On the Empirical Relationship between Field-Aligned Currents and Auroras

  1. S.-I. Akasofu and
  2. J.R. Kan
  1. Y. Kamide

Published Online: 26 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM025p0192

Physics of Auroral Arc Formation

Physics of Auroral Arc Formation

How to Cite

Kamide, Y. (1981) On the Empirical Relationship between Field-Aligned Currents and Auroras, in Physics of Auroral Arc Formation (eds S.-I. Akasofu and J.R. Kan), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM025p0192

Author Information

  1. Kyoto Sangyo University, Kamigamo, Kita-Ku, Kyoto 603, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1981

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900506

Online ISBN: 9781118664360

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Keywords:

  • Auroras—Addresses, essays, lectures

Summary

The development of several new observational techniques during the last decade has contributed significantly to our understanding of the characteristics of ionospheric and field-aligned currents at high latitudes as well as of the auroral distribution. This paper attempts to point out several pitfalls in earlier studies of the empirical relationship between field-aligned currents and auroras, with special emphasis on the variability of auroral forms.