Articles | Volume 35, issue 3
Regular paper
28 Mar 2017
Regular paper |  | 28 Mar 2017

Variations in energy, flux, and brightness of pulsating aurora measured at high time resolution

Hanna Dahlgren, Betty S. Lanchester, Nickolay Ivchenko, and Daniel K. Whiter

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