nerc.ac.uk

A superposed epoch analysis of auroral evolution during substorm growth, onset and recovery: open magnetic flux control of substorm intensity

Milan, S.E.; Grocott, A.; Forsyth, C.; Imber, S.M.; Boakes, Peter D.; Hubert, B.. 2009 A superposed epoch analysis of auroral evolution during substorm growth, onset and recovery: open magnetic flux control of substorm intensity. Annales Geophysicae, 27 (2). 659-668. 10.5194/angeo-27-659-2009

Before downloading, please read NORA policies.
[img] Text
angeo-27-659-2009.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to NERC registered users only

Download (644kB) | Request a copy

Abstract/Summary

We perform two superposed epoch analyses of the auroral evolution during substorms using the FUV instrument on the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Explorer ( IMAGE) spacecraft. The larger of the two studies includes nearly 2000 substorms. We subdivide the substorms by onset latitude, a measure of the open magnetic flux in the magnetosphere, and determine average auroral images before and after substorm onset, for both electron and proton aurora. Our results indicate that substorms are more intense in terms of auroral brightness when the open flux content of the magnetosphere is larger, and that magnetic flux closure is more significant. The increase in auroral brightness at onset is larger for electrons than protons. We also show that there is a dawn-dusk offset in the location of the electron and proton aurora that mirrors the relative locations of the region 1 and region 2 current systems. Superposed epoch analyses of the solar wind, interplanetary magnetic field, and geomagnetic indices for the substorms under study indicate that dayside reconnection is expected to occur at a faster rate prior to low latitude onsets, but also that the ring current is enhanced for these events.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.5194/angeo-27-659-2009
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Global Science in the Antarctic Context (2005-2009) > Natural Complexity Programme
ISSN: 0992-7689
Additional Keywords: Magnetospheric physics, auroral phenomena
NORA Subject Terms: Physics
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 08 Nov 2010 12:27
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/11155

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...