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See detailLocation and Morphology of Io's FUV Footprint Emissions on Jupiter
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Saglam, A. et al

Conference (2005, August 07)

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See detailSpectral Analysis of HST-STIS Observations of Jovian UV Auroral Emissions
Gladstone, G. R.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Gustin, Jacques ULiege et al

Conference (2005, August 01)

Spectral observations of Jupiter's far-ultraviolet (FUV) auroral emissions are commonly used to determine a ``color ratio, - defined as I(155-162nm) / I(123-130nm), which provides an estimate for the peak ... [more ▼]

Spectral observations of Jupiter's far-ultraviolet (FUV) auroral emissions are commonly used to determine a ``color ratio, - defined as I(155-162nm) / I(123-130nm), which provides an estimate for the peak emission altitude of the aurora and thus, assuming an accurate model atmosphere, for the mean energy of precipitating electrons. This is because the nascent emission spectrum resulting from electron impact on H[SUB]2[/SUB] is relatively unchanging over a wide range of energy, so that differential absorption by overlying CH[SUB]4[/SUB] is the primary modifier of the spectral shape of the emergent FUV emissions. This method is analogous to that used at Earth, with N[SUB]2[/SUB] LBH auroral emissions instead of H[SUB]2[/SUB] Lyman and Werner bands and differential absorption by O[SUB]2[/SUB] rather than methane. More detailed simulations of Jupiter's FUV auroral spectra can be used to place useful constraints on higher hydrocarbons, such as acetylene and ethane. Here we present a spectral analysis of HST-STIS G140L observations taken in September 1999, which include a region with the largest color ratio yet observed (i.e., the deepest aurora). A non-linear least squares model fit to the data is used to search for the presence of several important overlying hydrocarbons with strong and distinctive FUV absorption cross sections, e.g., CH[SUB]4[/SUB], C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB], C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]4[/SUB], C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB], CH[SUB]3[/SUB]C[SUB]2[/SUB]H, C[SUB]3[/SUB]H[SUB]8[/SUB], C[SUB]4[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB], C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB], and C[SUB]4[/SUB]H[SUB]10[/SUB]. We gratefully acknowledge support from NASA through grant NNG05GG97G. [less ▲]

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See detailThe UV footprint emission of Io: morphology, brightness and control by Io
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Saglam, Adem ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

Conference (2005, August 01)

Emissions from the magnetic footprint of Io on Jupiter's upper atmosphere has been observed with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) since 1997 and more recently with the Advanced Camera for ... [more ▼]

Emissions from the magnetic footprint of Io on Jupiter's upper atmosphere has been observed with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) since 1997 and more recently with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on board HST. The observations cover a wide range of central meridian Jovian longitudes and Io orbital positions. Most images also exhibit a long trailing tail associated with Io's wake plasma. The brightness of the footprint shows variations by over an order of magnitude and appears to be controlled by the distance from Jupiter's central meridian and the longitude of Io. Multiple footprints are also occasionally observed with varying relative brightness and mutual distance. These features apparently correspond to precipitation generated by the reflection of Alfvèn waves between Jupiter's ionosphere and the plasma torus. Observations collected in 2005 with ACS have provided high quality contrasted images that provide a direct indication of the altitude of the trailing tail and its orientation. [less ▲]

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See detailVariable morphology of Saturn's southern ultraviolet aurora
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Cowley, S. W. H. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2005), 110(A7),

The Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph camera on board Hubble Space Telescope obtained 68 FUV images of Saturn's southern auroral emission between 8 and 30 January 2004, during Cassini's approach to ... [more ▼]

The Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph camera on board Hubble Space Telescope obtained 68 FUV images of Saturn's southern auroral emission between 8 and 30 January 2004, during Cassini's approach to Saturn's magnetosphere. The HST observations took place in four different solar wind regimes with a low-field rarefaction region from 8 to 16 January, a minor compression event on 17 January, a rarefaction region with intermediate field strengths from 19 to 25 January, and a major compression region from 26 to 30 January. The images have been projected onto polar maps in order to characterize and compare the general morphology of the auroral emission. The first 20 images were obtained during a period covering about 70% of one full rotation of Saturn. They show that the bright ring of auroral emission actually consists of several arcs of different width and brightness and forming along different parallels. Overall, the auroral region is shown to rotate at similar to 65% of the full planetary rotation, although the angular velocity of some isolated auroral structures constantly decrease with time, down to 20%. The strongest auroral precipitations are observed in the morning sector. The polar projections of the 48 remaining images confirm dramatic changes in morphology, characterized by different average zones. During the campaign, short intervals during which the auroral region is significantly contracted and clearly forms a spiral were followed by intervals of reinflation of the auroral region. It is suggested that the two major auroral contraction events corresponded to the arrival of the solar wind shocks observed by Cassini on 17 January and 25 January. The present analysis indicates that Saturn's auroral morphology responds to the solar wind conditions at Saturn. [less ▲]

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See detailHST UV Imaging of Saturn's Southern Aurora during Simultaneous Cassini Imaging of the Northern Aurora
Clarke, J. T.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

Conference (2005, May 01)

On 17 Feb. 2005, one week after the AGU abstract deadline, Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations are scheduled with the Advanced Camera for Surverys (ACS) to image Saturn's UV aurora for a period of 5 ... [more ▼]

On 17 Feb. 2005, one week after the AGU abstract deadline, Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations are scheduled with the Advanced Camera for Surverys (ACS) to image Saturn's UV aurora for a period of 5 HST orbits, or 8 hours, corresponding to 0.7 of one Saturn rotation. In the present epoch, observations from the Earth can observe nearly the entire southern auroral oval in sunlight, but none of the northern oval, due to the tilt of Saturn's axis. Over the same period, a Cassini imaging sequence will scan across the northern nightside auroral emission region from the nightside of the planet. This presents a unique opportunity to determine the relationship between the conjugate points in the auroral emission regions, along with charged particle and magnetic field measurements in the nightside Saturn magnetosphere. This campaign of observations will be presented in this paper, with a concentration on the HST images, along with scientific conclusions as appropriate. [less ▲]

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See detailDescription of Saturn’s auroral morphology during Cassini’s approach of the magnetosphere
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Cowley, S. W. et al

Conference (2005, April 24)

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See detailMorphological differences between Saturn's ultraviolet aurorae and those of Earth and Jupiter
Clarke, J. T.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

in Nature (2005), 433(7027), 717-719

It has often been stated that Saturn's magnetosphere and aurorae are intermediate between those of Earth, where the dominant processes are solar wind driven(1), and those of Jupiter, where processes are ... [more ▼]

It has often been stated that Saturn's magnetosphere and aurorae are intermediate between those of Earth, where the dominant processes are solar wind driven(1), and those of Jupiter, where processes are driven by a large source of internal plasma(2-4). But this view is based on information about Saturn that is far inferior to what is now available. Here we report ultraviolet images of Saturn, which, when combined with simultaneous Cassini measurements of the solar wind(5) and Saturn kilometric radio emission(6), demonstrate that its aurorae differ morphologically from those of both Earth and Jupiter. Saturn's auroral emissions vary slowly; some features appear in partial corotation whereas others are fixed to the solar wind direction; the auroral oval shifts quickly in latitude; and the aurora is often not centred on the magnetic pole nor closed on itself. In response to a large increase in solar wind dynamic pressure(5) Saturn's aurora brightened dramatically, the brightest auroral emissions moved to higher latitudes, and the dawn side polar regions were filled with intense emissions. The brightening is reminiscent of terrestrial aurorae, but the other two variations are not. Rather than being intermediate between the Earth and Jupiter, Saturn's auroral emissions behave fundamentally differently from those at the other planets. [less ▲]

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See detailReconnection in a rotation-dominated magnetosphere and its relation to Saturn's auroral dynamics
Cowley, S. W. H.; Badman, S. V.; Bunce, E. J. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2005), 110(A2),

[1] The first extended series of observations of Saturn's auroral emissions, undertaken by the Hubble Space Telescope in January 2004 in conjunction with measurements of the upstream solar wind and ... [more ▼]

[1] The first extended series of observations of Saturn's auroral emissions, undertaken by the Hubble Space Telescope in January 2004 in conjunction with measurements of the upstream solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field ( IMF) by the Cassini spacecraft, have revealed a strong auroral response to the interplanetary medium. Following the arrival of the forward shock of a corotating interaction region compression, bright auroras were first observed to expand significantly poleward in the dawn sector such that the area of the polar cap was much reduced, following which the auroral morphology evolved into a spiral structure around the pole. We propose that these auroral effects are produced by compression- induced reconnection of a significant fraction of the open flux present in Saturn's open tail lobes, as has also been observed to occur at Earth, followed by subcorotation of the newly closed flux tubes in the outer magnetosphere region due to the action of the ionospheric torque. We show that the combined action of reconnection and rotation naturally gives rise to spiral structures on newly opened and newly closed field lines, the latter being in the same sense as observed in the auroral images. The magnetospheric corollary of the dynamic scenario outlined here is that corotating interaction region- induced magnetospheric compressions and tail collapses should be accompanied by hot plasma injection into the outer magnetosphere, first in the midnight and dawn sector, and second at increasing local times via noon and dusk. We discuss how this scenario leads to a strong correlation of auroral and related disturbances at Saturn with the dynamic pressure of the solar wind, rather than to a correlation with the northsouth component of the IMF as observed at Earth, even though the underlying physics is similar, related to the transport of magnetic flux to and from the tail in the Dungey cycle. [less ▲]

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See detailSaturn's UV Aurora Imaged with HST during the Cassini Approach to Saturn
Clarke, J. T.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

Poster (2004, December 13)

A series of HST STIS UV images of Saturn's aurora were obtained on 13 days in Jan. 2004 as the Cassini spacecraft measured the approaching solar wind properties. Clear general correlations have been found ... [more ▼]

A series of HST STIS UV images of Saturn's aurora were obtained on 13 days in Jan. 2004 as the Cassini spacecraft measured the approaching solar wind properties. Clear general correlations have been found between the auroral power and a) Saturn's kilometric radiation, and b) the solar wind dynamic pressure, but not with the direction of the interplanetary magnetic field. While these general correlations are now well established, a closer examination of the data raises many interesting questions. Saturn's auroral emissions exhibit both local time and co-rotational properties, the auroral oval does not appear centered on the magnetic and rotational pole, the auroral emissions exhibit large and unexpected motions in latitude with time and/or planetary rotation, and the auroral oval does not appear continuous, but broken with longitude. This talk will present a more detailed look at Saturn's aurora from the HST images, with a comparison of auroral emission properties to those at the Earth and Jupiter. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy-flux relationship in the FUV Jovian aurora deduced from HST-STIS spectral observations
Gustin, Jacques ULiege; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2004), 109(A10),

[1] Far ultraviolet spectral observations of the Jovian aurora have been made since 1997 with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on board the Hubble Space Telescope at low spectral resolution ... [more ▼]

[1] Far ultraviolet spectral observations of the Jovian aurora have been made since 1997 with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on board the Hubble Space Telescope at low spectral resolution. The combination of the spectral resolution with the intensity variation along the STIS slit provides information on the latitudinal variation of the precipitating auroral electron energy flux and the mean electron energy, from which the electron current density at the top of the atmosphere can also be deduced. It is found that the mean electron energies associated with the main oval lie in the range 30 - 200 keV and show a tendency to increase with the precipitating energy flux. The current densities lie in the range similar to 0.04 - 0.4 muA m(-2), consistent with previous estimates, and are also positively correlated with the energy flux. The observed relationship between the auroral time-integrated energy fluxes and the electron energies in the main oval is compatible with that expected from Knight's theory of field-aligned currents. The best agreement between the observed data and the Knight curves is obtained for an electron temperature of T-e = 2.5 keV and a source density N = 0.003 cm(-3), that is within the range of values observed in the equatorial plane during the Voyager flybys. No systematic dependence of the electron energy with magnetic local time is found, but the morning sector around 0800 MLT shows greater variability than other regions of the oval. Analysis of time-tagged data shows that the main oval energy flux usually varies steadily over the several minute intervals of observation and that the mean electron energy usually undergoes correlated variations such that the current density remains relatively constant. It is shown that these overall properties are also consistent with Knight's theory of auroral electron acceleration associated with field-aligned current flow, from which it is inferred that the temporal variations observed are often due to slow changes in the magnetospheric "source'' electron parameters in the presence of near-steady magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling currents. By contrast, time-integrated emissions in the polar region are found to be associated with similar mean electron energies to the main oval but with typically smaller energy fluxes and current densities. Pressure balance arguments are advanced, which indicate that the brighter of these emissions must be associated with an auroral acceleration mechanism perhaps similar to that operative in the main oval, while it remains possible that the weaker emissions could result from precipitation from a quasi-isotropic hot magnetospheric electron source. [less ▲]

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See detailHST STIS Observations of Saturn's Auroral Variations Concurrent with the Cassini Solar Wind Campaign in Jan. 2004
Clarke, J. T.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

Conference (2004, May 17)

Saturn's magnetosphere is often referred to as "intermediate between the cases of the Earth and Jupiter". Due to very limited measurements of Saturn's magnetosphere and auroral activity, however, it has ... [more ▼]

Saturn's magnetosphere is often referred to as "intermediate between the cases of the Earth and Jupiter". Due to very limited measurements of Saturn's magnetosphere and auroral activity, however, it has never been clear in detail what this statement means. A recent campaign of HST STIS UV imaging of Saturn's aurora has been carried out over 8-30 Jan. 2004 concurrent with measurements of the approaching solar wind by Cassini. This imaging set is much more comprehensive than any earlier observations of Saturn's aurora, obtained at a time when Saturn's southern auroral oval is completely visible due to the large apparent tilt of Saturn. The data provide the opportunity to determine the mean distribution of the auroral emissions, the degree of corotation of any bright regions, any variations with local time of the emissions, the latitudinal motions of the main oval with time and location, and other parameters. In addition, each of these can be compared with the approaching solar wind conditions and Saturn's kilometric radiation (SKR) intensity from Cassini measurements. Quick looks at the data from HST and Cassini demonstrate that the measurements have been made successfully, and the coverage includes dramatic variations in Saturn's auroral activity as well as at least two solar wind shocks passing Cassini. This presentation will concentrate on the measured properties of Saturn's aurora in the context of comparisons with the magnetospheres of the Earth and Jupiter. [less ▲]

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See detailComparisons of Saturn Kilometric Radiation and Saturn's UV Aurora
Kurth, William; Gurnett, D. A.; Clarke, J. T. et al

Conference (2004, May 17)

During the period 8 to 30 January 2004, a campaign to study the correlation between the solar wind and the response of Saturn's aurora was carried out using Cassini and the Hubble Space Telescope. In ... [more ▼]

During the period 8 to 30 January 2004, a campaign to study the correlation between the solar wind and the response of Saturn's aurora was carried out using Cassini and the Hubble Space Telescope. In particular, fields and particles instruments on Cassini were used to monitor the solar wind near Saturn and Saturn kilometric radio emissions nearly continuously. STIS images from Hubble were obtained approximately every other day to record Saturn's UV auroral morphology and intensity. In this paper we focus particularly on the relationship between the Saturn kilometric emissions and the auroral brightness and morphology. The radio emissions are generally believed to be generated by the cyclotron maser instability on auroral field lines similar to the situation for auroral kilometric radiation at Earth. A number of studies have shown a direct relationship between the radio emissions and discrete auroral arcs at Earth. Hence, one expects a relationship between the radio emissions and the aurora at Saturn. During the campaign, two corotating interaction regions (CIRs) swept past Cassini and Saturn (which were of order 0.5 AU apart at the time). Accompanying the CIRs were high solar wind densities. As expected from Voyager studies, the higher solar wind density resulted in generally more intense radio emissions. The UV images show that Saturn's UV aurora brighten considerably in response to the CIRs, as well. Furthermore, the brightest aurora usually appear in the local morning, consistent with the Voyager-determined SKR source region on field lines connecting to the magnetopause and the Kelvin-Helmholtz hypothesis for the origin of accelerated electrons. A more detailed examination of the auroral phenomena show much more complex variations, however. The radio emission frequency extent and peak frequency vary remarkably from one Saturn rotation to the next. Similarly, the auroral morphology changes dramatically. For example, it appears the evolution of the auroral oval to higher latitudes (higher L-shells) is correlated with a shift in the frequency of peak radio emissions to lower frequencies. This can be explained through an analysis of the cyclotron maser beaming geometry. We examine this and other aspects of the correlations between the radio emissions and the aurora. [less ▲]

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See detailA possible auroral signature of a magnetotail reconnection process on Jupiter
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Clarke, J. T. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2004), 109(A5),

[1] Several theoretical models and in situ observations consistently suggest that the process of nightside reconnection associated with Earth's magnetospheric substorms is also taking place in the ... [more ▼]

[1] Several theoretical models and in situ observations consistently suggest that the process of nightside reconnection associated with Earth's magnetospheric substorms is also taking place in the midnight tail region of Jupiter. We report the observation of a new auroral feature which takes the form of isolated spots appearing near the northern dusk-midnight limb, poleward of the main auroral oval. This feature was clearly detected in three HST-STIS data sets obtained on 14, 16, and 18 December 2000. Its position poleward of the main auroral oval, and lagging corotation, shows that it is magnetically connected to a distant region of the nightside magnetosphere. It is therefore suggested that these transient spots are the auroral signatures of reconnection processes occurring in the nightside tail of the distant Jovian magnetosphere. The cause of this reconnection is somewhat analogous to the case of a solar coronal mass ejection, so one may refer to it as a "Jovian mass ejection.'' [less ▲]

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See detailThe morphology of Saturn's ultraviolet auroral oval and its time variations
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege; Clarke, J. T.

Conference (2004)

Global images of the FUV auroral emission surrounding Saturn's south pole have been obtained with Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) since 1998. During this period, the planet's tilt offered a ... [more ▼]

Global images of the FUV auroral emission surrounding Saturn's south pole have been obtained with Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) since 1998. During this period, the planet's tilt offered a nearly complete view of the south auroral oval. Several tens of images were obtained in January 2004, concurrent with in situ measurements of the solar wind parameters made with instruments on board the Cassini probe. This unique set of auroral images includes time-tagged exposures providing information on fast time variations. A subset of collected images is used to define a quiet reference oval. This oval serves a framework to investigate local time and longitudinal variations of brightness and latitudinal motions of the oval, including variation of its radius. Occasionally, the oval is not closed, or reduces to a bright spot apparently as a consequence of enhanced solar wind pressure pulses reaching the front of the magnetosphere. Comparisons with terrestrial counterpart indicate that auroral substorms are not observed on the nightside oval. Instead, some features are seen to rotate with the planet as in the Jovian aurora. These characteristics will be compared with predictions of recent models describing the global current system coupling the magnetosphere and the ionosphere. In particular, the latitude of the oval, departure from corotation and the longitudinal brightness distribution can be used to test the paradigm that the main auroral oval maps to a region of enhanced field-aligned current and to improve current models. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's main auroral oval observed with HST-STIS
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Clarke, J. T.; Kim, J. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2003), 108(A11),

An extended series of FUV images obtained on 7 days during winter 2000-2001, with fixed pointing, yielded highly accurate tracking of emisson features as Jupiter rotated. They provided newly detailed ... [more ▼]

An extended series of FUV images obtained on 7 days during winter 2000-2001, with fixed pointing, yielded highly accurate tracking of emisson features as Jupiter rotated. They provided newly detailed measurements of the degree of corotation of auroral emissions and their variations with changing central meridian longitude. This 2-month data set provides a statistical average location of the auroral emission and leads to the definition of new "reference ovals.'' The overall auroral morphology pattern is shown to be fixed in System-III longitude and unchanged over a 5-year period. When arranged in central meridian longitude ranges, the images show a significant contraction of the northern main oval as the central meridian longitude increases from 115 to 255degrees. The main auroral oval brightness is globally very stable in comparison with its terrestrial counterpart. It is shown to vary with magnetic local time, increasing from noon to dusk and then decreasing again in the magnetic evening. Hectometric emissions observed simultaneously with Galileo and Cassini reveal interplanetary shocks propagating outward from the Sun which may be related to the contraction of the main auroral oval observed in the HST images taken on 14 December 2000. In addition, we find that a brightening and a significant contraction of the main oval observed on 13 January 2001 corresponded to a time of increased solar wind dynamic pressure. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's polar auroral emissions
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Clarke, J. T.; Waite, J. H. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2003), 108(A10),

[1] This paper reports a study of Jupiter's polar auroral emissions observed in an extended series of FUV images. They were obtained on seven days, during winter 2000-2001, with the STIS camera on board ... [more ▼]

[1] This paper reports a study of Jupiter's polar auroral emissions observed in an extended series of FUV images. They were obtained on seven days, during winter 2000-2001, with the STIS camera on board the Hubble Space Telescope. The fixed pointing yielded highly accurate and consistent tracking of emisson features as Jupiter rotated, allowing the analysis of the auroral morphology and brightness on timescales ranging from seconds to days. In the Northern Hemisphere, the polar emissions, located poleward of the main oval, usually represent about 30% of the total auroral FUV emitted power. They show emission bursts lasting similar to100 s, while the main oval remains stable. The polar region may be divided into three regions apparently fixed in magnetic local time: the dawnside dark region, the poleward swirl region, and the duskside active region in which flares and arc-like features are observed. Each of these UV emission regions can be identified with its infrared counterpart and probably relates to a different sector of the Dungey cycle or Vasyliunas cycle plasma flows. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectral observations of transient features in the FUV Jovian polar aurora
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Gustin, Jacques ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

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

Images of the Jovian FUV aurora show several morphologically and dynamically different regions. The main oval is usually fairly steady while the high-latitude emission inside the oval can vary over ... [more ▼]

Images of the Jovian FUV aurora show several morphologically and dynamically different regions. The main oval is usually fairly steady while the high-latitude emission inside the oval can vary over timescales of <1 min. We describe time and spatially resolved spectral observations of the Jovian aurora made with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph on board the Hubble Space Telescope. Time-tagged spectra have been used to determine variations of the amount of hydrocarbon absorption above the auroral source layer. Rapid brightenings are observed in the high-latitude emission with typical lengths of 50-100 s. They generally are not correlated with enhancements of the main oval in the same longitude sector, indicating decoupled source regions in the magnetosphere. The location of the high-latitude spots and their variability suggest that, unlike the main auroral oval, the polar cap brightenings are connected to short-term variations of the solar wind parameters. Results from a two-stream electron transport model are used to convert observed spectral color ratios into mean electron energies <E>. Electron energies during these brightenings typically range from 40 to 120 keV, close to the values found in the main oval. The time evolution of <E> generally shows little correlation or anticorrelation with the energy flux precipitated during these transient events. This feature suggests that the mechanism responsible for rapid transient brightenings does not increase the energy of the precipitated electrons, but it enhances their number flux. Pitch angle scattering into the loss cone by magnetic pumping of energy perpendicular to the field lines following magnetic field compression is a possible process. [less ▲]

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See detailA new FUV auroral feature on Jupiter
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Gladstone, G. R.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege et al

Conference (2003, April 01)

In December 2000, a series of HST/STIS FUV images of Jupiter's north auroral region displayed bright transient spots located near local midnight. In the images taken at CML Ë 220[SUP]o[/SUP] the spots ... [more ▼]

In December 2000, a series of HST/STIS FUV images of Jupiter's north auroral region displayed bright transient spots located near local midnight. In the images taken at CML Ë 220[SUP]o[/SUP] the spots (one or two) appear near the limb, poleward and equatorward of the main auroral oval, at latitude Ë 73[SUP]o[/SUP] and λ[SUB]III[/SUB] longitude Ë 145[SUP]o[/SUP]. The dimensions of each spot are very small, about 1[SUP]o[/SUP] in latitude and 5[SUP]o[/SUP] in longitude, which is about the size of the footprint of the Io satellite. However, the analysis of the position of the Galilean satellites and of known small-bodies (comets, asteroids) shows that these spots are not magnetically associated with any of these objects. The emitted power of the spots is variable and can reach several GW (more than the power emitted at the Io footprint). The lightcurves derived from multiple images are consistent with spots disappearing behind the planetary limb as the planet rotates. In addition, one short time-tagged image undoubtedly shows a bright double--spot feature pulsating with a period of 300 s. According to the VIP4 magnetic model, the auroral spots map along field lines down to the jovian magnetosphere in a small region roughly located near midnight at distances larger than 60~R_J. At these distances, a 1[SUP]o[/SUP] by 5[SUP]o[/SUP] auroral spot subtends an equatorial region smaller than 10~R_J by 10~R_J . Consequently, the auroral spots cannot be directly associated with large scale process involving the whole magnetotail but rather with localized events. [less ▲]

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