HAO Research Highlights

Graphic image of height-integrated Joule heating
February 12, 2020

The Earth’s atmosphere is coupled at high latitude to the magnetosphere. This is a crucial region since energy is put into the upper atmosphere of Earth and is redistributed globally.

Graphic image of GOLD O/N2 ratios
February 12, 2020

GOLD measurements provide the first observational proof of model predictions that the break up of the stratospheric polar vortex changes the composition of the thermosphere.

Graphic of intensity and polarization data
February 12, 2020

We examine spectropolarimetric data from the CoMP instrument, acquired during the evolution of the September 10th 2017 X8.2 solar flare on the western solar limb. CoMP captured linearly polarized light from two emission lines of Fe XIII at 1074.7 and 1079.8 nm, from 1.03 to 1.5 solar radii.

Graphic image of HIWIND thermospheric winds
February 5, 2020

HIWIND (High altitude Interferometer WIND experiment) is a balloon borne Fabry Perot interferometer (FPI) for daytime thermospheric wind observations.

Graphic image of SW2 amplitude in neutral temperature
February 5, 2020

We use the CESM2-WACCM, to study the importance of ozone in the vertical coupling between lower and upper atmosphere during SSWs.

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