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See detailThe polar region of Jupiter’s aurora : barcode noise, conjugate flares and more...
Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege; Gladstone, Randy et al

Conference (2018, July 11)

Juno’s unprecedented polar orbits around Jupiter allow for unique observations of the polar aurorae and related phenomena. Here we make use of Juno-UVS, the UV imaging spectrograph operating in the 60-200 ... [more ▼]

Juno’s unprecedented polar orbits around Jupiter allow for unique observations of the polar aurorae and related phenomena. Here we make use of Juno-UVS, the UV imaging spectrograph operating in the 60-200 nm range, to explore the polar physics in two very different ways. In the first part of this presentation, we will analyze the rapid variations of the background noise caused by >10MeV electrons penetrating the instrument. In UV images, this rapidly varying signal takes the form of a barcode-like pattern. We will discuss the mapping, the altitude and the characteristic timescale of the “barcode events” in order to constrain the mechanisms giving rise to them. In the second part, we will compare simultaneous observations of the aurorae from the two hemispheres. One dataset comes from Juno-UVS while the other comes from the Hubble Space Telescope STIS instrument. We will show that most auroral features in one hemisphere have a clear counterpart in the other one. Among other examples, we will show evidence of conjugate flares in the active region of the two hemispheres. However, other strong brightness enhancements only show up in one hemisphere, without any echo in the other one. [less ▲]

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See detailJUNO/MWR's supportive observations of downward field-aligned MeV electrons at Jupiter
Santos-Costa, Daniel; Kurth, William; Hospodarsky, George et al

in 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly (2018, July 01)

Since August 2016, the Juno MicroWave Radiometer (MWR) has continuously measured the radiation emitted by Jupiter and the surrounding environment, over a frequency range from 0.6 to 22 GHz, from Juno's ... [more ▼]

Since August 2016, the Juno MicroWave Radiometer (MWR) has continuously measured the radiation emitted by Jupiter and the surrounding environment, over a frequency range from 0.6 to 22 GHz, from Juno's highly elliptical 53-day polar orbit about Jupiter. The contributors to the strongest radio signals at the shorter frequencies are the thermal, cosmic microwave background, and synchrotron emission produced by the inner electron belt. Weaker but perceptible signatures in MWR are also reported at the shortest frequency during perijove 1 (PJ1) and PJ3-PJ11. Some of them are identified as a source of synchrotron emission produced by downward field-aligned MeV electrons in the middle magnetosphere. In this paper, we present a synthesis of the spatial distributions of the microwave radiation observed at six wavelengths. We focus on synchrotron emissions originating from regions beyond Io's plasma torus that we believe to be linked to auroral activity. To support our findings, we discuss the results of a multi-instrument analysis of radio (MWR, WAVES), field (Juno magnetometer), extreme and far-ultraviolet auroral emission (Juno/UVS), plasma and energetic electron (JADE, JEDI) datasets, and background radiation signatures in Juno's ASC instrument for PJ1. Our data analysis raises the question how electrons with energies of 10's of MeV are populating, transported, and accelerated within the middle magnetosphere to become part of the auroral current circuit at Jupiter. [less ▲]

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See detailElectron Pitch Angle Distributions Along Field Lines Connected to the Auroral Region from ~25 to ~1.2 RJ Measured by the Jovian Auroral Distributions Experiment-Electrons (JADE-E) on Juno
Allegrini, Frederic; Bagenal, Fran; Bolton, Scott J et al

Poster (2017, December 13)

The Jovian Auroral Distributions Experiment (JADE) on Juno provides critical in situ measurements of electrons and ions needed to understand the plasma distributions and processes that fill the Jovian ... [more ▼]

The Jovian Auroral Distributions Experiment (JADE) on Juno provides critical in situ measurements of electrons and ions needed to understand the plasma distributions and processes that fill the Jovian magnetosphere and ultimately produce Jupiter’s bright and dynamic aurora. JADE is an instrument suite that includes two essentially identical electron sensors (JADE-Es) and a single ion sensor (JADE-I). JADE-E measures electron energy distributions from ~0.1 to 100 keV and provides detailed electron pitch angle distributions (PAD) at ~7.5° resolution. Juno’s trajectories in the northern hemisphere have allowed JADE to sample electron energy and pitch angle distributions on field lines connected to the auroral regions from as close as ~1.2 RJ all the way to distances greater than 25 RJ. Here, we report on the evolution of these distributions. Specifically, the PADs change from mostly uniform at distances greater than ~20 RJ, to butterfly from ~18 to ~12 RJ, to field aligned or pancake, depending on the energy, closer to Jupiter. Below ~1.5 RJ, electron beams and loss cones are observed. [less ▲]

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See detailJuno-UVS observation of the Io footprint: Influence of Io’s local environment and passage into eclipse on the strength of the interaction
Hue, Vincent; Gladstone, Randy; Greathouse, Thomas K et al

Poster (2017, December 13)

The Juno mission offers an unprecedented opportunity to study Jupiter, from its internal structure to its magnetospheric environment. Juno-UVS is a UV spectrograph with a bandpass of 70<λ<205 nm, built to ... [more ▼]

The Juno mission offers an unprecedented opportunity to study Jupiter, from its internal structure to its magnetospheric environment. Juno-UVS is a UV spectrograph with a bandpass of 70<λ<205 nm, built to characterize Jupiter’s UV emissions and provide remote sensing capacities for the onboard fields and particle instruments (MAG, Waves, JADE and JEDI). Juno’s orbit allows observing Jupiter from a unique vantage point above the poles. In particular, UVS has observed the instantaneous Io footprint and extended tail as Io enters into eclipse. This observation may better constrain whether the atmosphere of Io is sustained via volcanic activity or sublimation. Among other processes, the modulation of Io’s footprint brightness correlates to the strength of the interaction between the Io plasma torus and its ionosphere, which, in turn, is likely to be affected by the atmospheric collapse. UVS observed the Io footprint during two eclipses that occurred on PJ1 and PJ3, and one additional eclipse observation is planned during PJ9 (24 Oct. 2017). We present how the electrodynamic coupling between Io and Jupiter is influenced by changes in Io’s local environment, e.g. Io’s passage in and out of eclipse and Io’s traverse of the magnetodisc plasma sheet. [less ▲]

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See detailSystematic capture of MeV electron beams by MWR
Santos-Costa, Daniel; Bellotti, Amadeo; Janssen, Mike et al

Poster (2017, December 13)

Every ~ 53 days since August 2016, Juno swings by Jupiter and as the spacecraft spins along a polar orbit, measurements of Jupiter's microwave radiation are carried out at high data rates for several ... [more ▼]

Every ~ 53 days since August 2016, Juno swings by Jupiter and as the spacecraft spins along a polar orbit, measurements of Jupiter's microwave radiation are carried out at high data rates for several hours (~ 9 hours) with the Juno Microwave Radiometer (MWR). Within ~ 6 planetary radii (Rj) and from inside/outside the magnetospheric region, the thermal and synchrotron emissions are measured at high temporal and spatial resolutions. In this paper, we present a synthesis of the spatial distributions of the microwave radiation and discuss the similarities and differences observed at six wavelengths (1.3-50 cm). In addition to the thermal emission and synchrotron radiation from Jupiter's electron belt, unexpected signatures in MWR are either systematically or sporadically reported during perijove 1 (PJ1) and PJ3-PJ6. The preliminary results of a multi-instrument analysis of radio (MWR), extreme and far-ultraviolet auroral emissions (Juno UVS), field (Juno magnetometer), keV electrons (JEDI), and background radiation signatures in Juno's ASC and SRU instruments suggest that some of these signatures are consistent with the capture by MWR of synchrotron emission radiated by MeV electron beams, which may be associated with auroral activity. We subsequently describe in detail our data analysis and effort to model the synchrotron radiation from MeV electron beams to support our findings. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparative examination of auroral acceleration processes at Jupiter and Earth as enabled by the Juno mission to Jupiter
Mauk, Barry; Haggerty, Dennis; Paranicas, Chris et al

Conference (2017, December 12)

Particle distributions observed by Juno’s Energetic Particle Detector Investigation (JEDI) at low altitudes over Jupiter’s polar regions are exceedingly diverse in directionality and in the shapes of ... [more ▼]

Particle distributions observed by Juno’s Energetic Particle Detector Investigation (JEDI) at low altitudes over Jupiter’s polar regions are exceedingly diverse in directionality and in the shapes of their 3-dimensional energy distributions. Asymmetric, bi-directional angular beams with broad energy distributions are often observed near Jupiter’s main auroral oval with considerable variability as to whether upward or downward intensities are the strongest. Signatures of upward and downward magnetic field-aligned potentials, with inferred potentials up to 100’s of kV are sometimes observed, but unlike at Earth, these potentials do not seem to be associated with the strongest discrete-like auroral emission intensities. Particle distributions have similarities to those observed at Earth over the various phenomenological auroral emission regions, but they are observed in unexpected places with respect to the strongest auroral emission regions, and the jovian distributions are much more energetic. We present a comparative examination of auroral acceleration processes observed at Earth and Jupiter in relation to the respective auroral emission regions. [less ▲]

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See detailAn overview of the first year of observations of Jupiter’s auroras by Juno-UVS with multi-wavelength comparisons
Gladstone, Randy; Greathouse, Thomas K; Versteeg, Maarten H et al

Conference (2017, December 12)

Juno’s Ultraviolet Spectrograph (Juno-UVS) has observed the Jovian aurora during eight perijove passes. UVS typically observes Jupiter for 10 hours centered on closest approach in a series of swaths, with ... [more ▼]

Juno’s Ultraviolet Spectrograph (Juno-UVS) has observed the Jovian aurora during eight perijove passes. UVS typically observes Jupiter for 10 hours centered on closest approach in a series of swaths, with one swath per Juno spin (~30s). During this period the spacecraft range to Jupiter’s aurora decreases from ~6 RJ to ~0.3 RJ (or less) in the north, and then reverses this in the south, so that spatial resolution changes dramatically. A scan mirror is used to target different features or raster across the entire auroral region. Juno-UVS observes a particular location for roughly 17 ms/swath, so the series of swaths provide snapshots of ultraviolet auroral brightness and color. A variety of forms and activity levels are represented in the Juno-UVS data–some have been described before with HST observations, but others are new. One interesting result is that the color ratio, often used as a proxy for energetic particle precipitation, may instead (in certain regions) indicate excitation of H2 by low-energy ionospheric electrons. Additional results from comparisons with simultaneous observations at x-ray, visible, and near-IR wavelengths will also be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst simultaneous observations of local moon aurora and the moon footprints in Jupiter’s polar aurora
Roth, Lorenz; Grodent, Denis ULiege; Gladstone, Randy et al

Conference (2017, December 12)

The interaction of the co-rotating magnetospheric plasma with Jupiter’s Galilean moons generates local perturbations and auroral emissions in the moons’ tenuous atmospheres. Alfvén waves are launched by ... [more ▼]

The interaction of the co-rotating magnetospheric plasma with Jupiter’s Galilean moons generates local perturbations and auroral emissions in the moons’ tenuous atmospheres. Alfvén waves are launched by this local interaction and travel along Jupiter’s field lines triggering various effects that finally lead to the auroral moon footprints far away in Jupiter’s polar regions. Within the large Hubble Space Telescope aurora program in support of the NASA Juno mission (HST GO-14634, PI D. Grodent), HST observed the local aurora at the moons Io and Ganymede on three occasions in 2017 while the Juno Ultraviolet Spectrograph simultaneously observed Jupiter’s aurora and the moon footprints. In this presentation, we will provide first results from the first-ever simultaneous moon and footprint observations for the case of Io. We compare the temporal variability of the local moon aurora and the Io footprint, addressing the question how much of the footprint variability originates from changes at the moon source and how much originates from processes in the regions that lie in between the moon and Jupiter’s poles. [less ▲]

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See detailA Study of Local Time Variations of Jupiter’s Ultraviolet Aurora using Juno-UVS
Greathouse, Thomas K; Gladstone, Randy; Versteeg, Maarten H et al

Conference (2017, December 12)

Juno’s Ultraviolet Spectrograph (Juno-UVS) offers unique views of Jupiter’s auroras never before obtained in the UV, observing at all local times (unlike HST observations, limited to the illuminated disk ... [more ▼]

Juno’s Ultraviolet Spectrograph (Juno-UVS) offers unique views of Jupiter’s auroras never before obtained in the UV, observing at all local times (unlike HST observations, limited to the illuminated disk). With Juno’s 2-rpm spin period, the UVS long slit rapidly scans across Jupiter observing narrow stripes or swaths of Jupiter’s poles, from 5 hours prior to perijove until 5 hours after perijove. By rotating a mirror interior to the instrument, UVS can view objects from 60 to 120 degrees off the spacecraft spin axis. This allows UVS to map out the entire auroral oval over multiple spins, even when Juno is very close to Jupiter. Using the first 8 perijove passes, we take a first look for local time effects in Jupiter’s northern and southern auroras. We focus on the strength of auroral oval emissions and polar emissions found poleward of the main oval. Some unique polar emissions of interest include newly discovered polar flare emissions that start off as small localized points of emission but quickly (10’s of sec) evolve into rings. These emissions evolve in such a way as to be reminiscent of raindrops striking a pond. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Auroral Dynamic Duo - Jupiter's Independent Pulsating X-ray Hot Spots
Dunn, William; Branduardi-Raymont, Graziella; Ray, Licia et al

Conference (2017, June 15)

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See detailParticle energization and structuring of Jupiter’s main auroral oval as diagnosed with Juno measurements of (>30 keV) energetic particles
Mauk, Barry; Haggerty, Dennis; Paranicas, Chris et al

Conference (2017, June 14)

Juno polar low-altitude energetic particle observations indicate that the most intense emissions from Jupiter’s main auroral oval are caused by the impingement onto the atmosphere of relatively flat ... [more ▼]

Juno polar low-altitude energetic particle observations indicate that the most intense emissions from Jupiter’s main auroral oval are caused by the impingement onto the atmosphere of relatively flat, energy-monotonic electron distributions, often extending to energies >1 MeV. They can be associated with bi-directional angular beaming with upward fluxes greater than the downward fluxes. Downward fluxes of >800 mW/m^2 have been observed. However, when viewed in high time resolution ( 1.0s) these distributions are sometimes (3 of 8)) intermixed with >50keV downward accelerated electron distributions with the classic inverted-V configuration, indicative of steady magnetic field-aligned electric fields. The highest downward energy peak observed so far is 400 keV. The inverted-V energy distributions lack the high energy tails observed in adjacent regions, and thus, contrary to what is observed at Earth, the associated downward energy fluxes are generally lower than the downward energy fluxes associated with the more intense energy-monotonic distributions. The relationship between these two modes of auroral particle energization is unclear. Do the classic auroral processes that create inverted-V distributions become so powerful that instabilities are stimulated that cause stochastic energization to turn on and dominate, or do these two different forms of auroral acceleration represent distinctly different processes? These and other questions are explored. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Jovian UV aurorae as seen by Juno-UVS
Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege; Gladstone, Randy; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

Conference (2017, April 26)

The Juno spacecraft was inserted in orbit around Jupiter on July 4th 2016. Its highly elongated polar orbit brings it <5000 km above the cloud tops every 53,5 days, allowing spectacular and unprecedented ... [more ▼]

The Juno spacecraft was inserted in orbit around Jupiter on July 4th 2016. Its highly elongated polar orbit brings it <5000 km above the cloud tops every 53,5 days, allowing spectacular and unprecedented views of its polar aurorae. The Juno-UVS instrument is an imaging spectrograph observing perpendicularly to the Juno spin axis. It is equipped with a moving scan mirror at the entrance of the instrument that allows the field of view to be directed up to +/-30° away from the spin plane. The 70-205 nm bandpass comprises key UV auroral emissions such as the H2 bands and the H Lyman alpha line, as well as hydrocarbon absorption bands. We present polar maps of the aurorae at Jupiter for the first three first few periapses. These maps offer the first high resolution observations of the night-side aurorae. We will discuss the observed auroral morphology, including the satellite footprints, the outer emissions, the main emission and the polar emissions. We will also show maps of the color ratio, comparing the relative intensity of wavelengths subject to different degrees of absorption by CH4. Such measurements directly relate to the energy of the precipitating particles, since the more energetic the particles, the deeper they penetrate and the stronger the resulting methane absorption. For example, we will show evidence of longitudinal shifts between the brightness peaks and color ratio peaks in several auroral features. Such shifts may be interpreted as the result of the differential particle drift in plasma injection signatures. [less ▲]

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See detailImplications of Juno energetic particle observations over Jupiter’s polar regions for understanding magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling at strongly magnetized planets
Mauk, Barry; Haggerty, Dennis; Paranicas, Christopher et al

Conference (2017, April)

Juno obtained low altitude space environment measurements over Jupiter’s poles on 27 August 2016 and then again on 11 December 2016. Particle distributions were observed over the poles within the downward ... [more ▼]

Juno obtained low altitude space environment measurements over Jupiter’s poles on 27 August 2016 and then again on 11 December 2016. Particle distributions were observed over the poles within the downward loss cones sufficient to power nominally observed auroral emissions and with the characteristic energies anticipated from remote spectroscopic ultra-violet auroral imaging. However, the character of the particle distributions apparently causing the most intense auroral emissions were very different from those that cause the most intense aurora at Earth and from those anticipated from prevailing models of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling at Jupiter. The observations are highly suggestive of a predominance of a magnetic field-aligned stochastic acceleration of energetic auroral electrons rather than the more coherent acceleration processes anticipated. The Juno observations have similarities to observations observed at higher altitudes at Saturn by the Cassini mission suggesting that there may be some commonality between the magnetosphere-ionosphere couplings at these two giant planets. Here we present the Juno energetic particle observations, discuss their similarities and differences with published observations from Earth and Saturn, and deliberate on the implications of these finding for general understanding of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling processes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe complex behavior of the satellite footprints at Jupiter: the result of universal processes?
Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege; Badman, Sarah V. et al

Poster (2016, December 14)

At Jupiter, some auroral emissions are directly related to the electromagnetic interaction between the moons Io, Europa and Ganymede on one hand and the rapidly rotating magnetospheric plasma on the other ... [more ▼]

At Jupiter, some auroral emissions are directly related to the electromagnetic interaction between the moons Io, Europa and Ganymede on one hand and the rapidly rotating magnetospheric plasma on the other hand. Out of the three, the Io footprint is the brightest and the most studied. Present in each hemisphere, it is made of at least three different spots and an extended trailing tail. The variability of the brightness of the spots as well as their relative location has been tentatively explained with a combination of Alfvén waves’ partial reflections on density gradients and bi-directional electron acceleration at high latitude. Should this scenario be correct, then the other footprints should also show the same behavior. Here we show that all footprints are, at least occasionally, made of several spots and they all display a tail. We also show that these spots share many characteristics with those of the Io footprint (i.e. some significant variability on timescales of 2-3 minutes). Additionally, we present some Monte-Carlo simulations indicating that the tails are also due to Alfvén waves electron acceleration rather than quasi-static electron acceleration. Even if some details still need clarification, these observations strengthen the scenario proposed for the Io footprint and thus indicate that these processes are universal. In addition, we will present some early results from Juno-UVS concerning the location and morphology of the footprints during the first low-altitude observations of the polar aurorae. These observations, carried out in previously unexplored longitude ranges, should either confirm or contradict our understanding of the footprints. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter’s auroras during the Juno approach phase as observed by the Hubble Space Telescope
Nichols, Jonathan D; Clarke, John T; Orton, Glennn S et al

Conference (2016, December 13)

We present movies of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations of Jupiter’s FUV auroras observed during the Juno approach phase and first capture orbit, and compare with Juno observations of the ... [more ▼]

We present movies of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations of Jupiter’s FUV auroras observed during the Juno approach phase and first capture orbit, and compare with Juno observations of the interplanetary medium near Jupiter and inside the magnetosphere. Jupiter’s FUV auroras indicate the nature of the dynamic processes occurring in Jupiter’s magnetosphere, and the approach phase provided a unique opportunity to obtain a full set of interplanetary data near to Jupiter at the time of a program of HST observations, along with the first simultaneous with Juno observations inside the magnetosphere. The overall goal was to determine the nature of the solar wind effect on Jupiter’s magnetosphere. HST observations were obtained with typically 1 orbit per day over three intervals: 16 May – 7 June, 22-30 June and 11-18 July, i.e. while Juno was in the solar wind, around the bow shock and magnetosphere crossings, and in the mid-latitude middle-outer magnetospheres. We show that these intervals are characterised by particularly dynamic polar auroras, and significant variations in the auroral power output caused by e.g. dawn storms, intense main emission and poleward forms. We compare the variation of these features with Juno observations of interplanetary compression regions and the magnetospheric environment during the intervals of these observations. [less ▲]

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See detailInitial observations of Jupiter’s aurora from Juno’s Ultraviolet Spectrograph (Juno-UVS)
Gladstone, Randy; Versteeg; Greathouse, Thomas et al

Conference (2016, December 13)

Juno-UVS is an imaging spectrograph with a bandpass of 70<λ<205 nm. This wavelength range includes important far-ultraviolet (FUV) emissions from the H2 bands and the H Lyman series which are produced in ... [more ▼]

Juno-UVS is an imaging spectrograph with a bandpass of 70<λ<205 nm. This wavelength range includes important far-ultraviolet (FUV) emissions from the H2 bands and the H Lyman series which are produced in Jupiter’s auroras, and also the absorption signatures of aurorally-produced hydrocarbons. The Juno-UVS instrument telescope has a 4x4 cm2 input aperture and uses an off-axis parabolic primary mirror. A flat scan mirror situated near the entrance of the telescope is used to observe at up to ±30° perpendicular to the Juno spin plane. The light is focused onto the spectrograph entrance slit, which has a “dog-bone” shape, with three sections of 2.55°x0.2°, 2.0°x0.025°, and 2.55°x0.2° (as projected onto the sky). Light entering the slit is dispersed by a toroidal grating which focuses FUV light onto a curved microchannel plate (MCP) cross delay line (XDL) detector with a solar blind UV-sensitive CsI photocathode. The two mirrors and the grating are coated with MgF2 to improve FUV reflectivity. Tantalum surrounds the spectrograph assembly to shield the detector and its electronics from high-energy electrons. All other electronics are located in Juno’s spacecraft vault, including redundant low-voltage and high-voltage power supplies, command and data handling electronics, heater/actuator electronics, scan mirror electronics, and event processing electronics. The purpose of Juno-UVS is to remotely sense Jupiter’s auroral morphology and brightness to provide context for in situ measurements by Juno’s particle instruments. Here we present the first near-Jupiter results from the UVS instrument following measurements made during PJ1, Juno’s first perijove pass with its instruments powered on and taking data. [less ▲]

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See detailSearch for low-latitude atmospheric hydrocarbon variations on Jupiter from Juno-UVS measurements
Hue, Vincent; Gladstone, Randy; Greathouse, Thomas et al

Conference (2016, December 13)

The Juno mission offers the opportunity to study Jupiter, from its inner structure, up to its magnetospheric environment. Juno was launched on August 2011 and its Jupiter orbit insertion (JOI) occurred on ... [more ▼]

The Juno mission offers the opportunity to study Jupiter, from its inner structure, up to its magnetospheric environment. Juno was launched on August 2011 and its Jupiter orbit insertion (JOI) occurred on July 4th 2016. The nominal Juno mission involves 35 science polar-orbits of 14-days period, with perijove and apojove distances located at 0.06 Rj and 45 Rj, respectively. Juno-UVS is a UV spectrograph with a bandpass of 70<λ<205 nm, designed to characterize Jupiter UV emissions. One of the main additions of UVS compared to its predecessors (New Horizons- and Rosetta- Alice, LRO-LAMP) is a 2.54 mm tantalum shielding, to protect it from the harsh radiation environment at Jupiter, and a scan mirror, to allow for targeting specific auroral and atmospheric features at +/- 30˚ perpendicular to the Juno spin plane. It will provide new constraints on Jupiter’s auroral morphology, spectral features, and vertical structure, while providing remote-sensing constraints for the onboard waves and particle instruments. It will also be used to probe upper-atmospheric composition through absorption features found in the UV spectra using reflected solar UV radiation. For example, stratospheric hydrocarbons such as C2H2 and C2H6 are known to absorb significantly in the 150-180 nm regions, and these absorption features can be used to determine their abundances. We will present our search for the spectroscopic features seen in Jupiter’s reflected sunlight during the first perijove. [less ▲]

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See detailUVS – JIRAM image comparison during Juno PJ1
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

Conference (2016, September 27)

We present a comparison between images collected in the infrared and ultraviolet by the JIRAM and IUVS spectral imagers on board the Juno orbiter. Similarities and differences are pointed out.

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See detailThe Hot and Energetic Universe: A White Paper presenting the science theme motivating the Athena+ mission
Nandra, Kirpal; Barret, Didier; Barcons, Xavier et al

Report (2013)

This White Paper, submitted to the recent ESA call for science themes to define its future large missions, advocates the need for a transformational leap in our understanding of two key questions in ... [more ▼]

This White Paper, submitted to the recent ESA call for science themes to define its future large missions, advocates the need for a transformational leap in our understanding of two key questions in astrophysics: 1) How does ordinary matter assemble into the large scale structures that we see today? 2) How do black holes grow and shape the Universe? Hot gas in clusters, groups and the intergalactic medium dominates the baryonic content of the local Universe. To understand the astrophysical processes responsible for the formation and assembly of these large structures, it is necessary to measure their physical properties and evolution. This requires spatially resolved X-ray spectroscopy with a factor 10 increase in both telescope throughput and spatial resolving power compared to currently planned facilities. Feedback from supermassive black holes is an essential ingredient in this process and in most galaxy evolution models, but it is not well understood. X-ray observations can uniquely reveal the mechanisms launching winds close to black holes and determine the coupling of the energy and matter flows on larger scales. Due to the effects of feedback, a complete understanding of galaxy evolution requires knowledge of the obscured growth of supermassive black holes through cosmic time, out to the redshifts where the first galaxies form. X-ray emission is the most reliable way to reveal accreting black holes, but deep survey speed must improve by a factor ~100 over current facilities to perform a full census into the early Universe. The Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics (Athena+) mission provides the necessary performance (e.g. angular resolution, spectral resolution, survey grasp) to address these questions and revolutionize our understanding of the Hot and Energetic Universe. These capabilities will also provide a powerful observatory to be used in all areas of astrophysics. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of methane on giant planet’s UV emissions and implications for the auroral characteristics
Gustin, Jacques ULiege; Gérard, Jean-Claude; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

in Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (2013)

This study reviews methods used to determine important characteristics of giant planet’s UV aurora (brightness,energy of the precipitating particles, altitude of the emission peak,. . .), based on the ... [more ▼]

This study reviews methods used to determine important characteristics of giant planet’s UV aurora (brightness,energy of the precipitating particles, altitude of the emission peak,. . .), based on the absorbing properties of methane and other hydrocarbons. Ultraviolet aurorae on giant planets are mostly caused by inelastic collisions between energetic magnetospheric electrons and the ambient atmospheric H2 molecules. The auroral emission is situated close to a hydrocarbon layer and may be attenuated by methane (CH4), ethane (C2H6) and acetylene (C2H2) at selected wavelengths. As methane is the most abundant hydrocarbon, it is the main UV absorber and attenuates the auroral emission shorward of 1350 Å. The level of absorption is used to situate the altitude/pressure level of the aurora, hence the energy of the precipitated electrons, whose penetration depth is directly related to their mean energy. Several techniques are used to determine these characteristics, from the color ratio method which measures the level of absorption from the ratio between an absorbed and an unabsorbed portion of the observed auroral spectrum, to more realistic methods which combine theoretical distributions of the precipitating electrons with altitude dependent atmospheric models. The latter models are coupled with synthetic or laboratory H2 spectra and the simulated emergent spectra are compared to observations to determine the best auroral characteristics. Although auroral characteristics may be very variable with time and locations, several typical properties may be highlighted from these methods: the Jovian aurora is the most powerful, with brightness around 120 kR produced by electrons of mean energy 100 keV and an emission situated near the 1 lbar level ( 250 km above the 1 bar level) while Saturn’s aurora is fainter ( 10 kR), produced by electrons less than 20 keV and situated near the 0.2 lbar level ( 1100 km). [less ▲]

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