Remote sensing of the nighttime ionosphere with the TIMED Global Ultraviolet Imager

<p>The Global Ultraviolet Imager (GUVI) aboard the TIMED spacecraft monitors ultraviolet radiation from the terrestrial atmosphere in five spectral regions. Measurements of 1356-angstrom radiation on the Earth\textquoterights limb are part of this dataset. The primary source of this 1356-angstrom radiation on the night side is the recombination of molecular oxygen ions and electrons. In this work, we present a method for inferring vertical electron density profiles and total electron content (TEC) from the GUVI night-side limb data. We also describe the validation of these retrievals through the use of ground based measurements.</p>
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