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Observations of Hbeta 4861 A proton auroral emissions at mid-latitude
Author(s): Richard L. Gattinger; A. Vallance Jones; K. D. Tyler
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Paper Abstract

An observational program was designed to enhance the knowledge of the behavior of the proton auroral oval at mid-latitudes as a function of local time and global auroral activity for the purpose of determining the proton energy input rates into the atmosphere. Ground-based observations of H(beta ) 4861 angstrom and N2+ 4709 angstrom auroral emissions were made from Ottawa, Canada (45.2 degree(s) North, 283.7 degree(s) East) during most new moon periods from October 1977 to May 1981. Data were collected with a filter wheel photometer operated in the meridian scanning mode at a rate of about two scans per minute. Corrections for instrumental sensitivity and for atmospheric extinction and viewing angle were applied to the raw data. A subset of the final results was used in the current analysis to investigate the relationship between the brightness of the most intense mid-latitude proton aurora and auroral magnetic activity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 November 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2050, Airglow and Aurora, (23 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.164820
Show Author Affiliations
Richard L. Gattinger, National Research Council of Canada (Canada)
A. Vallance Jones, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
K. D. Tyler, National Research Council of Canada (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2050:
Airglow and Aurora

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