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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 1981
  • pp: 2203–2209

Parallax and atmospheric scattering effects on the inversion of satellite auroral observations

V. J. Abreu and P. B. Hays  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 13, pp. 2203-2209 (1981)

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A technique for the inversion of satellite auroral brightness observations is developed, which takes into account the backscattering of light from the snow-covered ground and atmospheric scattering. The theory includes parallax effects. Parallax arises when a point in the aurora is observed from different angles against a background with a variable brightness. It is shown that observations from a spinning satellite at any given angle from nadir are sufficient to recover the auroral form.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: November 24, 1980
Published: July 1, 1981

V. J. Abreu and P. B. Hays, "Parallax and atmospheric scattering effects on the inversion of satellite auroral observations," Appl. Opt. 20, 2203-2209 (1981)

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