Magnetic local time dependence of geomagnetic disturbances contributing to the AU and AL indices

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011



  • Author: Tomita, S

    Kyoto University

  • Author: Nose´, M

    Kyoto University

  • Author: Iyemori, T

    Kyoto University

  • Author: Toh, H

    Kyoto University

  • Author: Takeda, M

    Kyoto University

  • Author: Matzka, Jürgen

    Solar System Physics, National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Elektrovej, 2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Bjornsson, G

    University of Iceland

  • Author: Saemundsson, T

    University of Iceland

  • Author: Janzhura, A

    Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute

  • Author: Troshichev, O

    Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute

  • Author: Schwarz, G

    Geological Survey of Sweden

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The Auroral Electrojet (AE) indices, which are composed of four indices (AU, AL, AE, and AO), are calculated from the geomagnetic field data obtained at 12 geomagnetic observatories that are located in geomagnetic latitude (GMLAT) of 61.7°-70°. The indices have been widely used to study magnetic activity in the auroral zone. In the present study, we examine magnetic local time (MLT) dependence of geomagnetic field variations contributing to the AU and AL indices. We use 1-min geomagnetic field data obtained in 2003. It is found that both AU and AL indices have two ranges of MLT (AU: 15:00-22:00MLT, ~06:00 MLT; and AL: ~02:00 MLT, 09:00-12:00 MLT) contributing to the index during quiet periods and one MLT range (AU: 15:00-20:00MLT, and AL: 00:00-06:00 MLT) during disturbed periods. These results are interpreted in terms of various ionospheric current systems, such as, Sqp, Sq, and DP2.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnales Geophysicae
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)673-678
StatePublished - 2010
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 8


  • Storms and substorms, Magnetospheric physics, Auroral phenomena
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