Articles | Volume 41, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-41-511-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-41-511-2023
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20 Nov 2023
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Three-dimensional ionospheric conductivity associated with pulsating auroral patches: reconstruction from ground-based optical observations

Mizuki Fukizawa, Yoshimasa Tanaka, Yasunobu Ogawa, Keisuke Hosokawa, Tero Raita, and Kirsti Kauristie

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We use computed tomography to reconstruct the three-dimensional distributions of the Hall and Pedersen conductivities of pulsating auroras, a key research target for understanding the magnetosphere–ionosphere coupling process. It is suggested that the high-energy electron precipitation associated with pulsating auroras may have a greater impact on the closure of field-aligned currents in the ionosphere than has been previously reported.