A Maximum-Entropy Technique for Deconvolution of Atmospheric Bremsstrahlung Spectra.
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA SPACE SCIENCES LAB
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Spectral parameters of auroral electrons incident on the atmosphere can be inferred from satellite observations of bremsstrahlung X ray spectra. Although the production and transport of 1 keV bremsstrahlung X rays in the atmosphere are reasonably well understood, in practice the use of bremsstrahlung measurements to infer incident electron spectra is hampered by instrumental limitations and low signal to noise ratio. Thus, a spectral deconvolution scheme which makes the most effective use of available data is required. The maximum entropy formalism is a statistical technique which provides a statistically optimal estimator of a continuous quantity in this case, the electron spectrum when a discrete set of integral functions of that quantity are known namely, the observed X ray spectrum. A numerical maximum entropy deconvolution scheme has been developed and applied to bremsstrahlung X ray measurements from the Aerospace X ray spectrometer on DMSP-F6. Good results have been obtained for inferred electron spectra acquired from a variety of auroral forms. These results are presented, and the stability and uniqueness of the solutions are discussed.
- Atmospheric Physics