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Volume 26, issue 5
Ann. Geophys., 26, 1041–1048, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-26-1041-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
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Special issue: Atmospheric studies by optical methods

Ann. Geophys., 26, 1041–1048, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-26-1041-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  28 May 2008

28 May 2008

Morphology and dynamics of aurora at fine scale: first results from the ASK instrument

H. Dahlgren1, N. Ivchenko1, J. Sullivan2, B. S. Lanchester2, G. Marklund1, and D. Whiter2 H. Dahlgren et al.
  • 1Space and Plasma Physics, School of electrical engineering, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, UK

Abstract. The ASK instrument (Auroral Structure and Kinetics) is a narrow field auroral imager, providing simultaneous images of aurora in three different spectral bands at multiple frames per second resolution. The three emission species studied are O2+ (5620 Å), O+ (7319 Å) and O (7774 Å). ASK was installed and operated for the first time in an observational campaign on Svalbard, from December 2005 to March 2006. The measurements were supported by data from the Spectrographic Imaging Facility (SIF). The relation between the morphology and dynamics of the visible aurora and its spectral characteristics is studied for selected events from this period. In these events it is found that dynamic aurora is coupled to high energy electron precipitation. By studying the O2+/O intensity ratio we find that some auroral filaments are caused by higher energy precipitation within regions of lower energy precipitation, whereas other filaments are the result of a higher particle flux compared to the surroundings.

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