Auroral meridian scanning photometer calibration using Jupiter
- 1Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- 2Natural Resources Canada, Geological Survey, Geomagnetism Laboratory, Natural Resources Canada Geomagnetism Laboratory, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- 3Department of Physics and Astronomy, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada
Abstract. Observations of astronomical sources provide information that can significantly enhance the utility of auroral data for scientific studies. This report presents results obtained by using Jupiter for field cross calibration of four multispectral auroral meridian scanning photometers during the 2011–2015 Northern Hemisphere winters. Seasonal average optical field-of-view and local orientation estimates are obtained with uncertainties of 0.01 and 0.1°, respectively. Estimates of absolute sensitivity are repeatable to roughly 5 % from one month to the next, while the relative response between different wavelength channels is stable to better than 1 %. Astronomical field calibrations and darkroom calibration differences are on the order of 10 %. Atmospheric variability is the primary source of uncertainty; this may be reduced with complementary data from co-located instruments.