First Studies with the Compact Echelle Spectrograph for Aeronomical Research (CESAR)

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Tom G Slanger1, Jonas Hedin2 and Daniel Matsiev1, (1)SRI International Menlo Park, Menlo Park, CA, United States, (2)Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
The CESAR echelle spectrograph has been in operation at Poker Flat Research Range since November 2013. High-resolution spectra (R ~ 5000) of both the nightglow and the aurorae have been obtained, and the data overlap the time period in which measurements from the PINOT campaign were made. It has been of particular interest to search for regions in which the O2(b-X) Atmospheric band system could be studied with minimal interference from auroral N2/N2+ features. The b-X 2-1 band at 697 nm is such a feature. At longer wavelengths we have ascertained that CESAR is capable of making measurements on the N(2P-2D) lines near 1040 nm, an extremely strong multiplet where the wavelength region has prevented systematic measurements. Controversially, earlier studies had indicated that these lines suffered interference from the N2 First Positive 0-0 band, which we do not find in our limited sample.