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Numerical calculations and observations of the energy degradation of auroral protons and associated Balmer emission profiles in the upper atmosphere
Author(s): D. A. Lorentzen; Fred Sigernes; Kjell Henriksen
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Paper Abstract

The volume emission rates of auroral proton/hydrogen particles in the upper atmosphere is derived using laboratory coefficients for energy degradation and emission cross sections. Doppler broadened Balmer emissions are measured with the field of view of the spectrometer in the geomagnetic meridian plane, and indications of energy and pitch-angle distributions are obtained by fitting the expressions of the calculated Doppler profiles to the measured profiles. Using a limited amount of data and comparing with the model calculations indicate that the energy spectra of the auroral protons are relatively soft at 74 degree(s) geomagnetic north, and have a broad and variable pitch-angle distribution.

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Date Published: 23 November 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2050, Airglow and Aurora, (23 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.164809
Show Author Affiliations
D. A. Lorentzen, Univ. of Tromso (Norway)
Fred Sigernes, Univ. of Tromso (Norway)
Kjell Henriksen, Univ. of Tromso (Norway)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2050:
Airglow and Aurora
Sergej Leontyev, Editor(s)

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