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Volume 28, issue 3
Ann. Geophys., 28, 705-710, 2010
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-28-705-2010
© Author(s) 2010. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Ann. Geophys., 28, 705-710, 2010
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-28-705-2010
© Author(s) 2010. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

ANGEO Communicates 05 Mar 2010

ANGEO Communicates | 05 Mar 2010

The increase in OH rotational temperature during an active aurora event

H. Suzuki1, M. Tsutsumi2, T. Nakamura2, and M. Taguchi3 H. Suzuki et al.
  • 1Graduate University for Advanced Studies, 10-3 Midoricho, Tachikawa city, Tokyo, 190-8518, Japan
  • 2National Institute of Polar Research, 10-3 Midoricho, Tachikawa city, Tokyo, 190-8518, Japan
  • 3Rikkyo University, 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8501, Japan

Abstract. OH rotational temperatures have been observed at the Syowa Station, Antarctica (69° S, 39° E), which is located in the middle of the auroral zone and has a high-sensitivity spectrometer for the spectral region of the OH 8-4 band. A dataset of 153 nights was acquired during the 2008 austral winter season. Of the 153 nights, the weather and aurora conditions were only suitable on 6 nights to study the relationship between auroral activity and OH airglow variation. Of these 6 nights, a significant increase in the rotational temperature and a decrease in the intensity related to an aurora activity were identified on the night of 27/28 March 2008, but no such variations were seen during the other nights. The horizontal magnetic field disturbance on the night of 27/28 March was the largest of that winter, while the cosmic radio noise absorption was also very strong. These facts indicate that, compared with the other nights, a large flux of high-energy auroral particles precipitated during the night. It is suggested that the observed variations in the OH rotational temperature and airglow intensity were caused by a lowering of the average airglow height as a result of OH depletion in the upper part of the layer where high-energy auroral particles can reach.

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