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See detailJupiter's aurora observed with HST during Juno orbits 3 to 7
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege; Yao, Zhonghua ULiege et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (in press)

A large set of observations of Jupiter’s ultraviolet aurora was collected with the Hubble Space Telescope concurrently with the NASA-Juno mission, during an 8-month period, from 30 November 2016 to 18 ... [more ▼]

A large set of observations of Jupiter’s ultraviolet aurora was collected with the Hubble Space Telescope concurrently with the NASA-Juno mission, during an 8-month period, from 30 November 2016 to 18 July 2017. These Hubble observations cover Juno orbits 3 to 7 during which Juno in situ and remote sensing instruments, as well as other observatories, obtained a wealth of unprecedented information on Jupiter’s magnetosphere and the connection with its auroral ionosphere. Jupiter’s ultraviolet aurora is known to vary rapidly, with timescales ranging from seconds to one Jovian rotation. The main objective of the present study is to provide a simplified description of the global ultraviolet auroral morphology that can be used for comparison with other quantities, such as those obtained with Juno. This represents an entirely new approach from which logical connections between different morphologies may be inferred. For that purpose, we define three auroral subregions in which we evaluate the auroral emitted power as a function of time. In parallel, we define six auroral morphology families that allow us to quantify the variations of the spatial distribution of the auroral emission. These variations are associated with changes in the state of the Jovian magnetosphere, possibly influenced by Io and the Io plasma torus and by the conditions prevailing in the upstream interplanetary medium. This study shows that the auroral morphology evolved differently during the five ~2-week periods bracketing the times of Juno perijove (PJ03 to PJ07), suggesting that during these periods, the Jovian magnetosphere adopted various states. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter’s aurora, ultraviolet, visible and infrared views: what can we learn?
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege

Scientific conference (2015, May 15)

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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 detailJupiter's changing auroral location
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege; Radioti, Aikaterini ULiege et al

Conference (2007, June 25)

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See detailJupiter's changing auroral location
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Radioti, Aikaterini ULiege et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2008), 113(A1),

[1] We examine the case of significant latitudinal shifts of the Jovian northern auroral emissions appearing in a data set spanning nine years of observations with the Hubble Space Telescope in the far ... [more ▼]

[1] We examine the case of significant latitudinal shifts of the Jovian northern auroral emissions appearing in a data set spanning nine years of observations with the Hubble Space Telescope in the far ultraviolet. The extended data set makes it possible to compare the location of the main auroral emission with similar viewing geometries and satellite positions. The main auroral emission is assumed to originate from beyond the orbit of Ganymede (15 Jovian radii). At these distances, near corotation enforcement and transfer of momentum from Jupiter to the magnetospheric plasma is ensured by means of field aligned currents. The field aligned currents away from Jupiter are carried by downward energetic electrons loosing their energy to the polar atmosphere and giving rise to the main auroral emission. Analysis of the polar projected images shows that the latitudinal location of the main emission has changed by up to 3 degrees over long periods of time. It also shows that the footprint of Ganymede follows a similar trend. We have used the VIP4 magnetic field model to map the emission down to the equatorial plane. This mapping suggests that internal variations of the current sheet parameters might be used as an alternative or complementary explanation to the changing solar wind conditions at Jupiter to explain the observed shift of auroral latitudes. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's conjugate ultraviolet aurora
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege; Radioti, Aikaterini ULiege et al

Conference (2013, July)

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See detailJupiter’s diffuse auroral emissions - Comparison of HST and Galileo data
Radioti, Aikaterini ULiege; Tomás, A. T. M.; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

Conference (2008, April 18)

Based on an extensive HST FUV image database obtained between 1997 and 2007, we have studied the morphology and brightness of the equatorward diffuse auroral emissions in both Jovian hemispheres. The ... [more ▼]

Based on an extensive HST FUV image database obtained between 1997 and 2007, we have studied the morphology and brightness of the equatorward diffuse auroral emissions in both Jovian hemispheres. The emissions are wider and brighter on the dusk side than on the dawn and they often form multiple discrete arcs parallel to the main oval. What could be the origin of these equatorward diffuse emissions and their local time variations is still unclear. Galileo observations have shown changes in the electron pitch angle distributions between the inner and middle magnetosphere of Jupiter (10 to 17 RJ ) which could be associated with auroral emissions, without the need of field aligned currents. We derive the electron precipitation flux for the first time in a global scale, based on Galileo electron measurements between 10 and 17 RJ . We magnetically map this region in the ionosphere and compare the derived energy flux with the brightness of the diffuse emissions. We discuss the possibility that the energetic particle distribution in the middle magnetosphere could account for the multiple structured equatorward diffuse emissions and their local time variations. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter’s diffuse auroral emissions - Comparison of HST and Galileo data,
Radioti, Aikaterini ULiege; Tomàs, A. T. M.; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

Conference (2008, April)

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See detailJupiter’s elusive bald patch
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege; Gustin, Jacques ULiege et al

Conference (2013, July)

The detailed morphology of Jupiter’s UV auroral emissions is definitely very complex. To some extent, this complexity depicts the zoo of processes taking place inside, and sometimes, outside Jupiter’s ... [more ▼]

The detailed morphology of Jupiter’s UV auroral emissions is definitely very complex. To some extent, this complexity depicts the zoo of processes taking place inside, and sometimes, outside Jupiter’s enormous magnetosphere. One is naturally more inclined to focus on the bright emissions, but recent progresses in cosmology teach us that there is also important information in the darkness. In this present, preliminary study, we are exploring a dark region of Jupiter’s polar aurora -“Jupiter’s bald patch”- located poleward of the main emission (oval). It appears to be bordered by patchy features belonging to auroral regions often referred to as the swirl and flare regions. These regions contain the poleward most auroral features. Therefore, it is legitimate to ask whether this dark region, even closer to the pole, is actually the polar cap, implying some level of reconnection of Jupiter’s strong magnetic field with the interplanetary magnetic field. An ongoing HST campaign is providing stunning high temporal and spatial (and spectral) resolution time tagged images of Jupiter’s northern and southern aurora. They show that the bald patch is conspicuous on some images but much less obvious in others. They also suggest that it is not always completely devoid of emission, possibly alluding to a weak, intermittent, Dungey-like cycle. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's equatorward auroral features
Dumont, Maïté ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege; Radioti, Aikaterini ULiege et al

Conference (2015, May 13)

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See detailJupiter's equatorward auroral features : Possible signature of magnetospheric injections
Dumont, Maïté ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege; Radioti, Aikaterini ULiege et al

Conference (2014, September)

We investigate the characteristics of ultraviolet auroral features located equatorward of the main emission appearing in the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images obtained in 2000-2007. Several properties ... [more ▼]

We investigate the characteristics of ultraviolet auroral features located equatorward of the main emission appearing in the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images obtained in 2000-2007. Several properties of the auroral emissions are analyzed. The mapped radial position and System III longitude of the observed auroral features are in good agreement with those of the injections observed in the equatorial plane by Galileo. Finally, we discuss the processes causing auroral signatures of injections. This comparative study demonstrates that the structures under study are most probably related to magnetospheric injections and sheds light to the mechanism involved in the magnetosphere-ionosphere dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's equatorward auroral features: possible signatures of magnetospheric injections
Dumont, Maïté ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege; Radioti, Aikaterini ULiege et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2014)

The present study investigates the characteristics of ultraviolet auroral features located equatorward of the main emission appearing in Hubble Space Telescope images of the northern and southern Jovian ... [more ▼]

The present study investigates the characteristics of ultraviolet auroral features located equatorward of the main emission appearing in Hubble Space Telescope images of the northern and southern Jovian hemispheres obtained in 2000-2007. On average, one feature is observed every day, but several auroral structures are occasionally seen over a wide range of local times in the same image. Several properties of these features are analyzed, such as their location, emitted power and lifetime. Additionally, we magnetically map the auroral features to the equatorial plane using the VIPAL model in order to compare their observed properties with those of magnetospheric injections detected by the Galileo spacecraft. The equatorward auroral features show up between the Io footpath and the main auroral emission, at all System III longitudes, in agreement with Galileo measurements. Moreover, we compare the magnetic flux associated with these features with estimates of the out-going flux related to the radial transport of plasma in the Jovian magnetosphere and we find that they could account for at least one third of this flux. This comparative study shows that the auroral features under study are most probably related to magnetospheric injections and thus sheds light on the processes involved in the magnetosphere-ionosphere dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter’s magnetopause: A search for reconnection and wave signatures
Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege; Kivelson, Margaret; Khurana, Krishan et al

Conference (2016, April 26)

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See detailJupiter’s magnetopause: A search for wave and reconnection signatures
Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege; Kivelson, M. G.; Khurana, K. K. et al

Conference (2014, September 12)

Surface waves and magnetic reconnection are two key processes taking place at the planetary magnetopause. They allow the coupling, through energy (and particle) transfer, of the interplanetary medium and ... [more ▼]

Surface waves and magnetic reconnection are two key processes taking place at the planetary magnetopause. They allow the coupling, through energy (and particle) transfer, of the interplanetary medium and the magnetosphere. The relative importance of large scale Dungey reconnection and viscous interaction (including small-scale intermittent reconnection associated with Kelvin-Helmholtz vortices) are expected to be different at Jupiter compared to the Earth’s case. Such differences would be due to the combination of a) a weaker solar wind pressure and Alfvén velocity as the distance to the Sun increases, b) a high-β plasma sheet, originating from Io’s outgassing, which inflates the Jovian magnetosphere, c) the rapid rotation of the planet relative to its size (e.g. Desroche et al. 2012). Here we analyse the signatures of wave activity and reconnection on the magnetopause of Jupiter, based on magnetic field and energetic particle measurements from the successive spacecraft that explored the Jovian system. Up to now, 7 spacecraft equipped with a magnetometer have crossed the Jovian magnetopause: Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, Ulysses, Galileo and Cassini. We make use of several normal direction finding techniques, such as the Minimum Variance Analysis, in order to identify waves and Kelvin-Helmholtz vortices. As far as the reconnection is concerned, small scale signatures of flux-tube events (FTEs) had been identified by Walker and Russell (1985), based on a limited data-set from the Pioneers’ and Voyagers’ fly-bys. Here we will extend this search to the extensive dataset from all the missions that explored Jupiter’s system. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's magnetosphere and aurorae observed by the Juno spacecraft during its first polar orbits
Connerney, J. E. P.; Adriani, A.; Allegrini, F. et al

in Science (2017), 356(6340), 826--832

Jupiter is the largest and most massive planet in our solar system. NASA\textquoterights Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter on 4 July 2016 and made its first close pass on 27 August 2016. Bolton et al ... [more ▼]

Jupiter is the largest and most massive planet in our solar system. NASA\textquoterights Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter on 4 July 2016 and made its first close pass on 27 August 2016. Bolton et al. present results from Juno\textquoterights flight just above the cloud tops, including images of weather in the polar regions and measurements of the magnetic and gravitational fields. Juno also used microwaves to peer below the visible surface, spotting gas welling up from the deep interior. Connerney et al. measured Jupiter\textquoterights aurorae and plasma environment, both as Juno approached the planet and during its first close orbit.Science, this issue p. 821, p. 826The Juno spacecraft acquired direct observations of the jovian magnetosphere and auroral emissions from a vantage point above the poles. Juno\textquoterights capture orbit spanned the jovian magnetosphere from bow shock to the planet, providing magnetic field, charged particle, and wave phenomena context for Juno\textquoterights passage over the poles and traverse of Jupiter\textquoterights hazardous inner radiation belts. Juno\textquoterights energetic particle and plasma detectors measured electrons precipitating in the polar regions, exciting intense aurorae, observed simultaneously by the ultraviolet and infrared imaging spectrographs. Juno transited beneath the most intense parts of the radiation belts, passed about 4000 kilometers above the cloud tops at closest approach, well inside the jovian rings, and recorded the electrical signatures of high-velocity impacts with small particles as it traversed the equator. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's Magnetotail
Krupp, Norbert; Kronberg, Elena; Radioti, Aikaterini ULiege

in AGU Monograph (2014)

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See detailJupiter’s main auroral emission; local time and temporal variability
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Radioti, Aikaterini ULiege; Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege et al

Conference (2008, September 23)

Jupiter's main auroral oval is associated with the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling current system which is related to the breakdown of corotation in the middle magnetosphere. Its auroral footpath is ... [more ▼]

Jupiter's main auroral oval is associated with the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling current system which is related to the breakdown of corotation in the middle magnetosphere. Its auroral footpath is usually represented as a smooth line closing around the pole. However, this simplistic view is misleading in many regards. We have constructed a new reference contour in the northern hemisphere (Figure 1), based on more than 1000 HST/UV images, which does not look like an oval and does not close around the pole. We use this reference contour to quantify the effects of temporal and local time variability of the magnetospheric plasma characteristics on the location of the main auroral emission. Beyond the orbit of Ganymede (15RJ), two key ingredients are expected to have a measurable influence on the instantaneous shape of the main emission contour: the azimuthal current flowing in the current sheet [1,2] and the corotation breakdown distance. The former affects the radial extent of the magnetic field lines, and the latter determines the radial location of the field aligned currents transmitting momentum from the planet to the lagging plasma. So far, models used to magnetically map the auroral main emission between the ionosphere and the equatorial plane assumed that these two parameters are constant and axisymmetric. However, in situ observations, mainly by Galileo, have revealed large local time asymmetries and temporal variations in the plasma flows and distribution. These variations have an impact on the azimuthal current and the distance at which the plasma angular velocity becomes significantly smaller than planetary rotation. We use a new magnetic field model [3], inherited from VIP4 and including a magnetic anomaly in the northern hemisphere, to simulate the effects of these asymmetries on the location of the main auroral emission, and interpret the large scattering of the corresponding HST data point. [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 main auroral oval: what main oval?
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Radioti, Aikaterini ULiege et al

Poster (2007, April 15)

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See detailJupiter’s polar auroral dynamics
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege

in AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts (2014, November 01)

The morphology of Jupiter’s ultraviolet aurora is commonly described in terms of components located inside (poleward of) or outside (equatorward of) the main oval emission. These components may also be ... [more ▼]

The morphology of Jupiter’s ultraviolet aurora is commonly described in terms of components located inside (poleward of) or outside (equatorward of) the main oval emission. These components may also be discriminated by their temporal behaviour, where the narrowest parts of the main “oval” remain relatively stable over time periods of several hours, and the satellite footprints show large variability with timescales of minutes. Inside the main emission the so-called polar aurora, presumably corresponding to the polar cap mixing open and closed magnetic field lines, is characterized by rapid motions taking the form of swirls, giving rise to the “swirl region” and by intermittent brightenings in the “active region”. Coarse analysis of these motions suggests that they are too fast to respond to an equatorial magnetospheric forcing. Instead, they appear to be related to processes taking place in or above the ionosphere where distances travelled by plasma waves match those of the subtended auroral emission. Here, we present a preliminary improved analysis of the auroral motion in the polar region based on the application of an iterative “Advection Corrected Correlation Image Velocimetry” (ACCIV) method (Asay-Davis et al., 2009). This method allows one to build velocity fields quantifying local and overall auroral motions which may then be used to constrain their origin. [less ▲]

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