Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

Presentation information

International Session (Oral)

Symbol P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-EM Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Electromagnetism & Space Environment

[P-EM07] Dynamics in magnetosphere and ionosphere

Tue. May 24, 2016 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 103 (1F)

Convener:*Yoshizumi Miyoshi(Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University), Yoshimasa Tanaka(National Institute of Polar Research), Aoi Nakamizo(Applied Electromagnetic Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology), Mitsunori Ozaki(Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of Science and Engineering, Kanazawa University), Shin'ya Nakano(The Institute of Statistical Mathematics), Tomoaki Hori(Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University), Chair:Yukinaga Miyashita(Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University)

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

[PEM07-12] Preliminary results of auroral tomography analysis of discrete arcs observed on March 14, 2015

*Yoshimasa Tanaka1, Yasunobu Ogawa1, Akira Kadokura1, Bjorn Gustavsson2, Noora Partamies3, Kirsti Kauristie4, Daniel Whiter5, Carl-fredrik Enell6, Urban Braendstroem7, Tima Sergienko7, Alexander Kozlovsky8, Hiroshi Miyaoka1, Mike Kosch9 (1.National Institute of Polar Research, 2.UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway, 3.The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway, 4.Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland, 5.University of Southampton, UK, 6.EISCAT Scientific Association, 7.Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Sweden, 8.Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory, Finland, 9.South African National Space Agency, South Africa)

Keywords:aurora, tomography analysis, 3D distribution, ionosphere, EISCAT radar

We conducted a campaign of auroral tomography observation using multi-point imager network and the EISCAT UHF radar in Northern Europe in March, 2015. During this campaign, an auroral breakup was observed at 23:15 UT on March 14 by three all-sky EMCCD imagers and three wide-view CCD imagers. Wavy structure of discrete arcs was often observed around the magnetic zenith at Tromso from 22 to 23 UT and pulsating aurora was observed after the breakup. The monochromatic (427.8 nm) images were taken at a sampling interval of 2 seconds by the three EMCCD imagers and at an interval of 10 seconds by all the six imagers. The EISCAT UHF radar at Tromso measured the ionospheric parameters along the field line at the magnetic zenith from 20 to 24 UT.
We apply the auroral tomography method to these data set to reconstruct reliable three-dimensional distribution of the 427.8 nm emission, that will allow us to investigate quantitatively the following subjects; (1) relation between the 427.8 nm emission and electron density enhancement along the field line, (2) spatial distribution of energy of precipitating electrons in the wavy structure, in particular, relation between the energy of precipitating electrons and thickness of discrete arc, (3) relation between motion of the wavy structure and spatial distribution of the ionospheric conductivity, and (4) spatial and temporal variations of energy distribution of precipitating electrons at the auroral breakup. We present preliminary results from the auroral tomography analysis of the discrete arcs.