Title

Remote sensing of neutral temperatures in the Earth's thermosphere using the Lyman-Birge-Hopfield bands of N-2: Comparisons with satellite drag data

Authors

Authors

A. Krywonos; D. J. Murray; R. W. Eastes; A. Aksnes; S. A. Budzien;R. E. Daniell

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Abbreviated Journal Title

J. Geophys. Res-Space Phys.

Keywords

ATMOSPHERE; DAYGLOW; Astronomy & Astrophysics

Abstract

This paper presents remotely sensed neutral temperatures obtained from ultraviolet observations and compares them with temperatures from the NRLMSISE-00 version of the Mass Spectrometer and Incoherent Scatter (MSIS) model (unconstrained and constrained to match the total densities from satellite drag). Latitudinal profiles of the temperatures in the Earth's thermosphere are obtained by inversion of high-resolution (similar to 1.3 angstrom) observations of the (1,1) and (5,4) Lyman-Birge-Hopfield (LBH) bands of N-2. The spectra are from the High resolution Ionospheric and Thermospheric Spectrograph (HITS) instrument aboard the Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite (ARGOS). The results indicate that on each day examined there was consistency between the remotely sensed thermospheric temperatures, the densities from coincident satellite drag measurements at adjacent altitudes, and the NRLMSISE-00 model.

Journal Title

Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics

Volume

117

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

9

WOS Identifier

WOS:000309135700001

ISSN

0148-0227

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