EGU21-11940, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Observation of ELVES from the International Space Station with the Mini-EUSO telescope

Marco Casolino1, Mario Bertaina2, Enrico Arnone2, Laura Marcelli1, Lech Piotrowski3, and Matteo Battisti2
Marco Casolino et al.
  • 1INFN & Riken
  • 2University of Torino
  • 3University of Warsaw

Mini-EUSO is a telescope that observes the Earth from the International Space Station by recording ultraviolet emissions (290 ÷ 430 nm) of cosmic, atmospheric and terrestrial origin with a field of view of 44◦, a spatial resolution of 6.3 km and a temporal resolution of 2.5 mus.

The instrument is based on an optical system composed of two Fresnel lenses and a focal surface composed of 36 multi-anode photomultiplier tubes, 64 channels each, for a total of 2304 channels with single photon counting sensitivity.

Mini-EUSO is a UV telescope launched in 2019   and observing the Earth from the inside the Russian Zvezda module, through a nadir-facing UV-transparent.

It is composed of a Fresnel optics (25 cm diameter, 44 deg field of view) and a Multi Anode Photomultiplier focal surface (2304 pixels, 6km on the surface) with a single-photon counting capability and a sampling rate of 400kHz.

Its scientific objectives include the search for ultra-high energy cosmic rays (E>1e21eV), the study of  meteors and search for interstellar objects and Strange Quark Matter, the  mapping   of the Earth's night-time ultraviolet emissions, the search for space debris.

The characteristcs of the detector make it also well suited for the detection of TLEs, especially ELVES and the study of its development to extract spatial and temporal evolution.  In this article we will focus our attention on the observation of single and multi-ringed elves.

How to cite: Casolino, M., Bertaina, M., Arnone, E., Marcelli, L., Piotrowski, L., and Battisti, M.: Observation of ELVES from the International Space Station with the Mini-EUSO telescope, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-11940,, 2021.

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