Auroral Phenomenology and Magnetospheric Processes: Earth And Other Planets

Auroral Phenomenology and Magnetospheric Processes: Earth And Other Planets

Editor(s): Andreas Keiling, Eric Donovan, Fran Bagenal, Tomas Karlsson

Published Online: 28 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875904870

Online ISBN: 9781118670286

DOI: 10.1029/GM197

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 197.

Many of the most basic aspects of the aurora remain unexplained. While in the past terrestrial and planetary auroras have been largely treated in separate books, Auroral Phenomenology and Magnetospheric Processes: Earth and Other Planets takes a holistic approach, treating the aurora as a fundamental process and discussing the phenomenology, physics, and relationship with the respective planetary magnetospheres in one volume. While there are some behaviors common in auroras of the different planets, there are also striking differences that test our basic understanding of auroral processes. The objective, upon which this monograph is focused, is to connect our knowledge of auroral morphology to the physical processes in the magnetosphere that power and structure discrete and diffuse auroras. Understanding this connection will result in a more complete explanation of the aurora and also further the goal of being able to interpret the global auroral distributions as a dynamic map of the magnetosphere. The volume synthesizes five major areas: auroral phenomenology, aurora and ionospheric electrodynamics, discrete auroral acceleration, aurora and magnetospheric dynamics, and comparative planetary aurora. Covering the recent advances in observations, simulation, and theory, this book will serve a broad community of scientists, including graduate students, studying auroras at Mars, Earth, Saturn, and Jupiter. Projected beyond our solar system, it may also be of interest for astronomers who are looking for aurora-active exoplanets.

Table of contents

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    2. Ground-Based Aurora Conjugacy and Dynamic Tracing of Geomagnetic Conjugate Points (pages 91–98)

      Natsuo Sato, Akira Kadokura, Tetsuo Motoba, Keisuke Hosokawa, Gunnlaugur Bjornsson and Thorsteinn Saemundsson

    3. Current Closure in the Auroral Ionosphere: Results From the Auroral Current and Electrodynamics Structure Rocket Mission (pages 183–192)

      S. R. Kaeppler, C. A. Kletzing, S. R. Bounds, J. W. Gjerloev, B. J. Anderson, H. Korth, J. W. LaBelle, M. P. Dombrowski, M. Lessard, R. F. Pfaff, D. E. Rowland, S. Jones and C.J. Heinselman

    4. Fine-Scale Characteristics of Black Aurora and its Generation Process (pages 271–278)

      T. Sakanoi, Y. Obuchi, Y. Ebihara, Y. Miyoshi, K. Asamura, A. Yamazaki, Y. Kasaba, M. Hirahara, T. Nishiyama and S. Okano

    5. Auroral Signatures of the Dynamic Plasma Sheet (pages 317–336)

      A. Keiling, K. Shiokawa, V. Uritsky, V. Sergeev, E. Zesta, L. Kepko and N. Østgaard

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