Observation of pulsating aurora signatures in cosmic noise absorption data

Grandin, M., Kero, A., Partamies, N., McKay, D., Whiter, Daniel, Kozlovsky, A. and Miyoshi, Y. (2017) Observation of pulsating aurora signatures in cosmic noise absorption data Geophysical Research Letters (doi:10.1002/2017GL073901).


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This study investigates the contribution of energetic (E > 30 keV) particle precipitation during a pulsating aurora event over Kilpisjärvi (L = 6.2) on 26 February 2014. It is based on the comparison of auroral blue-line emission (427.8 nm) data from an all-sky camera and cosmic noise absorption (CNA) data obtained from a multibeam experiment of the Kilpisjärvi Atmospheric Imaging Receiver Array (KAIRA) riometer. The data sets are compared for three KAIRA beams close to magnetic zenith. Results show a clear correlation between the measured CNA and the auroral blue-line emission during the event, for each beam. In addition, individual pulsations are observed for the first time in the cosmic noise absorption data measured by KAIRA and are found to be close-to-identical to the optical pulsations. This suggests that the modulation of electron precipitation during pulsating aurora takes place in a consistent way over a broad range of energies.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1002/2017GL073901
ISSNs: 1944-8007 (print)
Organisations: Physics & Astronomy
ePrint ID: 411002
Date :
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27 May 2017Accepted/In Press
12 June 2017e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 16:31
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 16:31
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/411002

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