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The programs offer a unique balance of engineering and physics curriculum, so students can focus on the scientific challenges and planning associated with mission design and space exploration, along with engineering fundamentals.

These programs prepare students to make positive scientific and technological contributions to our increasingly complex society. This highly research-oriented department has one of the oldest and largest Engineering Physics programs in the nation. Students are involved in all the research, which includes grants funded by NASA, the National Security Agency (NSA), and other agencies.

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Submissions from 2009

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Book Review: Clocks in the Sky: The Story of Pulsars, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Electronic Imaging in Astronomy: Detectors and Instrumentation 2nd ed., T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Escaping the Bonds of Earth: The Fifties and the Sixties, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Finding the Big Bang, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Humans in Outer Space-Interdisciplinary Odysseys, Studies in Space Policy, 1, T. D. Oswalt

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The Dust Cloud Around the White Dwarf G 29-38. II. Spectrum from 5 to 40 μm and Mid-Infrared Photometric Variability, William T. Reach, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Analysis and Modeling of Ducted and Evanescent Gravity Waves Observed in the Hawaiian Airglow, D. B. Simkhada, J. B. Snively, M. J. Taylor, and S. J. Franke

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The White Dwarfs Within 20 Parsecs of the Sun: Kinematics and Statistics, Edward M. Sion, J. B. Holberg, Terry D. Oswalt, George P. McCook, and Richard Wasatonic

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Statistical Analysis of Stellar Evolution, David A. van Dyk, Ted von Hippel, Steven DeGenarro, Nathan Stein, and William Jefferys

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Gravity Wave Ducting in the Upper Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere Duct System, R. L. Walterscheid and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

Submissions from 2008

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Tomographic Imaging of Airglow from Airborne Spectroscopic Measurements, D. Scott Anderson; Gary Swenson,; Farzad Kamalabadi; and Alan Liu

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Was a Long-Lived, High Velocity Gas Jet Produced by the Comet Tempel 1 Deep Impact Event: Evidence from High Spectral Resolution [OI] 630 nm Interference Spectra, J. B. Corliss, F. L. Roesler, E. J. Mierkiewicz, R. J. Oliversen, and W. M. Harris

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White Dwarf Luminosity and Mass Functions from Sloan Digital Sky Survey Spectra, Steven DeGennaro, Ted von Hippel, D. E. Winget, S. O. Kepler, Atsuko Nitta, Detlev Koester, and Leandro Althaus

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A New Look at the Local White Dwarf Population, J. B. Holberg, E. M. Sion, Terry D. Oswalt, G. P. McCook, S. Foran, and John P. Subasavage

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The First Mid-Infrared Spectra of Cool White Dwarfs, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Constraining the Surface Inhomogeneity and Settling Times of Metals on Accreting White Dwarfs, Michael H. Montgomery, S.E. Thompson, and Ted von Hippel

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Geocoronal Hydrogen Observations Spanning Three Solar Minima, S. M. Nossal, E. J. Mierkiewicz, F. L. Roesler, L. M. Haffner, R. J. Reynolds, and R. C. Woodward

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Book Review: Guide to Observing Deep-Sky Objects: A Complete Global Resource for Astronomers, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Road to Galaxy Formation 2nd Ed, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Telescope: Its History, Technology, and Future, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Tourists in Space: A Practical Guide, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Your Cosmic Context: An Introduction to Modern Cosmology, T. D. Oswalt

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Excitation of Ducted Gravity Waves in the Lower Thermosphere by Tropospheric Sources, Jonathan B. Snively and Victor P. Pasko

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Electron Density and Electron Neutral Collision Frequency in the Ionosphere Using Plasma Impedance Probe Measurement, E. Spencer, S. Patra, T. Andriyas, C. Swenson, J. Ward, and Aroh Barjatya

Submissions from 2007

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The Resolved Stellar Populations of a Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy in the Virgo Cluster, Patrick R. Durell, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Seasonal Variations of the Vertical Fluxes of Heat and Horizontal Momentum in the Mesopause Region at Starfire Optical Range, New Mexico, Chester S. Gardner and Alan Z. Liu

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Characteristics of Short-Period Wavelike Features Near 87 km Altitude from Airglow and Lidar Observations Over Maui, J. H. Hecht, A. Z. Liu, R. L. Walterscheid, S. J. Franke, R. J. Rudy, M. J. Taylor, and P. -D. Pautet

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New Techniques to Determine Ages of Open Clusters Using White Dwarfs, E. J. Jeffery, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Wide-Field Survey of Globular Clusters in m31. I. a Catalog of New Clusters, Sang Chul Kim, Myung Gyoon Lee, Doug Geisler, Ata Sarajedini, Hong Soo Park, Ho Seong Hwang, William E. Harris, Juan C. Seguel, and Ted von Hippel

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Investigation of a “Wall” Wave Event, Feng Li, Gary R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, Michael Taylor, and Yucheng Zhao

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A Spitzer White Dwarf Infrared Survey, F. Mullally, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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On the Variability of Mesospheric OH Emission Profiles, Romina Nikoukar, Gary R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, and Farzad Kamalabadi

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Book Review: Moore on Mercury: The Planet and the Missions, T. D. Oswalt

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The First Detection of Diffuse Interstellar [OII] Emission and Confirmation That Variations in [NII]/Hα Trace Variations in Temperature, R. J. Reynolds, E. J. Mierkiewicz, F. L. Roesler, J. M. Harlander, and K. P. Jaehnig

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Measurements of Mesospheric Sodium Abundance above the Hawaiian Islands, Lewis C. Roberts, Jr.; L. William Bradford; Christopher R. Neyman; and Alan Z. Liu

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Doppler Ducting of Short-Period Gravity Waves by Midaltitude Tidal Wind Structure, Jonathan B. Snively, Victor P. Pasko, Michael J. Taylor, and Wayne K. Hocking

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Optical Absorption, Depolarization, and Scatter of Epitaxial Single-Crystal Chemical-Vapor-Deposited Diamond at 1.064 μm, Giorgio Turri, Ying Chen, and Michael Bass

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Optical Properties of Epitaxial Single-Crystal Chemical-Vapor-Deposited Diamond, Giorgio Turri, Ying Chen, Michael Bass, David Orchard, and James E. Butler

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LP133-373 A New Chromospherically Active Eclipsing dMe Binary with a Distant, Cool White Dwarf Companion, T. R. Vaccaro, T. D. Oswalt, M. Rudkin, Adela Kawka, Stephane Vennes, and Et al.

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LP 133-373: A New Chromospherically Active Eclipsing dMe Binary with a Distant, Cool White Dwarf Companion, T. R. Vaccaro, M. Rudkin, A. Kawka, S. Vennes, Terry D. Oswalt, and et al.

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O(1S), OH, and O2(b) Airglow Layer Perturbations due to AGWs and their Implied Effects on the Atmosphere, Fabio Vargas, Gary Swenson, Alan Liu, and Delano Gobbi

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The New Class of Dusty Daz White Dwarfs, Ted von Hippel and et al.

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Discovery of Photospheric Calcium Line-Strength Variations in the Dazd White Dwarf G29-38, Ted von Hippel and Susan E. Thompson

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The Metallicity Distribution of Intracluster Stars in Virgo, Benjamin F. Willaims, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Virgo’s Intracluster Globular Clusters as Seen by the Advanced Camera for Surveys, Benjamin F. Williams, Robin Ciardullo, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Numerical Modeling of a Gravity Wave Packet Ducted by the Thermal Structure of the Atmosphere, Yonghui Yu and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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Simulated Ducting of High-frequency Atmospheric Gravity Waves in the Presence of Background Winds, Yonghui Yu and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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Time-resolved Ducting of Atmospheric Acoustic-gravity Waves by Analysis of the Vertical Energy Flux, Yonghui Yu and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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Optical Estimation of Auroral Ion Upflow: Theory, M. Zettergren, J. L. Semeter, P. L. Blelly, and M. Diaz

Submissions from 2006

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Observations of Triboelectric Charging Effects on Langmuir-Type Probes in Dusty Plasma, Aroh Barjatya and C. M. Swenson

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The White Dwarf Luminosity Function from Sloan Digital Sky Survey Imaging Data, Hugh C. Harris, Jeffrey A. Munn, Mukremin Kilic, James W. Liebert, Kurtis A. Williams, Ted von Hippel, Stephen E. Levine, David G. Monet, Daniel J. Eisenstein, S. J. Kleinman, T. S. Metcalfe, Atsuko Nikka, D. E. Winget, J. Brinkmann, Masataka Fukugita, G. R. Knapp, Robert H. Lupton, J. Allyn Smith, and Donald P. Schneider

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Rocket and Radar Investigation of Background Electrodynamics and Bottom-Type Scattering Layers at the Onset of Equatorial Spread F, D. L. Hysell, M. F. Larsen, C. M. Swenson, Aroh Barjatya, and et. al

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LP 400-22, A Very Low Mass and High-Velocity White Dwarf, Adela Kawka, Stephane Vennes, Terry D. Oswalt, J. Allyn Smith, and Nicole M. Silvestri

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Cool White Dwarfs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Mukremin Kilic, Jeffrey A. Munn, Hugh C. Harris, James W. Liebert, Ted von Hippel, Kurtis A. Williams, Travis S. Metcalfe, D. E. Winget, and Stephen E. Levine

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Debris Disks Around White Dwarfs: The Daz Connection, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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The Mystery Deepens: Spitzer Observations of Cool White Dwarfs, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Radial Velocity Observations of the Extended Lunar Sodium Tail, E. J. Mierkiewicz, M. Line, F. L. Roesler, and R. J. Oliversen

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Detection of Diffuse Interstellar [O II] Emission from the Milky Way Using Spatial Heterodyne Spectroscopy, E. J. Mierkiewicz, R. J. Reynolds, F. L. Roesler, J. M. Harlander, and K. P. Jaehnig

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Spitzer White Dwarf Planet Limits, F. Mullally, Ted von Hippel, and D. E. Winget

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Origin of the Turbulent Spectra in the High-Altitude Cusp: Cluster Spacecraft Observations, K. Nykyri, B. Grison, P. J. Cargill, B. Lavraud, E. Lucek, I. Dandouras, A. Balogh, N. Cornilleau-Wehrlin, and H. Reme

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Cluster Observations of Reconnection Due to the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability at the Dawnside Magnetospheric Flank, K. Nykyri, A. Otto, B. Lavraud, C. Mouikis, L. M. Kistler, A. Balogh, and H. Rème

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Book Review: Evolution of Stars and Stellar Populations, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Fred Hoyle's Universe, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Amateur Astronomer's Introduction to the Celestial Sphere, T. D. Oswalt

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Inverting Color-Magnitude Diagrams to Access Precise Star Cluster Parameters: A Bayesian Approach, Ted von Hippel and et al.

Submissions from 2005

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Coordinated Cluster/Double Star Observations of Dayside Reconnection Signatures, M. W. Dunlop, M. G. G. T. Taylor, J. A. Davies, C. J. Owen, F. Pitout, A. N. Fazakerley, K. Nykyri, and et al.

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Comparison of Meteor Radar and Na Doppler Lidar Measurements of Winds in the Mesopause Region above Maui, Hawaii, S. J. Franke, X. Chu, A. Z. Liu, and W. K. Hocking

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Maui Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (Maui MALT) Observations of the Evolution of Kelvin-Helmholtz Billows Formed Near 86 km Altitude, J. H. Hecht, Alan Z. Liu, R. L. Walterscheid, and R. J. Rudy

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A Full-wave Investigation of the Use of a ‘‘Cancellation Factor’’ in Gravity Wave–OH Airglow Interaction Studies, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and Yonghui Yu

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Onset Conditions for Equatorial Spread F Determined During Equis II, D. L. Hysell, M. F. Larsen, C. M. Swenson, Aroh Barjatya, T. F. Wheeler, and et.al

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Measuring the Evolution of the Most Stable Optical Clock G 117-B15A, S. O. Kepler, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Excess Infrared Radiation from the Massive Daz White Dwarf GD 362: A Debris Disk?, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Faint Blue Objects in the Hubble Deep Field–South Revealed: White Dwarfs, Subdwarfs, and Quasars, Mukremin Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Deep Photometry of the Globular Cluster M5: Distance Estimates from White Dwarf and Main-Sequence Stars, Andrew C. Layden, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Where Are the Magnetic White Dwarfs with Detached, Nondegenerate Companions?, James W. Liebert, Dayal T. Wickramsinghe, Gary D. Schmidt, Nicole M. Silvestri, T. D. Oswalt, and et al.

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Characteristics of Instabilities in the Mesopause Region over Maui, Hawaii, Feng Li, Alan Z. Liu, and Gary R. Swenson

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Observations of Gravity Wave Breakdown into Ripples Associated with Dynamical Instabilities, Feng Li, Alan Z. Liu, Gary R. Swenson, James H. Hecht, and Walter A. Robinson

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Vertical Heat and Constituent Transport in the Mesopause Region by Dissipating Gravity Waves at Maui, Hawaii (20.7ºN), and Starfire Optical Range, New Mexico (35ºN), Alan Z. Liu and Chester S. Gardner

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Book Review: Observing Variable Stars, Novae, and Supernovae, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Stargazer: The Life and Times of the Telescope, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The New Amateur Astronomer, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Scientific Legacy of Fred Hoyle, T. D. Oswalt

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Climatology of Short-Period Gravity Waves Observed over Northern Australia during the Darwin Area Wave Experiment (DAWEX) and their Dominant Source Regions, P. -D. Pautet, M. J. Taylor, Alan Z. Liu, and Gary Swenson

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The Dust Cloud Around the White Dwarf G29-38, William T. Reach, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Physical Processes in Acoustic Wave Heating of the Thermosphere, G. Schubert, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and R. L. Walterscheid

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The Chromospheric Activity and Ages of M Dwarf Stars in Wide Binary Systems, Nicole M. Silvesteri, T. D. Oswalt, and Suzanne L. Hawley

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Antiphase OH and OI Airglow Emissions Induced By a Short-Period Ducted Gravity Wave, Jonathan B. Snively and Victor P. Pasko

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Estimation of Gravity Wave Momentum Flux with Spectroscopic Imaging, Jing Tang, Farzad Kamalabadi, Steven J. Franke, Alan Z. Liu, and Gary R. Swenson

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Observational Investigations of Gravity Wave Momentum Flux with Spectroscopic Imaging, J. Tang, G. R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, and F. Kamalabadi

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From Young and Hot to Old and Cold: Comparing White Dwarf Cooling Theory to Main-Sequence Stellar Evolution in Open Clusters, Ted von Hippel

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Galactic Open Clusters, Ted von Hippel

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Acoustic Waves Generated by Gusty Flow over Hilly Terrain, R. L. Walterscheid and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

Submissions from 2004

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Data-Model Comparison Search Analysis of Coincident PBO Balmer α, EURD Lyman β Geocoronal Measurements From March 2000, J. Bishop, E. J. Mierkiewicz, F. L. Roesler, J. F. Gómez, and C. Morales

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TOMEX: Mesospheric and Lower Thermospheric Diffusivities and Instability Layers, R. L. Bishop, M. F. Larsen, J. H. Hecht, Alan Z. Liu, and C. S. Gardner

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CLUSTER Encounters with the High Altitude Cusp: Boundary Structure and Magnetic Field Depletions, P. J. Cargill, M. W. Dunlop, B. Lavraud, R. C. Elphic, D. L. Holland, K. Nykyri, A. Balogh, and I. Dandouras

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An Overview of Observations of Unstable Layers during the Turbulent Oxygen Mixing Experiment (TOMEX), J. H. Hecht, Alan Z. Liu, R. L. Bishop, J. H. Clemmons, C. S. Gardner, M. F. Larsen, R. G. Roble, G. R. Swenson, and R. L. Walterscheid

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Airglow Emissions and Oxygen Mixing Ratios from the Photometer Experiment on the Turbulent Oxygen Mixing Experiment (TOMEX), J. H. Hecht, Alan Z. Liu, R. L. Walterscheid, R. G. Roble, M. F. Larsen, and J. H. Clemmons

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The Initial-Final Mass Relationship: Spectroscopy of White Dwarfs in Ngc 2099 (m37), Jasonjot Singh Kalirai, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Proper Motion Objects in the Hubble Deep Field, M. Kilic, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Photometric Identification of Cool White Dwarfs, M. Kilic, D. E. Winget, Ted von Hippel, and C. F. Claver