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Submissions from 2004

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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

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Observations of Overturning in the Upper Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere, M. F. Larsen, Alan Z. Liu, C. S. Gardner, M. C. Kelley, S. Collins, J. Friedman, and J. H. Hecht

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Vertical Dynamical Transport of Mesospheric Constituents by Dissipating Gravity Waves, Alan Z. Liu and Chester S. Gardner

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Unstable Layers in the Mesopause Region Observed with Na Lidar During the Turbulent Oxygen Mixing Experiment (TOMEX) Campaign, Alan Z. Liu, Raymond G. Roble, James H. Hecht, Miguel F. Larsen, and Chester S. Gardner

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Redefining the Empirical ZZ Ceti Instability Strip, Anjum S. Mukadam, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Thirty-Five New Pulsating Da White Dwarf Stars, Anjum S. Mukadam, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Re-defining the Empirical ZZ Ceti Instability Strip, Anjum S. Mukadam; Ted von Hippel; D. E. Winget,; and M. H. Montgomery

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Geocoronal Hydrogen Studies Using Fabry-Perot Interferometers, S. M. Nossal, E. J. Mierkiewicz, F. L. Roesler, J. Bishop, and R. J. Reynolds

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Observations of Solar Cyclical Variations in Geocoronal Hα Column Emission Intensities, S. M. Nossal, F. L. Roesler, E. J. Mierkiewicz, and R. J. Reynolds

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Cluster Observations of Magnetic Field Fluctuations in the High-Altitude Cusp, K. Nykyri, P. J. Cargill, E. Lucek, T. Horbury, B. Lavraud, A. Balogh, M. W. Dunlop, and et al.

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Influence of the Hall Term on KH Instability and Reconnection Inside KH Vortices, K. Nykyri and A. Otto

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Book Review: Sky Vistas: Astronomy for Binoculars and Richestfield Telescopes, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Big Bang: A View from the 21st Century, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Edge of Infinity: Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe, T. D. Oswalt

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Spectroscopic and Photometric Analysis of HS 1136+6646: A Hot Young DAO+K7 V Post-Common-Envelope, Pre-Cataclysmic Variable Binary, D. K. Sing, Terry D. Oswalt, J. B. Holberg, M. R. Burleigh, S. A. Good, and et al.

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Correction to "Breaking of Thunderstorm-Generated Gravity Waves as a Source of Short-Period Ducted Waves at Mesopause Altitudes", Jonathan B. Snively and Victor P. Pasko

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The White Dwarf Luminosity Function: The Shape of Things to Come, Ted von Hippel, M. Kilie, J. Munn, K. Williams, J. Libert, D. E. Winget, T. S. Metcalfe, and Et al.

Submissions from 2003

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TOMEX: A Comparison of Lidar and Sounding Rocket Chemical Tracer, M. F. Larsen, Alan Z. Liu, R. L. Bishop, and J. H. Hecht

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A Modeling Study of O2 and OH Airglow Perturbations Induced by Atmospheric Gravity Waves, Alan Z. Liu and Gary R. Swenson

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Constraining the Evolution of Zz Ceti, Anjum S. Mukadam, S. O. Kepler, D. E. Nather, M. Kilic, F. Mullally, T. von Hippel, S. J. Kleinman, A. Nitta, J. A. Guzik, P. A. Bradley, J. Matthews, K. Sekiguchi, D. J. Sullivan, T. Sullivan, R. R. Shobbrook, P. Birch, X. J. Jiang, D. W. Xu, S. Joshi, B. N. Ashoka, P. Ibbetson, E. Leibowitz, E. O. Ofek, E. G. Meištas, R. Janulis, R. D. Ališauskas, R. Kalytis, G. Handler, D. Kilkenny, D. O'Donoghue, D. W. Kurtz, M. Müller, P. Moskalik, W. Ogloza, S. Zola, J. Krzesiński, F. Johnannessen, J. M. Gonzalez-Perez, J. E. Solheim, R. Silvotti, S. Bernabei, G. Vauclair, N. Dolez, J. N. Fu, M. Chevreton, M. Manteiga, O. Suárez, A. Ulla, M. S. Cunha, T. S. Metcalfe, A. Kanaan, L. Fraga, A. F. M. Costa, O. Giovannini, G. Fontaine, P. Bergeron, M. S. O'Brien, D. Sanwal, M. A. Wood, T. J. Ahrens, N. Silvestri, E. W. Klumpe, S. D. Kawaler, R. Riddle, M. D. Reed, and T. K. Watson

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Ion Cyclotron Waves in the High Altitude Cusp: CLUSTER observations at Varying Spacecraft Separations, K. Nykyri, P. J. Cargill, E. A. Lucek, T. S. Horbury, A. Balogh, B. Lavraud, I. Dandouras, and H. rEME

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Book Review: Observer's Guide to Stellar Evolution: The Birth, Life, and Death of Stars, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Strange Matters: Undiscovered Ideas at the Frontiers of Space and Time, T. D. Oswalt

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The Local-Time Variation of the Quiet Plasmasphere: Geosynchronous Observations and Kinetic Theory, Mark Anthony Reynolds, G. Ganguli, Y-J Su, and M.F. Thomsen

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Measurement of the Stochasticity of Low-Latitude Geomagnetic Temporal Variations, Mark Anthony Reynolds and James A. Wanliss

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Multisite Observations of the PMS δ Delta Scuti Star V351 Ori, V. Ripepi, Terry D. Oswalt, M. Marconi, S. Bernabei, and Et al.

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Breaking of Thunderstorm-Generated Gravity Waves as a Source of Short-Period Ducted Waves at Mesopause Altitudes, Jonathan B. Snively and Victor P. Pasko

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High Frequency Atmospheric Gravity Wave Damping in the Mesosphere, G. R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, F. Li, and J. Tang

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Using Optical and Near-Infrared Photometry to Test Macho Lens Candidates, Ted von Hippel and et al.

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Intergalactic Globular Clusters, Michael J. West, Ted von Hippel, Patrick Cote, Henry C. Ferguson, Michael D. Gregg, Andres Jordan, Ronald O. Marzke, and Nial R. Tanvir

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Seasonal and Nocturnal Variations of the Mesospheric Sodium Layer at Starfire Optical Range, New Mexico, Hu Xiong, Chester S. Gardner, and Alan Z. Liu

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Measurements of Atmospheric Stability in the Mesopause Region at Starfire Optical Range, NM, Yucheng Zhao, Alan Z. Liu, and Chester S. Gardner

Submissions from 2002

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Metal Abundances and Kinematics of Bright Metal-Poor Giants Selected from the Lse Survey: Implications for the Metal-Weak Thick Disk, Timothy C. Beers, John S. Drilling, Silvia Rossi, Masashi Chiba, Jaehyon Rhee, Birgit Fṻhrmeister, John E. Norris, and Ted von Hippel

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Observations of persistent Leonid meteor trails 3. The ‘‘Glowworm’’, Jack D. Drummond, Brent W. Grime, Chester S. Gardner, Alan Z. Liu, Xinzhao Chu, Michael C. Kelley, Craig Kruschwitz, and Timothy J. Kane

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Atmospheric Stability and Gravity Wave Dissipation in the Mesopause Region, Chester S. Gardner, Yucheng Zhao, and Alan Z. Liu

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Production, Outflow, Velocity, and Radial Distribution of H2O and OH in the Coma of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) from Wide-field Imaging of OH, Walter M. Harris, Frank Scherb, Edwin Mierkiewicz, Ronald Oliversen, and Jeffrey Morgenthaler

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An Observation of a Fast External Atmospheric Acoustic-gravity Wave, J. H. Hecht, R. L. Walterscheid, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., R. J. Rudy, and A. Z. Liu

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A Simulation Study of Space-based Observations of Gravity Waves in the Airglow using Observed ALOHA-93 Wave Parameters, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and J. S. Brown

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Further Investigations of a Mesospheric Inversion Layer Observed in the ALOHA-93 Campaign, Tai-Yin Huang, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and Tai-Fu Tuan

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Characteristics of Quasi-Monochromatic Gravity Waves Observed with Na Lidar in the Mesopause Region at Starfire Optical Range, NM, Xiong Hu, Alan Z. Liu, Chester S. Gardner, and Gary R. Swenson

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Search For Oxygen in Cool DQ White Dwarf Atmospheres, M. Kilic, Ted von Hippel, D. E. Winget, D. F. Lester, and D. Saumon

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Identification of Cool White Dwarfs in the Noao Deep Wide-Field Survey, M. Kilic, Don E. Winget, T. von Hippel, and C.F. Claver

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Comparison of Na Lidar and Meteor Radar Wind Measurements at Starfire Optical Range, NM, USA, Alan Z. Liu, Wayne K. Hocking, Steven J. Franke, and T. Thayaparan

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Book Review: Flash!: The Hunt for the Biggest Explosions in the Universe, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: Neptune: The Planet, Rings and Satellites, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon: A Handbook and Atlas, T. D. Oswalt

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High Frequency Gravity Waves Observed in OH airglow at Starfire Optical Range, NM: Seasonal Variations in Momentum Flux, Jing Tang, Alan Z. Liu, and Gary R. Swenson

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Automated Stellar Spectral Classification and Parameterization for the Masses, Ted von Hippel, Carlos Allende Prieto, and Chris Sneden

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WIYN Open Cluster Study XI: WIYN1 3.5m Deep Photometry of M35 (NGC 2168), Ted von Hippel, Aaron Steinhauer, Ata Sarajedini, and Constantine P. Deliyannis

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WIYN Open Cluster Study. XI. WIYN 3.5 Meter Deep Photometry of M35 (NGC 2168), Ted von Hippel, Aaron Steinhauer, Ata Sarajedini, and Constantine P. Deliyannis

Submissions from 2001

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Gravity Wave Propagation Directions Inferred from Satellite Observations including Smearing Effects, Jason S. Brown and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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Observations of Persistent Leonid Meteor Trails. 1. Advection of the "Diamond Ring", Jack D. Drummond, Brent W. Grime, Chester S. Gardner, Alan Z. Liu, Xinzhao Chu, and Timothy J. Kane

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Climatology and Modeling of Quasi-monochromatic Atmospheric Gravity Waves Observed over Urbana Illinois, J. H. Hecht, R. L. Walterscheid, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and S. J. Franke

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Airglow Variations Associated with Nonideal Ducting of Gravity Waves in the Lower Thermosphere Region, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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Reflection of a Long-period Gravity Wave Observed in the Nightglow over Arecibo on May 8–9, 1989?, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

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

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Secular Variations of OI 5577 Å Airglow in the Mesopause Region Induced by Transient Gravity Wave Packets, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and R. L. Walterscheid

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A Determination of the Local Density of White Dwarf Stars, J. B. Holberg, Terry D. Oswalt, and E. M. sion

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Observations of Persistent Leonid Meteor Trails 2. Photometry and Numerical Modeling, C. A. Kruschwitz, M. C. Kelley, C. S. Gardner, G. Swenson, A. Z. Liu, X. Chu, J. D. Drummond, B. W. Grime, W. T. Armstrong, J. M. C. Plane, and P. Jenniskens

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Geocoronal H-A [Alpha] Intensity Measurements Using the Wisconsin H-A [Alpha] Mapper Fabry-Perot Facility, S. Nossal, F. L. Roesler, J. Bishop, R. J. Reynolds, M. Haffner, S. Tufte, J. Percival, and E. J. Mierkiewicz

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Plasma Transport at the Magnetospheric Boundary Due to Reconnection in Kelvin-Helmholtz Vortices, K. Nykyri and A. Otto

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Book Review: Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System: The First 100 Missions, T. D. Oswalt

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White Dwarfs in Common Proper Motion Binary Systems: Mass Distribution and Kinematics, Nicole M. Silvestri, Terry D. Oswalt, Matt A. Wood, J. Allyn Smith, I. Neill Reid, and Edward M. Sion

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Three-Dimensional Spectral Classification of Low-Metallicity Stars Using Artificial Neural Networks, Shawn Snider, Ted von Hippel, and et al.

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Three-Dimensional Spectral Classification of Low-Metallicity Stars Using Artificial Neural Networks, Shawn Snider, Ted von Hippel, Carlos Allende Prieto, Timothy C. Beers, Christopher Sneden, and Et al.

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One-gas Models with Height-dependent Mean Molecular Weight: Effects on Gravity Wave Propagation, R. L. Walterscheid and Michael P. Hickey Ph.D.

Submissions from 2000

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Lidar Observations of Elevated Temperatures in Bright Chemiluminescent Meteor Trails During the 1998 Leonid Shower, Xinzhao Chu, Alan Z. Liu, George Papen, and Chester S. Gardner

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Meteor Trail Advection Observed During the 1998 Leonid Shower, Brent W. Grime, Timothy J. Kane, Alan Liu, George Papen, Chester S. Gardner, Michael C. Kelley, Craig Kruschwitz, and Jack Drummond

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Resolving Ambiguities in Gravity Wave Propagation Directions Inherent in Satellite Observations: A Simulation Study, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and Jason S. Brown

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Secular Variations of Atomic Oxygen in the Mesopause Region Induced by Transient Gravity Wave Packets, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., R. L. Walterscheid, and Philip G. Richards

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First Observations of Long-Lived Meteor Trains with Resonance Lidar and Other Optical Instruments, M. C. Kelley, C. Gardner, J Drummond, T Armstrong, A Liu, Chu G. Papen, C Kruschwitz, P. Loughmiller, B Grime, and J. Engelman

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Book Review: 3-D Atlas of Stars and Galaxies, T. D. Oswalt

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Book Review: The Birth of Time: How Astronomers Measured the Age of the Universe, T. D. Oswalt

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The White Dwarf Cooling Age of the Open Cluster NGC 2420, Ted von Hippel and Gerard Gilmore

Submissions from 1999

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A Note on Gravity Wave-driven Volume Emission Rate Weighted Temperature Perturbations Inferred from O₂ Atmospheric and O I 5577 Airglow Observations, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D. and Richard L. Walterscheid

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Gravity Wave Characteristics in the Lower Atmosphere at South Pole, Matt Pfenniger, Alan Z. Liu, George C. Papen, and Chester S. Gardner

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Thermal Plasmaspheric Morphology: Effect of Geomagnetic and Solar Activity, Mark Anthony Reynolds, G. Ganguli, J.A. Fedder, J. Lemaire, R.R. Meier, and D.J. Melendez-Alvira

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WIYN Open Cluster Study. II. UBVRI CCD Photometry of the Open Cluster NGC 188, Ata Sarajedini, Ted von Hippel, Vera Kozhurina-Platais, and Pierre Demarque

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Observations and Interpretation of Gravity Wave Induced Fluctuations in the O I (557.7 nm) Airglow, G. Schubert, R. L. Walterscheid, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., and C. A. Tepley

Submissions from 1998

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Semi-Automated Extraction of Digital Objective Prism Spectra, Coryn A.L. Bailer-Jones, Ted von Hippel, and Mike Irwin

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Steps Toward Determination of the Size and Structure of the Broad-Line Region in Active Galactic Nuclei. XII. Ground-Based Monitoring of 3C 390.3, M. Dietrich, Terry D. Oswalt, B. M. Peterson, P. Albrecht, M. Altmann, and et al.

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Detection of Intergalactic Red-Giant-Branch Stars in the Virgo Cluster, Henry C. Ferguson, Ted von Hippel, and Nial R. Tanvir

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A Search for Optical Afterglow from GRB 970828, P. J. Groot, T. J. Galama, J. van Paradijs, C. Kouveliotou, R. A. M. J. Wijers, J. Bloom, N. Tanvir, R. Vanderspek, J. Greiner, A. J. Castro-Tirado, J. Gorosabel, T. von Hippel, M. Lehnert, K. Kuijken, H. Hoekstra, N. Metcalfe, C. Howk, C. Conselice, J. Telting, R. G. M. Rutten, J. Rhoads, A. Cole, D. J. Pisano, R. Naber, and R. Schwarz

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Full-wave Modeling of Small-scale Gravity Waves using Airborne Lidar and Observations of the Hawaiian Airglow (ALOHA-93) O(¹S) Images and Coincident Na Wind/temperature Lidar Measurements, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., Michael J. Taylor, Chester S. Gardner, and Christian R. Gibbons

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Maintenance of Circulation Anomalies during the 1988 Drought and 1993 Floods over the United States, Alan Z. Liu, Mingfang Ting, and Hailan Wang

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Inversion of Plasmaspheric EUV Remote Sensing Data from the STP 72-1 Satellite, R.R. Meier, A.C. Nicholas, J.M. Picone, D.J. Melendez-Alvira, G. Ganguli, Mark Anthony Reynolds, and E.C. Roelof

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Ion Bernstein Waves Driven by Two Transverse Flow Layers, Mark Anthony Reynolds and G. Ganguli

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A Model for Calculating Acoustic Gravity Wave Energy and Momentum Flux in the Mesosphere from OH Airglow, Gary R. Swenson and Alan Z. Liu

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Contribution of White Dwarfs to Cluster Masses, Ted von Hippel

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WIYN Open Cluster Study. I. Deep Photometry of NGC188, Ted von Hippel and Ata Sarajedini

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White Dwarf Cosmochronometry. I. Monte Carlo Simulations of Proper-Motion ̶ and Magnitude-Limited Samples Using Schmidt’s 1/Vmax Estimator, Matt A. Wood and Terry D. Oswalt

Submissions from 1997

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Physical Parameterization of Stellar Spectra: The Neural Network Approach, Coryn A.L. Bailer-Jones, Ted von Hippel, Mike Irwin, and Gerard Gilmore

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GDR in Superdeformed Nuclei, F. Camera, A. Bracco, A. Atac, R. Bark, I. G. Bearden, J. J. Gaardhoje, B. Herskind, M. Kmiecik, S. Leoni, M. Mattiuzzi, A. Maj, and G. Turri

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Numerical Simulations of Gravity Waves Imaged over Arecibo during the 10-day January 1993 Campaign, Michael P. Hickey Ph.D., R. L. Walterscheid, Michael J. Taylor, William Ward, G. Schubert, Qihou Zhou, Francisco Garcia, Michael C. Kelly, and G. G. Shepherd

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Velocity–Space Drag and Diffusion in a Model, Two-Dimensional Plasma, Mark Anthony Reynolds, B.D. Fried, and G.J. Morales

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Effect of Diurnal Convection on Trapped Thermal Plasma in the Outer Plasmasphere, Mark Anthony Reynolds, G. Ganguli, J.A. Fedder, and D.J. Melendez-Alvira

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Automated Classification of Stellar Spectra. II: Two-Dimensional Classification with Neural Networks and Principal Components Analysis, Ted von Hippel, Coryn A.L. Bailer-Jones, and Mike Irwin

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Stellar Populations and the White Dwarf Mass Function: Connections To Supernova Ia Luminosities, Ted von Hippel, G. D. Bothum, and R. A. Schommer