The natural thermostat of nitric oxide emission at 5.3 μm in the thermosphere observed during the solar storms of April 2002

Marty Mlynczak, F. Javier Martin-Torres, James Rusell, Ken Beaumont, Steven Jacobson, Janet Kozyra, Manuel Lopez-Puertas, Bernd Funke, Christopher Mertens, Larry Gordley, Richard Picard, Jeremy Winick, Peter Wintersteiner, Larry Paxton

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

78 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry (SABER) experiment on the Thermosphere-Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) satellite observed the infrared radiative response of the thermosphere to the solar storm events of April 2002. Large radiance enhancements were observed at 5.3 μm, which are due to emission from the vibration-rotation bands of nitric oxide (NO). The emission by NO is indicative of the conversion of solar energy to infrared radiation within the atmosphere and represents a "natural thermostat" by which heat and energy are efficiently lost from the thermosphere to space and to the lower atmosphere. We describe the SABER observations at 5.3 μm and their interpretation in terms of energy loss. The infrared enhancements remain only for a few days, indicating that such perturbations to the thermospheric state, while dramatic, are short-lived.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)SSC 2-1 - SSC 2-5
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume30
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The natural thermostat of nitric oxide emission at 5.3 μm in the thermosphere observed during the solar storms of April 2002'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Mlynczak, M., Martin-Torres, F. J., Rusell, J., Beaumont, K., Jacobson, S., Kozyra, J., Lopez-Puertas, M., Funke, B., Mertens, C., Gordley, L., Picard, R., Winick, J., Wintersteiner, P., & Paxton, L. (2003). The natural thermostat of nitric oxide emission at 5.3 μm in the thermosphere observed during the solar storms of April 2002. Geophysical Research Letters, 30(21), SSC 2-1 - SSC 2-5. https://doi.org/10.1029/2003GL017693