Polar Cap Optical Aurora Seen from ISIS-2

  • C. D. Anger
  • W. Sawchuk
  • G. G. Shepherd
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 44)


Although the optical aurora represents one of the least direct ways of observing magnetospheric particles and fields it is nevertheless one of the most powerful. The polar atmosphere acts as a giant scintillator, reproducing by virtue of its connection to magnetospheric field lines the complex fields, patterns, and motions of the magnetospheric plasma. Remote sensing of these optical emissions from a high altitude satellite can provide a detailed snapshot of the magnetosphere as it projects into the polar atmosphere.


Auroral Oval Magnetospheric Convection Morning Sector Midnight Sector Polar Atmosphere 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. D. Anger
    • 1
  • W. Sawchuk
    • 1
  • G. G. Shepherd
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsThe University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Centre for Research in Experimental Space ScienceYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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