover a wide range of central meridian Jovian longitudes and Io orbital positions and include north and south footprint emissions. Comparing the location of the IFT with that expected from the VIP4 model of the Jovian magnetic field, we find that the lead angle is generally not significantly different from zero in the System III longitude sector 125 degrees - 195 degrees. Instead, the lead angles reach about 8 degrees in the 50 degrees sector, coinciding with a region of possible magnetic anomaly. We observe that the brightness of the main footprint shows intrinsic intensity changes that appear to be controlled by the system III longitude of Io and its position above or below the center of the torus. The size of the primary spot magnetically maps into a region varying from 1 to over 10 Io diameters in Io's orbital plane. Multiple footprints are observed with varying brightness relative to the mean spot. The number of spots is found to increase as Io gets closer to the torus outer edge facing the spots. The separation between the first and second spots is typically 1 degrees-3 degrees of longitude and increases when Io is displaced from the torus center in the direction of the IFT signature. These features confirm that Alfven waves play an important role and generate energization of precipitated electrons. However, the observed variation of the FUV spot structure with Io's position appears inconsistent with models where reflections of Alfven wings occur between the torus boundary and Jupiter's ionosphere. Instead, the multiple spots apparently correspond to electron precipitation generated by Alfven waves reflected inside the plasma torus.
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/7896

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