Welcome to the Martin Connors AUSpace page in the Athabasca University chapter of the Canada volume of the Web. What do I do? ... I am an Assistant Professor at Canada's Distance University. I tutor and develop courses in Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy.

Recent Submissions

  • Apr 5 2010 AUGO magnetogram 

    Connors, Martin (2012-05-23)
    AUGO recorded the space weather event of Apr. 5 2010
  • A One-meter Robotic Telescope for Western Canada 

    Martin, Brian; Connors, Martin (2008-10-11)
    1-m class telescopes are arguably the workhorses of modern astronomy and represent an excellent return of science for a relatively modest capital investment. Such instruments can be used in large-field survey work, ...
  • Automated Forward Modelling and its Results for Substorms and Sawtooth Events 

    Connors, Martin; Rostoker, Gordon; McPherron, Robert L.; Hsu, Tung-Shin; Ponto, Jason (2008-06-18)
    Automated Forward Modelling is used to contrast quantitative aspects of substorms and sawtooth events.
  • Automated Regional Modelling (ARM) for characterization of the substorm current wedge 

    Connors, Martin; McPherron, Robert L.; Ponto, Jason; Stacey, R. Greg; Russell, Christopher T.; Angelopoulos, Vassilis; Rostoker, Gordon; Boteler, D.; Danskin, D. (2008-04-30)
    Some characteristics of substorms may be determined through use of an electrojet forward modelling approach. These include the amplitude of cross-meridian electric current (0.2 to 1 MA typically), timescales (about 20 ...
  • Tenerife Presentation 

    Connors, Martin (2008-03-03)
    Workshop material about THEMIS
  • An Evening Sector Ps 6 - Omega Band Event 

    Connors, Martin; Syrjasuo, Mikko; Donovan, Eric F.; Greffen, Mike; Jackel, Brian; Trondsen, Trond; Voronkov, Igor; McPherron, Robert L.; Russell, Christopher T.; Sigwarth, John; Mende, Stephen B. (2008-01-29)
    Abstract. Ps 6 magnetic disturbances and associated optical forms known as omega bands are usually associated with the morning sector. Some evidence for similar phenomenology in the evening sector has been presented ...
  • Time Evolution of the Substorm Current Wedge from Ground and Space-based Magnetic Fields 

    Connors, Martin; Russell, Christopher T.; Donovan, Eric F.; Angelopoulos, Vassilis; Voronkov, Igor; Mende, Stephen B.; Glassmeier, Karl-Heinz; Hayashi, Kanji; Spanswick, Emma; McFadden, James (2007-12-19)
    Over the past several years, intensive efforts have resulted in a significant improvement in the ground instrumentation for auroral studies in North America. A major part of this is due to the THEMIS ground program, both ...
  • Progress on Low-Cost Pulse-Counting Magnetometers for Geomagnetic Studies 

    Connors, Martin (2007-11-28)
    "what the world needs now is a good $500 magnetometer"
  • Inner solar system dynamical analogs of plutinos 

    Connors, Martin; Stacey, R. Greg; Wiegert, Paul; Brasser, Ramon (2007-11-20)
    By studying orbits of asteroids potentially in 3:2 exterior mean motion resonance with Earth, Venus, and Mars, we have found plutino analogs. We identify at least 27 objects in the inner solar system dynamically protected ...
  • Onsets and Flapping Studied Using a Dynamic Harris Sheet Model 

    Connors, Martin; Lerner, Rob; Gaugey, Geraldine; Lavraud, Benoit; Volwerk, Martin; McPherron, Robert L. (2007-10-31)
    We have developed a nonlinear fitting routine for the Harris current sheet based on magnetic data, and applied it to 71 plasma sheet crossings by Cluster. In most cases this simple fit appeared to represent the magnetic ...
  • Optimization of Models 

    Connors, Martin (University of Alberta, 1998)
    The parameters of model auroral current systems were described in the previous chapter. To model the currents at any given time, these parameters must be adjusted to provide an optimal match to the available observations. ...
  • Time Evolution of the Substorm Current Wedge from Ground and Space-based Magnetic Fields 

    Connors, Martin; Russell, Christopher T.; Donovan, Eric F.; Angelopoulos, Vassilis; Mende, Stephen B.; Glassmeier, Karl-Heinz; Hayashi, Kanji; Spanswick, Emma; McFadden, James (2007-10-05)
    Over the past several years, intensive efforts have resulted in a significant improvement in the ground instrumentation for auroral studies in North America. A major part of this is due to the THEMIS ground program, both ...
  • Space Physics: Aurora Borealis 

    Jaugey, Geraldine (2007-08-13)
    Cluster data was used to examine the magnetospheric boundary and more particularly the tail. Harris sheet fits were done in a dynamic fashion that allows flapping to be quantified.
  • ASTR 210 Natural Sky Draft Cover 

    Meurant, Matthieu; Connors, Martin; Zhang, Jingfen (2007-07-26)
    Night sky at Athabasca with Athabasca University Robotic Telescope in foreground.
  • May 25, 2007 Meteor 

    Connors, Martin (Please contact Martin Connors for more information: martinc@athabascau.ca, 2007-05-31)
    The file shows a view of the whole sky on Friday May 25 at 1:07:20 am with data from 1:07:24 superposed. This shows the meteor track in the southern sky, inside the box near the bottom along with the start point just ...
  • AFM - Prospectus 

    Connors, Martin (2007-04-18)
    Automated Forward Modelling is explained and examined.
  • Athabasca Winter Workshop Enrollment 

    Connors, Martin (2007-02-28)
    2007 Athabasca Winter Workshop info + form
  • Athabasca University Initiatives Supporting THEMIS 

    Connors, Martin; Hayashi, Kanji; Russell, Christopher T.; Shiokawa, Kazuo; Irwin, Rob; Rostoker, Gordon (2007-02-20)
    Since the installation of a UCLA ‘small’ magnetometer in 1998, Athabasca University has made great strides in installing infrastructure in Canada for space science, culminating with the recent expansion of Athabasca ...
  • Simultaneous ground and satellite observations of an isolated proton arc at subauroral latitudes 

    Sakaguchi, Kaori; Shiokawa, Kazuo; Ieda, Aki; Miyoshi, Y; Otsuka, Y; Ogawa, T; Connors, Martin; Donovan, Eric F.; Rich, F. J. (Journal of Geophysical Research, 2007)
    We observed an isolated proton arc at the Athabasca station MLAT: 62◦N) in Canada on 5 September, 2005, using a ground-based allsky imager at wavelengths of 557.7 nm, 630.0 nm, and 486.1 nm (Hβ). This arc is similar to ...
  • Cross Meridian Currents in Storms and Sawtooth Events 

    Connors, Martin (2006-11-17)
    Automated Forward Modeling (AFM) is an inversion technique based on magnetic data alone, which can indicate physical parameters associated with electrojets and field-aligned currents. From perturbations along a meridian, ...

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