An optical study of multiple NEIAL events driven by low energy electron precipitation

Sullivan, J.M., Lockwood, M., Lanchester, B.S., Kontar, E.P. , Ivchenko, N., Dahlgren, H. and Whiter, D.K. (2008) An optical study of multiple NEIAL events driven by low energy electron precipitation. Annales Geophysicae, 26(8), pp. 2435-2447. (doi:10.5194/angeo-26-2435-2008)

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Abstract

Optical data are compared with EISCAT radar observations of multiple Naturally Enhanced Ion-Acoustic Line (NEIAL) events in the dayside cusp. This study uses narrow field of view cameras to observe small-scale, short-lived auroral features. Using multiple-wavelength optical observations, a direct link between NEIAL occurrences and low energy (about 100 eV) optical emissions is shown. This is consistent with the Langmuir wave decay interpretation of NEIALs being driven by streams of low-energy electrons. Modelling work connected with this study shows that, for the measured ionospheric conditions and precipitation characteristics, growth of unstable Langmuir (electron plasma) waves can occur, which decay into ion-acoustic wave modes. The link with low energy optical emissions shown here, will enable future studies of the shape, extent, lifetime, grouping and motions of NEIALs.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kontar, Dr Eduard
Authors: Sullivan, J.M., Lockwood, M., Lanchester, B.S., Kontar, E.P., Ivchenko, N., Dahlgren, H., and Whiter, D.K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Annales Geophysicae
Publisher:European Geosciences Union
ISSN:0992-7689
Published Online:11 August 2008

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