Isual Publications 2014

Isual Publications 2014

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    2014-04-08 14:38:00
  • 200506
  • 8
  • Chen, A. B. C.*,P. S. Chiang,T. H. Huang,C. L. Kuo,S. C. Wang,H. T. Su,R. R. Hsu,M. H. Chang,Y. S. Chang,T. Y. Liu,S. B. Mende,H. U. Frey,H. Fukunishi,Y. Takahashi and L. C. Lee( 200506 ), Analyzing Isual Spectrophotometer Data Using a Two-Color Diagram Method, J. Korean Astron. Soc., Volume 38, Issue 2, 303-306, (SCI, IF=0.909, RANK=42/56,MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES, Cited=NA)
  • Transient luminous events (TLEs; sprites, elves, jets and etc.) are lightning-related optical flashes occurring above thunderstorms. Since the first discovery of sprites in 1989, scientists have learned a great deal about the morphological, spectroscopic and electromagnetic characteristics of TLEs through ground and spacecraft campaigns. However, most of the TLE studies were based on events recorded over US High Plains. To elucidate the possible biasing effects, space-borne observations are needed and have their merits. Imager of sprites and Upper Atmospheric Lightning (ISUAL) on the FORMOSAT-2 satellite is the first instrument to carry out a true global measurement of TLEs from a low- earth orbit. In this short paper, we apply a common astronomical data analysis technique, two-color diagram, on the ISUAL spectrophotometer (SP) data. By choosing appropriated bandpasses and converting the measured flux of TLEs into the unit of magnitude, two-color diagrams of TLEs can be constructed. We demonstrate that two-color diagrams, which were constructed from the narrow- band spectrophotometer data, can be used to classify different types of TLEs and trace their temporal evolution. The amount of reddening due to Earth's atmosphere can also be estimated from two-color diagrams assembled from the broad-band spectrophotometer data.

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