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Title:
The Jupiter hot plasma torus - Observed electron temperature and energy flows
Authors:
Brown, R. A.
Affiliation:
AA(Arizona, University, Tucson, Ariz.)
Publication:
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1, vol. 244, Mar. 15, 1981, p. 1072-1080. (ApJ Homepage)
Publication Date:
03/1981
Category:
Lunar and Planetary Exploration; Jupiter
Origin:
STI
NASA/STI Keywords:
Astronomical Spectroscopy, High Temperature Plasmas, Jupiter Atmosphere, Space Plasmas, Optical Emission Spectroscopy, Oxygen Spectra, Plasma Spectra, Toroidal Plasmas, Ultraviolet Astronomy
Keywords:
SPECTRUM, WAVELENGTHS, DATA, FLOWS, JUPITER, TORUSES, PLASMAS, ELECTRONS, TEMPERATURES, OPTICAL PROPERTIES, EMISSIONS, ENERGY, IONS, SOURCE MEDIUM, KINETICS, OBSERVATIONS, ULTRAVIOLET, GEOMETRY, RADIATION, IONIZATION, COLLISIONS, COOLING, MAGNITUDE, COROTATION
DOI:
10.1086/158777
Bibliographic Code:
1981ApJ...244.1072B

Abstract

The detection of the optical emission /O I/ 6300 A (8 + or - 4 R) and /S III/ 6312 A (48 + or - 5 R) is reported. It is noted that these emissions are indicators of the ion source morphology and the plasma physical state and that the S III emitters have a kinetic temperature of approximately 10 to the 6th K. When combined with observations of UV lines from the same species, the optical measurements separately imply effective electron temperatures for radiative processes that are mutually consistent (approximately 50,000 K).

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