Space Science Reviews

, Volume 187, Issue 1, pp 99–179

Auroral Processes at the Giant Planets: Energy Deposition, Emission Mechanisms, Morphology and Spectra

  • Sarah V. Badman
  • Graziella Branduardi-Raymont
  • Marina Galand
  • Sébastien L. G. Hess
  • Norbert Krupp
  • Laurent Lamy
  • Henrik Melin
  • Chihiro Tao
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11214-014-0042-x

Cite this article as:
Badman, S.V., Branduardi-Raymont, G., Galand, M. et al. Space Sci Rev (2015) 187: 99. doi:10.1007/s11214-014-0042-x

Abstract

The ionospheric response to auroral precipitation at the giant planets is reviewed, using models and observations. The emission processes for aurorae at radio, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, and X-ray wavelengths are described, and exemplified using ground- and space-based observations. Comparisons between the emissions at different wavelengths are made, where possible, and interpreted in terms of precipitating particle characteristics or atmospheric conditions. Finally, the spatial distributions and dynamics of the various components of the aurorae (moon footprints, low-latitude, main oval, polar) are related to magnetospheric processes and boundaries, using theory, in situ, and remote observations, with the aim of distinguishing between those related to internally-driven dynamics, and those related to the solar wind interaction.

Keywords

Giant planetAuroraMagnetodisk

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah V. Badman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Graziella Branduardi-Raymont
    • 3
  • Marina Galand
    • 4
  • Sébastien L. G. Hess
    • 5
  • Norbert Krupp
    • 6
  • Laurent Lamy
    • 7
  • Henrik Melin
    • 1
  • Chihiro Tao
    • 8
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsLancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  3. 3.Mullard Space Science LaboratoryUniversity College LondonDorkingUK
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsImperial CollegeLondonUK
  5. 5.LATMOSUniversité Versailles-St QuentinGuyancourtFrance
  6. 6.Max-Planck-Institut für SonnensystemforschungGöttingenGermany
  7. 7.LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRSUniversité Pierre et Marie Curie, Université Paris DiderotMeudonFrance
  8. 8.LPPCNRS-Ecole Polytechnique-UPMCPalaiseauFrance
  9. 9.IRAP, CNRSUniversité de ToulouseToulouseFrance