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Proposal Information for 2014A-0195


PI: Katherine de Kleer, UC Berkeley (Astronomy), kdekleer@berkeley.edu
Address: Department of Astronomy, 601 Campbell Hall #3411, Berkeley, CA, 94720-3411, USA

CoI: Imke de Pater, UC Berkeley (Astronomy)
CoI: Ashley Davies, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Title: Linking Io's Volcanic Activity to Plasma Torus Variability

Abstract: Jupiter's dynamic and volcanically active moon Io resides in a complex and time-variable system of neutral and ionized particles orbiting Jupiter, which are sourced by volcanic by-products from Io. This winter and spring, the ISAS/JAXA SPRINT-A/EXCEED mission will continuously monitor the Jovian system in the EUV, providing a truly unique opportunity to study the connection between volcanic activity on Io and variability in the Jupiter plasma torus. We propose to observe Io with ALTAIR/NIRI at 2.3 and 3.8 micron for 25 minutes as frequently as possible throughout the semester, and analyze our results in conjunction with the results from the EXCEED mission, in order to assess correlations between the temporal variability of Io's volcanic activity and the plasma torus.


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