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  1. Ionospheric Modelling using GPS to Calibrate the MWA. I: Comparison of First Order Ionospheric Effects between GPS Models and MWA Observations

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    Arora, B. S.; Morgan, J.; Ord, S. M.; Tingay, S. J.; Hurley-Walker, N.; Bell, M.; Bernardi, G.; Bhat, N. D. R.; Briggs, F.; Callingham, J. R.; Deshpande, A. A.; Dwarakanath, K. S.; Ewall-Wice, A.; Feng, L.; For, B.-Q.; Hancock, P.; Hazelton, B. J.; Hindson, L.; Jacobs, D.; Johnston-Hollitt, M.; Kapi?ska, A. D.; Kudryavtseva, N.; Lenc, E.; McKinley, B.; Mitchell, D.; Oberoi, D.; Offringa, A. R.; Pindor, B.; Procopio, P.; Riding, J.; Staveley-Smith, L.; Wayth, R. B.; Wu, C.; Zheng, Q.; Bowman, J. D.; Cappallo, R. J.; Corey, B. E.; Emrich, D.; Goeke, R.; Greenhill, L. J.; Kaplan, D. L.; Kasper, J. C.; Kratzenberg, E.; Lonsdale, C. J.; Lynch, M. J.; McWhirter, S. R.; Morales, M. F.; Morgan, E.; Prabu, T.; Rogers, A. E. E.; Roshi, A.; Shankar, N. Udaya; Srivani, K. S.; Subrahmanyan, R.; Waterson, M.; Webster, R. L.; Whitney, A. R.; Williams, A.; Williams, C. L.

    2015-08-01

    We compare first-order (refractive) ionospheric effects seen by the MWA with the ionosphere as inferred from GPS data. The first-order ionosphere manifests itself as a bulk position shift of the observed sources across an MWA field of view. These effects can be computed from global ionosphere maps provided by GPS analysis centres, namely the CODE. However, for precision radio astronomy applications, data from local GPS networks needs to be incorporated into ionospheric modelling. For GPS observations, the ionospheric parameters are biased by GPS receiver instrument delays, among other effects, also known as receiver DCBs. The receiver DCBs need to be estimated for any non-CODE GPS station used for ionosphere modelling. In this work, single GPS station-based ionospheric modelling is performed at a time resolution of 10 min. Also the receiver DCBs are estimated for selected Geoscience Australia GPS receivers, located at Murchison Radio Observatory, Yarragadee, Mount Magnet and Wiluna. The ionospheric gradients estimated from GPS are compared with that inferred from MWA. The ionospheric gradients at all the GPS stations show a correlation with the gradients observed with the MWA. The ionosphere estimates obtained using GPS measurements show promise in terms of providing calibration information for the MWA.

  2. Higher-order ionospheric effects on the GPS observables and means of modeling them

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    Bassiri, Sassan; Hajj, George A.

    1993-01-01

    Based on relaistic modeling of the electron density of the ionosphere and using a dipole moment approximation for the earth magnetic field, we are able to estimate the effect of the ionosphere on the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) signal for a ground user. The lowest-order (1/f(exp 2)) effect, which is of the order of .1 - 30 meters of zenith group delay, is subtracted out by forming a linear combination of the dual frequencies of the GPS signal. One is left with second- (1/f(exp 3)) and third-order (1/f(exp 4)) effects which are estimated typically to be approximately 0 - 2 cm, and approximately 0 - 2 mm at zenith respectively, depending on the time of day, time of year, the solar cycle and the relative geometry of the magnetic field and the line of sight. Given the total electron content along a line of sight, we derive an approximation to the second-order term which is accurate to approximately 90% within the magnetic dipole moment model; this approximation can be used to reduce the second-order term to the millimeter level, thus potentially improving precise positioning in space and on the ground. The induced group delay, or phase advance, due to second- and third-order effects are examined for two ground receivers located at equatorial and mid-latitude regions tracking several GPS satellites.

  3. A semi-analytic evaluation of the effect of second-order ionosphere term on GPS positioning

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    Munekane, H.

    2005-05-01

    We developed a method to evaluate the effect of the second-order ionosphere term on GPS positioning. The method is based on the semi-analytic positioning error simulation method developed by Geiger (1988), which assumes the continuous distribution of the GPS satellites and maps the ranging error to the positioning error using the normal equation. We expanded the method to incorporate the satellite positioning error due to the second-order ionospheric term, which is estimated in a similar manner as the site positioning error, assuming the continuous distribution of the ground tracking stations instead of the continuous satellite distribution in the case of the site positioning error estimation. The method is first applied to simulate the positioning errors on three IGS sites (BAHR, COCO, GALA) which were investigated in Kedar et al. (2002) by analyzing the observed GPS data using the GIPSY software with the correction for second-order ionospheric term. We considered three cases, namely, 1) without satellite positioning error, 2) with satellite positioning error, and 3) with satellite positioning error whose spatial average of each component is corrected for. The third case corresponds to the situation where there are other observations available such as SLR and the center of the mass of the GPS satellite network is corrected properly. For the first case, we found that our method reproduced the positioning errors observed at these stations as well as Kedar et al. (2002). For the second case, however, we found that the positioning error is almost canceled. For the third case, we found that the error is reproduced as well as in the first case, though the spatial distribution of the error is different. These results indicate that 1) the semi-analytic method developed in this paper is accurate enough to simulate the position error due to the second-order ionospheric term, and 2) the satellite positioning error due to the second-order ionospheric term may have significant effect on the site position error and should be evaluated properly. Next, we applied the method to investigate the seasonal coordinate timeseries variability of the GEONET sites in Japan. Heki et al. (2001, 2003) fully analyzed the GEONET seasonal coordinate variability and found that most of the variability is explained by the snow loading, except the large annual scale change (5.6 ppb) whose source is unknown. We re-analyzed the GEONET data using the GIPSY software and found that the large annual scale change is actually semi-annual rather than annual. We simulated the position error time series of the GEONET sites using our method, and determined the scale parameter. We found that our method successfully reproduced the characteristics of the observed scale change of the GEONET, indicating that the large seasonal scale change of the GEONET is artifact caused by neglecting the second-order ionospheric term.

  4. Ionospheric effects on GPS positioning

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    Gwal, A. K.; Gwal, A.; Wahi, R.; Dubey, S.

    Ionospheric scintillation is rapid variation in the amplitude and phase of radio signals caused by irregularities in the ionosphere. Ionosphere contains large amplitude variations over spatial scales from few cms to 100's of kms. VHF- UHF communications as well as automated navigation and precision positioning via GPS are affected by scintillations. Ionospheric effects are the major constraints for GPS precise positioning over long base lines. The ionosphere affects the GPS receiver by degrading the signal performance, in some cases causing loss of carrier lock and by degrading the accuracy of differential corrections. Scintillations do not have major effect on mid latitude regions, but low latitude scintillations are the greatest cause of GPS position errors. In this present work we study the effect of ionospheric scintillations on GPS signal at low latitude station , Chiang Rai , Thailand.

  5. Ionospheric effects on GPS positioning

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    Dubey, Smita; Wahi, Rashmi; Gwal, A. K.

    2006-01-01

    Ionospheric scintillation results from a single frequency global positioning system (GPS) receiver have been presented in this paper. Ionospheric scintillation is rapid variation in the amplitude and phase of radio signals caused by irregularities in the ionosphere. Ionosphere contains large amplitude variations over spatial scales from few cm to 100s of km. It is observed that VHF UHF communications as well as automated navigation and precision positioning via GPS are affected by scintillations. Scintillations do not have major effects on mid latitude regions, but low latitude scintillations are the greatest cause of GPS position errors. In the present work, we study the effect of ionospheric scintillations on GPS signal at low latitude station, Chiang Rai, Thailand. The data were analyzed from January 2001 to December 2001. Results show that scintillation has a significant problem at this latitude and position error increases during active scintillation condition, which causes loss of lock on several satellites.

  6. Higher-order ionosphere modeling for CODE's next reprocessing activities

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    Lutz, S.; Schaer, S.; Meindl, M.; Dach, R.; Steigenberger, P.

    2009-12-01

    CODE (the Center for Orbit Determination in Europe) is a joint venture between the Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern (AIUB, Bern, Switzerland), the Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo, Wabern, Switzerland), the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany), and the Institut für Astronomische und Phsyikalische Geodäsie of the Technische Universität München (IAPG/TUM, Munich, Germany). It acts as one of the global analysis centers of the International GNSS Service (IGS) and participates in the first IGS reprocessing campaign, a full reanalysis of GPS data collected since 1994. For a future reanalyis of the IGS data it is planned to consider not only first-order but also higher-order ionosphere terms in the space geodetic observations. There are several works (e.g. Fritsche et al. 2005), which showed a significant and systematic influence of these effects on the analysis results. The development version of the Bernese Software used at CODE is expanded by the ability to assign additional (scaling) parameters to each considered higher-order ionosphere term. By this, each correction term can be switched on and off on normal-equation level and, moreover, the significance of each correction term may be verified on observation level for different ionosphere conditions.

  7. Higher-order ionospheric error at Arecibo, Millstone, and Jicamarca

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    Matteo, N. A.; Morton, Y. T.

    2010-12-01

    The ionosphere is a dominant source of Global Positioning System receiver range measurement error. Although dual-frequency receivers can eliminate the first-order ionospheric error, most second- and third-order errors remain in the range measurements. Higher-order ionospheric error is a function of both electron density distribution and the magnetic field vector along the GPS signal propagation path. This paper expands previous efforts by combining incoherent scatter radar (ISR) electron density measurements, the International Reference Ionosphere model, exponential decay extensions of electron densities, the International Geomagnetic Reference Field, and total electron content maps to compute higher-order error at ISRs in Arecibo, Puerto Rico; Jicamarca, Peru; and Millstone Hill, Massachusetts. Diurnal patterns, dependency on signal direction, seasonal variation, and geomagnetic activity dependency are analyzed. Higher-order error is largest at Arecibo with code phase maxima circa 7 cm for low-elevation southern signals. The maximum variation of the error over all angles of arrival is circa 8 cm.

  8. Ionospheric effects of Birkeland currents.

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    Cloutier, P. A.

    1971-01-01

    Since Birkeland's observations of high-latitude magnetic perturbations led him to postulate the existence of geomagnetically aligned electric currents, theoretical studies have led to a general understanding of the mechanisms that are capable of driving such currents, and of the processes associated with formation and control of current configurations. Recent advances in experimental techniques have yielded information on the spatial and temporal behavior of such field-aligned Birkeland currents and have established their association to an individual auroral arc and energetic precipitating particles. This paper gives a brief summary of ionospheric effects related to production, maintenance, and control of Birkeland current systems. Available experimental data are discussed in relation to some of these effects.

  9. The composition of Mars' topside ionosphere: Effects of hydrogen

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    Matta, Majd; Withers, Paul; Mendillo, Michael

    2013-05-01

    one-dimensional model of the Martian ionosphere is used to explore the importance of atomic and molecular hydrogen chemistry in the upper atmosphere and ionosphere. Neutral and ionized H and H2 undergo chemical reactions that lead to the production of the hydrogenated ions: H+, H2+, H3+, OH+, HCO+, ArH+, N2H+, HCO2+, and HOC+. Simulations are conducted for the cases of photochemistry only and photochemistry coupled with transport in order to asses the separate effects of plasma diffusion in the topside ionosphere. For both of these cases, the sensitivity of the ionosphere is tested for (1) molecular hydrogen abundance and (2) reaction rate, k1, for the charge exchange between H+ and H2. Results are reported for midday solar minimum conditions. We find that the ionospheric composition of Mars is sensitive to H2 abundance, but relatively insensitive to the reaction rate, k1. Depending on the conditions simulated, the topside ionosphere can contain appreciable amounts of hydrogenated species such as H3+, OH+, and HCO+. Comparisons are made with Viking ion density measurements as well as with results of other published Mars ionospheric models. Future comparisons with more extensive ion composition will be available when the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission arrives at Mars.

  10. Effects on SAR imaging by ionosphere irregularity

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    Li, L.-L.; Zheng, H.; Li, F.

    The synthetic aperture radar SAR provides high-resolution image by coherently processing the signals returned from the ground There has been increasing interests in use of space-borne very high frequency SAR VHF-UHF SAR for measuring forest biomass and for detecting underground facilities in which longer wavelengths are required But the perturbations in the signal propagation path including in the ionosphere and in troposphere could lead to phase change within the effective aperture of the system Especially the phase perturbation caused by the irregularity structure of the refractive index in the ionosphere can be severe at VHF-UHF frequency and will distort the SAR image In this paper a modified model of effects of ionosphere irregularity on SAR imaging is proposed The two-frequency and two-position coherence function is derived based on the phase screen theory which can be adaptable to analyses of propagation of SAR signal in the turbulent ionosphere By using this function the resolution of SAR distorted by ionosphere turbulence can be studied properly Unlike previous result the conclusion is that the range resolution should be affected by the ionospheric irregularity These effects are decided by the signal center frequency out scale of the ionospheric irregularity and look angle of SAR etc It is shown that in many cases the effects from the irregularity can be very serious on the SAR imaging

  11. Effects of large-scale magnetic fields in the Venus ionosphere

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    Luhmann, J.G.; Elphic, R.C.

    1982-01-01

    Theoretical models of the ionosphere of Venus have been constructed in the past without due consideration of the fact that the ionosphere is sometimes magnetized. This paper examines some differences between the magnetized and unmagnetized dayside Venus ionosphere using the Pioneer Venus Orbiter Langmuir probe and magnetometer data. Particular attention is given to the evaluation of the altitude profiles of the thermal electron heating and comparison of the magnitude of the magnetic force with other forces in the ionosphere. Several examples illustrate how heating profiles are different in the magnetized ionosphere with effective heating below 200 km altitude reduced by orders of magnitude compared to the field-free ionosphere. The force associated with the magnetic field is comparable to other forces in the magnetized ionosphere. The measured plasma density, electron temperature and magnetic field thus suggest that large-scale magnetic fields should be included in future ionosphere models. 18 references.

  12. Global Ionospheric Structure, Dynamics, and System Effects

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    Livingston, Robert C.

    2002-06-01

    SRI International provided radio and radar support for a number of government programs, especially investigations of the effects of the earth's ionosphere on Air Force systems. Investigations at equatorial, mid, and polar latitudes were carried out using a variety of optical, radar, and radio instruments. A network of ground-based scintillation receivers was established to provide real-time diagnostics and communication outage alerts and forecasts. Barium releases and resulting striation structures (or lack of) were observed with scintillation receivers and HF radar. Ionospheric corrections for GPS tracking of re-entry vehicles were performed for the equatorial ionosphere, and a number of auroral ionosphere experiments were carried out at Sondrestromfjord, Greenland. A scintillation diagnostic array was designed for the HAARP program. Various GPS sensor calibrations and signal analyses were performed.

  13. Solar rotation effects on the Martian ionosphere

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    Venkateswara Rao, N.; Balan, N.; Patra, A. K.

    2014-08-01

    We present a detailed investigation of the solar rotation effects on the Martian high-latitude (~63N-81N) ionosphere using the electron density (Ne) data measured by Mars Global Surveyor and solar XUV and EUV fluxes measured by SOHO under high (2000-2001), medium (2003), and low (2005) solar activity conditions. A fast Fourier transform spectral analysis method is used to estimate the amplitude of the rotation period in these parameters. This method clearly reveals the presence of solar rotation effects in the Martian ionospheric Ne at all altitudes (90-220 km), peak electron density (NmM2), and total electron content under the three solar activity conditions. These effects are in phase with the solar UV fluxes (corrected for the Martian orbit). The period of rotation effect (~26 days) is the same at all altitudes, though its amplitude is strongest at the ionospheric M2 peak (~135-140 km, ~3.5-6% of the mean values) and has a secondary enhancement at the M1 peak (~110-115 km). The effect of solar rotation on the M2 peak is larger during medium solar activity (2003) than during high solar activity (2000-2001). The effect, however, is absent in the ionospheric peak height (hmM2). The rotation effects on Mars are also compared with those on the Earth. Unlike at Mars, the Earth's high-latitude ionosphere shows no clear solar rotation effect, though the effect is observed clearly at lower latitudes.

  14. Ionospheric effects of the Chelyabinsk meteoroid

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    Chernogor, L. F.

    2015-05-01

    Observation results are presented for the lower and upper ionosphere disturbances accompanying the passage and explosion of the Chelyabinsk space body. The effects near the meteoroid's path are investigated from the total electron content variations detected by GPS radio receivers. The ionosphere observations at distances of 2000-300 km are based on the ionosonde data and the phase and amplitude measurements for a radio signal at 66.67 kHz on the route from Moscow to Kharkiv. Manifestations are found both of acoustic and gravity waves following the passage and explosion of the space body. Their connection with the passage of the Chelyabinsk meteoroid is discussed.

  15. Filtering ionosphere parameters to detect trends linked to anthropogenic effects

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    Elias, Ana G.

    2014-12-01

    The great concern about the global warming observed in the troposphere has generated a large interest in the study of long-term trends in the ionosphere since the early 1990s, which has now become a significant topic in global change investigations. Some research works link ionosphere trends to anthropogenic sources such as the increase in greenhouse gas concentration, and others to natural causes such as solar and geomagnetic activity long-term changes, and secular variations in the Earth's main magnetic field. In all the cases, in order to analyze ionospheric trends, solar activity effect must be filtered out first since around 90% of ionosphere parameter variance is due to solar variations. The filtering process can generate `spurious' trends in the filtered data series which may lead to erroneous conclusions. foF2 data series which include solar cycle 23 are analyzed in the present work in order to detect the effect of different filtering procedures on the determination of long-term trends. In particular, solar cycle 23 seems to have had an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) emission greater than that deduced from traditional solar EUV proxies during the maximum epoch and lower during the minimum epoch. When solar activity is filtered assessing the residuals of a linear regression between foF2 and Rz, or between foF2 and F10.7, this fact may bias trend values especially because it is at the end of the time series. The length of the period considered for trend assessment, the saturation and hysteresis effect of some ionosphere parameters, and the solar EUV proxy used are also considered in this study in order to quantify a possible spurious trend that may result as a by-product of a filtering process. Since trends expected as a consequence of anthropogenic effects are relatively small, these spurious effects may surely mask, or enhance, trends expected from anthropogenic origins.

  16. A review of ionospheric effects on Earth-space propagation

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    Klobuchar, J. A.

    1984-01-01

    A short description is given of each ionospheric total electron content (TEC) effect upon radio waves, along with a representative value of the magnitude of each of these effects under normal ionospheric conditions. A discussion is given of the important characteristics of average ionospheric TEC behavior and the temporal and spatial variability of TEC. Radio waves undergo several effects when they pass through the Earth's ionosphere. One of the most important of these effects is a retardation, or group delay, on the modulation or information carried on the radio wave that is due to its encounter with the free, thermal electrons in the Earth's ionosphere. Other effects the ionosphere has on radio waves include: radio frequency (RF) carrier phase advance; Doppler shift of the RF carrier of the radio wave; Faraday rotation of the plane of polarization of linearly polarized waves; angular refraction or bending of the radio wave path as it travels through the ionosphere; and amplitude and phase scintillations.

  17. Ionospheric Effects on Spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar and a New Capability of Imaging the Ionosphere From Space

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    Pi, Xiaoqing

    2015-11-01

    This article reviews research activities and results in a new field, where ionospheric effects on spaceborne synthetic aperture radar have been investigated and techniques of imaging the ionosphere using the same radar are also explored. The research was originally to minimize ionospheric-induced distortions and contaminations in Earth remote sensing observations. As a product, the radar-based high-resolution ionospheric imaging from a low Earth orbit satellite can also benefit studies of space weather effects on the ionospheric density distribution in essentially all latitude regions, which would provide useful information to studies of coupling of the magnetosphere, ionosphere, and thermosphere.

  18. Saturation Effects in the VLF Scattering off Strongly Heated Ionosphere

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    Lehtinen, N. G.; Bell, T. F.; Inan, U. S.

    2011-12-01

    The HAARP ionospheric HF heating facility modifies the conductivity of the lower ionosphere, creating a perturbation in the propagation of VLF transmitter-generated waves. The changes in the VLF amplitude may be detected by ground-based receivers and satellites with VLF instruments. In order to quantify these effects, we introduce a novel computational technique which combines the Stanford FWM (full-wave method) with the method of moments (MoM) to calculate the scattering on localized strong perturbations in stratified media. The Born approximation, which was previously used for similar calculations [Lehtinen et al., 2010], neglects the scattered field inside the perturbation region and therefore becomes invalid when the scattered field is of the order of the incident field, which happens when the perturbation is strong (i.e., the relative change of the conductivity is ~1). On the contrary, the use of MoM allows us to calculate the effects of the total field and thus may be applied to situations with any level of perturbation. This technique is applied to the VLF scattering off ionospheric disturbances created by HF heating. We show how the field measured on the ground and at a satellite deviates from that calculated previously in the Born approximation by demonstrating saturation effects for strong heating.

  19. Ionospheric effects to antenna impedance

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    Bethke, K. H.

    1986-01-01

    The reciprocity between high power satellite antennas and the surrounding plasma are examined. The relevant plasma states for antenna impedance calculations are presented and plasma models, and hydrodynamic and kinetic theory, are discussed. A theory from which a variation in antenna impedance with regard to the radiated power can be calculated for a frequency range well above the plasma resonance frequency is give. The theory can include photo and secondary emission effects in antenna impedance calculations.

  20. On a possible seismomagnetic effect in the topside ionosphere

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    Hegai, V. V.; Kim, V. P.; Liu, J. Y.

    2015-10-01

    In this paper we present the results of the computation of the electric and magnetic fields produced in the ionosphere by the near-earth seismogenic disturbance in the vertical atmospheric electrostatic field under different ionospheric conditions. It is shown that in the nighttime ionosphere during solar minimum and inside large-scale plasma bubbles, the magnitude of the transverse electric field can attain ?0.2 and 1.0 mV/m, respectively. The seismomagnetic effect with the magnitude of ?13 pT is predicted in the topside daytime and nighttime ionosphere at any solar activity.

  1. Ionospheric effects of magnetic storm observed by means of oblique sounding of artificial ionospheric turbulence

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    Uryadov, V. P.; Vertogradov, G. G.; Vertogradov, V. G.; Ponyatov, A. A.

    Results of experimental studies of the influence of the artificial ionospheric turbulence (AIT) on HF propagation are presented. Ionospheric modification and the creation of a scatterer was produced by powerful radio emission of the SURA heating facility (Nizhny Novgorod region). For diagnostics of the AIT were used the Russian chirp sounders network and HF Doppler radar. The reception of scattered signals was carried out in the Rostov-Don on the oblique V-type antenna oriented to the SURA heating facility. It is investigated ionospheric effects of magnetic storm during August 17-22, 2003 accompanied a period of the experiment. It is shown that ionospheric effects of the magnetic storm observed by means of Doppler frequency shift (DFS) measurements signals scattered from artificial small-scale field-aligned irregularities correlate well with the behavior of the southward component Bz of the interplanetary magnetic field and with variations in the geomagnetic field near the Earth surface. It has been found that at heights of the mid-latitude ionospheric F region under undisturbed conditions the electric field and the drift velocity of irregularities correspond to the typical values about 1 mV m-1 and 20 m s-1, respectively. During magnetic storm these values increase up to values of about 8.6 mV m-1 and 186 m s-1, which better correspond to the values typical for the high-latitude ionosphere. It is found that in the magnetically-disturbed period sporadically appearing trains with quasi-periodical modulation of DFS for the scattered signal with a period of 40-60 s and amplitude reaching 2 Hz were observed. The relation of the quasi-periodical oscillations of the DFS for the scattered signal to the presence of magnetohydrodynamics waves excited during a magnetic storm is considered. It is concluded that use HF Doppler radar for AIT sounding is of interest for diagnostics of wave processes in the ionosphere and magnetosphere. The conditions of formation of the HF signal field in the upper ionosphere have been studied using the diagnostics of the ionospheric channel by means of radio wave aspect scattering from artificial small-scale field-aligned irregularities. It has been shown that at long-distance paths the Es-layer may play the key role in formation in the upper ionosphere of the radio wave field at frequencies exceeding maximum usable frequency (MUF) of the standard hop propagation via the ionosphere F region. Modeling of oblique sounding ionogram on long-distance path in presence of the "lateral" signal received due to artificial field-aligned scattering is carried out.

  2. Effects of tropospheric and ionospheric refraction errors in the utilization of GEOS-C altimeter data

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    Goad, C. C.

    1977-01-01

    The effects of tropospheric and ionospheric refraction errors are analyzed for the GEOS-C altimeter project in terms of their resultant effects on C-band orbits and the altimeter measurement itself. Operational procedures using surface meteorological measurements at ground stations and monthly means for ocean surface conditions are assumed, with no corrections made for ionospheric effects. Effects on the orbit height due to tropospheric errors are approximately 15 cm for single pass short arcs (such as for calibration) and 10 cm for global orbits of one revolution. Orbit height errors due to neglect of the ionosphere have an amplitude of approximately 40 cm when the orbits are determined from C-band range data with predominantly daylight tracking. Altimeter measurement errors are approximately 10 cm due to residual tropospheric refraction correction errors. Ionospheric effects on the altimeter range measurement are also on the order of 10 cm during the GEOS-C launch and early operation period.

  3. Measurements of ionospheric effects on wideband signals at VHF

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    Fitzgerald, T.J.

    1998-08-17

    Radars operating at very high frequency (VHF) have enhanced foliage and ground penetration compared to radars operated at higher frequencies. For example, VHF systems operated from airplanes have been used as synthetic aperture radars (SAR); a satellite-borne VHF SAR would have considerable utility. In order to operate with high resolution it would have to use both a large relative bandwidth and a large aperture. A satellite-borne radar would likely have to operate at altitudes above the maximum density of the ionosphere; the presence of the ionosphere in the propagation path of the radar will cause a deterioration of the performance because of dispersion over the bandwidth. The author presents measurements of the effects of the ionosphere on radar signals propagated from a source on the surface of the Earth and received by instruments on the FORTE satellite at altitudes of 800 km. The author employs signals with a 90 MHz bandwidth centered at 240 MHz with a continuous digital recording period of 0.6 s.

  4. Ionospheric effects on synthetic aperture radar at VHF

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    Fitzgerald, T.J.

    1997-02-01

    Synthetic aperture radars (SAR) operated from airplanes have been used at VHF because of their enhanced foliage and ground penetration compared to radars operated at UHF. A satellite-borne VHF SAR would have considerable utility but in order to operate with high resolution it would have to use both a large relative bandwidth and a large aperture. The presence of the ionosphere in the propagation path of the radar will cause a deterioration of the imaging because of dispersion over the bandwidth and group path changes in the imaged area over the collection aperture. In this paper we present calculations of the effects of a deterministic ionosphere on SAR imaging for a radar operated with a 100 MHz bandwidth centered at 250 MHz and over an angular aperture of 23{degrees}. The ionosphere induces a point spread function with an approximate half-width of 150 m in the slant-range direction and of 25 m in the cross-range direction compared to the nominal resolution of 1.5 m in both directions.

  5. Ionospheric Effects of Geomagnetic Storms on GNSS based Systems

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    Shagimuratov, Irk; Krankowski, Andrzej; Zakharenkova, Irina; Karpov, Ivan; Yakimova, Galina

    2010-05-01

    It is known that ionosphere is the effective indicator of the space weather state. Severe ionospheric perturbations can seriously degrade the performance of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). During geomagnetic storms the ionospheric gradients are essentially increased in compare with quiet conditions. Strong ionospheric gradients can caused the deterioration of GPS positioning. In the given report it is presented the analysis of ionospheric effects during summer (July 2004) and winter (November 2004) geomagnetic storms on the base of GPS TEC maps over Europe. Dramatic changes in TEC distribution during storms were attributed by large intensity (Dst>200nT) as well as long duration of these storms. The effects were associated with particle precipitation, dynamics of auroral oval and the main ionospheric trough. During both storms the ionospheric gradients were essentially increased on middle latitudes. This effect was caused by migration of the main ionospheric trough to lower latitudes, it was detected on 55N latitude in summer and lower than 50N in winter events. Short-term positive TEC perturbations were found during recovery phase of storms against the general depressions of TEC which were observed in day-time and strictly marked at lower latitudes. The perturbations were associated with standing Poincare waves in the atmosphere. It was revealed the essential increase of TEC fluctuation intensity during storms. Significant TEC fluctuations were registered even at middle latitudes. These fluctuations led to the loss lock of GPS signals at high latitude stations.

  6. Study of the March 31, 2001 magnetic storm effects on the ionosphere using GPS data

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    Fedrizzi, M.; de Paula, E. R.; Langley, R. B.; Komjathy, A.; Batista, I. S.; Kantor, I. J.

    Despite the fact that much has been learned about the Sun-Earth relationship during disturbed conditions, understanding the effects of magnetic storms on the neutral and ionized upper atmosphere is still one of the most challenging topics remaining in the physics of this atmospheric region. In order to investigate the magnetospheric and ionospheric-thermospheric coupling processes, many researchers are taking advantage of the dispersive nature of the ionosphere to compute total electron content (TEC) from global positioning system (GPS) dual-frequency data. Even though there are currently a large number of GPS receivers in continuous operation, they are unevenly distributed for ionosphere study purposes, being situated mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. The relatively smaller number of GPS receivers located in the Southern Hemisphere and, consequently, the reduced number of available TEC measurements, cause ionospheric modelling to be less accurate in this region. In the work discussed in this paper, the University of New Brunswick Ionospheric Modelling Technique (UNB-IMT) has been used to describe the local time and geomagnetic latitude dependence of the TEC during the March 31, 2001 magnetic storm with an emphasis on the effects in the Southern Hemisphere. Data collected from several GPS networks worldwide, including the Brazilian network for continuous monitoring, have been used along with ionosonde measurements to investigate the global ionospheric response to this severe storm. Data analysis revealed interesting ionospheric effects, which are shown to be dependent on the local time at the storm commencement and the magnetic conditions previous to and during the storm period. The southward turning of the interplanetary magnetic field during the recovery phase of the storm began a process of substorm activity and development and intensification of electrojet activity over broad regions. Observed effects on the ionosphere during that storm are analysed and the mechanisms that gave rise to the ionospheric behaviour are discussed.

  7. Global characteristics of the second-order ionospheric delay error using inversion of electron density profiles from COSMIC occultation data

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    Wang, Hu; Wang, Cheng; Wang, JieXian; Dang, YaMing; Bai, GuiXia; Wang, QianXin

    2014-01-01

    It is a well known fact that ionospheric delay error is a predominant factor which influences the positioning accuarcy of GNSS. Although the main part of the first-order ionospheric delay error can be removed by the frequency-dependent behaviors of the ionosphere, the second-order ionospheric delay error must be eliminated to achieve millimetre-scale positioning accuracy. Due to COSMIC occultation providing electron density profiles on the global scale, the paper presents the first-order and the second-order ionospheric delay error analysis on the global scale using the inversion of electron density profiles from COSMIC occultation data during 2009-2011. Firstly, because of the special geographical location of three ISR (incoherent scatter radar), the first-order and the second-order ionospheric delay errors are calculated and discussed; the paper also shows and analyzes the diurnal, seasonal, semi-annual variation of ionospheric delay error with respect to signal direction. Results show that for the L1 signal path, the first-order ionospheric delay error is the largest near the equator, which is circa 7 m; the maximum second-order ionospheric delay error are circa 0.6 cm, 0.8 cm and 0.6 cm respectively for L1 signals coming from the zenith, the north and the south at 10 degree elevation angles. The second-order ionospheric delay error on the L1 signal path from zenith are the symmetry between 15 and 15 with respect to magnetic equator, and are nearly zero at the magnetic equator. For the first time, the second-order ionospheric delay error on the global scale is presented, so this research will greatly contribute to analysing the higher-order ionospheric delay error characteristics on the global scale.

  8. Plasma jet effects on the ionospheric plasma

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    Moore, T. E.; Arnoldy, R. L.; Cahill, L. J.; Kintner, P. M.

    1983-01-01

    Heavy ion beams were injected into the ionospheric plasma (experiments ARCS 1 and ARCS 2). In ARCS 1, operation of a 25eV argon ion source, mounted on a plasma diagnostic payload, produced an accelerated electron population; broadband electric field turbulence; large, spin synchronized electric field perturbations; and depletions of thermal ions. In ARCS 2, the ion source was deployed upward along the local magnetic field direction away from the diagnostic payload, and observed effects are contained within several meters of the ion source. However, enhanced wave levels near the LHR frequency are observed at distances up to 1 km, as are the injected ions themselves. A measurement of the dominant wavelength of the enhanced waves is consistent with an inference based upon the accelerated electron population seen in ARCS 1. This electron population is not evident during ARCS 2.

  9. Equatorial and Low Latitude Ionospheric Effects During Sudden Stratospheric Warming Events. Ionospheric Effects During SSW Events

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    Chau, Jorge L.; Goncharenko, Larisa P.; Fejer, Bela G.; Liu, Han-Li

    2012-06-01

    There are several external sources of ionospheric forcing, including these are solar wind-magnetospheric processes and lower atmospheric winds and waves. In this work we review the observed ion-neutral coupling effects at equatorial and low latitudes during large meteorological events called sudden stratospheric warming (SSW). Research in this direction has been accelerated in recent years mainly due to: (1) extensive observing campaigns, and (2) solar minimum conditions. The former has been instrumental to capture the events before, during, and after the peak SSW temperatures and wind perturbations. The latter has permitted a reduced forcing contribution from solar wind-magnetospheric processes. The main ionospheric effects are clearly observed in the zonal electric fields (or vertical E B drifts), total electron content, and electron and neutral densities. We include results from different ground- and satellite-based observations, covering different longitudes and years. We also present and discuss the modeling efforts that support most of the observations. Given that SSW can be forecasted with a few days in advance, there is potential for using the connection with the ionosphere for forecasting the occurrence and evolution of electrodynamic perturbations at low latitudes, and sometimes also mid latitudes, during arctic winter warmings.

  10. Ionosphere effect correction in InSAR using improved split spectrum processing

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    Liao, H.; Meyer, F. J.

    2014-12-01

    During last decade, many researchers have indicated the presence of ionospheric artifacts in SAR and InSAR data, especially in low frequency data. Different methods, such as Faraday rotation-based, azimuth shift-based (pixel offset and Multiple aperture InSAR) and split-spectrum InSAR-based techniques, have been developed to mitigate these ionosphere effect. While the efficacy of these methods was shown in test cases, all existing methods have limitations that reduce their performance in operational applications. Split-spectrum InSAR approaches, which split the image's range spectrum into sub-bands and measure phase difference between these sub-bands that are introduced by the dispersive ionosphere, are the most promising candidates for operational implementation. While tests indicated their global applicability, they still suffer from low signal-to-noise ratio and from sensitivities to processing errors related to phase unwrapping and low coherence. Therefore, more research is needed to make this approach more reliable and stable. To achieve this purpose, a cascading multiple sub-band InSAR processing combined with quasi-coherent scatter (QCS) approach is put forward. A cascading multiple sub-bands processing is first implemented in order to avoid the largest error source from phase unwrapping. To further increase the signal-to-noise ration for ionospheric phase screen estimation, a quasi-coherent scatter method is implemented. A quasi-coherent scatter was firstly selected based on coherence analysis. Multiple sub-bands processing for ionosphere correction will then only be based on the selected coherent scatters. After this, a geostatistical interpolation method is used to reconstruct the ionospheric phase screen for the whole image. To test the effectiveness of this method, both real data contaminated by ionosphere and ionosphere free data with simulated ionosphere phase screens from WBMOD will be used. For real data, a cross validation with results from Faraday roation is conducted.

  11. Asymmetry of the Venus nightside ionosphere: Magnus force effects

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    Prez-de-Tejada, H.

    2008-11-01

    A study of the dawn-dusk asymmetry of the Venus nightside ionosphere is conducted by examining the configuration of the ionospheric trans-terminator flow around Venus and also the dawn-ward displacement of the region where most of the ionospheric holes and the electron density plateau profiles are observed (dawn meaning the west in the retrograde rotation of Venus and that corresponds to the trailing side in its orbital motion). The study describes the position of the holes and the density plateau profiles which occur at neighboring locations in a region that is scanned as the trajectory of the Pioneer Venus Orbiter (PVO) sweeps through the nightside hemisphere with increasing orbit number. The holes are interpreted as crossings through plasma channels that extend downstream from the magnetic polar regions of the Venus ionosphere and the plateau profiles represent cases in which the electron density maintains nearly constant values in the upper ionosphere along the PVO trajectory. From a collection of PVO passes in which these profiles were observed it is found that they appear at neighboring positions of the ionospheric holes in a local solar time (LST) map including cases where only a density plateau profile or an ionospheric hole was detected. It is argued that the ionospheric holes and the density plateau profiles have a common origin at the magnetic polar regions where plasma channels are formed and that the density plateau profiles represent crossings through a friction layer that is adjacent to the plasma channels. It is further suggested that the dawn-dusk asymmetry in the position of both features in the nightside ionosphere results from a fluid dynamic force (Magnus force) that is produced by the combined effects of the trans-terminator flow and the rotational motion of the ionosphere that have been inferred from the PVO measurements.

  12. On spatial scales of seismo-ionospheric effects

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    Liperovskaya, Elena V.; Meister, Claudia-Veronika; Hoffmann, Dieter H. H.; Silina, Alexandra S.

    2014-05-01

    In the present work disturbances of the ionisation intensity in the E- and F-layers of the ionosphere a few days before earthquakes are investigated using data observed by ionospheric sounding stations in Japan, on Kamchatka, and of Middle Asia. Earthquakes with magnitudes M > 5 and depths H < 80 km are considered. The seismo-ionospheric effects are distinguished from seasonal, geomagnetic, 11-years, and 27-days Solar variations of the ionosphere. Days with high Solar and geomagnetic disturbances are excluded from the analysis. To reveal the statistical seismo-ionospheric effects, the superimposed epoches method is applied. It is shown that an earthquake precursor may be observed for seismic shocks with magnitudes M > 5, when the ionospheric station is situated at a distance from the seismic event not larger than the Dobrovolsky radius R = exp(M) km. It seems that the seismo-ionospheric effects are caused by the Earth crust near the station, and not by processes in the epicenter of the upcoming earthquake.

  13. Mitigation of ionospheric scintillation effects in kinematic LEO precise orbit determination

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    Zehentner, Norbert; Mayer-Gürr, Torsten

    2015-04-01

    Kinematic orbit determination for Low Earth Orbiting satellites is one of the core elements in gravity field recovery from GNSS tracked satellites. The accuracy of the kinematic orbit positions directly determines the achievable accuracy in terms of gravity field results. We apply a precise point positioning approach based on raw GNSS observations, without using any linear combinations. This method requires to take every effect directly into account, as non of the effects is eliminated by forming differences or linear combinations. For example, the ionospheric influence is taken into account by estimating the slant TEC, including higher order terms and corrections for ionospheric bending. Our approach preserves the original high measurement accuracy of the phase observations. The remaining factors reducing the achieved accuracy are not or incorrectly modeled systematic effects. The GOCE mission revealed one of these systematic effects: ionospheric scintillations. These are small and short term irregularities in the Earth's ionosphere which cause errors in GNSS observations. GOCE gravity field results showed a huge systematic effect along the geomagnetic equator. GOCE was flying in a sun-synchronous dusk-dawn orbit, which means that the satellite orbit is nearly stationary with respect to the Earth's ionosphere. As it is hardly possible to realistically model ionospheric irregularities they can not be corrected from the raw observations. We introduce an observation weighting method based on the rate of TEC index to reduce the influence of observations affected by ionospheric scintillations. This weighting scheme in combination with variance component estimation greatly reduces the influence of ionospheric scintillation on the kinematic orbit and in turn also on the gravity field result. We will show that by using the introduced weighting scheme the error in GOCE kinematic orbits is almost removed, without removing observations.

  14. Ionospheric Effects of Underground Nuclear Explosions

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    Park, J.; von Frese, R. R.; G-Brzezinska, D. A.; Morton, Y.

    2010-12-01

    Telemetry from the Russian INTERCOSMOS 24 satellite recorded ELF and VLF electromagnetic disturbances in the outer ionosphere from an underground nuclear explosion that was detonated at Novaya Zemlya Island on 24 October 1994. The IC24 satellite observations were obtained at about 900 km altitude within a few degrees of ground zero. The disturbances were interpreted for magnetohydrodynamic excitation of the ionospheres E layer by the acoustic wave. Electrons are accelerated along the magnetic force lines to amplify longitudinal currents and magnetic disturbances that may be measured by magnetometers at ground-based observatories and on-board satellites. The underground nuclear test near Punggye, North Korea on 25 May 2009 provides a further significant opportunity for studying the utility of ionospheric disturbances for characterizing ground zero. Of the seismic, infrasound, hydroacoustic, and radionuclide detection elements of the International Monitoring System (IMS) established by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), only the first two elements detected this event. However, the event also appears to have been recorded as a direct traveling ionospheric disturbance (TID) in the slant total electron content (TEC) observations derived from a network of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) measurements. The TID was observed to distances of at least 600 km from the explosion site propagating with a speed of about 281m/s. Thus, the global distributions and temporal variations of the TEC, may provide important information to help detect and characterize clandestine underground nuclear explosions.

  15. Method for Canceling Ionospheric Doppler Effect

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    Vessot, R. F. C.

    1982-01-01

    Unified transponder system with hydrogen-maser oscillators at both stations can compensate for both motional and ionospheric components of Doppler shift. Appropriate choices of frequency shift in output of mixer m3. System exploits proportionality between dispersive component of frequency shift and reciprocal of frequency to achieve cancellation of dispersive component at output.

  16. A brief review of solar flare effects on the ionosphere

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    Tsurutani, B. T.; Verkhoglyadova, O. P.; Mannucci, A. J.; Lakhina, G. S.; Li, G.; Zank, G. P.

    2009-07-01

    The study of solar flare effects (SFEs) on the ionosphere is having a renaissance. The development of GPS ground and satellite data for scientific use has opened up new means for high time resolution research on SFEs. At present, without continuous flare photon spectra (X rays, EUV, UV, and visible) monitoring instrumentation, the best way to model flare spectral changes within a flare is through ionospheric GPS studies. Flare EUV photons can increase the total electron content of the subsolar ionosphere by up to 30% in 5 min. Energetic particles (ions) of 10 keV to GeV energies are accelerated at the flare site. Electrons with energies up to several MeV are also created. A coronal mass ejection (CME) is launched from the Sun at the time of the flare. Fast interplanetary CMEs (ICMEs) have upstream shocks which accelerate ions to 10 keV to 10 MeV. Both sources of particles, when magnetically connected to the Earth's magnetosphere, enter the magnetosphere and the high-latitude and midlatitude ionosphere. Those particles that precipitate into the ionosphere cause rapid increases in the polar atmospheric ionization, disruption of transpolar communication, and cause ozone destruction. Complicating the picture, when the ICME reaches the magnetosphere 1 to 4 days later, shock compression of the magnetosphere energizes preexisting 10-100 keV magnetospheric electrons and ions, causing precipitation into the dayside auroral zone (60-65 MLAT) ionospheres. Shock compression can also trigger supersubstorms in the magnetotail with concomitant energetic particle precipitation into the nightside auroral zones. If the interplanetary sheath or ICME magnetic fields are southwardly directed and last for several hours, a geomagnetic storm will result. A magnetic storm is characterized by the formation of an unstable ring current with energetic particles in the range 10 keV to 500 keV. The ring current decays away by precipitation into the middle latitude ionosphere over timescales of 10 h. A schematic of a time line for the above SFE ionospheric effects is provided. Descriptions of where in the ionosphere and in what time sequence is provided in the body of the text. Much of the terminology presently in use describing solar, interplanetary, magnetospheric, and ionospheric SFE-related phenomena are dated. We suggest physics-based terms be used in the future.

  17. Study of magnetic storm effects on the ionosphere using GPS data

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    Fedrizzi, M.; de Paula, E. R.; Kantor, I. J.; Batista, I. S.; Langley, R. B.; Komjathy, A.

    Despite the fact that much has been learned about Sun-Earth relationship during disturbed conditions, understanding the effects of magnetic storms on the neutral and ionized upper atmosphere is still one of the most challenging topics remaining in the physics of this atmospheric region. In order to investigate the magnetospheric and ionospheric-thermospheric coupling processes, many researchers are taking advantage of the dispersive nature of the ionosphere to compute total electron content (TEC) from Global Positioning System (GPS) dual-frequency data. Even though there are currently a large number of GPS receivers in continuous operation, they are unevenly distributed for ionosphere study purposes, being situated mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. The relatively smaller number of GPS receivers located in the Southern Hemisphere and, consequently, the reduced number of available TEC measurements, cause ionospheric modelling to be less accurate in this region. In this work, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Ionospheric Modelling Technique, which applies a spatial linear approximation of the vertical TEC above each station using stochastic parameters in a Kalman filter estimation, has been used to describe the local time and geomagnetic latitude dependence of the TEC. Data collected from several GPS networks worldwide, including the Brazilian Network for Continuous Monitoring (RBMC), have been used along with ionosonde measurements to investigate the ionospheric response to a severe magnetic storm occurred on March 31, 2001. Data analysis revealed distinct ionospheric effects, which are shown to be dependent on the season, local time and magnetic conditions previous and during the storm period. During the March 31, 2001 storm, the global ionosphere showed a distinct behaviour over Australian/Asian and American regions, which are located at approximately opposite longitude sectors. The southward turning of the interplanetary magnetic field during the recovery phase of the storm began a process of substorm activity and development and intensification of electrojet activity over broad regions. Observed effects on the ionosphere during both storms are analysed and the mechanisms that gave rise to the ionospheric behaviour are discussed.

  18. Effects of Saturn's magnetospheric dynamics on Titan's ionosphere

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    Edberg, N. J. T.; Andrews, D. J.; Bertucci, C.; Gurnett, D. A.; Holmberg, M. K. G.; Jackman, C. M.; Kurth, W. S.; Menietti, J. D.; Opgenoorth, H. J.; Shebanits, O.; Vigren, E.; Wahlund, J.-E.

    2015-10-01

    We use the Cassini Radio and Plasma Wave Science/Langmuir probe measurements of the electron density from the first 110 flybys of Titan to study how Saturn's magnetosphere influences Titan's ionosphere. The data is first corrected for biased sampling due to varying solar zenith angle and solar energy flux (solar cycle effects). We then present results showing that the electron density in Titan's ionosphere, in the altitude range 1600-2400 km, is increased by about a factor of 2.5 when Titan is located on the nightside of Saturn (Saturn local time (SLT) 21-03 h) compared to when on the dayside (SLT 09-15 h). For lower altitudes (1100-1600 km) the main dividing factor for the ionospheric density is the ambient magnetospheric conditions. When Titan is located in the magnetospheric current sheet, the electron density in Titan's ionosphere is about a factor of 1.4 higher compared to when Titan is located in the magnetospheric lobes. The factor of 1.4 increase in between sheet and lobe flybys is interpreted as an effect of increased particle impact ionization from 200 eV sheet electrons. The factor of 2.5 increase in electron density between flybys on Saturn's nightside and dayside is suggested to be an effect of the pressure balance between thermal plus magnetic pressure in Titan's ionosphere against the dynamic pressure and energetic particle pressure in Saturn's magnetosphere.

  19. Solar and lunar ionospheric electrodynamic effects during stratospheric sudden warmings

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    Yamazaki, Yosuke

    2014-11-01

    Both solar and lunar atmospheric tides are believed to drive ionospheric electrodynamic effects during stratospheric sudden warmings (SSWs), but their relative importance is not well understood. In this study, long-term records (1958-2007) of the geomagnetic field are analyzed to determine the average solar (S) and lunar (L) ionospheric current systems for SSW and non-SSW periods. It is found that the L current intensity is enhanced during SSWs approximately by 75%, while the relative change in the S current intensity is much smaller (~10%). Nonetheless, absolute changes are comparable in the S and L current intensities. At the magnetic equator, semidiurnal perturbations produced by S and L currents reinforce or cancel each other depending on the phase of the moon, creating lunar-dependent recurrent onset in the total effect. These results indicate that both S and L contributions need to be considered to understand ionospheric variability during SSWs.

  20. Thermodynamic effect of the ion sound instability in the ionosphere

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    Khazanov, G.V.; Gombosi, T.I.; Gorbachev, O.A.

    1994-04-01

    During geomagnetic disturbances when the ring current interacts intensely with the plasmasphere, the plasma of this region undergoes a strong heating due to an ion cyclotron instability. This is followed by the transfer of heat along geomagnetic field lines from the heating region to the ionosphere. One of the results of this process is the formation of a non isothermal region (in which T{sub e}>3.4 T{sub i} at ionospheric heights) caused by a rapid cooling the H{sup +} ions due to their resonant charge exchange with neutral hydrogen. Heat transfer from the top of the flux tube to the ionosphere is investigated using a hydrodynamic model for the ionosphere-plasmasphere coupling. Field-aligned currents, present in the topside ionosphere, are often accompanied by ion sound turbulence. The turbulence scatters electrons, increasing the total electron collision frequency through wave-particle effects. The influence of wave-particle interactions introduces an anomalous component to the total collision frequency, which modifies substantially the heat conduction coefficient of the plasma. As a result, the plasma is heated more intensely above than below this region of ion sound turbulence. 33 refs., 3 figs.

  1. Thermodynamic effect of the ion sound instability in the ionosphere

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    Khazanov, G. V.; Gombosi, T. I.; Gorbachev, O. A.; Trukhan, A. A.; Miller, R. H.

    1994-01-01

    During geomagnetic disturbances when the ring current interacts intensely with the plasmasphere, the plasma of this region undergoes a strong heating due to an ion cyclotron instability. This is followed by the transfer of heat along geomagnetic field lines from the heating region to the ionosphere. One of the results of this process is the formation of non-isothermal region (in which T(sub e) greater than 3.4 T(sub i) at ionospheric heights) caused by a rapid cooling the H(+) ions due to their resonant charge exchange with neutral hydrogen. Heat transfer from the top of the flux tube to the ionosphere is investigated using a hydrodynamic model for the ionosphere-plasmasphere coupling. Field-aligned currents, present in the topside ionosphere, are often accompanied by ion sound turbulence. The turbulence scatters electrons, increasing the total electron collision frequency through wave-particle effects. The influence of wave-particle interactions introduces an anomalous component to the total collision frequency, which modifies substantially the heat conduction coefficient of the plasma. As a result, the plasma is heated more intensely above than below this region of ion sound turbulence.

  2. Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling currents in Jupiter's middle magnetosphere: effect of magnetosphere-ionosphere decoupling by field-aligned auroral voltages

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    Nichols, J. D.; Cowley, S. W. H.

    2005-03-01

    We consider the effect of field-aligned voltages on the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling current system associated with the breakdown of rigid corotation of equatorial plasma in Jupiter's middle magnetosphere. Previous analyses have assumed perfect mapping of the electric field and flow along equipotential field lines between the equatorial plane and the ionosphere, whereas it has been shown that substantial field-aligned voltages must exist to drive the field-aligned currents associated with the main auroral oval. The effect of these field-aligned voltages is to decouple the flow of the equatorial and ionospheric plasma, such that their angular velocities are in general different from each other. In this paper we self-consistently include the field-aligned voltages in computing the plasma flows and currents in the system. A third order differential equation is derived for the ionospheric plasma angular velocity, and a power series solution obtained which reduces to previous solutions in the limit that the field-aligned voltage is small. Results are obtained to second order in the power series, and are compared to the original zeroth order results with no parallel voltage. We find that for system parameters appropriate to Jupiter the effect of the field-aligned voltages on the solutions is small, thus validating the results of previously-published analyses.

  3. Irregularities in ionospheric plasma clouds: their evolution and effect on radio communication. Technical report

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    Vesecky, J.F.; Chamberlain, J.W.; Cornwall, J.M.; Hammer, D.A.; Perkins, F.W.

    1980-09-01

    Both satellite radio communications, which travel through the Earth's ionosphere, and high frequency (HF) sky wave circuits, which use the ionosphere as a refracting medium, can be strongly affected by radio wave scintillation. High altitude nuclear explosions cause scintillation (by strongly disturbing the ionosphere) and thus severely degrade satellite radio communications over a large region. Since further atmospheric nuclear tests are banned, a thorough understanding of the physics involved in both the disturbed ionosphere and its interaction with radio waves is necessary in order to design radio communications systems which will operate satisfactorily in a nuclear environment. During the 1980 JASON Summer Study we addressed some aspects of the evolution of ionospheric irregularities following a high altitude nuclear explosion--the radio wave propagation theory being apparently well understood for the satellite link case. In particular, we have worked on irregularity evolution at late times (approx. hours) after an explosion and the impact of early time irregularity structure on late time evolution. We also raise the question of scintillation effects on HF sky wave communications.

  4. Irregularities in ionospheric plasma clouds: Their evolution and effect on radio communication

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    Vesecky, J. F.; Chamberlain, J. W.; Cornwall, J. M.; Hammer, D. A.; Perkins, F. W.

    1980-09-01

    Both satellite radio communications, which travel through the Earth's ionosphere, and high frequency (HF) sky wave circuits, which use the ionosphere as a refracting medium, can be strongly affected by radio wave scintillation. High altitude nuclear explosions cause scintillation (by strongly disturbing the ionosphere) and thus severely degrade satellite radio communications over a large region. Since further atmospheric nuclear tests are banned, a thorough understanding of the physics involved in both the disturbed ionosphere and its interaction with radio waves is necessary in order to design radio communications systems which will operate satisfactorily in a nuclear environment. During the 1980 JASON Summer Study we addressed some aspects of the evolution of ionospheric irregularities following a high altitude nuclear explosion--the radio wave propagation theory being apparently well understood for the satellite link case. In particular, we have worked on irregularity evolution at late times (approx. hours) after an explosion and the impact of early time irregularity structure on late time evolution. We also raise the question of scintillation effects on HF sky wave communications.

  5. The Effects of Hydrogen on the Ionosphere of Mars

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    Mayyasi-Matta, Majd; Withers, P.; Mendillo, M.

    2012-10-01

    A 1-D model is used to study the effects of Hydrogen chemistry on the composition of the Martian ionosphere. The presence of H and H2 neutral species in the atmosphere of Mars lead to the production of several hydrogenated ions. We simulate different conditions and find that the topside ionosphere can contain appreciable amounts of hydrogenated species such as H3+, OH+ and HCO+. Comparisons of a subset of the modeled non-hydrogenated ions are made with Viking ion density measurements. Future comparisons will be available from the Neutral Gas and Ions Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) measurements when the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission arrives at Mars.

  6. Dynamical effects of substorms in the middle and lower latitude ionosphere. Ph.D. Thesis

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    Pi, Xiaoqing

    1995-01-01

    The Earth`s ionosphere, a region of the the upper atmosphere spanning altitudes from approximately 100 to 1000 km, contains a complex pattern of electron densities produced by solar emissions, atmospheric chemistry and dynamical processes. In this dissertation, a plasma disturbance effect is identified in long-term observations, characterized statistically, and analyzed using numerical modeling. Results drawn from the model are subjected to verification using a dedicated observational campaign. The distinctive feature treated is a pattern of diurnal double maxima (DDM) in total electron content (TEC) observations. The observed DDM events have a clear relationship with geomagnetic disturbances known as substorms. A time-dependent ionospheric model is used to simulate observed DDM events over a latitudinal range of +/- 38 deg. (dip latitude), and in two longitude sectors (75 deg. W and 7 deg. E). Modeling results show that TEC DDM patterns can be created by a combined effect of ionospheric F region plasma vertical drifts and highly altitude-dependent chemical loss mechanisms. Modeling studies explore two possible substorm-related dynamical sources for these perturbation: magnetospheric electric field penetration and overshielding effects, or traveling disturbances in the neutral atmosphere. Local time, latitudinal, and longitudinal characteristics of these dynamical perturbations are investigated in order to define global-scale signatures of the ionosphere`s response to substorms. An observational campaign was formulated and conducted to verify model predictions. The techniques included: magnetometer in the auroral zone for indications of substorm activity; incoherent scatter radars, from high to low latitudes near 75 deg. W longitude, to measure ionospheric electron densities, plasma drifts and meridional neutral winds; and all sky CCD cameras and a Fabry-Perot interferometer for 6300 A airglow and neutral winds at a sub-auroral site.

  7. Stochastic Modeling Considering Ionospheric Scintillation Effects on GNSS Relative and Point Positioning

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    Silva, H. A.; Camargo, P. D.; Monico, J. F.; Aquino, M.; Marques, H. A.; de Franceschi, G.

    2008-12-01

    Nowadays, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), especially the Global Positioning System (GPS), represent one of the most used techniques for geodetic positioning. The functional models related with the GNSS observables are better understood than the stochastic models, considering that the development of the latter is more complex. Usually, the stochastic models are used in a simplified form, as the standard models, which assume that all the GNSS observables are statistically independent and have the same variance. However, the stochastic models may be investigated in more detail, considering for example, the effects of ionospheric scintillation. The high latitudes regions experiment strong influence of the ionospheric effects, in particular ionospheric scintillation. Considering the availability of specially designed GNSS receivers that provide ionospheric scintillation parameters, these effects can be mitigated through improved stochastic models. This paper presents the methodology and results from GPS relative and point positioning considering ionospheric scintillation in the stochastic modeling. Two programs have been developed to obtain the results from relative and point positioning: "GPSeq" (currently under development at the FCT/UNESP Sao Paulo State University - Brazil) and "pp_sc" (developed in a collaborative project between FCT/UNESP and Nottingham University - UK). The point positioning approach can be realized considering an epoch by epoch solution and the relative positioning using a Kalman Filter and the LAMBDA method to solve the Double Differences ambiguities. Both programs have the option to estimate the ionospheric residuals as one stochastic process using the white noise or random walk correlation models. In both cases it is also possible to use the L1/L2 ion-free linear combination. The stochastic modeling considering ionospheric scintillation has been implemented based in the models of Conker et al. (2003), following the approach described in Aquino et al. (2008). Data from a network of GPS Ionospheric Scintillation and TEC Monitor (GISTM) receivers set up in Northern Europe was used in the experiments as can be seen in De Franceschi et al. (2006) and Romano et al. (2008). The point positioning results have shown improvements of the order of 5 to 20 percent when considering the proposed stochastic modeling. In relative positioning, improvements of the order of 20 percent have been achieved. These and further results will be discussed in this paper.

  8. Ionospheric effects of sudden stratospheric warmings in eastern Siberia region

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    Polyakova, A. S.; Chernigovskaya, M. A.; Perevalova, N. P.

    2014-12-01

    Ionospheric effects observed in Russia's Asia region during sudden stratospheric warmings (SSWs) in the winters 2008/2009 and 2012/2013 corresponding to both extreme solar minimum and moderate solar maximum conditions have been examined. To detect the ionospheric effects which must have been induced by the SSWs, we have carried out a joint analysis of total electron content (TEC) global ionospheric maps (GIM), MLS (Microwave Limb Sounder, EOS Aura) measurements of vertical temperature profiles, as well as NCEP/NCAR and UKMO Reanalysis data. It has been revealed for the first time that during strong SSWs the amplitude of diurnal variation of TEC decreases nearly by half in the mid-latitude ionosphere. Besides, the intensity of TEC deviations from the background level increases during SSWs. It has also revealed that during SSW peak the midday TEC maximum considerably decreases, and the night/morning TEC increases compared to quiet days. The pattern of TEC response to SSW is shown to be identical for both quiet and disturbed geophysical conditions.

  9. Ionospheric Effects Observed by Radio Tomography during Severe Geomagnetic Storms

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    Andreeva, Elena S.; Kunitsyn, Vyacheslav E.; Tereshchenko, Evgeniy D.; Nazarenko, Marina O.; Nesterov, Ivan A.; Tumanova, Yuila S.

    2014-05-01

    The geomagnetic storms are an important element of space weather. As known, the distributions of all ionospheric parameters are determined by the interplay of many complex diverse processes of solar-terrestrial coupling. The intervals of geomagnetic storms are marked by dramatic changes in the dynamics of the ionosphere, whose parameters experience significant disturbances. The ionospheric signatures of geomagnetic perturbations are highly diverse in both spatiotemporal scales, ranging from a few seconds to few days and from a few meters to dozen thousand kilometers, and intensity. The methods of GNSS-based radio tomography (RT) are suitable for diagnosing the spatiotemporal structure of ionospheric disturbances caused by different space-weather factors. GNSS comprise the first-generation satellite navigation systems such as low-orbiting (LO) Russian Tsikada and American Transit satellites and second-generation satellite systems such as high-orbiting GPS and GLONASS constellations. The LORT methods reconstruct two-dimensional (2D) structure of the ionospheric electron density distribution in the vertical (altitude-latitude) plane within a spatial sector spanning a few thousand km and a time interval of 10-15 min. The horizontal and vertical resolution of LORT is typically 15-25 km and 25-30 km, respectively. The HORT methods use radio transmissions from HO satellites recorded at the receiving ground network of the International Geodetic Service (IGS), which currently comprises about 2000 receivers. The HORT methods are capable of reconstructing the four-dimensional (4D) (three spatial coordinates and time) structure of the ionosphere. Generally, HORT has a spatial resolution of 100 km at best and a time step of 60-20 min. In the regions covered by dense receiving networks (e.g., in Europe, Alaska, USA), the resolution can be improved to 30-50 and the time step reduced to 30-10 min. The resolution of 10-30 km in space and up to 2 min in time is only achievable in Japan and California, where the receiving networks are very dense. We present the results of HORT and LORT imaging of the ionosphere during the periods of geomagnetic storms of 2003-2013 in different regions of the world -- in the European part of Russia and North America. Different factors acting during the storm time make the ionosphere complexly structured. Radio tomography reveals multi-extremal distributions of the ionospheric plasma with the spots of enhanced ionization, wall-like steep gradients of electron concentration; a complex structure of the ionization trough with the polar wall shifted equatorwards is observed. Many reconstructions show various wavelike structures, travelling ionospheric disturbances, wave effects caused by corpuscular emissions, etc. We demonstrate the comparisons of radio tomography with the ionosonde measurements. In contrast to the ionosondes, which use short radio waves, the RT methods are suitable for diagnosing the ionosphere even during the periods of strong geomagnetic storms, since absorption can typically be neglected in the RT problems due to the high frequencies used. The work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grants 14-05-00855 and 13-05-01122). We are grateful to the North-West Research Associates (NWRA) for providing the experimental relative TEC data from the RT system in Alaska.

  10. Ionospheric effects of the extreme solar activity of February 1986

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    Boska, J.; Pancheva, D.

    1989-01-01

    During February 1986, near the minimum of the 11 year Solar sunspot cycle, after a long period of totally quiet solar activity (R sub z = 0 on most days in January) a period of a suddenly enhanced solar activity occurred in the minimum between solar cycles 21 and 22. Two proton flares were observed during this period. A few other flares, various phenomena accompanying proton flares, an extremely severe geomagnetic storm and strong disturbances in the Earth's ionosphere were observed in this period of enhanced solar activity. Two active regions appeared on the solar disc. The flares in both active regions were associated with enhancement of solar high energy proton flux which started on 4 February of 0900 UT. Associated with the flares, the magnetic storm with sudden commencement had its onset on 6 February 1312 UT and attained its maximum on 8 February (Kp = 9). The sudden enhancement in solar activity in February 1986 was accompanied by strong disturbances in the Earth's ionosphere, SIDs and ionospheric storm. These events and their effects on the ionosphere are discussed.

  11. Some ionospheric storm effects at an antarctic station

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    Mansilla, Gustavo A.; Zossi, Marta M.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, the ionospheric response of a high latitude station to some intense geomagnetic storms occurred in 2000 and 2001 is analyzed. For that, data of the critical frequency of the F2-layer foF2 and the virtual height h‧F measured at Base Gral. San Martín (68°08‧S; 67°06‧W) during the storms of April 6, 2000; May 23, 2000; March 31, 2001 and April 11, 2001 (high solar activity) are considered. In order to obtain the features of the disturbances, a comparison of the foF2 data with the outputs of the IRI-2001 model during quiet conditions is made. The results show in general negative storm effects (decreases of foF2 with respect to quiet conditions) following the storm commencement irrespective of the local time. Also, increases in foF2 prior to intense storms are sometimes observed. The h‧F data show increases in association with the negative storm effects. The role of some physical mechanisms acting during the phases of the storms is analyzed.

  12. IMF-By effect on the mid-latitude ionosphere

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    Maruyama, Takashi; Jin, Hidekatsu

    The primary factor that controls ionospheric total electron content (TEC) variations is solar UV/EUV radiations through the ionization of the thermospheric neutral particles and through the modification of the thermosphere. Changes in temperature and composition of the neutral atmosphere and the atmospheric circulation greatly affect the ionospheric electron density. Because such a relationship between the solar spectral irradiance and the ionospheric TEC is highly complex, we applied an artificial neural network (ANN) technique that has a great capability of function approximation of complex systems to model solar irradiance effects on TEC. Three solar proxies, F_{10.7}, SOHO_SEM_{26-34} EUV emission index, and MgII_c-w-r were chosen as input parameters to the ANN-TEC model. Another channel of energy flow from the sun to the earths ionosphere is the solar wind. The am index and several solar wind magnetosphere coupling functions were chosen as additional inputs to the ANN to model the effects of magnetic disturbances. Somewhat minor but interesting effects on TEC variations emerged when the major effects of solar irradiance and magnetic disturbances were removed. We analyzed the time series of the residual error in TEC prediction by using a wavelet transformation, which revealed a periodic increase in error approximately every 27 days in the summer. Possible origins of the error are (1) insufficient modeling of the solar activity effect, (2) lunar tidal forcing, (3) coupling with planetary waves in the lower atmosphere, and (4) solar wind effects. Examinations refused the first three possibilities. We investigated solar wind parameters that are not concerned in geomagnetic disturbances. The 27-day periodic error during the summer disappeared when the IMF-By component and the solar wind velocity were included in the input space of the ANN. Possible explanation of the IMF-By effect is discussed in terms of changes in the thermospheric general circulation pattern.

  13. Evaluation of different approaches to modeling the second-order ionospheric delay on GPS measurements

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    Garcia-Fernandez, M.; Desai, S. D.; Butala, M. D.; Komjathy, A.

    2013-12-01

    This work evaluates various approaches to compute the second order ionospheric correction (SOIC) to Global Positioning System (GPS) measurements. When estimating the reference frame using GPS, applying this correction is known to primarily affect the realization of the origin of the Earth's reference frame along the spin axis (Z coordinate). Therefore, the Z translation relative to the International Terrestrial Reference Frame 2008 is used as the metric to evaluate various published approaches to determining the slant total electron content (TEC) for the SOIC: getting the slant TEC from GPS measurements, and using the vertical total electron content (TEC) given by a Global Ionospheric Model (GIM) to transform it to slant TEC via a mapping function. All of these approaches agree to 1 mm if the ionospheric shell height needed in GIM-based approaches is set to 600 km. The commonly used shell height of 450 km introduces an offset of 1 to 2 mm. When the SOIC is not applied, the Z axis translation can be reasonably modeled with a ratio of +0.23 mm/TEC units of the daily median GIM vertical TEC. Also, precise point positioning (PPP) solutions (positions and clocks) determined with and without SOIC differ by less than 1 mm only if they are based upon GPS orbit and clock solutions that have consistently applied or not applied the correction, respectively. Otherwise, deviations of few millimeters in the north component of the PPP solutions can arise due to inconsistencies with the satellite orbit and clock products, and those deviations exhibit a dependency on solar cycle conditions.

  14. Global ionospheric effects of the October 1989 geomagnetic storm

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    Yeh, K. C.; Ma, S. Y.; Lin, K. H.; Conkright, R. O.

    1994-04-01

    Based on a large data base from 40 ionosonde stations distributed worldwide and 12 total electron content stations, a case study is made on the global behavior of ionospheric responses to the great magnetic storm of October 1989. The magnetic storm was triggered by a solar flare with the largest class of X13/4B and started with a sudden storm commencement (ssc) at 0917 UT on October 20. After the initial phase the storm underwent two periods of maximum activities in the following 2 days. Low-latitude auroras were sighted and reported in widely separated areas in both northern and southern hemispheres. In response to these magnetic and auroral activities the ionosphere showed remarkable effects. Depending on the local time of ssc occurrence, the ionospheric response differed appreciably. Impressive changes were long-lasting, large-scale effects, such as the severe depressions of foF2 at higher latitudes, the temporary suppression of the equatorial anomaly and large horizontal gradients at certain latitudes. Also observed were positive storm effects of short duration during the post-sunset period in response to the onset of both ssc and main phase of the magnetic storm. These two positive storm effects showed different patterns suggesting different causal mechanisms. In addition, global propagation of large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs) was seen during 2 nights, identified by dramatic rises of h'F with periodic fluctuations. The equatorward propagation velocities of the TIDs varied between 330 m/s and 680 m/s for the east Asia region.

  15. The Effect of Ionospheric Models on Electromagnetic Pulse Locations

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    Fenimore, Edward E.; Triplett, Laurie A.

    2014-07-01

    Locations of electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) determined by time-of-arrival (TOA) often have outliers with significantly larger errors than expected. In the past, these errors were thought to arise from high order terms in the Appleton-Hartree equation. We simulated 1000 events randomly spread around the Earth into a constellation of 22 GPS satellites. We used four different ionospheres: “simple” where the time delay goes as the inverse of the frequency-squared, “full Appleton-Hartree”, the “BobRD integrals” and a full raytracing code. The simple and full Appleton-Hartree ionospheres do not show outliers whereas the BobRD and raytracing do. This strongly suggests that the cause of the outliers is not additional terms in the Appleton-Hartree equation, but rather is due to the additional path length due to refraction. A method to fix the outliers is suggested based on fitting a time to the delays calculated at the 5 GPS frequencies with BobRD and simple ionospheres. The difference in time is used as a correction to the TOAs.

  16. Influence of geomagnetic storms of September 26-30, 2011, on the ionosphere and HF radiowave propagation. I. Ionospheric effects

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    Klimenko, M. V.; Klimenko, V. V.; Bessarab, F. S.; Ratovsky, K. G.; Zakharenkova, I. E.; Nosikov, I. A.; Stepanov, A. E.; Kotova, D. S.; Vorobjev, V. G.; Yagodkina, O. I.

    2015-11-01

    Geomagnetic storm ionospheric effects observed at different latitudes and longitudes on September 26 and 28-30, 2011, are interpreted with the GSM TIP model. It has been justified that the results of this model can subsequently be used to calculate the HF radiowave ray tracing under quiet conditions and for the selected dates in September 2011. The model calculations are compared with observations of the ionospheric parameters performed by different radiophysical methods. The presented results confirm the classical mechanisms by which positive and negative ionospheric storms are formed during the main phase of a geomagnetic storm. At high latitudes, the electron density is mainly disturbed due to changes in the neutral composition of the thermosphere, resulting in an increase in the chemical loss rates, and the electromagnetic drift, which results in a substantial reconstruction of the high-latitude ionosphere owing to the horizontal plasma transfer. During the storm recovery phase at midlatitudes, electron density positive disturbances are formed in the daytime due to an increase in the n(O)/ n(N2) ratio; at the same time, negative effects in the electron density are formed at night as a result of plasma tube devastation. Comparison with the observations indicates that the presented model calculation results can be used to describe a medium for solving problems of radiowave propagation in the ionosphere during the storm main phase on September 26 and during the recovery phase on September 28-30, 2011.

  17. Effects of large zonal plasma drifts on the subauroral ionosphere

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    Sellek, R.; Bailey, G. J.; Moffett, R. J.; Heelis, R. A.; Anderson, P. C.

    1991-01-01

    A model of the earth's ionosphere and plasmasphere is used to investigate the effects of an imposed westward plasma drift of maximum velocity 2 km/s. A closed subauroral tube of plasma is considered and the velocity spike persists for 10 min. Ion-neutral frictional heating causes rapid elevation of the F-region O(+) temperature. The F-layer O(+) concentration is decreased due to increased O(+) loss rate and rapid ion flows both upward and downward from the F-region. The upward flux of O(+) through the topside ionosphere can each 5 x 10 exp 9/sq cm/s; when the velocity spike ceases there is a return flow of O(+) that tends to replenish the F-layer. Most of the features revealed by the model for the F-region and topside ionosphere are in accord with observations of subauroral ion drifts. Downward flows that are predicted to be persistently present around the 300 km altitude level appear to agree with observations only occasionally; suggestions are made to resolve this discrepancy.

  18. Seismo-Electromagnetic Effects Observed by DEMETER in the Ionosphere

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    Parrot, M.

    2005-12-01

    The French micro-satellite DEMETER was launched on June 29, 2004 on a polar and circular orbit with an altitude of 700 km. One of its main scientific objectives is to detect in the ionosphere, anomalous variations of electromagnetic waves, particle fluxes or thermal plasma parameters which could be related to seismic activity. If it is shown that such perturbations are real and systematic, they could be considered as short-term precursors, occurring between a few hours and a few days before the quake. There are several hypotheses to explain the generation mechanism of these phenomena (wave emissions from the Earth's crust, piezo- or tribo-electric effects, emissions of radioactive gas or metallic ions, propagation of acoustic-gravity waves, .). The payload of the micro-satellite allows to measure waves in a broad frequency range and also important plasma parameters (ion composition, electron density and temperature, energetic particles). The scientific payload is composed of several sensors: - Three electric and three magnetic sensors (6 components of the electromagnetic field to investigate from DC up to 3.5 MHz), - A Langmuir probe, - An ion spectrometer, and, - An energetic particle analyzer. There are two modes of operation: (i) a survey mode to record low bit rate data all around the Earth, and (ii) a burst mode to record high bit rate data above seismic regions. The telemetry is received in Toulouse and sent to the DEMETER mission center in Orlans where data and plots are processed (http://demeter.cnrs-orleans.fr). After eighteen months of operation, the paper will present significant events recorded when the satellite is close in time and in space to earthquakes. The main purpose of the project is to perform a statistical analysis with many events in order to determine the main characteristics of the seismo-electromagnetic effects and methods which are currently operative will be explained.

  19. Methods of alleviation of ionospheric scintillation effects on digital communications

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    Massey, J. L.

    1974-01-01

    The degradation of the performance of digital communication systems because of ionospheric scintillation effects can be reduced either by diversity techniques or by coding. The effectiveness of traditional space-diversity, frequency-diversity and time-diversity techniques is reviewed and design considerations isolated. Time-diversity signaling is then treated as an extremely simple form of coding. More advanced coding methods, such as diffuse threshold decoding and burst-trapping decoding, which appear attractive in combatting scintillation effects are discussed and design considerations noted. Finally, adaptive coding techniques appropriate when the general state of the channel is known are discussed.

  20. MAGNUS FORCE EFFECTS IN THE ROTATING IONOSPHERES OF VENUS AND MARS

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    Perez de Tejada, H. A.; Lundin, R.

    2009-12-01

    Measurements conducted with the ORPA instrument of the Pioneer Venus Orbiter in the Venus ionosphere and with the ASPERA-3 instrument of the Mars Express spacecraft in the Mars ionosphere have been examined to identify effects related to the Magnus force that is produced by the combined presence of the directed motion of each planet's eroded upper ionospheric plasma and the rotating lower altitude region of their ionosphere. The overall response of the ionosphere to that force is a dawn-dusk asymmetry in the distribution of the upper nightside ionosphere as well as in the plasma wake that extends downstream from it. At Venus the high altitude ionospheric trans-terminator flow is displaced towards the dawn side consistent with the fast retrograde rotation of that planet's atmosphere. At Mars the velocity vectors derived from the ASPERA-3 measurements in that planet's ionosphere are examined to determine if there is a dawnward deflection in the distribution of the eroded ionospheric plasma consistent with the prograde rotational motion of the planet and its atmosphere. Calculations are carried out to estimate the angular deflection of the upper layers of the ionospheric plasma that is eroded by the solar wind in each planet.

  1. The effect of large-scale tropospheric storms on the ionospheres of giant planets

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    Matcheva, Katia

    2015-11-01

    It is well recognized that large-scale storms in the Earth troposphere can leave observable signatures in the structure of the ionosphere in terms of local electron density distribution. Terrestrial numerical models indicate that thunderstorms can change the electron density by more than an order of magnitude (Shao et al. 2012). The atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn are riddled by atmospheric storms of all scales. Lightning has been successfully detected in optical images in the tropospheres of both planets. Our work presents a theoretical study of the dynamical and electromagnetic effects of large thunderstorms on the vertical plasma distribution in the ionospheres of Jupiter and Saturn and compares the predicted signatures with the available electron density profiles from the Galileo and the Cassini missions.

  2. Effects of solar flares on the ionosphere of Mars.

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    Mendillo, Michael; Withers, Paul; Hinson, David; Rishbeth, Henry; Reinisch, Bodo

    2006-02-24

    All planetary atmospheres respond to the enhanced x-rays and ultraviolet (UV) light emitted from the Sun during a flare. Yet only on Earth are observations so continuous that the consequences of these essentially unpredictable events can be measured reliably. Here, we report observations of solar flares, causing up to 200% enhancements to the ionosphere of Mars, as recorded by the Mars Global Surveyor in April 2001. Modeling the altitude dependence of these effects requires that relative enhancements in the soft x-ray fluxes far exceed those in the UV. PMID:16497929

  3. Effects of ionospheric turbulence on SPS pilot signal

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    Clynch, J. R.

    1981-01-01

    The spatial variation of the electron density was studied by monitoring the differential Doppler on radio beacons aboard the Navy navigation satellites. The radio frequency heater was used to deposit energy in the F-region ionosphere with the heating frequency above peak plasma frequency. The effects of the solar power satellite power beam on the pilot signal were simulated. It was found that a small depletion was formed in the beam and that there was turbulence in the elctron density up the magnetic field line from the beam. It is suggested that the depletion will not seriously affect the power or pilot beams of the solar power satellite.

  4. Studing Solar Flare Effects on Ionosphere Using AWESOME Receiver

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    Mustafa, Famil; Babayev, Elchin; Alekperov, Ilgar

    2015-08-01

    Ground based observations of Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) / Very Low Frequency (VLF) (300 Hz 30 kHz) waves are considered as an important remote sensing tool for the investigation of the ionosphere and the magnetosphere. VLF waves find their origin in various natural and artificial phenomena; the natural sources include thunderstorms, lightning and associated phenomena. Sub-ionospheric VLF transmissions propagating inside the Earth-ionosphere wave-guide is also being widely used for investigating sudden ionospheric perturbations (SIDs) in lower part of the ionosphere.

  5. Ionospheric Effects of X-Ray Solar Bursts in the Brazilian Sector

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    Becker-Guedes, F.; Takahashi, H.; Costa, J. E.; Otsuka, Y.

    2011-12-01

    When the solar X-ray flux in the interplanetary medium reaches values above a certain threshold, some undesired effects affecting radio communications are expected. Basically, the magnitudes of these effects depend on the X-ray peak brightness and duration, which drive the intensity of the ionosphere response when the associated electromagnetic wave hit the sunlit side of the Earth atmosphere. An important aspect defining the severity of damages to HF radio communications and LF navigation signals in a certain area is the local time when each event takes place. In order to create more accurate warnings referred to possible radio signal loss or degradation in the Brazilian sector, we analyze TEC maps obtained by a GPS network, formed by dual-frequency receivers spread all over the country, to observe ionospheric local changes during several X-ray events in the 0.1-0.8 nm range measured by GOES satellite. Considering the duration, peak brightness, and local time of the events, the final purpose of this study is to understand and predict the degree of changes suffered by the ionosphere during these X-ray bursts. We intend using these results to create a radio blackout warning product to be offered by the Brazilian space weather program named EMBRACE (Estudo e Monitoramento BRAsileiro do Clima Espacial): Brazilian Monitoring and Study of Space Weather.

  6. Effect of Ionospheric Electron Density on the Amplitude of Field Line Resonances

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    Menk, F. W.; Sciffer, M. D.; Dupont, M.; Townsend, C.

    2012-12-01

    Ultra-low frequency (ULF) field line resonances are recorded on the ground because shear Alfvn mode waves are reflected at the ionosphere, allowing the formation of standing field line eigenoscillations. For detection at the ground, ULF wave energy must also pass through the ionosphere and atmosphere. We may expect that the ionospheric conductance affects the propagation of ULF waves and hence the amplitude of field line resonances at the ground. However, few studies of this effect have been reported. Here we describe a combined theoretical and observational study of the effect of ionospheric electron density on FLR amplitude at the ground. We use the one-dimensional model of ULF wave propagation through the ionosphere by Sciffer et al. (2005) to determine wave amplitude and phase and conductance profiles for a range of conditions (time, season, latitude, solar F10.7 flux) incorporating input data from the empirical IRI, MSIS and IGRF ionospheric, atmospheric and magnetic field models. We also examine ground magnetometer and ionospheric electron density data from a range of locations, and compare the observed variation in electron density in the ionospheric F and E regions with the FLR amplitude for specific days and on a statistical basis. We find that high electron densities in the F region, and in particular in the E region, for example associated with sporadic E, reduce the amplitude of the FLR amplitude on the ground as a result of the enhanced ionospheric conductance.

  7. Hemispheric Effects in Ionospheric Plasma Convection and Irregularity Occurrence

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    Ruohoniemi, J. M.; Baker, J. B. H.; Bristow, W. A.; Shepherd, S. G.; Kunduri, B.; Cousins, E. D. P.

    2014-12-01

    Extensive statistical studies have demonstrated the extent of asymmetries between the hemispheres in terms of the global pattern of plasma convection in the high-latitude ionosphere. However, relatively little is known about the asymmetries that arise on meso and smaller spatial scales or in the course of reconfiguration of the global convection following changes in IMF or substorm onsets. Moreover the correspondence between the hemispheres in space weather effects such as the occurrence of ionospheric plasma irregularities is almost unexplored. Some of the challenges in conducting such studies are traceable to more limited observational capabilities in the southern hemisphere. New capabilities have recently been achieved with the expansion of the SuperDARN radar network such that simultaneous and quasi-conjugate coverage is sometimes possible from midlatitudes to the polar cap. We review findings on the asymmetric aspects of high-latitude convection and press further to consider evidence of correspondence and asymmetry in convection when varying in time and across the equatorward auroral and midlatitude regions where conjugacy should obtain more reliably. We also discuss evidence of correlation between the hemispheres in terms of the occurrence of small-scale irregularities as a space weather phenomenon of practical importance.

  8. Effects of rocket exhaust products in the thermosphere and ionosphere

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    Zinn, J.; Sutherland, C.D.

    1980-01-01

    This paper reviews the current state of our understanding of the problem of ionospheric F-layer depletions produced by chemical effects of the exhaust gases from large rockets, with particular emphasis on the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicles (HLLV) proposed for use in the construction of solar power satellites. The second stage engines deposit 9 x 10/sup 31/ H/sub 2/O and H/sub 2/ molecules between 74 and 124 km. Model computations show that they diffuse gradually into the ionospheric F region, where they lead to weak but widespread and persistent depletions of ionization and continuous production of H atoms. The orbit circularization burn deposits 9 x 10/sup 29/ exhaust molecules at about 480-km altitude. These react rapidly with the F2 region O/sup +/ ions, leading to a substantial (factor-of-three) reduction in plasma density, which extends over a 1000- by 2000-km region and persists for four to five hours. For purposes of computer model verification, we include a computation representing the Skylab I launch, for which observational data exist. The computations and data are compared, and the computer model is described.

  9. Investigation of solar-flare effects by the oblique sounding of the ionosphere

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    Blagoveshchenskaia, N. F.; Bubnov, V. A.; Ustinovich, V. T.

    1989-01-01

    The paper examines results of an investigation of solar-flare effects by the oblique sounding of the ionosphere on a subauroral path about 9000 km long during 1981-1982. Oblique sounding data are compared with investigations of SWF, SPA, SEA, and SFD sudden ionospheric disturbances, as well as with solar-radio emission parameters in the 650-15,000 MHz range.

  10. Investigations of solar flares effects by oblique-sounder ionosphere method.

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    Blagoveshchenskaya, N. F.; Bubnov, V. A.; Ustinovich, V. T.

    1989-01-01

    Results of investigations of solar flares effects by oblique-sounder ionosphere method in a subauroral line 9000 km long during 1981 - 82 are considered. Comparison is made between results of oblique-sounder ionosphere disturbances of type SWF, SPA, SEA, SFD and also sun radio-burst parameters in the band of 650 - 15000 MHz.

  11. Stability of a cometary ionosphere/ionopause including pressure effects

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    Mckenzie, J.F.; Axford, W.I.; Ershkovich, A.I. Tel Aviv Univ. )

    1990-09-01

    The stability analysis by Ershkovich, McKenzie, and Axford of a cometary ionosphere/ionopause determined by ion-neutral friction is extended to include the effects of finite plasma pressure. It is shown that, from a formal viewpoint, the inclusion of pressure effects leaves intact the sufficient condition for instability. Application of the results to Comet Halley demonstrates that plasma pressure reduces the instability growth rate of the cavity and therefore that the boundary should not be expected to exhibit any significant mixing arising from overturning. The generalization to include plasma pressure is applicable to a wider range of physical parameters than is available at Halley and is of interest to other comets, particularly during periods of high solar activity. 12 refs.

  12. Some ionospheric storm effects at equatorial and low latitudes

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    Mansilla, Gustavo A.

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, the response of the equatorial and low latitude ionosphere to three intense geomagnetic storms occurred in 2002 and 2003 is reported. For that, critical frequency of F2-layer foF2 and the peak height hmF2 hmF2 for the stations Jicamarca (11.9S), Ascension Is (7.92S) and Tucuman (26.9S) are used. The results show a "smoothing" of the Equatorial Anomaly structure during the development of the storms. Noticeable features are the increases in foF2 before the storm sudden commencement (SC) at equatorial latitudes and the southern crest of the Equatorial Anomaly. In some cases nearly simultaneous increases in foF2 are observed in response to the storm, which are attributed to the prompt electric field. Also, positive effects observed at equatorial and low latitudes during the development of the storm seem to be caused by the disturbance dynamo electric field due to the storm-time circulation. Increases in foF2 above the equator and simultaneous decreases in foF2 at the south crest near to the end of a long-duration main phase are attributed to equatorward-directed meridional winds. Decreases in foF2 observed during the recovery phase of storms are believed to be caused by composition changes. The results indicate that the prompt penetration electric field on the EA is important but their effect is of short lived. More significant ionospheric effects are the produced by the disturbance dynamo electric field. The role of storm-time winds is important because they modify the "fountain effect" and transport the composition changes toward low latitudes.

  13. Effects of geographic-geomagnetic pole offset on ionospheric outflow: Can the ionosphere wag the magnetospheric tail?

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    Barakat, Abdallah R.; Eccles, J. Vincent; Schunk, Robert W.

    2015-10-01

    The generalized polar wind model was used to simulate the polar ionosphere during the September/October 2002 storm. The solar terminator moved across the polar caps in a diurnal oscillation during this equinox period. The main conclusions of this study are the following: (1) the terminator oscillation generates a diurnal oscillation in the total hemispheric fluxes of the polar wind from the ionosphere into the magnetosphere; (2) the diurnal oscillation of outflow in the Northern Hemisphere is 12 h out of phase with the Southern Hemisphere; (3) the H+ outflow flux is near its limiting value, so the oscillation is larger than the nonperiodic contributions (e.g., geomagnetic activity); and (4) the O+ flux is less than its limiting value, hence the diurnal oscillation is comparable to the non-periodic effects. The simulation suggests that the hemispherical asymmetry and periodicity of the total ion outflow could "wag the magnetospheric tail" and perhaps contribute to substorm triggering.

  14. Ionospheric Storms in the Sub-Auroral Ionosphere: Local Time Effects Driven by Electrodynamics

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    Narvaez, C. L.; Mendillo, M.

    2009-12-01

    The response of the mid-latitude ionosphere to geomagnetic storms depends upon several pre-storm conditions, the dominant ones being season and local time of the storm commencement (SC). The difference between a site’s geographic and geomagnetic latitudes is also of major importance since it governs the blend of processes linked to solar production and magnetospheric input, respectively. Electrodynamics plays a central role in storm morphologies at sub-auroral sites: it contributes to the positive phase near dusk on the first day or a storm, and to the motions of the trough on subsequent nights, and to the Joule heating that drives the negative phase. To explore hemispheric consistency of ionospheric storms, we identify two key locations that are “geophysically-equivalent” sites and offer the optimal ways to assess magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. At the longitudes of the dipole tilt, we use ionosonde values of the F2-layer maximum electron density (NmF2) to study geophysical equivalency at Wallops Island (VA) and Hobart (Tasmania), using statistical summaries of 206 events during solar cycle #20. We form average patterns of ΔNmF2 (%) versus local time over 7-day storm periods that are constructed in ways that enhance the portrayal of the characteristic features of the positive and negative phases of ionospheric storms. The results show a remarkable consistency between local time patterns of storm-induced perturbations and the processes that cause them in each hemisphere. Subtle differences are found in the role of electrodynamics for two features of the negative phase: convective motions of the trough and the Joule heating that drives the negative phase.

  15. Foreword: Ionospheric effects on communication and related systems (IES)

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    Goodman, John M.; Klobuchar, John A.; Soicher, Haim

    1988-07-01

    The special section contained in this issue of Radio Science is the second of two which have been developed from papers presented at the 1987 symposium on the Effect of the Ionosphere on Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance Systems (IES 1987). This technical conference was jointly sponsored by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory (AFGL), and the Army Communications-Electronics Command (USACECOM). The symposium was held in Springfield, Virginia on May 5-7, 1987 in cooperation with the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA), the Naval Ocean Systems Center (NOSC), the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS), and the Voice of America (VOA). See the May-June 1988 issue of Radio Science for a more complete foreword (Radio Sci., 23, 209, 1988).

  16. Ionospheric physics

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    Sojka, J.J. )

    1991-01-01

    Advances in all areas of ionospheric research are reviewed for the 1987-1990 time period. Consideration is given to the equatorial ionosphere, the midlatitude ionosphere and plasmasphere, the auroral ionosphere, the polar ionosphere and polar wind, ionospheric electrodynamic inputs, plasma waves and irregularities, active experiments, ionospheric forecasting, and coupling the ionosphere with other regions.

  17. Finite Larmor Radius Effects on the Ionosphere Interchange Instabilities: A Gyrofluid Approach

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    Despain, K. M.; Huba, J. D.

    2012-12-01

    Ionospheric irregularities responsible for the scintillation of radio waves and radar backscatter have scale lengths in the range of 10s-100s of m. At these scales, finite Larmor radius (FLR) effects can become important and affect the evolution of ionospheric instabilities. Standard electrostatic models with FLR effects are only valid down to scale lengths approaching the ion gyroradius. To extend our investigation to smaller scales, we use a gyrofluid model appropriate for ionospheric conditions. We will present nonlinear simulation results from both models which highlight these effects.

  18. The Search for Ionospheric Effects at 150 MHz with PAPER

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    Gugliucci, Nicole E.; Bradley, R.; PAPER Collaboration

    2012-01-01

    PAPER (the Precision Array to Probe the Epoch of Reionization) is a telescope designed to detect the redshifted hydrogen signal from the early universe. The hydrogen is at a redshift of approximately 6-14, bringing the spin-flip transition of neutral hydrogen from 1.4 GHz to a regime between 100 and 230 GHz. PAPER has a test site with 32 antennas in the Radio Quiet Zone of Green Bank, West Virginia, and a 64-antenna array at the Square Kilometer Array candidate site in the Karoo, South Africa. Astronomical observations at such low frequencies are made more challenging by the refractive properties of the ionosphere. We present the angular shifts in bright source positions (Cyg A, Cas A, Vir A, and Tau A) as probes of the variations in the total electron content (TEC) along the lines of sight between the sources and the 32-element array in Green Bank. With an integration time of 10 seconds, we can probe for the small fluctuations, using the visibilities, that may be the most difficult to calibrate in upcoming experiments and observations. More sensitive probes of longer timescales are also done by imaging the sky with both the 32 and 64-element arrays. Here again, the bright source position stability is used as an indicator of the TEC stability. The wideband nature of the PAPER instrument enables it to probe the effects of a varying TEC over a nearly 100 MHz bandwidth. We compare these measurements to more traditional methods of probing the ionosphere, such as GPS satellites, and we discuss the implications that these measurements will have on experiments aimed at detecting the epoch of reionization.

  19. Space Weather Topics at Ionospheric Effects Symposium 2008

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    Goodman, John

    2008-08-01

    The ionosphere has captured the interest of scientists and communications specialists for many years. Research has been intrinsically applications oriented since Guglielmo Marconi identified an ionized region within the upper atmosphere that acted like a high-altitude mirror reflecting radio waves so that long-distance communication could be achieved. His successful transatlantic radio transmissions early in the twentieth century heralded the beginning of an era of wireless communications. Eager to capitalize on this, civilian and military industries sponsored research to better understand the ionosphere. These endeavors established that the ionosphere exhibits considerable variability, with significant changes associated with ionospheric storms that are driven by solar disturbances. This variability, now termed space weather, also introduces changes in radio propagation conditions that can disrupt various radio systems, such as high-frequency and satellite communications, the Global Positioning System, radar, and specialized surveillance methods.

  20. Long-duration positive ionospheric storm during the December 2006 geomagnetic storm: Ionizing effect of forbidden electrons

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    Suvorova, A. V.; Huang, C.-M.; Tsai, L.-C.; Dmitriev, A. V.; Ratovsky, K. G.

    2015-11-01

    The magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling at low latitudes was studied during the major geomagnetic storm on 14-16 December 2006. Data from NOAA/POES satellites were used to identify the enhancements of forbidden energetic electrons (FEE). Global Ionospheric Maps and COSMIC/FORMOSAT-3 radio occultation measurements were used for studying positive ionospheric storm phases. We found that long-lasting positive ionospheric storms were concomitant with FEE enhancements. We discussed relative contributions of the FEE ionizing effect as well as other general mechanisms to the positive ionospheric storm at different phases of the geomagnetic storm.

  1. Characteristics of second-order residual ionospheric error in GNSS radio occultation and its impact on inversion of neutral atmospheric parameters

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    Qu, Xiaochuan; Li, Zhenghang; An, Jiachun; Ding, Wenwu

    2015-08-01

    In Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) radio occultation (RO), one of the most significant error sources is the ionospheric error, which is largely eliminated by dual-frequency linear combination. However, second-order residual ionospheric error (RIE) in excess phase still remains and affects the retrievals of neutral atmospheric parameters in RO. Second-order RIE varies with RO azimuth in a sinusoidal pattern for a set of simulated RO events occurring in the same location at different azimuths. The amplitude of the sinusoidal curve below 60 km is at the order of sub-centimeter under moderate solar activity level. The retrieval biases of the neutral atmospheric parameters induced by second-order RIE also have sinusoidal features with RO azimuth, but have opposite variation trends to that of the second-order RIE. The RO azimuths of the maximum positive and negative retrieval biases correspond approximately to the azimuths of maximum negative and positive second-order RIEs, respectively. The order of the maximum bending angle bias induced by the second-order RIE is about 10-8 rad under moderate solar activity level. However, the retrieval errors at low latitude are larger than those at high and middle latitudes, and the maximum temperature bias at low latitude could be 0.35 K at 40 km. Based on the sinusoidal variation of second-order RIE, it is shown that even at the same RO point and under the same solar activity level, the second-order RIEs at different RO azimuths still have different effects on the retrieval precision of atmospheric parameters. This should be considered carefully when many RO profiles are averaged for climate trend detection, especially at low latitude.

  2. Effects of Atmospheric Variability on Ionospheric Manifestations of Earthquakes and Tsunamis

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    Godin, O. A.; Zabotin, N. A.; Zabotina, L.

    2014-12-01

    There is a large and increasing number of ground-based and satellite-borne instruments, which reliably reveal ionospheric manifestations of natural hazards such as large earthquakes, strong tsunamis, and powerful tornadoes. As the focus shifts from detecting the ionospheric features associated with the natural hazards to characterizing the hazards for the purposes of improving early warning systems and contributing to disaster recovery, it becomes imperative to relate quantitatively characteristics of the observed ionospheric disturbances and the underlying natural hazard. The relation between perturbations at the ground level and their ionospheric manifestations is strongly affected by parameters of the intervening atmosphere. In this paper, we employ the ray theory to model propagation of acoustic gravity waves in three-dimensionally inhomogeneous atmosphere. Huygens' wavefront-tracing and Hamiltonian ray-tracing algorithms are used to simulate wave propagation from an earthquake hypocenter through the earth's crust and ocean to the upper atmosphere as well as the generation of atmospheric waves by seismic surface waves and tsunamis. We quantify the influence of temperature stratification and winds, including their seasonal variability, and air viscosity and thermal conductivity on the geometry and amplitude of ionospheric disturbances. Modeling results are verified by comparing observations of the velocity fluctuations at altitudes of 150-160 km by a coastal Dynasonde HF radar system with theoretical predictions of ionospheric manifestations of background infragravity waves in the ocean. Dynasonde radar systems are shown to be a promising means for monitoring acoustic-gravity wave activity and observing ionospheric perturbations due to earthquakes and tsunamis. The effects will be discussed of background ionospheric disturbances and uncertainty in atmospheric parameters on the feasibility and accuracy of retrieval of open-ocean tsunami heights from observations of the ionosphere.

  3. Lightning effect on the lower ionosphere deduced from MF recordings

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    Farges, T.; Blanc, E.; Tanguy, M.

    2006-12-01

    Previous studies of direct lightning effect on the ionosphere have been done using VLF signals. These studies shown that the quasi-electrostatic field theory explain most of the observed `early/fast' VLF perturbations. However, some recent results showed that the EMP, produced by the lightning, could also perturb the VLF propagation. This property is even used to monitor the lower ionosphere. During the summer 2004, in the frame of the 2004 Eurosprite campaign, the CEA installed in the centre of France a station to measure the vertical electric field with dipole whip antenna. The measurement is not continuous but triggered when the electric field exceeds a threshold of 3 V/m. The data are dated with GPS. The electric field is digitalised in two bands from few kHz to 1 MHz and from 500 kHz to 10 MHz. Lightning appear on spectrograms of the MF-HF component as a vertical line; furthermore during the night, the numerous radio carriers are horizontal lines. We observe on the spectrograms the fading, and even sometimes the disappearance, of some of the MF radio carriers during several milliseconds a millisecond after lightning. About 4000 cloud to ground lightning, during two months, triggered our system. All these lightning have been associated to lightning localised by Meteorage (the French lightning detection network). All the signals have been digitally filtered around several selected carrier signals from 900 to 1600 kHz. For each of lightning detected and each selected carrier frequency, the characteristics of the fading waveform have been measured: attenuation, duration of this attenuation, onset time, time where the signal is at the most attenuated and recovery time. Using these data, we make statistics and plot the impact map of the fading. Lightning of peak current higher than 60 kA may perturb a zone of a radius larger than 300 km. The shape of the attenuation in function of the distance (from the lightning to the crossing point of the radio carrier path and the ionosphere at 80-90 km) is similar to the shape of the ionisation produced by a lightning by the EMP, in other words with a maximum at 80-90 km of the lightning. The fading of a radio carrier is mainly a function of the electron density and the collision frequency. The collision frequency is directly related to the electron temperature. Previous studies showed that the electron density recovery time to the level before the lightning is 10-100 s while the electron temperature recovery time is 0.1-1 s. The mean duration of the attenuation being ~5 ms, the observed fading is thus mainly controlled by the collision frequency change.

  4. Meteorological effects of ionospheric disturbances from vertical radio sounding data

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    Chernigovskaya, M. A.; Shpynev, B. G.; Ratovsky, K. G.

    2015-12-01

    We studied ionospheric disturbances caused by the wave-like processes in the middle atmosphere. The ionospheric data were obtained from continuous measurements with the DPS-4 vertical sounding ionosondes in Irkutsk and Norilsk over 2008-2010. The ionospheric disturbances were considered as deviations of the F2 layer peak density variations from the daily average values. We also used ECMWF ERA-Interim reanalysis data for the middle atmosphere dynamics analysis, and the Aura MLS data on the atmospheric temperature at the stratosphere and upper mesosphere heights obtained within the above period. The analysis allowed us to reveal periods of middle-scale wave motions in the stratosphere and lower mesosphere during winter seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. The wave motions observed in the study were associated with the jet streams at the stratosphere/lower mesosphere heights localized mainly between 50 and 80°N. The middle-scale waves in the stratosphere were compared with ionospheric disturbances over two ionosonde stations in Irkutsk and Norilsk. A noticeable increase in the wave activity was found at the F2 layer heights during the periods of stratospheric wave activity. For both stations, the maximal variability in the ionosphere F2 layer parameters was observed in winter with the minimal variability observed in summer. The summer-winter difference was more pronounced in the case of the high-latitude ionosonde in Norilsk.

  5. Stochastic modelling considering ionospheric scintillation effects on GNSS relative and point positioning

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    da Silva, Helosa Alves; de Oliveira Camargo, Paulo; Galera Monico, Joo Francisco; Aquino, Marcio; Marques, Haroldo Antonio; de Franceschi, Giorgiana; Dodson, Alan

    2010-05-01

    Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), in particular the Global Positioning System (GPS), have been widely used for high accuracy geodetic positioning. The Least Squares functional models related to the GNSS observables have been more extensively studied than the corresponding stochastic models, given that the development of the latter is significantly more complex. As a result, a simplified stochastic model is often used in GNSS positioning, which assumes that all the GNSS observables are statistically independent and of the same quality, i.e. a similar variance is assigned indiscriminately to all of the measurements. However, the definition of the stochastic model may be approached from a more detailed perspective, considering specific effects affecting each observable individually, as for example the effects of ionospheric scintillation. These effects relate to phase and amplitude fluctuations in the satellites signals that occur due to diffraction on electron density irregularities in the ionosphere and are particularly relevant at equatorial and high latitude regions, especially during periods of high solar activity. As a consequence, degraded measurement quality and poorer positioning accuracy may result. This paper takes advantage of the availability of specially designed GNSS receivers that provide parameters indicating the level of phase and amplitude scintillation on the signals, which therefore can be used to mitigate these effects through suitable improvements in the least squares stochastic model. The stochastic model considering ionospheric scintillation effects has been implemented following the approach described in Aquino et al. (2009), which is based on the computation of weights derived from the scintillation sensitive receiver tacking models of Conker et al. (2003). The methodology and algorithms to account for these effects in the stochastic model are described and results of experiments where GPS data were processed in both a relative and a point positioning mode are presented and discussed. Two programs have been developed to enable the analyses: GPSeq (currently under development at the FCT/UNESP Sao Paulo State University - Brazil) and PP_Sc (developed in a collaborative project between FCT/UNESP and Nottingham University - UK). The point positioning approach is based on an epoch by epoch solution, whereas the relative positioning on an accumulated solution using a Kalman Filter and the LAMBDA method to solve the Double Differences ambiguities. Additionally to the use of an improved stochastic model, all data processing in this paper were performed using an option implemented in both programs, to estimate, for each observable, an individual ionospheric parameter modelled as a stochastic process, using either the white noise or the random walk correlation models. Data from a network of GPS Ionospheric Scintillation and TEC Monitor (GISTM) receivers set up in Northern Europe as part of the ISACCO project (De Franceschi et al., 2006) were used in the experiments. The point positioning results have shown improvements of the order of 45% in height accuracy when the proposed stochastic model is applied. In the static relative positioning, improvements of the order of 50%, also in height accuracy, have been reached under moderate to strong scintillation conditions. These and further results are discussed in this paper.

  6. Ionospheric refraction effects on orbit determination using the orbit determination error analysis system

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    Yee, C. P.; Kelbel, D. A.; Lee, T.; Dunham, J. B.; Mistretta, G. D.

    1990-01-01

    The influence of ionospheric refraction on orbit determination was studied through the use of the Orbit Determination Error Analysis System (ODEAS). The results of a study of the orbital state estimate errors due to the ionospheric refraction corrections, particularly for measurements involving spacecraft-to-spacecraft tracking links, are presented. In current operational practice at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Flight Dynamics Facility (FDF), the ionospheric refraction effects on the tracking measurements are modeled in the Goddard Trajectory Determination System (GTDS) using the Bent ionospheric model. While GTDS has the capability of incorporating the ionospheric refraction effects for measurements involving ground-to-spacecraft tracking links, such as those generated by the Ground Spaceflight Tracking and Data Network (GSTDN), it does not have the capability to incorporate the refraction effects for spacecraft-to-spacecraft tracking links for measurements generated by the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). The lack of this particular capability in GTDS raised some concern about the achievable accuracy of the estimated orbit for certain classes of spacecraft missions that require high-precision orbits. Using an enhanced research version of GTDS, some efforts have already been made to assess the importance of the spacecraft-to-spacecraft ionospheric refraction corrections in an orbit determination process. While these studies were performed using simulated data or real tracking data in definitive orbit determination modes, the study results presented here were obtained by means of covariance analysis simulating the weighted least-squares method used in orbit determination.

  7. Effects of Geomagnetic effect on Sub-ionospheric VLF-LF Signals Propagation

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    Sondhiya, Deepak Kumar; Gwal, Ashok Kumar; Verma, Shivali; Kasde, Satish Kumar; Sonakia, Anjana

    Abstract: To investigate the effect of geomagnetic storm on subionospheric VLF-LF signal propagation, we analyze the variation in amplitude of VLF-LF signal using advanced complex continuous wavelet transform techniques. We analyze the VLF signal transmitted form ICV (20.27 kHz) located at Isola di Tavolara (40.55o N, 9.430 E), Italy and DH038 (23.40 kHz) Rhauderfehn (53.040 N, 7.340 E) Germany and one LF signal transmitted form NRK (37.50 kHz) transmitter located at Grindavik (63.510 N, 22.280 E), Iceland. We observed significant absorption in amplitude of these signals during the geomagnetic storm compared to their ambient values for the same period during the adjacent 7 days. The signal strength along their propagation paths was controlled by the storm associated decrease in ionization in the D-region of the ionosphere. Waveguide mode theory calculations show that the elevation of the height of lower ionosphere boundary of Earth-ionosphere waveguide was significantly decreased during this period. Key words: Subionospheric VLF-LF propagation, Complex Wavelet Transform, Geomagnetic activity and Earth-ionosphere waveguide

  8. Ionosphere Activity Effects on Anthropogenic VLF Wave measured by DEMETER and Application to Earth Electromagnetic Survey

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    Leye, P. O.; Tarits, P.

    2012-04-01

    Very Low Frequency (VLF) signal from the world-wide powerful VLF stations network, for navigation and military communication is commonly used for ground level electromagnetic survey in geophysics because part of the recorded signal is of internal origin, from induction in the Earth. This VLF signal has been observed also at satellite altitude during the DEMETER mission. The VLF electromagnetic field is recorded on the 15 - 20 kHz frequency band by the ICE et IMSC sensors on-board the spacecraft and provide simultaneously the electric and magnetic component of the electromagnetic signal. The waves transmitted by the ground-based VLF antennas propagate in free space and may pass through the ionosphere, depending on ionosphere properties or orientation of the wave vector relative to the Earth magnetic field. They can only cross the ionosphere and reach the satellite in the case of low ionosphere activities. The ionization varies according to time of day or season and it has been shown that man made VLF waves can precipitate radiation belt energetic electrons into the ionosphere. We study the effect of the interaction between VLF wave transmitted from ground and the ionosphere to analyze the contribution of ionosphere to the signal measured by DEMETER. We calculate the electromagnetic field of the VLF antennas placed on the surface of the Earth and transmitted through the ionosphere up to the satellite as a function of earth electrical resistivity. To compare with the data, we define the ratio between the electric and magnetic field that we call wave impedance. The comparison between the theoretical and observed impedance allows to deduce the average resistivity of the earth for shallow depth from the satellite data.

  9. Low- and mid-latitude ionospheric effects of energetic electrons

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    Suvorova, Alla; Matsumoto, Haruhisa; Kunitsyn, Viacheslav; Andreeva, Elena; Nesterov, Ivan; Dmitriev, Alexei; Huang, Chien-Ming

    Recent observations revealed events of energetic and relativistic electron enhancements in the Earths radiation belt (ERB) occurred on timescales of less than a few hours. As it was shown, so-called "rapid rebuilding" events were caused by substorms. We found that similar enhancements were also seen under the ERB in the forbidden zone. Both phenomena of sudden growth of energetic electrons inside and under the ERB relate to substorm dipolarizations, which result in rapid changes in the configuration of the magnetic field and generation of inductive electric fields. In the previous studies we found very intense fluxes of energetic electrons in the forbidden zone which resulted in substantial abundant ionospheric ionization during strong magnetic storms. Here we analyze enhancements of >30-keV quasi-trapped electrons during a moderate recurrent (CIR/HSS-driven) geomagnetic storm on 22 July 2009. We focus on particular issue of the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling through the quasi-trapped electrons at low-latitudes. We show that unusually large area in the nighttime ionosphere with increased total electron content (TEC) and prominent elevation of the F-layer at low-latitudes coincides spatially and temporarily with enhanced electron fluxes. Ionizing particles are considered now as an addition source of ionization during recurrent magnetic storms along with generally accepted mechanisms for storm-time TEC increases or so-called positive ionospheric storms.

  10. Ionization effects due to solar flare on terrestrial ionosphere

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    Wu, S. T.; Tan, A.

    1976-01-01

    Sudden frequency deviation ionospheric disturbances related to the flares of May 18 and 19, 1973 were observed from the NASA/MSFC high frequency Doppler sounder array system in Huntsville, Alabama. The results are compared with those observed at Table Mountain near Boulder, Colorado and at the University of Hawaii.

  11. Effect of solar Coronal Mass Ejections on the ionosphere

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    Sheiner, Olga; Fridman, Vladimir; Rakhlin, Alexander; Pershin, Alexsander; Vybornov, Feodor

    The influence of solar processes on the state of near-earth space is constantly the object of serious study. First of all the solar radiation affects the parameters of the ionosphere and ionizing processes in it. The basic level indicator of the ionized particles is the critical frequency f0F2 of the reflection of radio signal during sounding of ionosphere. Understanding of the role of Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) in global solar-terrestrial processes allow us to put up the problem about their possible influence on near Earth processes and ionosphere behavior. Earlier the authors proposed the procedure of the detection the influence of CMEs on the differential parameters of the upper ionosphere Deltaf0F2 as more sensitive in comparison with the traditional methods. First results were based on the data of regular observations of critical frequency f0F2 during the cycle of solar activity (1975-1986). To verify the relationship discovered we used in the proposed study the data of critical frequency f0F2, determined from uniform ionograms obtained with the modern digital Ionosonde CADI. This ionosonde is installed at the landfill NIRFI "Vasilsursk" (near Nizhny Novgorod), and working program of regular observations allowed to obtain ionograms at least once in 1 minutes. The accuracy of determining the critical frequency was less than 50 kHz. There are many examples of time coincidence between the periods of CMEs existence and negative deflection in Deltaf0F2 behaviour.

  12. Solar flare and IMF sector structure effects in the lower ionosphere

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    Lastovicka, J.

    1984-05-01

    About 1% of all sudden ionospheric disturbances (SIDs) observed at the Panska Ves Observatory (Czechoslovakia), were found to be not of solar-XUV origin. Among them, the very rare SWF events (observed at L 2.4) of corpuscular origin are the most interesting. The IMF sector structure effects in the midlatitude lower ionosphere are minor in comparison with effects of solar flares, geomagnetic storms, etc. There are two basic types of effects. The first type is a disturbance, best developed in geomagnetic activity, and observed in the night-time ionosphere. It can be interpreted as a response to sector structure related changes of geomagnetic (magnetospheric) activity. The other type is best developed in the tropospheric vorticity area index and is also observed in the day-time ionosphere in winter. This effect is quietening in the ionosphere as well as troposphere. While the occurrence of the former type is persistent in time, the latter is severely diminished in some periods. All the stratosphere, the 10-mb level temperature and height above Berlin-Tempelhof do not display any observable IMF section structure effect.

  13. Solar flare and IMF sector structure effects in the lower ionosphere

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    Lastovicka, J.

    1984-05-01

    About 1% of all sudden ionospheric disturbances (SIDs) observed at the Panska Ves Observatory (Czechoslovakia), were found to be not of solar-XUV origin. Among them, the very rare SWF events (observed at L = 2.4) of corpuscular origin are the most interesting. The IMF sector structure effects in the midlatitude lower ionosphere are minor in comparison with effects of solar flares, geomagnetic storms, etc. There are two basic types of effects. The first type is a disturbance, best developed in geomagnetic activity, and observed in the night-time ionosphere. It can be interpreted as a response to sector structure related changes of geomagnetic (= magnetospheric) activity. The other type is best developed in the tropospheric vorticity area index and is also observed in the day-time ionosphere in winter. This effect is quietening in the ionosphere as well as troposphere. While the occurrence of the former type is persistent in time, the latter is severely diminished in some periods. All the stratosphere, the 10-mb level temperature and height above Berlin-Tempelhof do not display any observable IMF section structure effect.

  14. Solar Flare and IMF Sector Structure Effects in the Lower Ionosphere

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    Lastovicka, J.

    1984-01-01

    About 1% of all sudden ionospheric disturbances (SIDs) observed at the Panska Ves Observatory (Czechoslovakia), were found to be not of solar-XUV origin. Among them, the very rare SWF events (observed at L = 2.4) of corpuscular origin are the most interesting. The IMF sector structure effects in the midlatitude lower ionosphere are minor in comparison with effects of solar flares, geomagnetic storms, etc. There are two basic types of effects. The first type is a disturbance, best developed in geomagnetic activity, and observed in the night-time ionosphere. It can be interpreted as a response to sector structure related changes of geomagnetic (= magnetospheric) activity. The other type is best developed in the tropospheric vorticity area index and is also observed in the day-time ionosphere in winter. This effect is quietening in the ionosphere as well as troposphere. While the occurrence of the former type is persistent in time, the latter is severely diminished in some periods. All the stratosphere, the 10-mb level temperature and height above Berlin-Tempelhof do not display any observable IMF section structure effect.

  15. Electric fields and conductivity in the nighttime E-region - A new magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere coupling effect

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    Banks, P. M.; Yasuhara, F.

    1978-01-01

    Calculations have been made of the effects of intense poleward-directed electric fields upon the nighttime ionospheric E-region. The results show the Pedersen and Hall conductivities are substantially changed, thereby decreasing the ionospheric electrical load seen by magnetospheric sources. It appears that relatively large electric fields can exist in the absence of accompanying large field-aligned currents, as long as the underlying ionosphere remains in darkness and/or energetic particle precipitation is absent.

  16. Ionospheric Effects Prior to the Napa Earthquake of August 24, 2014

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    Kelley, M. C.; Swartz, W. E.; Komjathy, A.; Mannucci, A. J.; Shume, E. B.; Heki, K.; Fraser-Smith, A. C.; McCready, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    Recently, evidence that the ionosphere reacts in a reliable, reproducible manner before major earthquakes has been increasing. Fraser-Smith (1990) reported ULF magnetic field fluctuations prior to the Loma Prieta quake. Although not an ionospheric measurement, such magnetic fields before a quake are part of our explanation for the ionospheric effect. Heki (2011) and Heki and Enomoto (2013) reported in great detail the devastating March 11, 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake in which numerous GPS satellite/ground-station pairs showed apparent changes, both increases and decreases, starting 40 minutes before the event. We say "apparent" since our theory is that electric fields associated with stresses before an earthquake map through the ionosphere at the speed of light and raise or lower the main ionosphere. Both effects have been detected. Heki's results for four quakes exceeding M = 7 are shown in Figure 4 of Heki (2011). Based on the inserted curve of Heki's Figure 4 relating the size of the ionospheric effect to the quake's magnitude, we were not optimistic about detecting an effect for the 6.0 Napa quake. However, it occurred at night, when the well-known shielding effect of the ionospheric D and lower E regions for EM fields becomes very small. When this special session with a later abstract deadline was announced, JPL researchers were asked to examine GPS data from California stations. Based on their data, the plot shown (left panel) combined with a similar plot for the Tohoku-Oki earthquake (right panel, based on Heki's data) was produced. Both panels show fluctuations of STEC (Slant Total Electron Content) before the quake times (indicated by asterisks showing the positions of ionospheric penetration points (IPP) at the respective quake times). Although alternative explanations for the TEC fluctuations cannot be ruled out entirely, these results suggest that a patent-pending system able to predict an earthquake some 30 minutes before an event by using satellites and ground stations to measure disturbances in the earth's ionosphere would be of great value. Such a system would be a major boon for vulnerable sites such as nuclear power plants and natural gas lines in populated areas as well as an early warning to evacuate vulnerable buildings, much like today's early warning system for tornados.

  17. Effects of the 20 March 2015 total solar eclipse on the ionosphere-thermosphere system

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    Grandin, Maxime; Marchaudon, Aurelie; Aikio, Anita; Blelly, Pierre-Louis; Kozlovsky, Alexander; Pitout, Frederic; Ulich, Thomas; Lester, Mark; Miller, Ethan; Yeoman, Tim

    2015-04-01

    A total solar eclipse is a spectacular natural phenomenon whose consequences over the underlying ionosphere and thermosphere remain complex and not fully explained. On 20 March 2015, a total solar eclipse lasting almost 2 hours passed over the Atlantic Ocean, then over Svalbard. These specific regions are extremely interesting as they are covered by several ground-based instruments: SuperDARN radars, EISCAT Svalbard radar (ESR), magnetometers, and imaging instruments. We take advantage of this excellent instrumental configuration coupled with results from detailed ionosphere models to study the dynamic consequences of this eclipse on the underlying ionosphere and thermosphere. In particular, we run specific scanning modes on the SuperDARN radars in order to identify a possible generation of Atmospheric Gravity Waves (AGW) caused by the eclipse. We present the observations of the different instruments and compare them with initial simulations made with the TRANSCAR ionosphere model. As this eclipse is first located on closed field lines, we also investigate the possible exchange of energy and particle fluxes with the opposite sunlit hemisphere by running the interhemispheric version of our ionosphere model.

  18. Electron gyroharmonic effects on ionospheric stimulated Brillouin scatter

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    Mahmoudian, A.; Scales, W. A.; Bernhardt, P. A.; Isham, B.; Kendall, E.; Briczinski, S. J.; Fuentes, N. E. B.; Vega-Cancel, O.

    2014-08-01

    Stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) and resonant phenomena are well known in the context of laser fusion, fiber optics, and piezoelectric semiconductor plasmas, as well as in various biological applications. Due to recent advances, active space experiments using high-power high-frequency (HF) radio waves may now produce stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in the ionospheric plasma. The sensitivity of the narrowband SBS emission lines to pump frequency stepping across electron gyroharmonics is reported here for the first time. Experimental observations show that SBS emission sidebands are suppressed as the HF pump frequency is stepped across the second and third electron gyroharmonics. A correlation of artificially enhanced airglow and SBS emission lines excited at the upper hybrid altitude is observed and studied for second gyroharmonic heating. The SBS behavior near electron gyroharmonics is shown to have important diagnostic applications for multilayered, multi-ion component plasmas such as the ionosphere.

  19. The worldwide ionospheric data base

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    Bilitza, Dieter

    1989-01-01

    The worldwide ionospheric data base is scattered over the entire globe. Different data sets are held at different institutions in the U.S., U.S.S.R., Australia, Europe, and Asia. The World Data Centers on the different continents archive and distribute part of the huge data base; the scope and cross section of the individual data holdings depend on the regional and special interest of the center. An attempt is made to pull together all the strings that point toward different ionospheric data holdings. Requesters are provided with the information about what is available and where to get it. An attempt is also made to evaluate the reliability and compatibility of the different data sets based on the consensus in the ionospheric research community. The status and accuracy of the standard ionospheric models are also discussed because they may facilitate first order assessment of ionospheric effects. This is a first step toward an ionospheric data directory within the framework of NSSDC's master directory.

  20. Manifestation of seismo-ionospheric effect outside of eartquakes preparation zone

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    Ruzhin, Yuri

    We have researched the large-scale abnormal disturbances of the low-latitude ionosphere, which are taking place under quiet geomagnetic conditions, on a background of data on seismic activity with the view of revealing of features of spatial-time variations of a low-latitude ionosphere during the periods of the raised seismic activity. The daily variations of foF2 values(deviations of measured foF2 from monthly medians) at the ionospheric stations were analyzed. The data on seismic events of the moderate power (M=4-5)in low-latitude area were used for the purpose of specification of spatial and time scales of ionospheric effect manifestations of earthquakes. Reaction of a low-latitude ionosphere, in some cases strongly pronounced, on processes of earthquake preparation is confirmed, including in the removed centers of earthquakes (on the distances considerably exceeding radius of a zone of earthquake preparation). The ionosphere reaction manifests in development of the expressed disturbances of F2-layer critical frequencies in night, pre-sunrise and evening hours under quiet geomagnetic conditions. The remarkable example of occurrence of abnormal disturbances in a low-latitude ionosphere due to removed centers of earthquakes are the disturbances of F2-layer critical frequencies during the catastrophic Chilean (on May 21, 1960, 1002UT, the main shock magnitude M=8.5) and the Alaska (on March 28, 1964, 0336UT, M=8.3) earthquakes. The maximal distances, on which abnormal disturbances were noted, are 3700 km for the Chilean and 9100 km for the Alaska earthquakes. Displacement of the disturbances in a direction from epicenter areas to the geomagnetic equator was noted: from the south - during the Chilean earthquake and from the north - during the Alaska one. Positive disturbances were marked for three days up to the first shock during the Chilean earthquake, during the Alaska one - for a day; development of negative disturbances were occurred on time in immediate proximity by the moments of the first shocks at local time of the stations. The analysis of variations of F2-layer critical frequencies in low-latitude area (results on the South-American region) has confirmed the conclusion about that groups of earthquakes of the moderate power, rather localized in time and space in low-latitude area, can cause abnormal disturbances of F2-layer critical frequencies in this area of ionosphere which may be similar on amplitude with ionospheric effects of strong earthquakes (variations of foF2 more than 50

  1. Ionospheric Storm Effects above Kharkov during the August 5-6, 2011

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    Chernogor, L.; Domnin, I.; Emelyanov, L.; Kharytonova, S.; Lyashenko, M.

    2012-04-01

    The super strong magnetic storm began at 19:03 UT on August 5, 2011. The geomagnetic activity index Kp during the main storm phase was 8-, Dst = -113 nT. The solar wind radial velocity during the main phase varied within 570 - 620 km s-1. The temperature of solar wind particles increased up to 6.4105 K and their concentration Nsw ? 1.9107 m-3. The value of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) Bz component was -(15 - 18) nT, the value of the magnetic induction modulus of the IMF equaled 25 - 27 nT. The aurora activity index was AE ? 1740 nT. The value of Akasofu function was ? ? 37 GJ s-1. For the observations of ionospheric storm effects, the Kharkov incoherent scatter radar was used, which is unique source of information about parameters and processes in ionospheric plasma in mid-latitude Europe. The effects of the magnetic storm on August 5 - 6, 2011 were observed in variations of ionosphere parameters confidently. The storm above Kharkov was accompanied by a negative ionosphere disturbance. The electron density in the F2-layer maximum of ionosphere decreased approximately by a factor up to 2 in comparison with the reference day up to 1011 m-3. Next twenty-four hours on 6 August Nm was approximately more on 30 % than in the reference day of 4th August 2011. The F2-layer maximum height in the main phase of the ionospheric storm increased to 513 km. In quiet conditions of 4th August F2-layer was on a height zm ? 315 km. The electron density on heights 200, 250, 300, 350 and 400 km in the moment of the main phase of the ionospheric storm decreased approximately by 85, 91, 82, 61 and 27% accordingly. The electron temperature in the main phase of the ionospheric storm increased approximately by a factor up to 4 and 2.5 at the heights 200 - 250 km, and in the range of heights 300 - 700 km Te increased approximately by a factor up to 1.5 - 1.8 in comparison with the reference day. The ion temperature in considered period also increased approximately on 700 - 1000 K in the range of heights 200 - 250 km. On heights 300 - 700 km Ti increased approximately by a factor up to 1.5. The storm on August 5 - 6, 2011 had adduced to transform of dynamic and heat conditions in ionosphere.

  2. Speed-dependent collision effects on radar back-scattering from the ionosphere

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    Theimer, O.

    1981-01-01

    A computer code to accurately compute the fluctuation spectrum for linearly speed dependent collision frequencies was developed. The effect of ignoring the speed dependence on the estimates of ionospheric parameters was determined. It is shown that disagreements between the rocket and the incoherent scatter estimates could be partially resolved if the correct speed dependence of the i-n collision frequency is not ignored. This problem is also relevant to the study of ionospheric irregularities in the auroral E-region and their effects on the radio communication with satellites.

  3. Quantifying ionospheric effects on time-domain astrophysics with the Murchison Widefield Array

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    Loi, Shyeh Tjing; Murphy, Tara; Bell, Martin E.; Kaplan, David L.; Lenc, Emil; Offringa, André R.; Hurley-Walker, Natasha; Bernardi, G.; Bowman, J. D.; Briggs, F.; Cappallo, R. J.; Corey, B. E.; Deshpande, A. A.; Emrich, D.; Gaensler, B. M.; Goeke, R.; Greenhill, L. J.; Hazelton, B. J.; Johnston-Hollitt, M.; Kasper, J. C.; Kratzenberg, E.; Lonsdale, C. J.; Lynch, M. J.; McWhirter, S. R.; Mitchell, D. A.; Morales, M. F.; Morgan, E.; Oberoi, D.; Ord, S. M.; Prabu, T.; Rogers, A. E. E.; Roshi, A.; Shankar, N. Udaya; Srivani, K. S.; Subrahmanyan, R.; Tingay, S. J.; Waterson, M.; Wayth, R. B.; Webster, R. L.; Whitney, A. R.; Williams, A.; Williams, C. L.

    2015-11-01

    Refraction and diffraction of incoming radio waves by the ionosphere induce time variability in the angular positions, peak amplitudes and shapes of radio sources, potentially complicating the automated cross-matching and identification of transient and variable radio sources. In this work, we empirically assess the effects of the ionosphere on data taken by the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope. We directly examine 51 h of data observed over 10 nights under quiet geomagnetic conditions (global storm index Kp < 2), analysing the behaviour of short-time-scale angular position and peak flux density variations of around ten thousand unresolved sources. We find that while much of the variation in angular position can be attributed to ionospheric refraction, the characteristic displacements (10-20 arcsec) at 154 MHz are small enough that search radii of 1-2 arcmin should be sufficient for cross-matching under typical conditions. By examining bulk trends in amplitude variability, we place upper limits on the modulation index associated with ionospheric scintillation of 1-3 per cent for the various nights. For sources fainter than ˜1 Jy, this variation is below the image noise at typical MWA sensitivities. Our results demonstrate that the ionosphere is not a significant impediment to the goals of time-domain science with the MWA at 154 MHz.

  4. The effect of moving cold fronts over Central Europe to the variability of the ionosphere

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    Potuznikova, Katerina; Koucka Knizova, Petra; Boska, Josef; Sindelarova, Tereza; Mosna, Zbysek

    2015-04-01

    Cold fronts represent well known source of atmospheric waves, (especially short and medium scale AGW - acoustic gravity waves), that are able to propagate up to the ionospheric heights. In our study we focus on the effects of the transitions of cold front over the region of Central Europe on the variations of the ionosphere. We concentrate on periods of low solar and geomagnetic activity. Neutral atmosphere data are compared with the wave-like oscillations in the E and F layer. Our tropospheric data comprise synoptic maps on of 500 hPa and 850 hPa geopotential heights. Within ionospheric data we search for variability that is linked to the tropospheric disturbances. The ionospheric parameters (electron concentration and corresponding height) we analyse by the wavelet transform method. The Modern HF digisonde DPS-4 D (Digisonde Portable Sounder), which is in operation at the Pruhonice observatory (49.59 N; 14.33 E) of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Prague (IAP) since 2004, represents an excellent source of the ionospheric data for Central Europe. Pruhonice digisonde usually operates in standard mode - one ionogram and electron density profie N(h) each 15 minutes. Besides that, data from several european stations of the digisonde world network (data from Juliusruhe, Chilton, Brusel, Roma and Tortosa digisonde stations) are included in the study.

  5. Techniques and Tools for Estimating Ionospheric Effects in Interferometric and Polarimetric SAR Data

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    Rosen, P.; Lavalle, M.; Pi, X.; Buckley, S.; Szeliga, W.; Zebker, H.; Gurrola, E.

    2011-01-01

    The InSAR Scientific Computing Environment (ISCE) is a flexible, extensible software tool designed for the end-to-end processing and analysis of synthetic aperture radar data. ISCE inherits the core of the ROI_PAC interferometric tool, but contains improvements at all levels of the radar processing chain, including a modular and extensible architecture, new focusing approach, better geocoding of the data, handling of multi-polarization data, radiometric calibration, and estimation and correction of ionospheric effects. In this paper we describe the characteristics of ISCE with emphasis on the ionospheric modules. To detect ionospheric anomalies, ISCE implements the Faraday rotation method using quadpolarimetric images, and the split-spectrum technique using interferometric single-, dual- and quad-polarimetric images. The ability to generate co-registered time series of quad-polarimetric images makes ISCE also an ideal tool to be used for polarimetric-interferometric radar applications.

  6. The effects on the ionosphere of inertia in the high latitude neutral thermosphere

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    Burns, Alan; Killeen, Timothy

    1993-01-01

    High-latitude ionospheric currents, plasma temperatures, densities, and composition are all affected by the time-dependent response of the neutral thermosphere to ion drag and Joule heating through a variety of complex feedback processes. These processes can best be studied numerically using the appropriate nonlinear numerical modeling techniques in conjunction with experimental case studies. In particular, the basic physics of these processes can be understood using a model, and these concepts can then be applied to more complex realistic situations by developing the appropriate simulations of real events. Finally, these model results can be compared with satellite-derived data from the thermosphere. We used numerical simulations from the National Center of Atmospheric Research Thermosphere/Ionosphere General Circulation Model (NCAR TIGCM) and data from the Dynamic Explorer 2 (DE 2) satellite to study the time-dependent effects of the inertia of the neutral thermosphere on ionospheric currents, plasma temperatures, densities, and composition. One particular case of these inertial effects is the so-called 'fly-wheel effect'. This effect occurs when the neutral gas, that has been spun-up by the large ionospheric winds associated with a geomagnetic storm, moves faster than the ions in the period after the end of the main phase of the storm. In these circumstances, the neutral gas can drag the ions along with them. It is this last effect, which is described in the next section, that we have studied under this grant.

  7. Possible effects of ionospheric beating for the formation of Pc1 pearl structures based on 6-year ground observations in Canada, Russia and Japan

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    Jun, C. W.; Shiokawa, K.; Connors, M. G.; Schofield, I.; Poddelsky, I.; Shevtsov, B.

    2014-12-01

    We investigate pearl structures (amplitude modulation) of Pc1 pulsations simultaneously observed at Athabasca (ATH, 54.7N, 246.7E, L=4.3) in Canada, Magadan (MGD, 60.1N, 150.7E, L=2.6) in Russia, and Moshiri (MOS, 44.4N, 142.3E, L=1.5) in Japan. From a 6-year period of ground observations, from 2008 to 2013, we selected 150 events at longitudinally separated stations (ATH and MGD, group 1), 782 at latitudinally separated stations (MGD and MOS, group 2), all with high coherence of Pc1 waveforms (r > 0.5). As a result, we found that the peak occurrence rates of simultaneous Pc1 events were at 12-18 UT in group1, when ATH was in the morning sector and MGD in the midnight sector. In group 2, the peak was at 18-21 UT, with MGD and MOS in the morning sector. Using cross-correlation analysis, we confirmed the similarity of Pc1 pearl structures at different stations during Pc1 event timing. 82 % of Pc1 events in group 1 were less than 40 % of similarity of Pc1 pearl structures. In addition, 18 % of Pc1 events in group 1, which are over than 40 % of similarity of Pc1 pearl structures, were concentrated at 10-18 UT. According to polarization angle distribution in group 1, 57 % of Pc1 events occurred between ATH and MGD. Most of those events had high similarity of Pc1 amplitude envelopes. We investigated the relationship between the similarity of Pc1 pearl structures and geomagnetic activities (AE and SYM-H indices). The AE index seemed suddenly to start decreasing before the Pc1 onset and increasing after 80 min. The variation of SYM-H index was increasing 2 hours before Pc1 onset. From our statistical analysis, we suggest that the beating process in the ionosphere could be the dominant generation mechanism of Pc1 pearl structures in the ionosphere. It seems that the ionospheric duct in dawn sector of the ionosphere is well-defined during Pc1 pulsation propagating from ionospheric sources to stations. In order to understand the beating process in the ionosphere more clearly, we are going to take into account the possible effects such as distributed ionospheric source, attenuation effect in the ionosphere, dispersive propagation in the ionosphere and Pc1 source amplitude. Using the same procedure, we will also investigate Pc1 pearl structures simultaneously observed at latitudinally separated ground stations (MGD and MOS).

  8. Ionospheric effects of the missile destruction on 9 December 2009

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    Kozlovsky, Alexander; Shalimov, Sergey; Lukianova, Renata; Lester, Mark

    2014-05-01

    We report on ionosonde and meteor radar observations made in Sodankyl Geophysical Observatory (SGO, 6722'N, 2638'E, Finland) on 9 December 2009, during a test launch of the Russian solid propellant military missile. Due to a technical problem, the missile was self-destroyed around 07 UT at an ionospheric height (near 200 km altitude) over the Kola Peninsula (Russia), at a distance about 500 km to east from the observatory. Products of the explosion were spread into a large area and reached the region of SGO meteor radar observations in about 2 h (around 09 UT). After about 3 h (around 10 UT), a sporadic E layer presumably composed of the remains including long-lived metallic (aluminum and its oxides) ions, was observed near the zenith of the SGO ionosonde. We discuss possible mechanisms accounting for transport of the remains. (1) Since the event occurred during a long-lasting period of extremely low solar and magnetic activity, the ionospheric electric field was unlikely to play a substantial role in the transport of the remains and sporadic E layer formation. (2) The horizontal transport of the remains cannot be explained by the neutral winds based on empirical models. (3) Theoretical estimations suggest that the observed transport could be due to thermospheric turbulence.

  9. Towards estimation of atmospheric tidal effects on the ionosphere via data assimilation

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    Solomentsev, Dmitry; Cherniak, Yakov; Titov, Anton; Khattatov, Boris; Khattatov, Vyacheslav

    2015-11-01

    The impact of atmospheric tides on the night time ionosphere is now being a subject of the extensive research within the scientific community. The plausible effect has been observed using the multiple space-borne instruments (e.g. COSMIC/FORMOSAT-3 constellation, TIMED GUVI and NASA IMAGE). Along with the observations, several modelling attempts has been undertaken to prove or refute the interrelation between the atmospheric tides and the wave-four longitudinal night time ionosphere structure. The scope of the current article is to assess the data assimilation ionosphere model capabilities in representing the longitudinal effect in the night time ionosphere induced by the DE3 atmospheric tide. Along with this, the core physics-based model capabilities in estimating the same effect are presented and discussed. For the current research, two periods were taken into consideration: the autumn equinox of the years 2006 and 2012. In the current article the data assimilation and physics-based models calculation results are presented and discussed along with the models' error estimation and analysis.

  10. Disturbance Effects Seen in the Midlatitude Ionosphere with SuperDARN

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    Ruohoniemi, J. M.; Baker, J. B. H.; Bristow, W. A.; Shepherd, S. G.; Miller, E. S.

    2014-12-01

    With the construction of the first midlatitude SuperDARN radar at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in 2005 it quickly became apparent that much activity can be observed in the midlatitude ionosphere even outside of large storm intervals. Over the last five years a chain of SuperDARN radars has been deployed at midlatitudes under the NSF Mid-Sized Infrastructure program that extends across the western hemisphere as far as east Asia. The new radars are providing unprecedented large-scale views of disturbance effects such as the storm-time expansion of auroral flows, subauroral polarization streams (SAPS), and travelling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs). When combined with large-scale mapping of GPS/TEC it is possible to observe directly the generation of plasma structures such as storm-enhanced density features (SEDs), tongues of ionization (TOIs), and polar cap patches, and to understand their dependence on the dynamic convection pattern reaching to the mid-latitude region. One unexpected result is the observation of backscatter from irregularities distributed throughout the quiet-time nightside subauroral ionosphere. This phenomenon gives us views of electric fields that are conjugate to the inner magnetosphere and also reveals the occurrence of large transients in the quiet-time subauroral electric fields. In this talk we summarize over the effects identified to date and discuss the insights gained in understanding the disturbed midlatitude ionosphere.

  11. Cyclotron resonance effects on stochastic acceleration of light ionospheric ions

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    Singh, N.; Schunk, R. W.; Sojka, J. J.

    1982-01-01

    The production of energetic ions with conical pitch angle distributions along the auroral field lines is a subject of considerable current interest. There are several theoretical treatments showing the acceleration (heating) of the ions by ion cyclotron waves. The quasi-linear theory predicts no acceleration when the ions are nonresonant. In the present investigation, it is demonstrated that the cyclotron resonances are not crucial for the transverse acceleration of ions by ion cyclotron waves. It is found that transverse energization of ionospheric ions, such as He(+), He(++), O(++), and O(+), is possible by an Electrostatic Hydrogen Cyclotron (EHC) wave even in the absence of cyclotron resonance. The mechanism of acceleration is the nonresonant stochastic heating. However, when there are resonant ions both the total energy gain and the number of accelerated ions increase with increasing parallel wave number.

  12. Effect of enhanced x-ray flux on the ionosphere over Cyprus during solar flares

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    Mostafa, Md. Golam; Haralambous, Haris

    2015-06-01

    In this work we study the effect of solar flares on the ionosphere over Cyprus. Solar flares are impulsive solar activity events usually coupled with Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The arrival and the subsequent impact of solar flares on geospace, following an eruption on the Sun's surface is almost immediate (around 9 min) whereas the impact of CMEs is rather delayed (2-3 days) as the former is based on X-ray radiation whereas the latter phenomenon is related with particles and magnetic fields travelling at lower speeds via the Solar Wind. The penetration of X-rays down to the Dregion following such an event enhances the electron density. This increase can be monitored by ionosondes, which measure the electron density up to the maximum electron density NmF2. The significance of this increase lies on the increase of signal absorption causing limited window of operating frequencies for HF communications. In this study the effect of enhanced X-ray flux on the ionosphere over Cyprus during solar flares has been investigated. To establish the correlation and extent of impact on different layers, data of X-ray intensity from Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) and ionospheric characteristics (D & F layer) over Nicosia station (35 N, 33 E) were examined for all solar flares during the period 2011-2014. The analysis revealed a positive and good correlation between frequency of minimum reflection, fmin and X-ray intensity for D layer demonstrating that X-rays play a dominant role in the ionization of lower ionosphere. Hence, X-ray flux can be used as a good proxy for studying the solar flare effects on lower ionosphere. The correlation coefficient between maximum electron density of F layer, NmF2 and X-ray intensity was found to be poor.

  13. Effects in the ionosphere and HF radio-wave propagation during an intense substorm

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    Blagoveshchensky, D. V.; Borisova, T. D.; Rogov, D. D.

    2010-08-01

    We present the results of combined radiophysical studies during the period of an intense magnetospheric substorm which occurred from 00:00 to 02:00 UT in April 12, 1999. Measurements of the ionospheric parameters by a chain of European ionosondes for this period were compared with the variations in ionospheric parameters averaged over more than 70 substorms. The latter variations were obtained by data from the ionosondes of Europe, Central Siberia, and North America in 1993-1999. Data from the CUTLASS radar as well as the DMSP and POES satellites were used for the analysis of the April 11-12 substorm. Numerical calculations of HF radio-wave propagation on the St. PetersburgLongyearbyen (Svalbard) high-latitude path were carried out by the ray tracing technique. Two simultaneous effects have been revealed in the ionosphere. One occurs immediately during the substorm and another is associated with the end of the magnetic storm in April 10, 1999. According to the CUTLASS radar data, the number of backscattering irregularities in the ionospheric F layer notably decreased during the substorm expansion phase. Satellite data showed an increase in the soft (hundreds of eV) particle precipitation before and after the substorm. Numerical calculations of HF radio-wave propagation on the St. PetersburgLongyearbyen path have demonstrated an essential change of propagation mechanisms during the substorm and a tangible change in the wave arrival angles before and after the substorm.

  14. Review of radio-frequency, non-linear effects on the ionosphere

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    Gordon, William E.; Duncan, Lewis M.

    1988-06-01

    The nonlinear effects of powerful radio waves on the ionosphere are reviewed. The history of such effects beginning in the early 1930s are retold, highlighting important events up to the late 1960s. A phenomenological treatment is then given to ohmic heating, parametric instabilities, self-focusing, and kilometric-scale irregularities, meter-scale irregularities, and a collection of recently discovered effects. The benefits that international cooperation would provide for this research are discussed, giving a list of future research challenges.

  15. Effect of small-scale ionospheric variability on GNSS radio occultation data quality

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    Verkhoglyadova, O. P.; Mannucci, A. J.; Ao, C. O.; Iijima, B. A.; Kursinski, E. R.

    2015-09-01

    Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) radio occultation (RO) measurements are sensitive to thin ionization layers and small-scale ionosphere structures. To evaluate error bounds and possible biases in atmospheric retrievals, we characterized ionospheric irregularities encountered in the affected profiles by analyzing the L1 signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) variability at E layer altitudes (from 90 km to 130 km). New metrics to analyze statistical effects of small-scale ionospheric irregularities on refractivity retrievals are proposed. We analyzed refractivity (N) retrievals with Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) ROs in 2011. Using refractivity from European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) analysis (NECMWF) as the reference data set, we studied statistical properties of the fractional refractivity bias (?N) defined by the difference (NECMWF - N)/NECMWF and averaged in the altitude range from 20 to 25 km for each individual profile. We found that (1) persistently larger variability of the L1 SNR as measured by the interquartile range (IQR) existed when the occultation tangent point was in the 90 km to 110 km altitude range than at higher E layer altitudes; (2) the upper limits on the fractional refractivity bias for COSMIC ROs are 0.06% (for daytime local time), 0.1% (for nighttime local time), and ~0.01% (for all local times); (3) distributions of ?N are non-Gaussian (leptokurtic); (4) latitudinal distributions of small and large ?N for different levels of ionospheric variability show large tails (NECMWF > N) occurring around the Himalaya and the Andes regions, which are possibly due to biases in ECMWF analysis. We conclude that the refractivity bias due to small-scale irregularities is small below 25 km altitude and can be neglected.

  16. Effective velocity power laws for electron-neutral collision frequencies. [in ionosphere

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    Comfort, R. H.

    1975-01-01

    Calculations of electron transport coefficients in the ionosphere are simplified if the electron-neutral collision frequency can be expressed as a power law in velocity. A new method for determining the effective power law representation for electron-neutral collision frequencies of arbitrary velocity dependence is presented. This method is applied to ionospheric gases in a model calculation. Comparison with similar results of Schunk and Walker and with exact calculations of transport coefficient correction factors demonstrates this technique to be more accurate than the other. Effective power law indexes are computed for both Banks' and Itikawa's collision frequencies. Relative differences between these indexes are found to be considerably larger than the differences between the collision frequencies themselves; however, the effects on transport calculations are shown to be smaller.

  17. Optimization of satellite coverage in observing cause and effect changes in the ionosphere, magnetosphere, and solar wind. Master's thesis

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    Loveless, M.J.

    1993-06-01

    Disturbances in the ionosphere sometimes cause adverse effects to communications systems, power grids, etc. on the earth. Currently, very little, if any, lead time is given to warn of an impending problem. If a forecast could be made of ionospheric occurrences, some lead time may be given to appropriate agencies and equipment may be saved. Most changes that occur in the ionosphere are a result of interaction of energy, currents, etc. between the magnetosphere and/or solar wind. Before a forecast can be made, however, improvement of ionospheric models currently in use need to be made. The models currently depict features in various regions of the ionosphere but not always where these features are actually observed. So an improvement to the model is needed to create an accurate baseline condition, or in other words an accurate depiction of the current ionosphere. Models could be improved by inputting real-time data from the ionosphere into the model. This data would come from satellites and/or ground-based stations.

  18. Impact and Mitigation of Ionospheric Space Weather Effects on GNSS Receiver Performance (Invited)

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    Vadakke Veettil, S.; Aquino, M. H.

    2013-12-01

    The Earth's ionosphere is considered to be the single largest source of space weather effects on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals and positioning accuracy. Most of the space weather effects leading to ionospheric perturbations on the GNSS signals are either due to dispersion or to scintillation caused by plasma density irregularities. This paper presents some significant results related to the impact and mitigation of ionospheric space weather effects on GNSS receiver performance. The correlation of scintillation occurrence with changes in the solar and interplanetary conditions with the consequential impact on GNSS receiver tracking performance at high latitudes is analysed. Further, an assessment of the GNSS receiver tracking performance under scintillation is presented and the construction of the receiver Phase Locked Loop (PLL) jitter variance maps is proposed. These maps can offer a potentially useful tool to provide users with the prevailing tracking conditions under scintillation over a certain area. They can also be used to help mitigate the effects of scintillation on GNSS positioning. This can be done in association with a strategy that involves using the tracking errors to improve the stochastic model of the observations in the position estimation. Validation strategies and practical aspects as well as limitations in the use of these maps are also discussed in this paper.

  19. Magnetic zenith effect in the ionospheric modification by an X-mode HF heater wave

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    Blagoveshchenskaya, N. F.; Borisova, T. D.; Haggstrom, I.; Rietveld, M. T.; Yeoman, T. K.

    2013-12-01

    We report experimental results aimed at an investigation of the magnetic zenith effect in the high latitude ionosphere F region from ionospheric modification by powerful HF heater wave with X-polarization. The ionospheric modification was produced by the HF heating facility at Troms (Norway) using the phased array with a narrow beam with of 6 degrees. Effective radiated power was varied between 450 and 1000 MW. The HF pump wave radiated in different directions relative to the magnetic field from 90 degrees (vertical) to 78 degrees (magnetic zenith) at frequencies near or above the ordinary-mode critical frequency. The response of the ionosphere plasma to the HF pump wave impact was checked by the UHF incoherent scatter radar located in the immediate vicinity of the HF heater. UHF radar was probing the plasma parameters, such as electron density and temperature (Ne and Te), HF-induced plasma and ion lines in the altitude range from 90 to 600 km. It was running in a scanning mode when UHF radar look angles were changed from 74 to 90 degrees by 1 or 2 degree step. It was clearly demonstrated that the strongest heater-induced effects took place in the magnetic field-aligned direction when HF pointing was also to the magnetic zenith. It was found that strong Ne enhancement of up to 80 % along magnetic field (artificial density ducts) were excited only under HF pumping towards magnetic zenith. The width of the artificial ducts comes to only 2 degrees. The Ne increases were accompanied by the Te enhancements of up to about 50 %. Less pronounced Te increases were also observed in the directions of 84 and 90 degrees. Strong Ne enhancements can be accompanied by excitation of strong HF-induced plasma and ion lines. Thus experimental results obtained points to the strong magnetic zenith effect due to self-focusing powerful HF radio wave with X-mode polarization.

  20. The spectral effect of the ionospheric irregularities on the scintillation of transionospheric signals

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    Lyle, R.; Kuo, S.P.; Huang, J.

    1995-12-31

    The effect of the spectral width {Delta}k of the ionospheric density irregularity an scintillation of the transionospheric signal is examined. The results show that the Scinti1lation Index S{sub 4} depends strongly on {Delta}/k which can enhance or reduce S{sub 4} value depending on the wave length of the irregularity. However, a 10% spectral width reduces S{sub 4} to a negligibly small value almost independent of the scale length of the irregularity.

  1. Effect of finite blob size on the current convective instability in the auroral ionosphere. Memorandum report

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    Huba, J.D.; Chaturvedi, P.K.

    1986-04-11

    It has been suggested that the current convective instability may be responsible for the structuring, i.e., generation of density irregularities, of density enhancements (known as blobs) in the auroral ionosphere. However, previous theories have neglected the finite extent of the blob along the geomagnetic field. In this paper, a nonlocal theory of the current convective instability is developed, which considers the finite extent of an ionospheric blob parallel to the geomagnetic field. It was found that the growth rate of the instability can be substantially reduced in the finite-sized blob case from the value obtained in the local approximation for an infinitely long blob. For auroral ionosphere parameters, the reduction in the growth rate for medium scale irregularities (1-10 km) can be one to two orders of magnitude for the typical observed values of blob sizes (approx. a few hundred km). Thus, it appears that the current convective instability is not a viable mechanism to generate scintillation causing irregularities, i.e., 1-10 km irregularities.

  2. Effects of the Ionosphere on Passive Microwave Remote Sensing of Ocean Salinity from Space

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    LeVine, D. M.; Abaham, Saji; Hildebrand, Peter H. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Among the remote sensing applications currently being considered from space is the measurement of sea surface salinity. The salinity of the open ocean is important for understanding ocean circulation and for modeling energy exchange with the atmosphere. Passive microwave remote sensors operating near 1.4 GHz (L-band) could provide data needed to fill the gap in current coverage and to complement in situ arrays being planned to provide subsurface profiles in the future. However, the dynamic range of the salinity signal in the open ocean is relatively small and propagation effects along the path from surface to sensor must be taken into account. In particular, Faraday rotation and even attenuation/emission in the ionosphere can be important sources of error. The purpose or this work is to estimate the magnitude of these effects in the context of a future remote sensing system in space to measure salinity in L-band. Data will be presented as a function of time location and solar activity using IRI-95 to model the ionosphere. The ionosphere presents two potential sources of error for the measurement of salinity: Rotation of the polarization vector (Faraday rotation) and attenuation/emission. Estimates of the effect of these two phenomena on passive remote sensing over the oceans at L-band (1.4 GHz) are presented.

  3. Effect of interhemispheric currents on equivalent ionospheric currents in two hemispheres: Simulation results

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    Lyatskaya, Sonya; Lyatsky, Wladislaw; Zesta, Eftyhia

    2016-02-01

    In this research, we used numerical simulation to study the effect of interhemispheric field-aligned currents (IHCs), going between two conjugate ionospheres in two hemispheres, on the equivalent ionospheric currents (EICs). We computed the maps of these EICs in two hemispheres during summer-winter conditions, when the effect of the IHCs is especially significant. The main results may be summarized as follows. (1) In winter hemisphere, the IHCs may significantly exceed and be a substitute for the local R1 currents, and they may strongly affect the magnitude, location, and direction of the EICs in the nightside winter auroral ionosphere. (2) While in summer polar cap the EICs tend to flow sunward, and in winter polar cap the EICs turn toward dawn due to the effect of the IHCs. (3) The well-known reversal in the direction of the EICs in the vicinity of the midnight meridian, in winter hemisphere, is observed not at the polar caps boundary (as usually expected) but equatorward of this boundary in the region of the IHCs location. (4) The IHCs in winter hemisphere may be, in fact, not only a substitute for the R1 currents but also the major source of the Westward Auroral Electrojet, observed in both hemispheres during substorm activity.

  4. HF Propagation Effects Caused by an Artificial Plasma Cloud in the Ionosphere

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    Joshi, D. R.; Groves, K. M.; McNeil, W. J.; Caton, R. G.; Parris, R. T.; Pedersen, T. R.; Cannon, P. S.; Angling, M. J.; Jackson-Booth, N. K.

    2014-12-01

    In a campaign carried out by the NASA sounding rocket team, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) launched two sounding rockets in the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, in May 2013 known as the Metal Oxide Space Cloud (MOSC) experiment to study the interactions of artificial ionization and the background plasma and measure the effects on high frequency (HF) radio wave propagation. The rockets released samarium metal vapor in the lower F-region of the ionosphere that ionized forming a plasma cloud that persisted for tens of minutes to hours in the post-sunset period. Data from the experiments has been analyzed to understand the impacts of the artificial ionization on HF radio wave propagation. Swept frequency HF links transiting the artificial ionization region were employed to produce oblique ionograms that clearly showed the effects of the samarium cloud. Ray tracing has been used to successfully model the effects of the ionized cloud. Comparisons between observations and modeled results will be presented, including model output using the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI), the Parameterized Ionospheric Model (PIM) and PIM constrained by electron density profiles measured with the ALTAIR radar at Kwajalein. Observations and modeling confirm that the cloud acted as a divergent lens refracting energy away from direct propagation paths and scattering energy at large angles relative to the initial propagation direction. The results confirm that even small amounts of ionized material injected in the upper atmosphere can result in significant changes to the natural propagation environment.

  5. MIRI : Potential effects of the pressure gradients in the Martian upper ionosphere derived from a 3D GCM-Ionosphere

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    Chaufray, Jean-Yves; Forget, Francois; Witasse, Olivier; Ronan Modolo, M.; Leblanc, Francois; Lopez-Valverde, Miguel; Gonzalez-Galindo, Francisco; Hess, Sebastien; Yagi, Manabu; Blelly, Pierre-Louis

    To study the transport of the ionospheric plasma on Mars, we have included a 3D multifluid dynamical core in a Martian General Circulation Model (GCM). Vertical transport modifies the ions density above ~160 km on the dayside. Near the exobase, the dayside to nightside flow velocity at the terminator, reaches few hundreds of m/s, due to large horizontal pressure gradient. This flow is not sufficient to populate substantially the nightside ionosphere at high altitudes, in agreement with recent observations, because of a strong nightside downward flow produced by vertical pressure gradient. The O2+ and NO+ ions densities on the nightside at low altitudes ~130 km are modified by this downward flow, compared to simulated densities without ions dynamics. Variability at different time scales (diurnal, seasonal and solar cycle) as well as perspectives of this model will be presented.

  6. Effect of solar flares flux on the propagation and modal composition of VLF signal in the lower ionosphere

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    Bouderba, Yasmina; Nait Amor, Samir; Tribeche, Mouloud

    2015-04-01

    The VLF radio waves propagating in the Earth-Ionosphere waveguide are sensitive to the ionospheric disturbances due to X rays solar flux. In order to understand the VLF signal response to the solar flares, the LWPC code is used to simulate the signal perturbation parameters (amplitude and phase) at fixed solar zenith angle. In this work, we used the NRK-Algiers signal data and the study was done for different flares classes. The results show that the perturbed parameters increase with the increasing solar flares flux. This increases is due to the growth of the electron density resulting from the changes of the Wait's parameters. However, the behavior of the perturbation parameters as function of distance shows different forms of signal perturbations. It was also observed that the null points move towards the transmitter location when the flare flux increases which is related to the modal composition of the propagating signal. Effectively, for a given mode, the plot of the attenuation coefficient as function of the flare flux shows a decreases when the flux increases which is more significant for high modes. Thus, the solar flares effect is to amplify the VLF signal by reducing the attenuation coefficient.

  7. The effect of 20 May 2012 annular solar eclipse on the ionosphere

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    Lo, C.; Liu, J. G.

    2012-12-01

    The 20 May 2012 annular solar eclipse crossed the mid-latitude ionosphere of Southeast China, Taiwan, Japan, and America West. The total electron content (TEC) derived from ground-based GPS receivers and frequency shifts recorded by Doppler sounding systems in Taiwan are employed to monitor the eclipse signatures. We compare the two observations on the eclipse day and those recorded 1-5 days before to find the associated eclipse effects. Results show that Doppler shifts yield negative values after the first contact but positive values after the third contact. The TECs variations and their time rate of changes are used to observe simultaneous responses of the ionosphere plasma density and soft Doppler during the annular solar eclipse.

  8. Modeling the ionospheric impact of tsunami-driven gravity waves with SAMI3: Conjugate effects

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    Huba, J. D.; Drob, D. P.; Wu, T.-W.; Makela, J. J.

    2015-07-01

    The Naval Research Laboratory first-principles ionosphere model SAMI3 is used to study the ionospheric effects associated with tsunami-driven gravity waves. Specifically, the Tohoku-Oki tsunami of 11 March 2011 is modeled. It is shown that gravity wave-induced variations in the neutral wind lead to plasma velocity variations both perpendicular and parallel to the geomagnetic field. Moreover, the electric field induced by the neutral wind perturbations can map to the conjugate hemisphere. Thus, electron density variations can be generated in both hemispheres which impact the total electron content (TEC) and 6300 airglow emission. It is found that the TEC exhibits variations of ? 0.1 total electron content unit (1 TECU = 1016 el m-2) and the 6300 airglow emission variation is up to 2.5% relative to the unperturbed background airglow.

  9. Transequatorial F-region ionospheric plasma bubbles: solar cycle effects

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    Sahai, Y.; Fagundes, P. R.; Bittencourt, J. A.

    2000-10-01

    During the recent past, wide-angle optical imaging observations of F-region nightglow emissions (e.g. OI 630nm) have provided excellent results related to the occurrence, evolution and dynamics of strong large-scale range spread-F irregularities, as they are characterized by large-scale ionospheric plasma depletions, generally known as transequatorial plasma bubbles, which result in quasi north-south aligned intensity depleted bands. The intensity depletions seen in the airglow images are the optical signature, at the height range of the emitting layer of transequatorial magnetic field-aligned plasma bubbles. An all-sky imaging system, observing the OI 630nm emission, was operational at Cachoeira Paulista (/22.7S, /45.0W /~16S dip latitude), Brazil, during the period March 1987 to October 1991. It was put back in operation again in September 1994 and observations are continuing. These observations have provided an extensive data-base of OI 630 nm images which permitted us to address several aspects related to the formation and development of large-scale spread-F plasma irregularities during both high- and low solar activity periods. An analysis of about 11,000 images from these investigations are presented and discussed in this paper. The seasonal occurrence characteristics are fairly similar for both low and high solar activities. However, the occurrences of intensity depleted bands are much less during low solar activity (33%) as compared with high solar activity (55%). Also, some of the intensity depleted bands in the images (which show the optical signatures at the height of the emitting layer around 250-300 km) indicating that plasma bubbles attaining very high altitudes (>1500km) at the magnetic equator (by mapping the depletion bands along geomagnetic field lines to the equatorial plane (e.g., Mendillo, Tyler, J. Geophys. Res. 88 (1983) 5758), are much less during low solar activity (34% of the images with intensity depleted bands) as compared with high solar activity (66% of the images with intensity depleted bands). The average nocturnal variations of intensity depleted regions show different characteristics during the high and low solar activity periods.

  10. Cyclotron harmonic effect on the thermal oscillating two-stream instability in the high latitude ionosphere

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    Huang, J.; Kuo, S. P.

    1994-02-01

    A thermal oscillating two-stream instability as the generation mechanism of electron Bernstein/upper hybrid waves by the omicron-mode HF heater wave in the high-latitude ionosphere is investigated. The purely growing decay mode is described by the fluid equations, while the kinetic equations are employed to derive the coupled mode equations of the electron Bernstein/upper hybrid sidebands. It is found that the instability can be excited in the altitude regions both above and below the upper hybrid resonance layer. The parametric excitation of electron Bernstein waves is in general not effective. On the other hand, the upper hybrid sidebands of the instability excited in the 'below' region have been considered by Leyser (1991) to be the pumps for the parametric excitation of downshifted maximum (DM) lines of the stimulated electromagnetic emissions (SEEs) observed in the ionospheric heating experiments. The detail analysis of the proposed work shows that the instability zone of upper hybrid waves below the upper hybrid resonance layer becomes very small when the heater frequency f(sub zero) is operated near three times of the local electron cyclotron frequency f(sub c). Thus the source wave of the DM lines is effectively suppressed. This result explains the phenomenon of quenching of the DM feature in the SEE spectrum as f(sub zero) is adjusted near 3f(sub c) in the ionospheric modification experiments.

  11. Ionospheric effects of rocket exhaust products (HEAO-C, Skylab and SPS-HLLV)

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    Zinn, J; Sutherland, D; Stone, S N; Duncan, L M; Behnke, R

    1980-10-01

    This paper reviews the current state of our understanding of the problem of ionospheric F-layer depletions produced by chemical effects of the exhaust gases from large rockets, with particular emphasis on the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicles (HLLV) proposed for use in the construction of solar power satellites. The currently planned HLLV flight profile calls for main second-stage propulsion confined to altitudes below 124 km, and a brief orbit-circularization maneuver at apogee. The second-stage engines deposit 9 x 10/sup 31/ H/sub 2/O and H/sub 2/ molecules between 56 and 124 km. Model computations show that they diffuse gradually into the ionospheric F region, where they lead to weak but widespread and persistent depletions of ionization and continuous production of H atoms. The orbit-circularization burn deposits 9 x 10/sup 29/ exhaust molecules at about 480-km altitude. These react rapidly with the F2 region 0/sup +/ ions, leading to a substantial (factor-of-three) reduction in plasma density, which extends over a 1000- by 2000-km region and persists for four to five hours. Also described are experimental airglow and incoherent-scatter radar measurements performed in conjunction with the 1979 launch of satellite HEAO-C, together with prelaunch and post-launch computations of the ionospheric effects. Several improvements in the model have been driven by the experimental observations. The computer model is described in some detail.

  12. High-latitude ionospheric drivers and their effects on wind patterns in the thermosphere

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    Liuzzo, L. R.; Ridley, A. J.; Conde, M.; Hampton, D. L.; Bristow, W. A.; Nicolls, M. J.; Mitchell, E. J.

    2013-12-01

    Winds in the thermosphere are highly important for transporting mass, momentum and energy over the globe. It has been moderately difficult to validate how well models reproduce the winds because of a lack of data. In the high latitude region, the ions and neutrals are strongly coupled when the aurora is present, whereas the coupling is weaker when there is no aurora. In this study, we investigate the ability of the Global Ionosphere Thermosphere Model (GITM) to simulate the meso-scale wind structure over Alaska before and during a substorm. Ten distinct numerical simulations of a substorm event that occurred between 02:00 and 17:00 universal time on November 24, 2012 have been preformed. Using GITM, we are able to highlight both subtle and drastic differences in model results affected by various high-latitude ionospheric drivers. Distinct ionospheric inputs considered as drivers include the Weimer potential patterns using IMF solar wind data coupled with the Fuller-Rowell and Evans auroral patterns, SuperDARN fitted potential pattern data, and changes in ionospheric currents measured by the Auroral Electrojet index. We also consider the effects of the boundary between the neutral wind dynamo calculation and the high-latitude imposed electric potential. Neutral wind velocities measured from Scanning Doppler Imager instruments located at three locations in Alaska are then compared to GITM simulated winds for every distinct run. Each component of the wind is compared individually, as they are driven by different forcing terms. Further, electron densities at 240km as a function of location and time are compared with data from the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar instrument. We have found that differences in the type of input used to model the substorm can lead to significantly disparate results among each individual run. This points to the need to have accurate specifications of the electric potential and auroral precipitation if the wind is to be fully understood.

  13. Simulations of the effects of vertical transport on the thermosphere and ionosphere using two coupled models

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    Siskind, D. E.; Drob, D. P.; Dymond, K. F.; McCormack, J. P.

    2014-02-01

    We have explored the sensitivity of the thermosphere and ionosphere to dynamical forcing from altitudes near the mesopause (~95 km). We performed five simulations, all for the year 2009, with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)/Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIEGCM). Two simulations were driven with the NCAR Global Scale Wind Model, and three used output from the Advanced Level Physics High Altitude (ALPHA) version of the Navy's Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System (NOGAPS). Use of NOGAPS-ALPHA allows for realistic meteorological variability from the lower atmosphere to propagate up into the TIEGCM, including a rich spectrum of nonmigrating tides. We find that the additional vertical transport from these tides causes a significant reduction in the calculated peak electron density of the ionospheric F2 layer (NmF2). The mechanism for this effect is the enhanced downward transport of atomic oxygen to the base of the thermosphere. In turn, this yields a greater relative abundance of N2 and hence enhanced recombination of ions and electrons. To get improved agreement with observed electron densities, we must reduce (Kzz) by a factor of 5. However, even with lower Kzz, our calculation still underestimates the NmF2 compared with radio occultation observations by the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate satellite system. This underestimate of NmF2 may be linked to an overestimate of the nonmigrating tides in the coupled TIEGCM-NOGAPS calculations or to uncertainties in the bottom boundary for atomic oxygen in the TIEGCM.

  14. A re-analysis of the atmospheric and ionospheric effects of the Flixborough explosion

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    Krasnov, V. M.; Drobzheva, Ya. V.; Venart, J. E. S.; Lastovicka, J.

    2003-07-01

    The ionospheric record of the 1974 cyclohexane vapour cloud explosion (VCE) accident near Flixborough is re-examined in light of a new theory used to describe the acoustic field in the atmosphere and ionosphere caused by explosions on the ground. The reconstructed oblique Doppler sounding records from six radio traces agree remarkably well with experimental results when a ground source explosion yield of 283+/-38tons of TNT is utilized. This result, when compared to the detonation of large hydrocarbon fuel-drop-air clouds, suggests that only 14+/-2tons of cyclohexane was involved in the explosion. Additionally the time of the explosion determined from the model, 15:52:08+/-6, agrees, within the mutual uncertainty, with that determined seismically, 15:52:15.5+/-2 UT. The precision in the value of the yield and accuracy of the time of the explosion validates the model used to describe the propagation of acoustic waves by taking into account expansion, absorption, and non-linear and inhomogeneous effects in the atmosphere and ionosphere.

  15. The Effect of the Ionospheric Fluctuation to the FASR imaging capability and the Strategy for its Calibration

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    Kawakubo, H.; Ruf, C. S.

    2006-05-01

    The ionospheric irregularities are the major source of uncertainty in image synthesis process of grand-based interferometric radio telescopes under a few GHz. The fluctuation alters both the phase and amplitude of the signals reaching the interferometer elements, and it results in positional shift and distortion of the source structure in the synthesized image, which is very difficult to isolate from the true properties of the source. In general, the ionospheric effect is calibrated for with the observation of guide stars for other low-frequency radio telescopes such as VLA (74MHz) and LOFAR. However, this method is not likely to be effective to FASR due to the low sensitivity of the receiver instrument to observe guide stars. We will present the estimated spatial and temporal characteristics of the small- and medium-scale fluctuation of the ionosphere at the proposed construction site of FASR based on the literature review of the relevant studies, and then discuss the simulation result on its impact on the synthesized beam pattern of the array. Based on these results, we will propose the calibration system of the ionospheric fluctuation for FASR. The system will utilize the information from the slant path TEC measurements from GPS and beacon satellite signals and also the ionospheric model based on physics of the ionospheric waves and turbulence sources and sinks. We will also discuss the possibilities of using the multi-frequency observation capability of the FASR and of collaboration with other solar radio telescopes.

  16. Magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling: Effect of neutral winds on energy transfer and field-aligned current

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    Lu, G.; Richmond, A.D.; Emery, B.A.

    1995-10-01

    The assimilative mapping of ionospheric electrodynamics (AMIE) algorithm has been applied to derive the realistic time-dependent large-scale global distributions of the ionospheric convection and particle precipitation during a recent Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) campaign period: March 28-29, 1992. The AMIE outputs are then used as the inputs of the National Center for Atmospheric Research thermosphere-ionosphere general circulation model to estimate the electrodynamic quantities in the ionosphere and thermosphere. It is found that the magnetospheric electromagnetic energy dissipated in the high-latitude ionosphere is mainly converted into Joule heating, with only a small fraction (6%) going to acceleration of thermospheric neutral winds. This study also reveals that the thermospheric winds can have significant influence on the ionospheric electrodynamics. On the average for these 2 days, the neutral winds have approximately a 28% negative effect on Joule heating and approximately a 27% negative effect on field-aligned currents. The field-aligned currents driven by the neutral wind flow in the opposite direction to those driven by the plasma convection. On the average, the global electromagnetic energy input is about 4 times larger than the particle energy input. 65 refs., 10 figs.

  17. Post-flare effects in the lower ionosphere of middle latitudes

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    Krivsky, L.

    1989-01-01

    Beginning in the 1960s, records were made of noise from the region around the Polar Star on 29 MHz (Krivsky and Tlamicha, 1960) at the Ondrejov Observatory near Prague. Since the aerial characteristic was not too narrow, radio bursts were received of solar origin (of flares) at the noise level, SCNA effects (sudden cosmic noise absorption) at the time of intensive flare X-emission and in some rare cases, after large proton flares, small absorption effects of a few hours duration (Krivsky, 1969). These post-flare absorption effects in cosmic noise are evidently analogous with PCA effects (polar cap absorption) and are connected with ionospheric absorption of radio cosmic noise, caused by fast particles of subcosmic radiation. The recording of long term absorption effects after large particle flares at European midlatitudes was reported at the beginning of the 1960s. It was then usual to record radio cosmic noise with riometers at frequencies of about 18 MHz in the polar or subpolar regions in an effort to record PCA effects of subcosmic radiation (Hakura, 1968). An attempt was made to record the complex of emissions mentioned as well as the effects in a new frequency range (30 MHz), which did not agree with the ideas of the contemporaneous representatives of the Ionospheric Department of the Geophysical Institute in Prague. In recent years radio cosmic noise has been recorded at the Upice Observatory. These long term after flare effects of cosmic radio noise absorption (AF-CNA) at middle latitudes are reported to the geophysical and ionospheric community for the first time.

  18. Ionospheric effects in uncalibrated phase delay estimation and ambiguity-fixed PPP based on raw observable model

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    Gu, Shengfeng; Shi, Chuang; Lou, Yidong; Liu, Jingnan

    2015-05-01

    Zero-difference (ZD) ambiguity resolution (AR) reveals the potential to further improve the performance of precise point positioning (PPP). Traditionally, PPP AR is achieved by Melbourne-Wübbena and ionosphere-free combinations in which the ionosphere effect are removed. To exploit the ionosphere characteristics, PPP AR with L1 and L2 raw observable has also been developed recently. In this study, we apply this new approach in uncalibrated phase delay (UPD) generation and ZD AR and compare it with the traditional model. The raw observable processing strategy treats each ionosphere delay as an unknown parameter. In this manner, both a priori ionosphere correction model and its spatio-temporal correlation can be employed as constraints to improve the ambiguity resolution. However, theoretical analysis indicates that for the wide-lane (WL) UPD retrieved from L1/L2 ambiguities to benefit from this raw observable approach, high precision ionosphere correction of better than 0.7 total electron content unit (TECU) is essential. This conclusion is then confirmed with over 1 year data collected at about 360 stations. Firstly, both global and regional ionosphere model were generated and evaluated, the results of which demonstrated that, for large-scale ionosphere modeling, only an accuracy of 3.9 TECU can be achieved on average for the vertical delays, and this accuracy can be improved to about 0.64 TECU when dense network is involved. Based on these ionosphere products, WL/narrow-lane (NL) UPDs are then extracted with the raw observable model. The NL ambiguity reveals a better stability and consistency compared to traditional approach. Nonetheless, the WL ambiguity can be hardly improved even constrained with the high spatio-temporal resolution ionospheric corrections. By applying both these approaches in PPP-RTK, it is interesting to find that the traditional model is more efficient in AR as evidenced by the shorter time to first fix, while the three-dimensional positioning accuracy of the RAW model outperforms the combination model by about . This reveals that, with the current ionosphere models, there is actually no optimal strategy for the dual-frequency ZD ambiguity resolution, and the combination approach and raw approach each has merits and demerits.

  19. Simulations of the effects of vertical transport on the thermosphere and ionosphere using two coupled models

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    Drob, Douglas; Siskind, David; Dymond, Kenneth; McCormack, John

    2014-05-01

    We have explored the sensitivity of the thermosphere and ionosphere to dynamical forcing from altitudes near the mesopause ( 95 km) as recently described by Siskind et al., (2014). We show results from five simulations, all for the year 2009, with the NCAR/Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIEGCM). Two simulations were driven with the NCAR Global Scale Wind Model (GSWM) and three used output from the Advanced Level Physics High Altitude (ALPHA) version of the Navy's Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System (NOGAPS). Use of NOGAPS-ALPHA allows for realistic meteorological variability from the lower atmosphere to propogate up into the TIEGCM, including a rich spectrum of non-migrating tides. We find that the additional vertical transport from these tides causes a significant reduction in the calculated peak electron density of the ionospheric F2 layer (NmF2). The mechanism for this effect is the enhanced downward transport of atomic oxygen to the base of the thermosphere. In turn, this yields a greater relative abundance of N2 and hence, enhanced recombination of ions and electrons. To get improved agreement with observed electron densities, we must reduce (Kzz) by a factor of 5. However, even with lower Kzz, our calculation still underestimates the NmF2 compared with radio occultation observations by the Constellation Observing System for Meterology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) satellite system. This underestimate of NmF2 may be linked to an overestimate of the non-migrating tides in the coupled TIEGCM-NOGAPS calculations or to uncertainties in the bottom boundary for atomic oxygen in the TIEGCM. We are currently exploring the second hypothesis by actively constraining the bottom boundary of the TIEGCM to observed atomic oxygen values from the NASA TIMED/SABER instrument. Siskind et al., (2014) Simulations of the effects of vertical transport on the thermosphere and ionosphere using two coupled models, J. Geophys. Res., DOI:10.1002/2013JA019116. This work sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.

  20. Testing Ionospheric Faraday Rotation Corrections in CASA

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    Kooi, Jason E.; Moellenbrock, George

    2015-04-01

    The Earths ionosphere introduces direction- and time-dependent effects over a range of physical and temporal scales and so is a major source for unmodeled phase offsets for low frequency radioastronomical observations. Ionospheric effects are often the limiting factor to making sensitive radioastronomical measurements to probe the solar corona or coronal mass ejections at low frequencies (< 5 GHz). It has become common practice to use global ionospheric models derived from the Global Positioning System (GPS) to provide a means of externally calibrating low frequency data. We have developed a new calibration algorithm in the Common Astronomy Software Applications (CASA) package. CASA, which was developed to meet the data post-processing needs of next generation telescopes such as the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), did not previously have the capability to mitigate ionospheric effects. This algorithm uses GPS-based global ionosphere maps to mitigate the first and second order ionospheric effects (dispersion delay and Faraday rotation, respectively). We investigated several data centers as potential sources for global ionospheric models and chose the International Global Navigation Satellite System Service data product because data from other sources are generally too sparse to use without additional interpolation schemes. This implementation of ionospheric corrections in CASA has been tested on several sets of VLA observations and all of them showed a significant reduction of the dispersion delay. In order to rigorously test CASAs ability to mitigate ionospheric Faraday rotation, we made VLA full-polarization observations of the standard VLA phase calibrators J0359+5057 and J0423+4150 in August 2014, using L band (1 - 2 GHz), S band (2 - 4 GHz), and C band (4 - 6 GHz) frequencies in the D array configuration. The observations were 4 hours in duration, beginning near local sunrise. In this paper, we give a general description of how these corrections are implemented as well as discussion of the codes ability to mitigate the ionospheric effects present in these test observations over a range of times and elevation angles. This work was supported at the University of Iowa by grant ATM09-56901.

  1. The energetics of Titan's ionosphere

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    Roboz, A.; Nagy, A. F.

    1994-01-01

    We have developed a comprehensive model to study the dynamics and energetics of the ionosphere of Titan. We solved the one-dimensional, time-dependent, coupled continuity and momentum equations for several ion species, together with single ion and electron energy equations, in order to calculate density, velocity, and temperature profiles. Calculations were carried out for several cases corresponding to different local times and configurations of the Titan-Saturn system. In our model the effects of horizontal magnetic fields were assumed to be negligible, except for their effect on reducing the electron and ion thermal conductivities and inhibiting vertical transport in the subram region. The ionospheric density peak was found to be at an altitude of about 1100 km, in accordance with earlier model calculations. The ionosphere is chemically controlled below an altitude of about 1500 km. Above this level, ion densities differ significantly from their chemical equilibrium values due to strong upward ion velocities. Heat is deposited in a narrow region around the ionospheric peak, resulting in temperature profiles increasing sharply and reaching nearly constant values of 800-1000 deg K for electrons and 300 deg K for ions in the topside, assuming conditions appropriate for the wake region. In the subram region magnetic correction factors make the electron heat conductivities negligible, resulting in electron temperatures increasing strongly with altitude and reaching values in the order of 5000 deg K at our upper boundary located at 2200 km. Ion chemical heating is found to play an important role in shaping the ion energy balance in Titan's ionosphere.

  2. Order effects in dynamic semantics.

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    Graben, Peter Beim

    2014-01-01

    In their target article, Wang and Busemeyer (2013) discuss question order effects in terms of incompatible projectors on a Hilbert space. In a similar vein, Blutner recently presented an orthoalgebraic query language essentially relying on dynamic update semantics. Here, I shall comment on some interesting analogies between the different variants of dynamic semantics and generalized quantum theory to illustrate other kinds of order effects in human cognition, such as belief revision, the resolution of anaphors, and default reasoning that result from the crucial non-commutativity of mental operations upon the belief state of a cognitive agent. PMID:24259268

  3. Large-Scale Ionospheric Effects Related to Electron-Gyro Harmonics: What We Have Learned from HAARP.

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    Watkins, B. J.; Fallen, C. T.; Secan, J. A.

    2014-12-01

    The HAARP ionospheric modification facility has unique capabilities that enable a wide range of HF frequencies with transmit powers ranging from very low to very high values. We will review a range of experiment results that illustrate large-scale ionospheric effects when the HF frequencies used are close to electron gyro-harmoncs and we focus mainly on the 3rd and 4th harmonics. The data are primarily from the UHF diagnosticc radar and total electron content (TEC) observations through the heated topside ionosphere. Radar data for HF frequencies just above and just below gyro harmoncs show significant differences in radar scatter cross-section that suggest differing plasma processes, and this effect is HF power dependent with some effects only observable with full HF power. For the production of artificial ionization in the E-region when the HF frequency is near gyro-harmoncs the results differ significantly for relatively small (50 kHz) variations in the HF frequency. We show how slow FM scans in conjunction with gyro-harmonic effects are effective in producing artificial ionization in the lower ionosphere.In the topside ionosphere enhanced density and upward fluxes have been observed and these may act as effective ducts for the propagation of VLF waves upward into the magneosphere. Experimental techniques have been developed that may be used to continuously maintain these effects in the topside ionossphere.

  4. Effect of ionospheric self-conditioning and preconditioning on the broad upshifted maximum component of stimulated electromagnetic emission

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    Wagner, L. S.; Berhnardt, P. A.; Goldstein, J. A.; Selcher, C. A.; Frolov, V. L.; Sergeev, E. N.

    1999-02-01

    Stimulated electromagnetic emissions (SEE) are high-frequency radio emissions that are generated during high-power, high-frequency, ordinary mode (O-mode), radiowave heating of the ionosphere. These emissions are particularly useful in ionospheric heating experiments because they provide a way of monitoring space plasma processes remotely and passively. In order to utilize these emissions for diagnostic purposes, it is necessary to understand the space plasma processes involved in their generation. The purpose of these experiments was to observe the responses of a particular component of the SEE, the broad upshifted maximum (BUM), to a variety of heating stimuli in an effort to understand the factors involved in its development. Heating experiments were conducted at the Radiophysical Research Institute SURA Ionospheric Modification Facility in Russia. Experiments consisted of single-pump, two-pump, and single-pump power-stepping experiments. The single-pump and two-pump transmissions were organized into groups of pulses of varying widths and spacings to facilitate the investigation of self-conditioning, preconditioning, and two-pump-interaction conditioning effects. The major findings of these experiments are that the action of a pump can have a conditioning effect on the medium that affects the time development of the BUM. The result of the conditioning process is the formation of an overshoot in the temporal development of the BUM. A residual conditioning effect is sustained after the end of a pump pulse for a period of time (~30 s). The residual conditioning acts as preconditioning for the BUM of a subsequent pump pulse. A second O-mode pump (pump2), at a frequency a few hundred kilohertz above that of the first pump (pump1), is observed to cause additional suppression of the pump1 BUM, implying an enhanced conditioning effect. Time constants for the buildup and decay of the conditioning effects are estimated. During power-stepping experiments, the BUM spectrum was observed to evolve from a weak, narrow spectrum at an effective radiated power (ERP) of ~5 MW, to a strong, broad spectrum with a ramp-like spectral tail at an ERP of ~150 MW. Other features noted during power stepping include (1) strong BUM transients at pump power level transitions, (2) BUM amplitude asymmetry between power-up and power-down sides of a power stepping cycle, (3) reduction of the BUM spectral peak offset from the pump frequency with increasing pump power, and (4) power law dependence of BUM power on pump power (exponent ~2). Results of these experiments are used in an attempt to assess the relevance of small-scale irregularity generation and electron heating mechanisms to the observed conditioning effects.

  5. Regionally based alarm index to mitigate ionospheric scintillation effects for GNSS receivers

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    Tiwari, R.; Strangeways, H. J.

    2015-01-01

    An approach to mitigate the effect of ionospheric scintillation on GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) users in the European region using TEC (total electron content) at 1 Hz rate is presented. The TEC in the study is derived using raw GPS (Global Positioning System) observations obtained from the EUREF networks. The study also presents derivation of a geographic mesh-map warning of the expected standard deviation of phase jitter in receiver carrier tracking loops, information which would help to mitigate scintillation effects in GPS software receivers.

  6. Nighttime ionospheric saturation effect estimation in the African equatorial anomaly trough: A comparison of two approaches

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    Ikubanni, Stephen O.; Adeniyi, Jacob O.

    2016-02-01

    Using the two-segmented and the quadratic regression analyses methods, the existence of saturation effect in the ionospheric electron content has been established in published literatures. With data set that spans an 11 year period (one solar cycle) from an African low-latitude station—Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (Geographical coordinates 12oN, 1.8oW, dip ~3oN)—and adopting the quadratic and the two-segmented regression methods, we have studied nighttime saturation effect on the critical frequency of ionospheric F2 layer (foF2) around the magnetic dip. Both methods revealed that saturation effect in foF2 cuts across all seasons during nighttime. This phenomenon was least at the peak of the prereversal enhancement (PRE) period and increases significantly beyond midnight. Either of the two approaches can be adopted for saturation effect studies. The advantage of the two-segmented over the quadratic is that the change point (breakpoint), which is the solar flux level where saturation effects first become observable, can be determined. The effect seen around the PRE period may be attributed to the E × B drift while the effect beyond the PRE period is masked by other mechanisms.

  7. Environmental assessment for the Satellite Power System: concept development and evaluation program - effects of ionospheric heating on telecommunications

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    Not Available

    1980-08-01

    The microwave power beam that is associated with the operation of the Satellite Power System (SPS) will provide a continuous source of power density into the earth's ionosphere. As currently conceptualized, the power density at the center of the beam would be 23 mW/cm/sup 2/. This power density may be of sufficient magnitude to give rise to changes in the structure of the ionosphere and to increases in the electron temperature in the ionosphere. The work described in this report was undertaken to assess the degree to which the ionosphere and ionospheric-dependent telecommunication systems would be impacted by the passage of the Satellite Power System microwave power beam. The program of study utilized resources from Government, industry, and universities in order to conduct theoretical and experimental investigations that relate to the operational scenario surrounding the Satellite Power System concept. The results of the numerous investigations that were undertaken are summarized in this document and areas in which further study is required are pointed out.

  8. A case study of ionospheric storm effects in the Chinese sector during the October 2013 geomagnetic storm

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    Mao, Tian; Sun, Lingfeng; Hu, Lianhuan; Wang, Yungang; Wang, Zhijun

    2015-11-01

    In this study, we investigate the ionospheric storm effects in the Chinese sector during 2 October 2013 geomagnetic storm. The TEC map over China sector (1 1) and eight ionosondes data along the longitude of 110E are used to show significant positive ionospheric phases (enhancements in TEC and ionospheric peak electron density NmF2) in the high-middle latitude region and the negative effects at the low latitude and equatorial region during the storm. A wave structure with periods about 1-2 h and horizontal speed about 680 m/s, propagating from the high latitudes to the low latitudes is observed in electron densities within the height region from 200 to 400 km, which is caused by the combined effects of neutral wind and the large-scale traveling disturbances (LSTIDs). In the low latitude regions, compared with those in the quiet day, the ionospheric peak heights of the F2 layer (hmF2) in the storm day obviously increase accompanying a notably decrease in TEC and NmF2, which might be as a result of the eastward prompt penetration electric field (PPEF) evidenced by the two magnetometers and the subsequent westward disturbance dynamo electric fields (DDEF). The storm-time TEC enhancement mainly occurs in the topside ionosphere, as revealed from the topside TEC, bottomside TEC and GPS TEC.

  9. Prompt and delayed effects of solar disturbances in magnetosphere-ionosphere system on March 4-7, 2012

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    Romanova, Elena; Kurkin, Vladimir; Zolotukhina, Nina; Polekh, Nelya

    We analyze prompt and delayed effects of five X-class solar flares observed on March 4-7, 2012 at Siberian and Far Eastern ionospheric stations. The flares were associated with intensification of solar cosmic rays and Earth-directed coronal mass ejections. The prompt effects were caused by EUV, X-rays and relativistic particles. They were observed as increase in the daytime lowest frequency reflected from the ionosphere from 1.5-2 MHz to 4-8 MHz and the disappearance of reflections (complete blackout) from the high-latitude ionosphere. Delayed effects were caused by heliospheric inhomogeneity created by four interacting coronal mass ejections. The inhomogeneity enveloped the Earths magnetosphere during 80 hours and triggered two (moderate and strong) magnetic storms accompanied by ionospheric storms. Because of the strong variability of the solar wind and the interplanetary magnetic field in the inhomogeneity, the magnetospheric and ionospheric storms had specific features discussed in our report. The work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grant 13-05-91159 and 13-05-00733) and RF President Grant of Public Support for RF Leading Scientific Schools (NSh-2942.2014.5).

  10. Investigations into the properties, conditions, and effects of the ionosphere. Final report 4 Dec 86-31 Dec 89

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    Fremouw, E.J.; Reinisch, B.W.; Szuszczewica, E.P.

    1990-01-15

    The contractor and its subcontractors supported GL/AFSC research in ionospheric physics and its systems effects. Support was provided in the following six categories; laboratory measurements; field measurements, aircraft measurements; rocket, satellite, and Shuttle measurements; analytical and theoretical investigations; and engineering analysis. This report summarizes results on 15 specific topics. These topics included ionospheric characteristics central to operation of HF systems, such as OTH radars; engineering studies of meteor/scatter communication links; effects on transionospheric radio propagation controlled by the total electron content (path integral of electron density) of the ionosphere and its fine structure (which produces radiowave scintillation); optical and ultraviolet effects of the aurora and airglow, as well as laboratory uv studies; and feasibility studies on modifying radio blackout and measuring electron density in the D region..

  11. The effect of ionospheric reflected noise on the performance of an orbital-debris radar system

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    Bishop, Dennis F.

    1991-01-01

    An orbital-debris radar system was designed to detect the presence of small objects in low earth orbit by reflecting radio waves off the objects. The author provides a rigorous derivation of the ionospheric reflected noise power and provides an integration over the complete pulse period. Free electrons and ions contained in the ionosphere cause incoherent scatter of the radar signal. This ionospheric reflection tends to increase the noise at the terrestrial radar receiver. A parameter called the ionospheric scattering cross section per unit volume, which is a function of altitude, is useful for computing the power of the ionospheric reflection signal. The Doppler frequency speed of the ionospheric reflected signal is a function of altitude also. The ionospheric noise of a 9-GHz orbital-debris radar receiver is computed using these concepts. Annual and diurnal variations of the noise are included.

  12. Effect of double layers on magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling

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    Lysak, Robert L.; Hudson, Mary K.

    1987-01-01

    The Earth's auroral zone contains dynamic processes occurring on scales from the length of an auroral zone field line which characterizes Alfven wave propagation to the scale of microscopic processes which occur over a few Debye lengths. These processes interact in a time-dependent fashion since the current carried by the Alfven waves can excite microscopic turbulence which can in turn provide dissipation of the Alfven wave energy. This review will first describe the dynamic aspects of auroral current structures with emphasis on consequences for models of microscopic turbulence. A number of models of microscopic turbulence will be introduced into a large-scale model of Alfven wave propagation to determine the effect of various models on the overall structure of auroral currents. In particular, the effects of a double layer electric field which scales with the plasma temperature and Debye length is compared with the effect of anomalous resistivity due to electrostatic ion cyclotron turbulence in which the electric field scales with the magnetic field strength. It is found that the double layer model is less diffusive than in the resistive model leading to the possibility of narrow, intense current structures.

  13. Effects of ion collisions on quasi-linear heating by the current-driven ion cyclotron instability in the high-lattice ionosphere

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    Satyanarayana, P.; Keskinen, M.J.; Chaturvedi, P.K.; Ossakow, S.L.

    1989-05-01

    Using an effective relaxation time model, the effects of ion-ion and ion-neutral collisions on quasi-linear ion heating by the current-driven ion cyclotron instability in the high-latitude ionosphere have been studied. For conditions typical of the high-latitude lower (200--300 km) F region ionosphere, it is found that the combined effects of ion-neutral and ion-ion collisions tend to isotropize (T/sub perpendicular//T/sub parallel//similar to/1) the perpendicular (T/sub perpendicular/) and parallel (T/sub parallel/) ion temperatures on time scales of the order of several tens to hundreds of NO/sup +/ cyclotron periods for wave amplitudes ephi/T/sub e/ = 0.2. Here, phi is the wave electrostatic potential, T/sub c/ the electron temperature (in energy units), and e is the electron charge. In addition, for the high-latitude upper (600 km) F region ionosphere it is found that stronger anisotropy (T/sub perpendicular//T/sub parallel/>3) can be sustained even in the presence of ion collisions by waves with amplitudes ephi/T/sub c/ = 0.2. For larger-amplitude waves ephi/T/sub c/ = 0.4, we find that the heating is weakly anisotropic at low altitudes (200--300 km) and strongly anisotropic at higher (600 km) altitudes. In both wave amplitude regimes (0.2 and 0.4), we find perpendicular ion heating factors /similar to/2--10 for altitudes in the range 300--600 km, with the larger perpendicular heating occurring at higher altitudes and larger wave amplitudes. We compare our results with recent rocket and satellite observations in the high-latitude ionosphere.

  14. Effects of ion collisions on quasi-linear heating by the current-driven ion-cyclotron instability in the high-latitude ionosphere. Memorandum report

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    Satyanarayana, P.; Keskinen, M.J.; Chaturvedi, P.K.; Ossakow, S.L.

    1988-10-14

    Using an effective relaxation-time model, the effects of ion-ion and ion-neutral collisions on quasi-linear ion heating by the current-driven ion cyclotron instability in the high-latitude ionosphere were studied. For conditions typical of the high-latitude lower (200-300 km) F-region ionosphere, it is found that the combined effects of ion-neutral and ion-ion collisions tend to isotropize (S(tet)/T(par) approx. 1) the perpendicular T(per) and parallel S(tet) ion temperatures on time scales on the order of several tens to hundreds of NO/sup +/ cyclotron periods for wave amplitudes e(phi)/T sub e = 0.2. Here, phi is the wave electrostatic potential, T(par) the electron temperature (in energy units), and e is the electron charge. In addition, for the high latitude upper (600 km) F-region ionosphere it is found that stronger anisotropy (T(per)/T(par) > 3) can be sustained even in the presence of ion collisions with waves with amplitudes e(phi)/T sub e = 0.2. For larger amplitude waves e(phi)/T sub e = 0.4, we find that the heating is weakly anisotropic at low altitudes (200-300 km) and strongly anisotropic at higher (600 km) altitudes. In both wave amplitude regimes (0.2 and 0.4), we find perpendicular ion heating factors of about 2-10 are found for altitudes in the range 300-600 km, with the larger perpendicular heating occurring at higher altitudes and larger wave amplitudes. The results are compared with recent rocket and satellite observations in the high-latitude ionosphere.

  15. Ionospheric irregularity physics modelling

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    Ossakow, S.L.; Keskinen, M.J.; Zalesak, S.T.

    1982-01-01

    Theoretical and numerical simulation techniques have been employed to study ionospheric F region plasma cloud striation phenomena, equatorial spread F phenomena, and high latitude diffuse auroral F region irregularity phenomena. Each of these phenomena can cause scintillation effects. The results and ideas from these studies are state-of-the-art, agree well with experimental observations, and have induced experimentalists to look for theoretically predicted results. One conclusion that can be drawn from these studies is that ionospheric irregularity phenomena can be modelled from a first principles physics point of view. Theoretical and numerical simulation results from the aforementioned ionospheric irregularity areas will be presented.

  16. Modeling the effects of ionospheric oxygen outflow on bursty magnetotail flows

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    Garcia-Sage, K.; Moore, T. E.; Pembroke, A.; Merkin, V. G.; Hughes, W. J.

    2015-10-01

    Using a global multifluid MHD model, we demonstrate the effects of magnetospheric O+ on bursty magnetotail flows. We carry out two simulations without ionospheric outflow to use as baseline, one driven by real solar wind data and one driven by idealized solar wind. Solar wind data from 1 October 2001 are used as a storm time solar wind driver. During this event, the plasma sheet was observed to be rich in O+, making the event of interest for a model analysis of the effects of ionospheric origin O+ on magnetospheric dynamics. We carry out outflow comparison simulations for both the realistic and idealized solar wind drivers using a simple empirical model that places auroral outflow in regions where downward propagating Poynting flux and electron precipitation are present, combined with a low-flux thermal energy O+ outflow over the entire polar region. We demonstrate the effects of O+ on magnetotail structure and the occurrence rate and strength of bursty, fast earthward flows. The addition of O+ to the magnetotail stretches the tail and increases the velocity of bursty earthward flows. This increase is shown to be produced by reconnection events in an extended current sheet created by tail stretching.

  17. Atmospheric Tidal Effects on the Zonal Mean Thermal and Dynamical Structure of the Ionosphere-Thermosphere System

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    Jones, M., Jr.; Forbes, J. M.; Hagan, M. E.

    2014-12-01

    The influences that vertically-propagating tides of lower atmosphere origin have on the dynamics, temperature, composition, and plasma structure of the ionosphere-thermosphere (IT) system continue to be revealed. Specifically, it is now recognized that dissipating tides exert significant changes in the mean state of the IT system with respect to latitude, season and solar cycle. However, the mechanisms and pathways through which this happens are not fully understood. Therefore, we utilize the National Center for Atmospheric Research Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIE-GCM), forced with observationally-based tides at the model lower boundary from the Climatological Tidal Model of the Thermosphere (CTMT, from Oberheide et al. [2011]), to evaluate the different terms in the thermodynamic energy and momentum equations in order to elucidate how tidal dissipation acts to alter the mean thermal and dynamical structure of the IT. Numerical experiments are performed for all months of the year and for solar minimum, medium, and maximum conditions so as to quantify the seasonal and solar cycle variability associated with the different terms in the thermodynamic energy and momentum equations. Implications for more completely understanding prior results from Jones Jr. et al. [2014a, 2014b] concerning tidal effects on the mean neutral composition and electron density distributions are also assessed. Only select highlights of this work will be presented. References: Jones, M., Jr., J. M. Forbes, M. E. Hagan, and A. Maute (2014a), Impacts of vertically propagating tides on the mean state of the ionosphere-thermosphere system, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 119, 2197-2213, doi:10.1002/2013JA019744. Jones, M., Jr., J. M. Forbes, and M. E. Hagan (2014b), Tidal-induced net transport effects on the oxygen distribution in the thermosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL060698. Oberheide, J., J. M. Forbes, X. Zhang, and S. L. Bruinsma (2011), Climatology of upward propagating diurnal and semidiurnal tides in the thermosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A11306, doi:10.1029/2011JA016784.

  18. Study of potential ionospheric effects on space-based radars. Report for 7 July 1987-28 February 1988

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    Fremouw, E.J.; Secan, J.A.

    1988-02-28

    The Air Force and the Navy have considered development of space-based radars for purposes of defense surveillance. System configurations considered include sufficiently low frequencies and grazing angles and sufficiently large apertures (synthetic or otherwise) to require consideration of the effects of the ionosphere on the radar propagation path. Toward this end, the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory hosted a Workshop in which engineering organizations responsible for system design were brought together with research organizations active in identifying and characterizing ionospheric effects to assess the need for and state of relevant knowledge. This report summarizes an assessment of the suitability and limitations of information presented at the Workshop and available from related studies. Dispersive phase, Ionosphere, Radar clutter, Radiowave scintillation, Space-based radar, Synthetic-aperture radar, TEC, Defense surveillance, Total electron content.

  19. The effects of 450 kg surface explosions at the E layer of the ionosphere. Los Alamos Source Region Project

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    Fitzgerald, T.J.; Carlos, R.C.

    1992-10-22

    A network of hf ionospheric sounders consisting of two transmitter and two receiver stations was deployed to detect the effects of acoustic waves generated by surface ground motion following an underground nuclear test (UGT) at the Nevada Test Site. The frequency of the transmissions were chosen so that the hf radio waves were totally reflected in the E layer of the ionosphere at an altitude of approximately 100 km. The transmissions were highly stable cw tones at two frequencies separated by 100 kHz so that two altitudes separated by approximately .5 km could be sensed. The network sampled four geographic locations in the ionosphere ranging from almost directly overhead of the UGT out to a horizontal range of 60 km. The ionospheric sounders detected disturbances on all the paths beginning at approximately 325 s after the UGT which persisted for up to 100 s. These disturbances will be described in detail in a later paper. Shortly after the UGT an extended series of ionospheric disturbances were detected which we ascribe to the arrival of acoustic shock waves at the E layer caused by the surface detonation of ordinance with effective yields of 450 kg of high explosive during an unrelated exercise conducted by the U. S. Air Force at a nearby bombing range. The conjunction of these disturbances produced a direct comparison of the effects of UGT`s and surface explosions in the ionosphere. In this paper we describe the effects produced by the surface explosions and interpret the disturbance in terms of diffraction induced by electron density changes accompanying the passage of the acoustic waves from the explosions through the reflection altitudes.

  20. Modelling the Cosmic Ray (CR) Effect in the Polar Ionosphere with Account of Anomalous CR-Component

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    Mateev, L. N.

    1997-01-01

    The lower part of the D-region is created by cosmic rays which form there an independent Cosmic Ray (CR)-layer. The CR-layer is important for the propagation of the long and very long radio waves. For that reason the rates investigation of the ionization rates in the middle atmosphere is significant for the understanding of the electric and other physical and chemical processes there. The CR-layer is a boundary layer between the ionosphere and the neutral gas in the stratosphere. Actually a few models for cosmic ray influence on the middle latitude ionosphere exist. But the effects of the high energy cosmic particles are much more essential in the polar ionosphere, because of the comparatively weak geomagnetic cut-offs. For that reason in the present paper a more adequate model of high latitude ionization of cosmic rays is proposed. The model will include the recently discovered anomalous component of cosmic rays.

  1. Ionospheric effects of the solar eclipse of September 23, 1987, around the equatorial anomaly crest region

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    Kang Cheng; Yinnnien Huang; Senwen Chen )

    1992-01-01

    The ionospheric responses to the solar eclipse of September 23, 1987, in the equatorial anomaly crest region have been investigated by using ionospheric vertical sounding, VLF propagation delay time, and differential Doppler shift data observed at Chungli, which is located near the northern equatorial anomaly crest region. It has been found that temporal variations of the F{sub 1} layer and D region are mainly controlled by local solar radiation. Quantitative analysis of the variations of the F{sub 1} layer critical frequency, F{sub o} F{sub 1}, shows that electrons are removed from the F{sub 1} layer through ionic recombination. However, the temporal variations of f{sub o}F{sub 2} and electron density above 200 km show that the variations o the F{sub 2} layer around the equatorial anomaly region are controlled not by local solar radiation but by solar radiation at the equator. The fountain effect plays an important role even during the solar eclipse. The VLF propagation time delay is controlled by the variations of average path obscuration. Atmospheric gravity waves produced by the moving bow wave front of the solar eclipse are found with a period around 17-23 min and wavelength about 293 km.

  2. Source mechanisms and radio effects of ionospheric plasma. Annual report, 1 October 1991-30 September 1992

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    Lee, M.C.

    1992-11-01

    Since October 1, 1991 experimental and theoretical research has been conducted by Prof. Min-Chang Lee and his students at BU and MIT. This research work is aimed at investigating the ionospheric plasma disturbances which can affect significantly the radio wave propagation in communications and space surveillance. The research topics which have been investigated include: (1) A source mechanism leading to the symmetric lower hybrid sidebands and a low-frequency mode in the upper atmosphere, (2) Characteristics of lightning-induced plasmas, (3) Radio wave-produced plasmas and effects on radio communications, (4) Plasma turbulence and formation of field aligned density fluctuations as ionospheric ducts.

  3. Ionospheric Effects of Sudden Stratospheric Warming During Solar Maximum and Minimum Periods: What Do We See from Puerto Rico?

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    Hernandez-Espiet, A.; Goncharenko, L. P.; Spraggs, M. E.; Coster, A. J.; Galkin, I. A.; Aponte, N.

    2014-12-01

    Some of the main factors that contribute to changes in multiple ionospheric parameters are solar flux, geomagnetic activity, seasonal behavior, and coupling with lower atmosphere, which is particularly strong during sudden stratospheric warming events (SSW). Studying the way that these factors induce changes in the ionosphere is important, since these changes can have a negative effect on different types of communication systems. Multiple case studies have demonstrated large variations in ionospheric electron density in association with SSW in the low-latitude ionosphere, in particular near the crests of the equatorial ionization anomaly. However, the latitudinal extend of these variations was not addressed. In this study, we utilize data obtained in Puerto Rico by three instruments - Ramey digisonde, Arecibo Incoherent Scatter Radar (ISR) and GPS receivers to analyze four winter-time periods: two years with major SSW events (2005-2006, 2012-2013) and two years with minor SSW events (2006-2007, 2013-2014). In addition, selected cases represent two winters with low solar activity and two winters with moderate to high solar activity. The study focuses on the location of Arecibo, Puerto Rico (18.34N, 66.75W), ~15 to the north of the northern crest of the equatorial ionization anomaly. We report good agreement in ionospheric parameters between all three instruments. To investigate possible association with SSW events, we remove influences of seasonal behavior, solar flux, and geomagnetic activity by building empirical model and subtracting expected variations from the observational data. The analysis of residuals between the data and the model shows that ionospheric disturbances were observed in Puerto Rico for both minor and major SSW events in the ISR, digisonde and GPS Total Electron Content (TEC) data. We report 20-60% variations in NmF2 and TEC due to SSW effects. Large variations are also observed in electron density, electron temperature and plasma velocity during both daytime and nighttime.

  4. Realtime Monitoring of Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances Caused by Tsunamis

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    McBride, P. J.; Crowley, G.; Reynolds, A.; Azeem, I.; Makela, J. J.; Vadas, S.

    2014-12-01

    The ocean-ionosphere coupling associated with tsunamis was predicted as early as the 1970s and had been observed previously by various radio frequency techniques, including arrays of ground-based Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers. Much work is still needed in order to fully understand the coupling mechanism and allow for the development of effective tsunami detection/warning systems. These challenges include the need for additional observations of the tsunami ionospheric signature to provide new scientific insight into the geophysical source phenomenology and wave propagation physics, and to better constrain the conditions under which ocean-atmospheric coupling is effective. One of the ionospheric signatures of tsunamis is a Traveling Ionospheric Disturbance (TID). ASTRA has developed a realtime TID Mapping System based on HF radio sounding. We will provide examples of TIDs associated with various tsunamis, including the propagation characteristics of the TIDs. We are deploying an expanded ground-based observation network using strategically placed optical imaging systems together with ASTRA's TID Mapping Systems, to obtain new information about the ionospheric waves associated with tsunamis. We will also use a published and validated gravity wave ray trace model to perform studies of the propagation of tsunami-generated gravity waves through the atmosphere and into the thermosphere/ionosphere system. This work will also enhance our understanding of upward coupling caused by all gravity wave sources in the lower atmosphere (not just tsunamis) and how this coupling can generate ionospheric irregularities that affect navigation, communications and surveillance systems.

  5. The investigation of man-made modifications of the ionosphere. [effects of detonations and rocket exhaust

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    Bernhardt, P. A.; Darosa, A. V.; Price, K. M.

    1980-01-01

    Topics covered include: (1) the application of ionosphere modifications models to the simulation of results obtained when rocket-borne explosives were detonated in the ionosphere; (2) the problem of hypersonic vapor releases from orbiting vehicles; (3) measuring the electron content reduction resulting from the firing of a Centaur rocket in the ionosphere; and (4) the preliminary design of the critical frequency tracker which displays the value of electron concentration at the peak of the F 2 region, in real time.

  6. Effect of a heated patch of auroral ionosphere on VLF-radio wave propagation

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    Barr, R.; Rietveld, M. T.; Kopka, H.; Stubbe, P.

    1984-06-01

    In the early 1960s, during the period of atmospheric nuclear tests, much theoretical interest developed in the effects of localized ionospheric depressions on the propagation of very low frequency (VLF) radio waves1-4. Similar VLF-propagation effects are also produced by the localized dumping of electrons from the radiation belts after wave-particle interactions5,6. Both nuclear explosions and particle precipitation events are of a transient nature, however, and no experimental study has yet been made to confirm these early theoretical predictions. With the development of a unique high frequency (HF) heating facility near Troms, Norway, the generation of movable controlled anomalies in the D-region has become possible. We describe here some initial observations, made in Norway, of the effect of such a movable D-region anomaly on the VLF signals received from the 12.1-kHz Omega transmitter at Aldra. The observations confirm the validity of earlier theoretical predictions.

  7. Ionospheric plasma cloud dynamics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1976-01-01

    Measurements of the thermospheric neutral wind and ionospheric drift made at Eglin AFB, Florida and Kwajalein Atoll are discussed. The neutral wind measurements at Eglin had little variation over a period of four years for moderate magnetic activity (Kp 4); the ionospheric drifts are small. Evidence is presented that indicates that increased magnetic activity has a significant effect on the neutral wind magnitude and direction at this midlatitude station. The neutral wind at dusk near the equator is generally small although in one case out of seven it was significantly larger. It is described how observations of large barium releases can be used to infer the degree of electrodynamic coupling of ion clouds to the background ionosphere. Evidence is presented that indicates that large barium releases are coupled to the conjugate ionosphere at midlatitudes.

  8. Cyclotron Harmonic Effects on Stimulated Electromagnetic Emission in the Ionosphere: a Theoretical Study

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    Huang, Joe

    The dissertation studies parametric instabilities and nonlinear scattering processes that explain the electron cyclotron harmonic effects on the spectral features of stimulated electromagnetic emission (SEE) spectrum observed in ionospheric modification experiments. Four topics are explored. A thermal oscillating two stream instability as the generation mechanism of electron Bernstein/upper hybrid waves by the o-mode HF heater wave is first investigated. Analysis shows that the instability zone of upper hybrid waves below the upper hybrid resonance layer becomes small when the heater frequency f_0 is operated near 3f_ c, where f_ c is the local electron cyclotron frequency. This result is used to explain the quenching of downshifted maximum (DM). Parametric decay of an upper hybrid/electron Bernstein pump wave into an upper hybrid/electron Bernstein sideband wave and a lower hybrid decay wave is next examined. When appropriate nonlinear scattering processes are taken into account, this instability process along with its cascading is proposed as a generation mechanism for the observed DM, 2DM, 3DM ... etc. as well as upshifted maximum (UM). A modulational instability of the electron Bernstein wave is also studied. This process involves the decay of a pump electron Bernstein wave into both Stokes and anti-Stokes electron Bernstein sidebands together with a lower hybrid decay mode. It is proposed that scattering of the anti-Stokes and Stokes sidebands of this modulational instability off field-aligned density irregularities produces the frequency upshifted and downshifted sidebands constituting the broad symmetric structure (BSS). The last instability studied is a second order, four wave interaction process involving two pump photons, an upper hybrid plasmon and an electron Bernstein plasmon along with driven lower hybrid fluctuations. It is suggested that (1) frequency upshifted upper hybrid waves excited by this process scatter off field-aligned density irregularities to generate o-mode emissions carrying the broad upshifted maximum (BUM) feature and, (2) the driven low frequency fluctuations can also be the scatterers to convert these upper hybrid waves into emissions bearing the 2BUM feature.

  9. The effects on the ionosphere of inertia in the high latitude neutral thermosphere. Final report, April 1989-April 1993

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    Burns, A.; Killeen, T.

    1993-02-01

    High-latitude ionospheric currents, plasma temperatures, densities, and composition are all affected by the time-dependent response of the neutral thermosphere to ion drag and Joule heating through a variety of complex feedback processes. These processes can best be studied numerically using the appropriate nonlinear numerical modeling techniques in conjunction with experimental case studies. In particular, the basic physics of these processes can be understood using a model, and these concepts can then be applied to more complex realistic situations by developing the appropriate simulations of real events. Finally, these model results can be compared with satellite-derived data from the thermosphere. We used numerical simulations from the National Center of Atmospheric Research Thermosphere/Ionosphere General Circulation Model (NCAR TIGCM) and data from the Dynamic Explorer 2 (DE 2) satellite to study the time-dependent effects of the inertia of the neutral thermosphere on ionospheric currents, plasma temperatures, densities, and composition. One particular case of these inertial effects is the so-called 'fly-wheel effect'. This effect occurs when the neutral gas, that has been spun-up by the large ionospheric winds associated with a geomagnetic storm, moves faster than the ions in the period after the end of the main phase of the storm. In these circumstances, the neutral gas can drag the ions along with them. It is this last effect, which is described in the next section, that has been studied under this grant.

  10. Global ionospheric effects of geomagnetic storm on May 2-3, 2010 and their influence on HF radio wave propagation

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    Kotova, Daria; Klimenko, Maxim; Klimenko, Vladimir; Zakharov, Veniamin

    2013-04-01

    In this work we have investigated the global ionospheric response to geomagnetic storm on May 2-3, 2010 using GSM TIP (Global Self-consistent Model of the Thermosphere, Ionosphere and Protonosphere) simulation results. In the GSM TIP storm time model runs, several input parameters such as cross-polar cap potential difference and R2 FAC (Region 2 Field-Aligned Currents) varied as a function of the geomagnetic activity AE-index. Current simulation also uses the empirical model of high-energy particle precipitation by Zhang and Paxton. In this model, the energy and energy flux of precipitating electrons depend on a 3 hour Kp-index. We also have included the 30 min time delay of R2 FAC variations with respect to the variations of cross-polar cap potential difference. In addition, we use the ground-based ionosonde data for comparison our model results with observations. We present an analysis of the physical mechanisms responsible for the ionospheric effects of geomagnetic storms. The obtained simulation results are used by us as a medium for HF radio wave propagation at different latitudes in quiet conditions, and during main and recovery phase of a geomagnetic storm. To solve the problem of the radio wave propagation we used Zakharov's (I. Kant BFU) model based on geometric optics. In this model the solution of the eikonal equation for each of the two normal modes is reduced using the method of characteristics to the integration of the six ray equation system for the coordinates and momentum. All model equations of this system are solved in spherical geomagnetic coordinate system by the Runge-Kutta method. This model was tested for a plane wave in a parabolic layer. In this study, the complex refractive indices of the ordinary and extraordinary waves at ionospheric heights was calculated for the first time using the global first-principal model of the thermosphere-ionosphere system that describes the parameters of an inhomogeneous anisotropic medium during a geomagnetic storm. A comparison of the ordinary and extraordinary modes of HF radio ray paths in quiet and disturbed conditions has been done. We considered in more detail the features of the radio ray paths in the presence of F3 layer in the equatorial ionosphere, the main ionospheric trough and tongue of ionization at high latitudes. It is shown that the results obtained with use of radio propagation and GSM TIP models adequately describe HF radio ray paths in the Earth's ionosphere and can be used in applications. These investigations were carried out at financial support of Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) - Grant # 12-05-31217 and RAS Program 22.

  11. The contribution to IHY from the COST296 Action MIERS: Mitigation of Ionospheric Effects on Radio Systems

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    de Franceschi, Giorgiana; Alfonsi, Lucilla; Altadill, David; Bencze, Pal; Bourdillon, Alain; Buresova, Dalia; Cander, Ljiljana R.; de La Morena, Benito; Economou, Lefteris; Herraiz, Miguel; Kauristie, Kirsti; Lastovicka, Jan; Pau, Silvia; Rodriguez, Gracia; Stamper, Richard; Stanislawska, Iwona

    2009-04-01

    The objective of the COST296 Action MIERS (Mitigation of Ionospheric Effects on Radio Systems) is to develop an increased knowledge of the effects imposed by the ionosphere on practical radio systems, and for the development and implementation of techniques to mitigate the deleterious effects of the ionosphere on such systems ( http://www.cost296.rl.ac.uk ). The COST296 Community contributes to the international efforts of IHY with scientific and outreach activities as well. After the realization of a web site hosted by Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), developed also to promote the ionospheric physics to the open public, the COST296 Community supported an initiative addressed to the pupils of the primary school of several European Countries: the realization of a school-calendar dedicated to the Sun and to the Sun-Earth connections.

  12. Counterbalancing for Serial Order Carryover Effects in Experimental Condition Orders

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    Brooks, Joseph L.

    2012-01-01

    Reactions of neural, psychological, and social systems are rarely, if ever, independent of previous inputs and states. The potential for serial order carryover effects from one condition to the next in a sequence of experimental trials makes counterbalancing of condition order an essential part of experimental design. Here, a method is proposed

  13. Counterbalancing for Serial Order Carryover Effects in Experimental Condition Orders

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    Brooks, Joseph L.

    2012-01-01

    Reactions of neural, psychological, and social systems are rarely, if ever, independent of previous inputs and states. The potential for serial order carryover effects from one condition to the next in a sequence of experimental trials makes counterbalancing of condition order an essential part of experimental design. Here, a method is proposed…

  14. Effect of the ionosphere on the interaction between ULF waves and radiation belt electrons

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    Shah, Asif; Waters, C. L.; Sciffer, M. D.; Menk, F. W.; Lysak, R. L.

    2015-10-01

    The diffusion and energization of electrons in the equatorial plane of Earth's magnetosphere by ULF waves under different ionosphere boundary conditions are examined. Using test-particle simulations and considering intervals of weak geomagnetic activity, we find that the highest energization and minimum diffusion rates correspond to nightside ionosphere conditions. Conversely, the highest diffusion rates and minimum energization are seen for a perfectly reflecting ionosphere boundary. The maximum energies gained under dayside conditions, when Hall conductivity is included, are slightly greater than the maximum energy for similar conditions without Hall conductivity. The diffusion rates for dayside ionosphere conditions with only Pedersen conductivity are greater than the diffusion rates when Hall conductivity is included. These findings show that ULF wave-particle interactions in Earth's magnetosphere depend on the ionosphere conductance.

  15. Birth Order: Reconciling Conflicting Effects.

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    Zajonc, Robert B.; Mullally, Patricia R.

    1997-01-01

    Introduces the confluence model as a theory specifying the process by which the intellectual environment modifies intellectual development. Using this model, explores the contradiction between prediction of secular trends in test scores by trends in aggregate birth order and the lack of prediction of individual test scores by birth order using

  16. Ordered delinquency: the "effects" of birth order on delinquency.

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    Cundiff, Patrick R

    2013-08-01

    Juvenile delinquency has long been associated with birth order in popular culture. While images of the middle child acting out for attention or the rebellious youngest child readily spring to mind, little research has attempted to explain why. Drawing from Adlerian birth order theory and Sulloway's born-to-rebel hypothesis, I examine the relationship between birth order and a variety of delinquent outcomes during adolescence. Following some recent research on birth order and intelligence, I use new methods that allow for the examination of between-individual and within-family differences to better address the potential spurious relationship. My findings suggest that contrary to popular belief, the relationship between birth order and delinquency is spurious. Specifically, I find that birth order effects on delinquency are spurious and largely products of the analytic methods used in previous tests of the relationship. The implications of this finding are discussed. PMID:23719623

  17. Ionosphere research

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1976-01-01

    A report is presented on on-going research projects in ionospheric studies. The topics discussed are planetary atmospheres, E and F region, D region, mass spectrometer measurements, direct measurements and atmospheric reactions.

  18. Ionospheric research

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1975-01-01

    Data from research on ionospheric D, E, and F, regions are reported. Wave propagation, mass spectrometer measurements, and atmospheric reactions of HO2 with NO and NO2 and NH2 with NO and O2 are summarized.

  19. Ionospheric modeling

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    Dandekar, B. S.

    1982-01-01

    The purpose of this report is to familiarize a user of ionospheric models with the options presently available for ionospheric prediction and specification. Two types of ionospheric models are available: the numerical-phenomenological and theoretical models. From the numerical type, the ITS-78, IONCAP, and Bent models have been discussed. In the theoretical models the main concern is the number of parameters included in the model. Nine ionoshperic models available have been summarized. The differences and limitations of these models are compared and tabulated. This information will help a user make a judicious selection of an ionospheric model to satisfy his specific needs. The sources for obtaining the programs for these models have been listed for ready reference.

  20. Modification of the lower ionospheric conductivity by thunderstorm electrostatic fields

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    Salem, Mohammad A.; Liu, Ningyu; Rassoul, Hamid K.

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports a modeling study of the modifications of the nighttime lower ionospheric conductivity by electrostatic fields produced by underlying thunderstorms. The model used combines Ohm's law with a simplified lower ionospheric ion chemistry model to self-consistently calculate the steady state nighttime conductivity above a thunderstorm. The results indicate that although the electron density is generally increased, the lower ionospheric conductivity can be reduced by up to 1-2 orders of magnitude because electron mobility is significantly reduced due to the electron heating effect. For a typical ionospheric density profile, the resulting changes in the reflection heights of extremely low frequency and very low frequency waves are 5 and 2 km, respectively.

  1. The effect of including field-aligned potentials in the coupling between Jupiter's thermosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere

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    Ray, L. C.; Achilleos, N. A.; Yates, J. N.

    2015-08-01

    Jupiter's magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere system drives the brightest, steadiest aurora in our solar system. This emission is the result of an electrical current system, which couples the magnetosphere to the planetary atmosphere in an attempt to enforce the corotation of the middle magnetospheric plasma. Field-aligned currents transfer angular momentum from the atmosphere to the magnetosphere. In the equatorial plane, the field-aligned currents diverge into radially outward currents, which exert a torque on the plasma due to the J B forces. Equatorward ionospheric currents exert an opposite torque on the ionosphere, which interacts with the thermosphere via ion-neutral collisions. The upward field-aligned currents result in auroral electron precipitation, depositing energy into the high-latitude atmosphere. This energy input is a possible candidate for explaining the large thermospheric temperature measured by the Galileo probe at equatorial latitudes; however, previous atmospheric circulation models have shown that the bulk of the energy is transported poleward, rather than equatorward. We present numerical results of Jupiter's coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere system including, for the first time, field-aligned potentials. The model is compared with three previously published works. We find that the rotational decoupling of the magnetospheric and thermospheric angular velocities in the presence of field-aligned potentials tempers the thermospheric response to the outward transport of magnetospheric plasma, but this is a secondary effect to variations in the Pedersen conductance.

  2. Thunderstorm coupling to the magnetosphere and associated ionospheric effects. Semiannual Report, 1 November 1991-30 April 1992

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    Inan, U.S.

    1992-01-01

    This project deals with the coupling of electromagnetic energy released during a thunderstorm to the magnetosphere and the ionosphere. Both the effects of an individual lightning event as well the aggregate of all the lightning events during a thunderstorm are considered. Energy in the very low frequency (VLF) band can play a variety of roles in the magnetospheric and ionospheric physics: generation of plasmaspheric hiss believed to be responsible for the slot region in the radiation belts, generation of lower hybrid waves that can heat ions in the auroral and subauroral regions, precipitation of energetic electrons, ionospheric heating etc. While these phenomena have been identified, and characterized to some extent, the influence and role of thunderstorm energy on the magnetosphere and ionosphere at a global scale is not known. Only recently, simultaneous high resolution (temporal and spatial) data sets from ground based lightning detectors and space and ground based VLF detectors have become available, and thus it has become possible to raise a question of the kind mentioned above and try to answer it quantitatively. Work on the correlation between individual lightning discharges in a thunderstorm as detected by the lightning network and the whistlers observed on the DE-1 satellite continued during this period. Results are summarized.

  3. A case study of lightning, whistlers, and associated ionospheric effects during a substorm particle injection event

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    Rodriguez, J.V.; Inan, U.S. ); Li, Y.Q.; Holzworth, R.H. ); Smith, A.J. , Cambridge ); Orville, R.E. ); Rosenberg, T.J. )

    1992-01-01

    Simultaneous ground-based observations of narrowband and broadband VLF radio waves and of cloud-to-ground lightning were made at widely spaced locations during the 1987 Wave-Induced Particle Precipitation (WIPP) campaign, conducted from Wallops Island, Virginia. Based on these observations, the first case study has been made of the relationships among located cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning flashes, whistlers, and associated ionospheric effects during a substorm particle injection event. This event took place 2 days after the strongest geomagnetic storm of 1987, during a reintensification in geomagnetic activity that did not affect the high rate of whistlers observed at Faraday Station, Antarctica. At the time of the injection event, several intense nighttime thunderstorms were located over Long Island and the coast of New England, between 400 km northwest and 600 km north of the region geomagnetically conjugate to Faraday. About two thirds of the CG flashes that were detected in these thunderstorms during the hour following the injection event onset were found to be causatively associated with whistlers received at Faraday. During the same period the amplitude of the 24.0-kHz signal from the NAA transmitter in Cutler, Maine, propagating over the thunderstorm centers toward Wallops Island was repeatedly perturbed in a manner characteristic of previously reported VLF signatures of transient and localized ionization enhancements at D region altitudes. Though such enhancements may have been caused by whistler-induced bursts electron precipitation from the magnetosphere, the data in this case are insufficient to establish a clear connection between the NAA amplitude perturbations and the Faraday Station whistlers. In view of the proximity of the NAA great circle path to the storm center, having the lower ionosphere by intense radiation from lightning may also have played a role in the observed VLF perturbations.

  4. A case study of ionospheric storm effects during long-lasting southward IMF Bz-driven geomagnetic storm

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    Liu, Jing; Liu, Libo; Nakamura, Takuji; Zhao, Biqiang; Ning, Baiqi; Yoshikawa, A.

    2014-09-01

    Multiple instrumental observations including GPS total electron content (TEC), foF2 and hmF2 from ionosondes, vertical ion drift measurements from Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System, magnetometer data, and far ultraviolet airglow measured by Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics/Global Ultraviolet Imager (TIMED/GUVI) are used to investigate the profound ionospheric disturbances at midlatitude and low latitude during the 14-17 July 2012 geomagnetic storm event, which was featured by prolonged southward interplanetary geomagnetic field component for about 30 h below -10 nT. In the East Asian/Australian sector, latitudinal profile of TEC variations in the main phase were characterized by three bands of increments and separated by weak depressions in the equatorial ionospheric anomaly (EIA) crest regions, which were caused by the combined effects of disturbance dynamo electric fields (DDEF) and equatorward neutral winds. In the recovery phase, strong inhibition of EIA occurred and the summer crest of EIA disappeared on 16 July due to the combined effects of intrusion of neutral composition disturbance zone as shown by the TIMED/GUVI O/N2 measurements and long-lasting daytime westward DDEF inferred from the equatorial electrojet observations. The transit time of DDEF over the dip equator from westward to eastward is around 2200 LT. In the American longitude, the salient ionospheric disturbances in the summer hemisphere were characterized by daytime periodical intrusion of negative phase for three consecutive days in the recovery phase, preceded by storm-enhanced density plume in the initial phase. In addition, multiple short-lived prompt penetration electric fields appeared during stable southward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) Bz in the recovery phase and were responsible for enhanced the EIA and equatorial ionospheric uplift around sunset.

  5. Ionospheric refraction effects on TOPEX orbit determination accuracy using the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS)

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    Radomski, M. S.; Doll, C. E.

    1991-01-01

    This investigation concerns the effects on Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX) spacecraft operational orbit determination of ionospheric refraction error affecting tracking measurements from the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). Although tracking error from this source is mitigated by the high frequencies (K-band) used for the space-to-ground links and by the high altitudes for the space-to-space links, these effects are of concern for the relatively high-altitude (1334 kilometers) TOPEX mission. This concern is due to the accuracy required for operational orbit-determination by the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and to the expectation that solar activity will still be relatively high at TOPEX launch in mid-1992. The ionospheric refraction error on S-band space-to-space links was calculated by a prototype observation-correction algorithm using the Bent model of ionosphere electron densities implemented in the context of the Goddard Trajectory Determination System (GTDS). Orbit determination error was evaluated by comparing parallel TOPEX orbit solutions, applying and omitting the correction, using the same simulated TDRSS tracking observations. The tracking scenarios simulated those planned for the observation phase of the TOPEX mission, with a preponderance of one-way return-link Doppler measurements. The results of the analysis showed most TOPEX operational accuracy requirements to be little affected by space-to-space ionospheric error. The determination of along-track velocity changes after ground-track adjustment maneuvers, however, is significantly affected when compared with the stringent 0.1-millimeter-per-second accuracy requirements, assuming uncoupled premaneuver and postmaneuver orbit determination. Space-to-space ionospheric refraction on the 24-hour postmaneuver arc alone causes 0.2 millimeter-per-second errors in along-track delta-v determination using uncoupled solutions. Coupling the premaneuver and postmaneuver solutions, however, appears likely to reduce this figure substantially. Plans and recommendations for response to these findings are presented.

  6. Statistical investigation of the noise added to a model of the effect of solar activities on the plasma of the ionosphere using DEMETER satellite data

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    Sharzehei, Mahmoud; Masnadi-Shirazi, M. A.; Golbahar-Haghighi, Sh.

    2015-08-01

    Although a relation between ionospheric anomalies and occurrence of strong earthquake has been studied for several decades, the issue of finding anomalies in ionospheric parameter before earthquakes has been always a matter of controversy among scientific community. In this way, the study of the ionosphere by satellite observers plays a significant role in assessing the feasibility of finding anomalies in ionospheric parameters as short-term precursors of earthquakes. Regardless of whether this assertion about ionospheric precursor is true or false, the ionosphere has been shown to be affected more by solar activities than other events such as seismic activities; thus, the modeling of ionospheric variation caused by solar activities is valuable in assessing the possibility of ionospheric precursors. One of the most famous satellites launched to investigate the ionospheric plasma perturbation associated with solar and seismic activities is the DEMETER, the French micro-satellite. To carry on such investigation, one of its payloads, the onboard IAP experiment, allows for the measurement of important plasma parameters including ion composition densities and their temperature. The current work presents a statistical distribution for the noise added to the proposed model describing the regular effect of solar activities on the ionospheric plasma above Iran during one half-orbit time of the DEMETER (~35 min) in the absence of an earthquake and a quiet time condition. The results of this study show that the proposed modeling noise statistically agrees with the Gaussian distribution; however, its variance may vary from one day to another. In other words, the noise is a non-stationary random process. The proposed model is then evaluated by a set of experimental data. The results of this evaluation show that the measured data follow the proposed model.

  7. Ionospheric effects of rocket exhaust products: Skylab and HEAO-C

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    Zinn, J.; Sutherland, C.D.; Duncan, L.M.; Stone, S.N.

    1981-01-01

    This paper is about ionospheric F-layer depletions produced by chemical reactions with exhaust gases from large rockets. It describes a 2-dimensional computer model of the ionosphere, and it compares model results with experimental data on the structure and variability of the natural ionosphere, as well as data on ionospheric holes produced by the launches of Skylab (May, 1973) and HEAO-C (September, 1979). It also describes measurements made in conjunction with the HEAO-C launch. The computer model includes an approximate representation of thermospheric tidal winds and E fields in addition to vertical motions associated with diurnal changes in temperature. The computed ionospheric structure is sensitive to all the above. For a small number of cases, results are compared of computations of the normal diurnal variations of ionospheric structure with incoherent scatter and total electron content data. Computations of ionospheric depletions from the Skylab and HEAO-C launches are in satisfactory agreement with the observations. The winds appear to be essential for interpretation of the Skylab results.

  8. Ionosphere of Mars as seen by Mars Express. Effect of crustal fields

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    Dubinin, E.; Fraenz, M.; Andrews, D.; Witasse, O.; Barabash, S.

    2015-10-01

    The Martian ionosphere is studied using the local electron number densities and total electron content (TEC) derived from the observations onboard Mars Express. The data are complemented by the ASPER A-3 observations which provide us with the information about upward/downward velocity of the low-energy ions and electron precipitation. We consider 5 years of Mars Express observations at different solar cycle intervals. Different factors which influence the ionosphere dynamics are analyzed. The focus is made on a role of the crustal magnetic field on the Martian ionosphere.

  9. A case study of lightning, whistlers, and associated ionospheric effects during a substorm particle injection event

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    Rodriguez, J. V.; Inan, U. S.; Li, Y. Q.; Holzworth, R. H.; Smith, A. J.; Orville, R. E.; Rosenberg, T. J.

    1992-01-01

    The relationships among cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning, sferics, whistlers, VLF amplitude perturbations, and other ionospheric phenomena occurring during substorm events were investigated using data from simultaneous ground-based observations of narrow-band and broad-band VLF radio waves and of CG lightning made during the 1987 Wave-Induced Particle Precipitation campaign conducted from Wallops Island (Virginia). Results suggest that the data collected on ionospheric phenomena during this event may represent new evidence of direct coupling of lightning energy to the lower ionosphere, either in conjunction with or in the absence of gyroresonant interactions between whistler mode waves and electrons in the magnetosphere.

  10. Wave generation and transformation in the ionosphere possibly caused by seismic effects

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    Meister, Claudia-Veronika; Hoffmann, Dieter H. H.

    2015-04-01

    The dielectric model of waves in the Earth's ionosphere presented at the EGU General Assembly 2014 is further developed and applied to electromagnetic phenomena in seismoactive regions. The dielectric model consists of the magnetohydrodynamic system of equations describing the partially-ionized stratified convecting ionosphere and of the system of Maxwell equations. While in 2014, a new wave model was presented which takes the atmospheric stratification better into account in the Maxwell equations, now improved mathematical solutions for the dispersion relation of the excited waves are obtained. Especially, the influence of neutral gas winds is considered. Applications are performed for Alfvn and magnetohydrodynamic waves, as well as for the transformation of seismic infrasound waves into electromagnetic ionospheric ones. Expressions for ionospheric heating at different altitudes are derived and numerically analysed.

  11. Effect of diffusion-thermal processes on the high-latitude topside ionosphere

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    Schunk, R. W.; Raitt, W. J.; Nagy, A. F.

    1978-01-01

    The extent to which diffusion-thermal heat flow affects H(+) temperatures in the high-latitude topside ionosphere is studied. Such a heat flow occurs whenever there are H(+)-O(+) relative drifts. From our study we have found that at high-latitudes, where H(+) flows up and out of the topside ionosphere, diffusion-thermal heat flow acts to reduce H(+) temperatures by 500-600 K at altitudes above about 900 km.

  12. Effect of scattering on the dispersion distortions of signals and the diffraction of finite beams in the case of partial reflection from the ionosphere

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    Gusev, V. D.; Zhidovlenko, I. Iu.; Prikhod'Ko, L. I.

    1987-11-01

    An analysis is made of distortions of pulsed signals and finite radio-wave beams of different shape and duration in a triangular ionospheric layer with small-scale irregularities. The effects of the regular ionospheric gradient and of small-scale irregularities on the distortions are examined. The problem is solved using the method of statistical tests with modeling of the random permittivity of the ionosphere. It is shown that the spreading of the beams due to reflection and scattering significantly exceeds their diffraction divergence.

  13. Low-latitude ionospheric effects of energetic electrons during a recurrent magnetic storm

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    Suvorova, A. V.; Huang, C.-M.; Matsumoto, H.; Dmitriev, A. V.; Kunitsyn, V. E.; Andreeva, E. S.; Nesterov, I. A.; Tsai, L.-C.

    2014-11-01

    We study a magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling at low latitudes during a moderate (corotating interaction regions/high-speed solar wind streams-driven) geomagnetic storm on 22 July 2009. Recently, it has been shown that during major (coronal mass ejection-driven) storms, quasi-trapped >30 keV electrons largely enhance below the radiation belt in the forbidden zone and produce an additional ionization in the topside ionosphere. In this work, we examine a case of the recurrent storm when the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling through the quasi-trapped electrons also may take place. Data from NOAA/Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite and Japanese Greenhouse gases Observing Satellite were used to identify the forbidden electron enhancement (FEE). We find a positive vertical gradient of the electron fluxes that indicates to the radiation belt as a source of FEE. Using global ionospheric maps, radiotomography reconstructions from beacon data and COSMIC/FORMOSAT-3 radio occultation measurements, we have observed an unusually large area in the nighttime ionosphere with increased total electron content (TEC) and prominent elevation of the F layer at low latitudes that coincides with FEEs spatially and temporarily. Ionizing particles are considered as an addition source of ionization along with generally accepted mechanisms for storm time TEC increase (a positive ionospheric storm). We discuss relative contributions of the FEE and disturbance dynamo electric field in the TEC increases during the storm recovery phase.

  14. HF ground scatter from the polar cap: Ionospheric propagation and ground surface effects

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    Ponomarenko, P. V.; St. Maurice, J.-P.; Hussey, G. C.; Koustov, A. V.

    2010-10-01

    In addition to being scattered by the ionospheric field-aligned irregularities, HF radar signals can be reflected by the ionosphere toward the Earth and then scattered back to the radar by the rugged ground surface. These ground scatter (GS) echoes are responsible for a substantial part of the returns observed by HF radars making up the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN). While a GS component is conventionally used in studying ionosphere dynamics (e.g., traveling ionospheric disturbances, ULF waves), its potential in monitoring the state of the scattering surface remains largely unexploited. To fill this gap, we investigated diurnal and seasonal variation of the ground echo occurrence and location from a poleward-looking SuperDARN radar at Rankin Inlet, Canada. Using colocated ionosonde information, we have shown that seasonal and diurnal changes in the high-latitude ionosphere periodically modulate the overall echo occurrence rate and spatial coverage. In addition, characteristics of GS from a particular geographic location are strongly affected by the state of the underlying ground surface. We have shown that (1) ice sheets rarely produce detectable backscatter, (2) mountain ranges are the major source of GS as they can produce echoes at all seasons of the year, and (3) sea surface becomes a significant source of GS once the Arctic sea ice has melted away. Finally, we discuss how the obtained results can expand SuperDARN abilities in monitoring both the ionosphere and ground surface.

  15. Exploring the influence of ionospheric O+ outflow on magnetospheric dynamics: The effect of outflow intensity

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    Yu, Yiqun; Ridley, Aaron J.

    2013-09-01

    The ionospheric O+ outflow varies dramatically during geomagnetic activities, but the influence of its initial characteristics on the magnetospheric dynamics has not been well established. To expand a previous study on the impact of ionospheric heavy ions outflow originating from different source regions on the magnetotail dynamics and dayside reconnection rate, this study conducts two idealized numerical experiments with different O+ outflow densities to examine the consequent change in the magnetosphere system, especially on the solar wind-magnetosphere coupling efficiency. Results indicate that a larger O+ outflow is capable of triggering the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability (KHI) on the magnetopause flanks. The subsequent surface waves enhance the solar wind-magnetosphere coupling efficiency by transmitting more solar wind energy into the magnetosphere-ionosphere system, increasing the cross polar cap potential index. This index is initially reduced after the ionospheric mass loading owing to the direct depression in the dayside reconnection rate as commonly reported from earlier literature. The above KHI is generated under steady state solar wind conditions, suggesting that besides the commonly recognized cause, the elevated solar wind speed, ionospheric heavy ions outflow is another potential factor in disturbing the boundary by enhancing the mass density near the magnetopause and thus lowering the threshold for generating KHI. During storms, the increased ionospheric mass source causes an increased probability of KHI, which allows more solar wind plasma into the magnetosphere. This implies there is a possibility of even further nonlinear coupling between the magnetosphere and solar wind.

  16. High Resolution Reconstruction of the Ionosphere for SAR Applications

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    Minkwitz, David; Gerzen, Tatjana; Hoque, Mainul

    2014-05-01

    Caused by ionosphere's strong impact on radio signal propagation, high resolution and highly accurate reconstructions of the ionosphere's electron density distribution are demanded for a large number of applications, e.g. to contribute to the mitigation of ionospheric effects on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) measurements. As a new generation of remote sensing satellites the TanDEM-L radar mission is planned to improve the understanding and modelling ability of global environmental processes and ecosystem change. TanDEM-L will operate in L-band with a wavelength of approximately 24 cm enabling a stronger penetration capability compared to X-band (3 cm) or C-band (5 cm). But accompanied by the lower frequency of the TanDEM-L signals the influence of the ionosphere will increase. In particular small scale irregularities of the ionosphere might lead to electron density variations within the synthetic aperture length of the TanDEM-L satellite and in turn might result into blurring and azimuth pixel shifts. Hence the quality of the radar image worsens if the ionospheric effects are not mitigated. The Helmholtz Alliance project "Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics" (EDA) aims in the preparation of the HGF centres and the science community for the utilisation and integration of the TanDEM-L products into the study of the Earth's system. One significant point thereby is to cope with the mentioned ionospheric effects. Therefore different strategies towards achieving this objective are pursued: the mitigation of the ionospheric effects based on the radar data itself, the mitigation based on external information like global Total Electron Content (TEC) maps or reconstructions of the ionosphere and the combination of external information and radar data. In this presentation we describe the geostatistical approach chosen to analyse the behaviour of the ionosphere and to provide a high resolution 3D electron density reconstruction. As first step the horizontal structure of the ionosphere is studied in space and time on the base of ground-based TEC measurements in the European region. In order to determine the correlation of measurements at different locations or points of time the TEC measurements are subtracted by a base model to define a stationary random field. We outline the application of the NeQuick model and the final IGS TEC maps as background and show first results regarding the distribution and the stationarity of the resulting residuals. Moreover, the occurred problems and questions are discussed and finally an outlook towards the next modelling steps is presented.

  17. On the effective altitude of the HAARP induced ionospheric ELF/VLF current modulation and multi-beam vertical ELF/VLF interference

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    Golkowski, M.; Cohen, M.; Moore, R. C.; Inan, U. S.

    2010-12-01

    The HF heating facility of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) has been used to generate ELF/VLF waves via modulated heating of the lower ionosphere for several years. Here we investigate the effective altitude of the modulated electrojet currents as a function of HF frequency and harmonic number of the ELF/VLF modulation. In one experiment ELF/VLF frequency time ramps are generated and a time of arrival determination technique is used to estimate effective dipole altitude from observations at ELF/VLF receivers located within 100 km of the HF array. In a second experiment, we take advantage of altitude difference as a function of HF frequency and harmonic number to create a vertical phased array. Two different HF beams are modulated simultaneously with increasing ELF/VLF relative phase separation. An enhancement is observed for relative phase difference of 30-60 degrees between 1st and 2nd ELF/VLF harmonics of the two beams. Simulations of the HF heating process in the ionosphere confirm that an effective altitude separation of ~10 km is achievable using different HF frequencies and 2nd order harmonics of ELF/VLF modulation. The observed enhancement for two HF beams with different ELF/VLF phases is thus interpreted to be a result of constructive interference in the vertical direction.

  18. Experimental investigation of the ionospheric hysteresis effect on the threshold excitation level of the Stimulated Electromagnetic Emission (SEE) during heating at the second electron gyro-harmonic frequency

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    Samimi, A.; Scales, W.; Cruz, M.; Isham, B.; Bernhardt, P. A.

    2012-12-01

    Recent experimental observations of the stimulated electromagnetic emission (SEE) spectrum during heating at the second electron gyro-harmonic show structures ordered by ion gyro-frequency. The proposed generation mechanism considers parametric decay of a pump upper hybrid/electron Bernstein (UH/EB) wave into another UH/EB and a group of neutralized ion Bernstein waves. The presumption of the proposed mechanism is that the pump electromagnetic wave is converted into the UH/EB wave. This conversion process generates field aligned irregularity which exhibits hysteresis effect. The predicted ionospheric hysteresis effect is studied during the PARS 2012 at HAARP. The preliminary results are presented for the first time. Also, experimental study of the effects of 1) the transmitter beam angle and 2) the transmitter frequency offset relative to the second electron gyro-harmonic frequency on the ion gyro-harmonic structures in the SEE spectrum are provided. The aforementioned observations are compared to the predictions of the analytical model. Possible connection of the SEE spectral features and artificially generated ionospheric descending layer is also discussed

  19. Effects of convection electric field on upwelling and escape of ionospheric O(+)

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    Cladis, J. B.; Chiu, Yam T.; Peterson, William K.

    1992-01-01

    A Monte Carlo code is used to explore the full effects of the convection electric field on distributions of upflowing O(+) ions from the cusp/cleft ionosphere. Trajectories of individual ions/neutrals are computed as they undergo multiple charge-exchange collisions. In the ion state, the trajectories are computed in realistic models of the magnetic field and the convection, corotation, and ambipolar electric fields. The effects of ion-ion collisions are included, and the trajectories are computed with and without simultaneous stochastic heating perpendicular to the magnetic field by a realistic model of broadband, low frequency waves. In the neutral state, ballistic trajectories in the gravitational field are computed. The initial conditions of the ions, in addition to ambipolar electric field and the number densities and temperatures of O(+), H(+), and electrons as a function of height in the cusp/cleft region were obtained from the results of Gombosi and Killeen (1987), who used a hydrodynamic code to simulate the time-dependent frictional-heating effects in a magnetic tube during its motion though the convection throat. The distribution of the ion fluxes as a function of height are constructed from the case histories.

  20. A brief review of ionospheric scintillation fading effects as observed in NASA satellite tracking and data acquisition networks.

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    Golden, T. S.

    1972-01-01

    Discussion of some results of the effects of ionospheric irregularities on NASA satellite tracking and data acquisition operations. Ionospheric scintillation fading produced by irregularities has been observed at 136 MHz (vhf), 400 MHz (uhf), 1550 MHz (L-band) and 1700 to 2200 MHz (S-band). Details of these observations are presented. Vhf scintillation effects are evident in both auroral and equatorial regions. Fading effects decrease with increasing radio frequency in the auroral region. The same frequency dependence for fading is not observed in the equatorial region. Although there is a seasonal and diurnal character to scintillation in the equatorial region, fading effects are usually more severe than in the auroral region for a given radio frequency. Space diversity measurements indicate that reasonable solutions for vhf telemetry problems are available for either region. Space diversity should provide a solution for microwave frequencies as well. Ionospheric fading amplitude for 1700 MHz is relatively small in the auroral region. In the equatorial region amplitude fading levels for 1550-MHz signals from ATS-5 are often much larger than expected. Observations of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP) operating at 2300 MHz observed near the geomagnetic equator show fading peaks in excess of 15 dB.

  1. Effects of plasmaspheric ion heating due to ionospheric and magnetospheric sources

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    Comfort, Richard H.

    1996-01-01

    In an initial study, the He(+) observations from the Retarding Ion Mass Spectrometer on Dynamics Explorer 1 (RIMS/DE 1) was examined for more than 120 transits of the plasmasphere in the fall of 1981. The He(+) to H(+) ratio was determined as it varied spatially over portions of the DE 1 orbit, and its variation with solar and magnetic activities and with local time, focusing specifically on the inner plasmasphere. These variations were compared along the L = 2 field line with calculations made by the Field Line Interhemispheric Plasma (FLIP) code. In a recently submitted paper, the He(+) to H(+) density ratio was examined for all the available data from 1981 to 1984 from the RIMS on DE 1. There are two basic characteristics of the ratio: one is that the ratio decreases with radial distance in the plasmasphere, and the other is the strong dependence of the density ratio on solar activity. In addition to the He(+)/H(+) ratio research, a phenomenon has been studied in the topside ionosphere which relates to the thermal coupling of the ionosphere to the plasmasphere. There is little or no correlation with magnetic and solar activity here. Another study has been directed toward the relation of plasma properties to the density gradients forming the plasmapause. The study has followed a two-pronged approach. First, the observations have been analyzed to determine what happens to the plasma properties across these boundary layers (density gradients). Second, comparisons were made with FLIP model calculations to determine how well the model is able to treat these conditions. Among the significant lessons learned in these studies are two that bear directly on the direction of future investigations in this area. First, composition cannot be viewed independently of thermal structure. Second, solar and magnetic activity effects are real; but the causal relationship between activity and effects is frequently quite complicated because several different processes appear to be operating in different ways and on different time scales. Under these circumstances, large correlation coefficients should not be expected and are not generally found.

  2. Ionospheric chemical releases

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    Bernhardt, Paul A.; Scales, W. A.

    1990-01-01

    Ionospheric plasma density irregularities can be produced by chemical releases into the upper atmosphere. F-region plasma modification occurs by: (1) chemically enhancing the electron number density; (2) chemically reducing the electron population; or (3) physically convecting the plasma from one region to another. The three processes (production, loss, and transport) determine the effectiveness of ionospheric chemical releases in subtle and surprising ways. Initially, a chemical release produces a localized change in plasma density. Subsequent processes, however, can lead to enhanced transport in chemically modified regions. Ionospheric modifications by chemical releases excites artificial enhancements in airglow intensities by exothermic chemical reactions between the newly created plasma species. Numerical models were developed to describe the creation and evolution of large scale density irregularities and airglow clouds generated by artificial means. Experimental data compares favorably with theses models. It was found that chemical releases produce transient, large amplitude perturbations in electron density which can evolve into fine scale irregularities via nonlinear transport properties.

  3. Electron and Ion-Molecule Kinetics Effects in HF-Modified Ionosphere

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    Mishin, E.

    2008-12-01

    The electron and ion-molecule kinetics effects are usually disregarded in modeling non-equilibrium ionospheric plasma subjected to strong heating. This presentation aims to describe these effects during HF modification experiments. First, as long as electron heating is collisional, the population of thermal electrons at >2 eV is reduced due to excitation of mainly nitrogen vibrational states. As a result, the electron cooling rate, a key parameter in the thermal energy balance, decreases relative to that in Maxwellian plasma. Other outcomes are the decrease of the rates of excitation of the red-line emission and Landau damping. The latter leaves the background suprathermal electron population (photoelectrons in the F region and secondary electrons in precipitation-produced E layers) as the main candidate for acceleration by HF-excited plasma turbulence. In the course of heating, nitrogen and molecular oxygen vibrational states are excited by the energized electron population. This leads to significant changes in the rate coefficients and quantum chemical yields of the basic ion-molecule reactions depending on vibrational temperatures. As a result, while the density of the hot plasma is slowly depleted, the green-to-red ratio and intensity of HF-induced airglow increases. The latter is consistent with the observations of the gradual evolution of the airglow during injections HF O-mode waves at the magnetic zenith.

  4. Comparison of dayside current layers in Venus' ionosphere and earth's equatorial electrojet

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    Cole, Keith D.

    1993-01-01

    The major physical aspects of the equatorial electrojet of Earth and the dayside ionospheric current layers of Venus are compared, viz., the electric current intensity and total current, roles of electric field, pressure and gravity, diffusion time scales, and the Bernouille effect. The largest potential differences, of the order of 10 volts, horizontally across the dayside ionosphere of Venus, have important implications for possible dynamo action in the Venus ionosphere and the application of an electric field from the lower atmosphere or from the solar wind. An upper limit to the horizontal scale of vertical magnetic fields in the Venus ionosphere is estimated thereby for the first time. New upper limits on the velocity in, and thickness of, a possible S layer at Venus are presented. If an S layer exists, it is only for extreme conditions of the solar wind. A mechanism for formation of magnetic ropes in the Venus ionosphere is also proposed.

  5. Comparison of dayside current layers in Venus' ionosphere and earth's equatorial electrojet

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    Cole, K. D.

    1993-03-01

    The major physical aspects of the equatorial electrojet of Earth and the dayside ionospheric current layers of Venus are compared, viz., the electric current intensity and total current, roles of electric field, pressure and gravity, diffusion time scales, and the Bernouille effect. The largest potential differences, of the order of 10 volts, horizontally across the dayside ionosphere of Venus, have important implications for possible dynamo action in the Venus ionosphere and the application of an electric field from the lower atmosphere or from the solar wind. An upper limit to the horizontal scale of vertical magnetic fields in the Venus ionosphere is estimated thereby for the first time. New upper limits on the velocity in, and thickness of, a possible S layer at Venus are presented. If an S layer exists, it is only for extreme conditions of the solar wind. A mechanism for formation of magnetic ropes in the Venus ionosphere is also proposed.

  6. The effect of non-migrating tides on the morphology of the equatorial ionospheric anomaly: seasonal variability

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    England, Scott L.; Zhang, Xiaoli; Immel, Thomas J.; Forbes, Jeffrey M.; DeMajistre, Robert

    2009-04-01

    Recent observations of the low-latitude F-region ionosphere at times near equinox have shown that it varies with a predominant zonal wavenumber-four pattern in a fixed local-time frame. It has been shown that this pattern corresponds well to the non-migrating diurnal eastward wavenumber-three atmospheric tide (DE3) at E-region altitudes simulated by the Global Scale Wave Model (GSWM). Here we present details of the morphology of the F-region ionosphere from TIMED GUVI with simultaneous observations of the non-migrating diurnal tides at E-region altitudes from TIMED SABER. For the case of equinox (March 2002), the correspondence of the SABER and GUVI observations confirms the relationship previously established using the GSWM simulations. There is also a wavenumber-one signature that is present which may be related to the semi-diurnal westward wavenumber-three, possibly in conjunction with changes in the magnetic field with longitude. During July 2002, when the amplitude of the DE3 maximizes, the amplitude of the wavenumber-four pattern in the F-region ionosphere intensifies. There is also evidence of a strong wavenumber-three pattern in the F-region ionosphere, which can be attributed to the strong diurnal eastward wavenumber-two tide during this period. During January 2003, the amplitude of all non-migrating components observed by SABER are either small or asymmetric and the ionosphere does not display either a wavenumber-three or -four pattern. During both solstice periods, a strong wavenumber-one is seen that is attributed to the offset of the subsolar point and the geomagnetic equator that maximizes at solstice, possibly in conjunction with other geomagnetic effects. During all seasons, significant hemispheric asymmetries in the airglow wavenumber spectra are seen. The combined GUVI and SABER observations presented here demonstrate that the large-scale periodic longitudinal structure of the F-region ionosphere responds significantly to changes in the forcing by non-migrating diurnal tides at E-region altitudes.

  7. Ion upflow dependence on ionospheric density and solar photoionization

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    Cohen, I. J.; Lessard, M. R.; Varney, R. H.; Oksavik, K.; Zettergren, M.; Lynch, K. A.

    2015-11-01

    Motivated by rocket observations showing a variety of different ionospheric responses to precipitation, this paper explores the influence of the background ionospheric density on upflow resulting from auroral precipitation. Simulations of upflow driven by auroral precipitation were conducted using a version of the Varney et al. (2014) model driven by precipitation characterized by observations made during the 2012 Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling in the Alfvn resonator rocket mission and using a variety of different initial electron density profiles. The simulation results show that increased initial density before the onset of precipitation leads to smaller electron temperature increases, longer ionospheric heating timescales, weaker ambipolar electric fields, lower upflow speeds, and longer upflow timescales but larger upflow fluxes. The upflow flux can increase even when the ambipolar electric field strength decreases due to the larger number of ions that are accelerated. Long-term observations from the European Incoherent Scatter (EISCAT) Svalbard radar taken during the International Polar Year support the effects seen in the simulations. This correlation between ionospheric density and ion upflows emphasizes the important role of photoionization from solar ultraviolet radiation, which the EISCAT observations show can increase ionospheric density by as much as an order of magnitude during the summer months.

  8. Effective electron recombination coefficient in ionospheric D-region during the relaxation regime after solar flare from February 18, 2011

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    Nina, A.; ?ade, V.; uli?, D.; Sre?kovi?, V.; igman, V.

    2012-05-01

    In this paper, we present a model for determination of a weakly time dependent effective recombination coefficient for the perturbed terrestrial ionospheric D-region plasma. We study consequences of a class M1.0 X-ray solar flare, recorded by GOES-15 satellite on February 18, 2011 between 14:00 and 14:15 UT, by analyzing the amplitude and phase real time variations of very low frequency (VLF) radio waves emitted by transmitter DHO (located in Germany) at frequency 23.4 kHz and recorded by the AWESOME receiver in Belgrade (Serbia). Our analysis is limited to ionospheric perturbations localized at altitudes around 70 km where the dominant electron gain and electron loss processes are the photo-ionization and recombination, respectively.

  9. A case study of Ionospheric storm effects during long-lasting southward IMF Bz driven geomagnetic storm

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    Liu, J., Sr.

    2014-12-01

    Multiple instrumental observations including GPS TEC, foF2 and hmF2 from ionosondes, vertical ion drift measurements from C/NOFS, magnetometer data and far-ultraviolet airglow measured by TIMED/GUVI are used to investigate the profound ionospheric disturbances at mid- and low-latitudes during the 14-17 July 2012 geomagnetic storm event, which was featured by prolonged southward interplanetary geomagnetic field component for about 30 hours below -10 nT. In the East Asian/Australian sector, latitudinal profile of TEC variations in the main phase were characterized by three bands of increments and separated by weak depressions in the Equatorial Ionospheric Anomaly (EIA) crest regions, which were caused by the combined effects of disturbance dynamo electric fields (DDEF) and equatorward neutral winds. In the recovery phase, strong inhibition of EIA occurred and the summer crest of EIA disappeared on 16 July due to the combined effects of intrusion of neutral composition disturbance zone as shown by the TIME/GUVI O/N2 measurements and long-lasting daytime westward DDEF inferred from the equatorial electric electrojet (EEJ) observations. The transit time of DDEF over the dip equator from westward to eastward is around 2200 LT. In the American longitude, the salient ionospheric disturbances in the summer hemisphere were characterized by daytime periodical intrusion of negative phase for three consecutive days in the recovery phase, preceded by storm enhanced density (SED) plume in the initial phase. In addition, multiple short-lived prompt penetration electric fields (PPEF) appeared during stable southward IMF Bz in the recovery phase and were responsible for enhanced the EIA and equatorial ionospheric uplift around sunset.

  10. Radio Tomography of Ionospheric Structures (probably) due to Underground-Surface-Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling

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    Kunitsyn, V.; Nesterov, I.; Andreeva, E.; Rekenthaler, D. A.

    2012-12-01

    Ionospheric radio-tomography (RT) utilizes radio signals transmitted from the global navigational satellite systems (GNSS), including low-orbiting (LO) navigational systems such as Transit, Tsikada, etc., and high-orbiting (HO) navigational systems such as GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, etc. The signals that are transmitted from the LO navigational satellites and recorded by ground receiving chains can be inverted for almost instantaneous (5-8 min) 2D snapshots of electron density. The data from the networks of ground receivers that record the signals of the HO satellites are suitable for implementing high-orbital RT (HORT), i.e. reconstructing the 4D distributions of the ionospheric electron density (one 3D image every 20-30 min). In the regions densely covered by the GNSS receivers, it is currently possible to get a time step of 2-4 min. The LORT and HORT approaches have a common methodical basis: in both these techniques, the integrals of electron density along the ray between the satellite and the receiver are measured, and then the tomographic procedures are applied to reconstruct the distributions of electron density. We present several examples of the experiments on the ionospheric RT, which are related to the Underground-Surface-Atmosphere-Ionosphere (USAI) coupling. In particular, we demonstrate examples of RT images of the ionosphere after industrial explosions, rocket launches, and modification of the ionosphere by high-power radio waves. We also show RT cross sections reflecting ionospheric disturbances caused by the earthquakes (EQ) and tsunami waves. In these cases, there is an evident cause-and-effect relationship. The perturbations are transferred between the geospheres predominantly by acoustic gravity waves (AGW), whose amplitudes increase with increasing height. As far as EQ are concerned, the cause of the USAI coupling mechanism is not obvious. It is clear, however, that the regular RT studies can promote the solution of this challenging problem. The single-point measurements (by ionosondes or by isolated receivers) are not amenable to unambiguous interpretation; based on these data, it is impossible to distinguish the contribution of USAI coupling from the ionospheric effects induced by the "ordinary" impacts (the Sun, the solar wind, geomagnetic perturbations, galactic cosmic rays, etc.). In order to localize sources of the ionospheric disturbances, the geophysicist needs information on the spatial structure and dynamics of the ionospheric perturbations. This information (2D-4D RT images) is optimally provided by RT methods. We present examples of the ionospheric disturbances caused by EQs as well as the ionospheric precursors of these EQs in the form of specific ionospheric irregularities: AGW- and soliton-like wave disturbances, which we identified using RT methods. Based on the results of the RT studies in the Alaska and Taiwan regions, we have detected several dozen AGW-related precursors of EQs. These data allow us to attempt to locate the source of these perturbations. We discuss the possibilities and prospects of further research aimed at identifying and analyzing precursors of EQs and establishing the mechanisms of USAI coupling. We are grateful to Northwest Research Associates, Inc., and Dr. L.-C.Tsai for providing raw RT data for Alaska and Taiwan.

  11. Using Remote Sensing as a Plasma Diagnostic: A Discussion of Techniques Being Used to Probe the Ionosphere in Order to Determine the Energy and Spectral Characteristics of Precipitating Electrons and Protons

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    Spann, J.; Parks, G.; Brittnacher, M.; Germany, G.; Mende, S.; Frey, H.; Chenette, D.; Schulz, M.; Petrinec, S.

    1999-01-01

    Spectrally resolved global images of the Earth from recent (and planned) missions are being (and will be) used to probe the ionosphere in order to determine the energy characteristics of precipitating electrons and protons. We describe the techniques that are being used, discuss the extent to which they are successful, and envision the approach that future space experiments should take in order to improve on current techniques.

  12. Ensemble Ionospheric Total Electron Content Forecasting during Storms

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    Chartier, A.; Mitchell, C. N.; Lu, G.; Anderson, J. L.; Collins, N.; Hoar, T. J.; Bust, G. S.; Matsuo, T.

    2014-12-01

    Earth's ionosphere presents a threat to human activities such as satellite positioning and timing, radio communications and surveillance. Nowcasts and forecasts of the ionosphere could help mitigate these damaging effects. Recent advances in the field of ionospheric imaging, as well as new storm-time ionospheric forecasting results are presented here. The approach combines globally distributed GPS Total Electron Content (TEC) measurements with an ensemble of coupled thermosphere-ionosphere models in order to produce short-term forecasts during a storm. One-hour forecast accuracy is much better than a climatological model run. Using this ensemble approach, it is possible to infer the neutral O/N2 ratio from TEC measurements so that subsequent TEC forecasts are improved. A review of ionospheric physics and data assimilation will also be given. The term data assimilation refers to a group of techniques designed to estimate atmospheric or oceanic states. In practice, data assimilation techniques seek to improve modeled estimates of the atmospheric state by incorporating observations. The relationship between data assimilation and forecasting is explored with reference to the physics of the thermosphere-ionosphere system. The work presented here uses the Data Assimilation Research Testbed (DART), which is an ensemble Kalman filter data assimilation framework. This is combined with a version of the Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIEGCM) that has been modified to accept more detailed solar and geomagnetic driver specifications. Future directions of work include the inference of Solar and geomagnetic drivers from the data assimilation process as well as coupling with lower-atmospheric models.

  13. Effects of ionospheric O{sup +} on the magnetopause boundary wave activity

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    Merkin, V. G.

    2011-01-04

    In this paper we use a multi-fluid magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model to explore effects of ionospheric O{sup +} ions on the development of the Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) instability at the flanks of the earth's magnetopause. The model used is the multi-fluid version of the Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry (LFM) global magnetospheric MHD simulation code. We set up a controlled numerical experiment whereby the solar wind speed is slowly increased resulting in building up the velocity shear across the magnetopause. As this happens, the KH waves at the magnetopause flanks increase their intensity. Along with the solar wind velocity ramp-up, we introduce O{sup +} fluid in the plasma sheet and watch its influence on the development of the KH instability. We find that the simulation with the O{sup +} ions present at the magnetopause shows a significantly weaker KH wave activity on both edges of the low-latitude boundary layer than the simulation without oxygen but identical otherwise.

  14. Modeling the effects of an H2 gas release on the equatorial ionosphere

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    Anderson, D. N.; Bernhardt, P. A.

    1978-01-01

    Three simulated point releases of H2 gas are carried out at 1930 LT over the magnetic equator: 5 kg at 300 km, 10 kg at 350 km, and 20 kg at 300 km. The subsequent effects on the ionosphere in the vicinity of these releases are studied by calculating the densities of O(+), OH(+), H2O(+), and H3O(+) from coupled time-dependent ion continuity equations. It is found that the 5-kg release produces a depleted electron density region, while a 10-kg release produces an electron density hole. Increasing the release to 20 kg yields substantial amounts of the product ions OH(+), H2O(+), and H3O(+). The dominant ions at the times of 52, 276, and 1252 sec after release are 55% for H3O(+), 47.6% for OH(+), and 72.7% for O(+), respectively. Moreover, 276 sec after release, percent depletions in the integrated electron density and Pederson conductivity are 5.8% and 2.9%, respectively, for the 5-kg release; 7.4% and 5.2%, respectively, for the 10-kg release; and 11.8% and 4.3%, respectively, for the 20-kg release. Whether or not such initial depletions are sufficient remains to be seen.

  15. Three-dimensional Martian ionosphere model: II. Effect of transport processes due to pressure gradients

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    Chaufray, J.-Y.; Gonzalez-Galindo, F.; Forget, F.; Lopez-Valverde, M.; Leblanc, F.; Modolo, R.; Hess, S.; Yagi, M.; Blelly, P.-L.; Witasse, O.

    2014-07-01

    To study the transport of the ionospheric plasma on Mars, we have included a 3-D multifluid dynamical core in a Martian general circulation model. Vertical transport modifies the ion density above ~160 km on the dayside, especially the ions produced at high altitudes like O+, N+, and C+. Near the exobase, the dayside to nightside flow velocity reaches few hundreds of m/s, due to a large horizontal pressure gradient. Comparison with Mars Express/Analyzer of Space Plasmas and Energetic Atoms-3 measurements between 290 and 500 km suggests that this flow could account for at least 20% of the flow produced by the solar wind. This flow is not sufficient to populate substantially the nightside ionosphere at high altitudes, in agreement with recent observations, because of a strong nightside downward flow produced by vertical pressure gradient. The O2+ and NO+ ion densities on the nightside at low altitudes (~130 km) are modified by this downward flow, compared to simulated densities without ion dynamics, while other ions are lost by chemical reactions. Variability at different time scales (diurnal, seasonal, and solar cycles) are studied. We simulate diurnal and seasonal variations of the ionospheric composition due to the variability of the neutral atmosphere and solar flux at the top of the atmosphere. The ionospheric dynamics are not strongly affected by seasons and solar cycles, and the retroaction of the ionosphere on the neutral atmosphere temperature and velocity is negligible compared to other physical processes below the exobase.

  16. Observation of Vertical Acoustic Resonance Effect on the Ground and in the Ionosphere During July 22 Total Eclipse

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    Iyemori, T.; Chiba, R.; Han, D.; Iguchi, M.; Kanda, W.; Matsumura, M.; Mori, J. J.; Nishioka, M.; Nose, M.; Odagi, Y.; Oshiman, N.; Saito, A.; Sanoo, Y.; Shinagawa, H.; Taira, K.; Takemura, A.; Tanaka, Y.; Toh, H.; Tomizawa, I.; Takeda, M.; Utsugi, M.; Yang, D.; Gong, Y.; Li, Q.

    2009-12-01

    The vertical acoustic resonance which can couple the ground, lower atmosphere and thermosphere (ionosphere) has been observed, for example, for the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991 (Kanamori and Mori, 1992) and the great 2004 Sumatra earthquake (Iyemori et al., 2005). In the Mt. Pinatubo case, it was assumed that the acoustic wave (i.e., pressure variation) caused a very low frequency oscillation of the ground observed worldwide. However, a volcanic eruption or earthquake can also cause the ground oscillation directly. The ground oscillation may cause atmospheric oscillations but with a complicated causality. In the case of the Sumatra earthquake, the acoustic wave (i.e., vertical wind in the ionosphere) is assumed to be the cause of magnetic pulsations observed in Thailand. However, in this case, we have no atmospheric pressure and no appropriate ionospheric observation to validate it. When a total eclipse occurs, the rapid pressure variations over a wide area caused by the rapid decrease of temperature may also generate the acoustic resonance, however, in this case, the situation is expected to be simpler than for volcanic eruptions. This situation provides better conditions for quantitative modeling of the acoustic resonance effects. On July 22, 2009, a total eclipse was observed along a band from China, Iwo Island, and through the Tokara Islands, south of Japan. We conducted barometric, geomagnetic, temperature, GPS-TEC and HF Doppler observations at several points along the eclipse path. Because of the turbulent weather and occurrence of a magnetic storm, it is difficult to see very clear indications of the acoustic resonance in the raw pressure and magnetic field data. However, in the frequency domain, we can identify the acoustic resonance. The HF-Doppler observation also shows ionospheric oscillations in the total eclipse region. In this paper, we show the results of our observations.

  17. Effect of interplanetary magnetic field on ionosphere over the magnetic equator

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    Rastogi, R. G.; Patel, V. L.

    1975-01-01

    Large and quick changes of the latitude of the interplanetary magnetic field from its southward to northward direction are shown to be associated with the disappearance of the Es-q layer (Knecht, 1959) at the equatorial ionosphere during the daytime or with the reversal of E region horizontal and F region vertical electron drifts during both night and day. This phenomenon is suggested as the imposition of an electric field in the ionosphere in a direction opposite to that of the Sq electric field. The resultant electrostatic field on the equatorial ionosphere would be decreased or even reversed from its normal direction, resulting in the reduction of electron drift velocity. When the normal Sq field is over-compensated by the magnetospheric electric field, the electron drifts are reversed and the irregularities in the E region due to the cross-field instabilities are inhibited, resulting in the sudden disappearance of the Es-q layers.

  18. Ionospheric range-rate effects in satellite-to-satellite tracking

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    Lipofsky, J. R.; Bent, R. B.; Llewellyn, S. K.; Schmid, P. E.

    1977-01-01

    Investigation of ionospheric range and range-rate corrections in satellite-to-satellite tracking were investigated. Major problems were cited and the magnitude of errors that have to be considered for communications between satellites and related experiments was defined. The results point to the need of using a sophisticated modeling approach incorporating daily solar data, and where possible actual ionospheric measurements as update information, as a simple median model cannot possibly account for the complex interaction of the many variables. The findings provide a basis from which the residual errors can be estimated after ionospheric modeling is incorporated in the reduction. Simulations were performed for satellites at various heights: Apollo, Geos, and Nimbus tracked by ATS-6; and in two different geometric configurations: coplanar and perpendicular orbits.

  19. Effect of Precipitating Electrons on Ring Current Energy Content, Ionospheric Conductance, and Thermospheric Properties

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    Chen, M.; Lemon, C. L.; Walterscheid, R. L.; Yoo, B.; Hecht, J. H.; Shprits, Y.; Orlova, K.; Schulz, M.; Evans, J. S.

    2014-12-01

    We investigate how scattering of electrons by waves in the plasma sheet and plasmasphere affects precipitating energy flux distributions during magnetic storms, how the precipitating electrons modify the ionospheric Hall and Pederson conductivity and electric potential, how these processes feedback on magnetospheric particle transport and redistribute the ring current, and how the ionization and energy deposition of precipitating electrons affects thermospheric winds and temperature. Our main approach is to couple simulation models: (1) the magnetically and electrically self-consistent Rice Convection Model - Equilibrium (RCM-E) of the inner magnetosphere, (2) the B3c transport model for electron-proton-hydrogen atom aurora in the ionosphere, and (3) the Thermosphere-Ionsphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIEGCM) of the ionosphere and thermosphere. Realistic descriptions of electron pitch-angle diffusion by whistler chorus in the plasma sheet/magnetotail and hiss in the plasmasphere are included in the RCM-E. We use parameterized rates of electron pitch-angle scattering with whistler chorus of Orlova and Shprits [JGR, 2014] that depend on equatorial radial distance, magnetic activity (Kp), and magnetic local time. To study how the precipitating electron energy flux distributions affect ionospheric conductivity and ionospheric electric potential patterns, we have performed a one-way coupling of the RCM-E and ionospheric B3c model. The simulated precipitating electron flux distributions are used to specify the energy flux and particle heating due to precipitating auroral electrons for TIEGCM simulations of the neutral atmosphere. We simulate a storm event and compare simulated quantities with in situ observations.

  20. Effect of an MLT dependent electron loss rate on the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling

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    Gkioulidou, Matina; Wang, Chih-Ping; Wing, Simon; Lyons, Larry R.; Wolf, Richard A.; Hsu, Tung-Shin

    2012-11-01

    As plasma sheet electrons drift earthward, they get scattered into the loss cone due to wave-particle interactions and the resulting precipitation produces auroral conductance. Realistic electron loss is thus important for modeling the magnetosphere - ionosphere (M-I) coupling and the degree of plasma sheet electron penetration into the inner magnetosphere. In order to evaluate the significance of electron loss, we used the Rice Convection Model (RCM) coupled with a force-balanced magnetic field to simulate plasma sheet transport under different electron loss rates and under self-consistent electric and magnetic field. We used different magnitudes of i) strong pitch angle diffusion everywhere electron loss rate (strong rate) and ii) a more realistic loss rate with its MLT dependence determined by wave activity (MLT rate). We found that electron pressure under the MLT rate is larger compared to the strong rate inside L ∼ 12 RE. The dawn-dusk asymmetry in the precipitating electron energy flux under the MLT rate, with much higher energy flux at dawn than at dusk, agrees better with statistical DMSP observations. High-energy electrons inside L ∼ 8 RE can remain there for many hours under the MLT rate, while those under the strong rate get lost within minutes. Under the MLT rate, the remaining electrons cause higher conductance at lower latitudes; thus after a convection enhancement, the shielding of the convection electric field is less efficient, and as a result, the ion plasma sheet penetrates further earthward into the inner magnetosphere than under the strong rate.

  1. The Effects of Neutral Inertia on Ionospheric Currents in the High-Latitude Thermosphere Following a Geomagnetic Storm

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    Deng, W.; Killeen, T. L.; Burns, A. G.; Roble, R. G.; Slavin, J. A.; Wharton, L. E.

    1993-01-01

    Results of an experimental and theoretical investigation into the effects of the time dependent neutral wind flywheel on high-latitude ionospheric electrodynamics are presented. The results extend our previous work which used the National Center for Atmospheric Research Thermosphere/Ionosphere General Circulation Model (NCAR TIGCM) to theoretically simulate flywheel effects in the aftermath of a geomagnetic storm. The previous results indicated that the neutral circulation, set up by ion-neutral momentum coupling in the main phase of a geomagnetic storm, is maintained for several hours after the main phase has ended and may dominate height-integrated Hall currents and field-aligned currents for up to 4-5 hours. We extend the work of Deng et al. to include comparisons between the calculated time-dependent ionospheric Hall current system in the storm-time recovery period and that measured by instruments on board the Dynamics Explorer 2 (DE 2) satellite. Also, comparisons are made between calculated field-aligned currents and those derived from DE 2 magnetometer measurements. These calculations also allow us to calculate the power transfer rate (sometimes called the Poynting flux) between the magnetosphere and ionosphere. The following conclusions have been drawn: (1) Neutral winds can contribute significantly to the horizontal ionospheric current system in the period immediately following the main phase of a geomagnetic storm, especially over the magnetic polar cap and in regions of ion drift shear. (2) Neutral winds drive Hall currents that flow in the opposite direction to those driven by ion drifts. (3) The overall morphology of the calculated field-aligned current system agrees with previously published observations for the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) B(sub Z) southward conditions, although the region I and region 2 currents are smeared by the TI(ICM model grid resolution. (4) Neutral winds can make significant contributions to the field-aligned current system when B(sub Z) northward conditions prevail following the main phase of a storm, but can account for only a fraction of the observed currents. (5) DE 2 measurements provide a demonstration of "local" (satellite-altitude) flywheel effects. (6) On the assumption that the magnetosphere acts as an insulator, we calculate neutral-wind-induced polarization electric fields of approx. 20-30 kV in the period immediately following the geomagnetic storm.

  2. Geomagnetic storm effects in the ionospheric E- and F-regions

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    Gordienko, G. I.; Vodyannikov, V. V.; Yakovets, A. F.

    2011-08-01

    Ground-based ionosonde data obtained at Alma-Ata station [φ=43.25°N, λ=76.92°E, Φ=33.47°N, L=1.44) were analysed to study the ionospheric responses of nine intense (Kp≥8, Dst<-100 nT) geomagnetic storms with storm sudden commencement (ssc). The collected data show that the ionospheric responses to the geomagnetic storms are highly complex and variable; however, negative ionospheric disturbances are a common feature of the responses. The occurrence of normal night E2-, E-, F1- and auroral type r (retardation) sporadic Es-layers, which are unusual for Alma-Ata, was observed during most active phase in the Dst index. Employing the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI), the night-time E region electron density Ne was estimated for “quiet” conditions on the epochs of the storm time periods. A direct comparison of the “quiet” and “storm” electron density in the 110-200 km altitude range shows a significant storm-induced increase in Ne that reaches a factor of approximately 10 at the 110 km altitude. The interaction of precipitating energetic neutralised ring current particles with the upper atmosphere during geomagnetic disturbances is assumed to be a possible explanation for the observed night events at this latitude sector.

  3. Comparison of Ionospheric and Thermospheric Effects During Two High Speed Stream Events

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    Verkhoglyadova, O. P.; Tsurutani, B.; Mannucci, A. J.; Paxton, L.; Mlynczak, M. G.; Hunt, L. A.; Echer, E.

    2013-12-01

    We analyze two CIR-HSS events during ascending phase of the current solar cycle. The first event occurred on 8-12 May 2012 and was characterized by a large CIR and intense High Intensity Long Duration Continuous Auroral Activity (HILDCAA). Long-duration moderate geomagnetic storm (Dst ~ -50 nT) occurred during this event. The second event on 29 April - 4 May 2011 had a large CIR and extended HSS, but weaker geomagnetic activity. We focus on understanding differences and similarities of the magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling during these two events. We will use a suite of ground-based and satellite measurements to create a comprehensive picture of the events. Evolution of the polar cap convection pattern is analyzed based on SuperDARN data. DMSP/SSUSI far ultraviolet measurements provide information on airglow intensity and characteristics of the F-region of the dusktime ionosphere. The GPS total electron content (TEC) database and JPL's Global Ionospheric Maps (GIM) are used to study vertical TEC (VTEC) for different local times and latitude ranges. We discuss dynamics of VTEC above individual ground GPS sites with respect to local time and latitude ranges. We analyze the TIMED/SABER zonal flux of nitric oxide (NO) infrared cooling radiation and auroral heating throughout the events. Global dynamics of the column density ratio ?O/N2 is studied based on TIMED/GUVI measurements. Our results will advance understanding of the ionosphere-thermosphere response to external forcing and help future forecasting efforts.

  4. Effects of Dayside Ionospheric Conductivity on the Solar Wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling: Solar Cycle Dependence of Night-side Field-aligned Currents

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    Ohtani, S.; Higuchi, T.; Wing, S.; Merkin, V. G.

    2014-12-01

    In the present study we observationally address the role of ionospheric conductivity in the solar wind-magnetosphere coupling in terms of global field-aligned currents (FACs). Solar EUV irradiance changes during a solar cycle, and so does its contribution to the ionospheric conductivity. We statistically examine how, under fixed external conditions, the intensities of the R1 and R2 currents and their demarcation latitude depend on solar activity (F10.7). An emphasis is placed on nightside FACs in the dark hemisphere. The result shows that for fixed ranges of interplanetary electric field, the nightside FACs are more intense for higher solar activity irrespective of their polarities or local times. It is also found that the R1-R2 pair, therefore the auroral oval, moves equatorward as the solar activity increases. For both current intensity and latitude, the dependence on F10.7 is more sensitive at smaller F10.7 and it levels off with increasing F10.7. The intensities of dayside FACs reveal similar F10.7 dependence as expected from the enhancement of the local ionospheric conductance. Interestingly, they also move equatorward with increasing solar activity. It is expected from force balance that as the dayside R1 current becomes more intense with increasing solar activity, the magnetosphere shrinks on the day side and expands on the night side. This configurational change of the magnetosphere presumably affects the energy transport from the solar wind to the magnetosphere, although its details still remain to be understood. We conclude that the ionospheric conductivity actively affects the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling.

  5. UHF Radar observations at HAARP with HF pump frequencies near electron gyro-harmonics and associated ionospheric effects

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    Watkins, Brenton; Fallen, Christopher; Secan, James

    Results for HF modification experiments at the HAARP facility in Alaska are presented for experiments with the HF pump frequency near third and fourth electron gyro-harmonics. A UHF diagnostic radar with range resolution of 600 m was used to determine time-dependent altitudes of scattering from plasma turbulence during heating experiments. Experiments were conducted with multiple HF frequencies stepped by 20 kHz above and below the gyro-harmonic values. During times of HF heating the HAARP facility has sufficient power to enhance large-scale ionospheric densities in the lower ionosphere (about 150-200 km altitude) and also in the topside ionosphere (above about 350 km). In the lower ionosphere, time-dependent decreases of the altitude of radar scatter result from electron density enhancements. The effects are substantially different even for relatively small frequency steps of 20 kHz. In all cases the time-varying altitude decrease of radar scatter stops about 5-10 km below the gyro-harmonic altitude that is frequency dependent; we infer that electron density enhancements stop at this altitude where the radar signals stop decreasing with altitude. Experiments with corresponding total electron content (TEC) data show that for HF interaction altitudes above about 170 km there is substantial topside electron density increases due to upward electron thermal conduction. For lower altitudes of HF interaction the majority of the thermal energy is transferred to the neutral gas and no significant topside density increases are observed. By selecting an appropriate HF frequency a little greater than the gyro-harmonic value we have demonstrated that the ionospheric response to HF heating is a self-oscillating mode where the HF interaction altitude moves up and down with a period of several minutes. If the interaction region is above about 170 km this also produces a continuously enhanced topside electron density and upward plasma flux. Experiments using an FM scan with the HF frequency increasing near the gyro-harmonic value were conducted. The FM scan rate was sufficiently slow that the electron density was approximately in an equilibrium state. For these experiments the altitude of the HF interaction follows a near straight line downward parallel to the altitude-dependent gyro-harmonic level.

  6. Time and Order Effects on Causal Learning

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    Alvarado, Angelica; Jara, Elvia; Vila, Javier; Rosas, Juan M.

    2006-01-01

    Five experiments were conducted to explore trial order and retention interval effects upon causal predictive judgments. Experiment 1 found that participants show a strong effect of trial order when a stimulus was sequentially paired with two different outcomes compared to a condition where both outcomes were presented intermixed. Experiment 2…

  7. High-latitude ionospheric drivers and their effects on wind patterns in the thermosphere

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    Liuzzo, L. R.; Ridley, A. J.; Perlongo, N. J.; Mitchell, E. J.; Conde, M.; Hampton, D. L.; Bristow, W. A.; Nicolls, M. J.

    2015-01-01

    Winds in the thermosphere are highly important for transporting mass, momentum, and energy over the globe. In the high-latitude region, observations show that ion and neutral motions are strongly coupled when the aurora is present but the coupling is less evident when there is no aurora. In this study, we investigate the ability of the Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model (GITM) to simulate the mesoscale wind structure over Alaska during a substorm. Thirteen distinct numerical simulations of a substorm event that occurred between 02:00 and 17:00 Universal Time on 24 November 2012 have been performed. Distinct drivers considered include the Weimer and SuperDARN potential patterns and the OVATION Prime and OVATION-SME auroral models. The effects of the boundary between the neutral wind dynamo calculation and the high-latitude imposed electric potential were also considered. Neutral wind velocities and thermospheric temperatures measured by the Scanning Doppler Imager instruments located at three locations in Alaska were compared to GITM simulation results, and electron densities within GITM were compared to data from the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar. It was found that the different drivers used between multiple simulations lead to various amounts of momentum coupling within the simulation, affecting the accuracy of the modeled neutral and ion flow patterns and the strength of electron precipitation at high latitudes. This affirms that better observations of auroral precipitation and electric fields are required to accurately understand and consistently reproduce the mesoscale neutral wind flow patterns and temperature structure in the high-latitude thermosphere.

  8. Multi-PLL with two-stage fusion to mitigate ionospheric scintillation effects on GPS receivers

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    Xu, Rui; Liu, Zhizhao; Chen, Wu

    2015-07-01

    Ionospheric scintillation poses a great threat to the reliability and accuracy of Global Positioning System (GPS) in various applications. It can increase tracking errors of the phase-locked loop (PLL) in a GPS receiver and even cause the PLL loss of lock under severe scintillations. To mitigate the effect of scintillation on GPS receivers, especially to reduce the occurrence of loss of lock, a multi-PLL with two-stage fusion (i.e., tracking fusion and output fusion) is proposed in this paper. This algorithm integrates several parallel sub-PLLs with different loop parameters into one channel to track one GPS satellite's signal. Every sub-PLL has its own discriminator, loop filter, carrier numerical controlled oscillator, and a tracking fusion (i.e., the first stage fusion). The tracking fusion of each sub-PLL integrates the Doppler frequency measurements from all other sub-PLLs to detect the state of its own sub-PLL and feeds back reliable Doppler frequency measurements. Simultaneously, the tracking fusion outputs the Doppler frequency measurements to the second stage fusion (i.e., output fusion), which integrates the outputs from all tracking fusions to provide continuous and accurate Doppler frequency measurements for the following positioning/navigation estimator. Performances of the proposed algorithm are tested using real-world GPS data with different levels of scintillations and compared with results from single-PLLs. For three real-world scintillation cases (S4 = 0.26-1.1, σϕ = 0.05-1.49 rad, and average C/N0 = 41.2-45.7 dB Hz), the multi-PLL algorithm performs more robustly than the single-PLLs and is able to keep tracking in all scintillation cases.

  9. GNSS station characterisation for ionospheric scintillation applications

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    Romano, Vincenzo; Spogli, Luca; Aquino, Marcio; Dodson, Alan; Hancock, Craig; Forte, Biagio

    2013-10-01

    Ionospheric scintillations are fluctuations in the phase and amplitude of the signals from GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) occurring when they cross regions of electron density irregularities in the ionosphere. Such disturbances can cause serious degradation of several aspects of GNSS system performance, including integrity, accuracy and availability. The two indices adopted worldwide to characterise ionospheric scintillations are: the amplitude scintillation index, S4, which is the standard deviation of the received power normalised by its mean value, and the phase scintillation index, ??, which is the standard deviation of the de-trended carrier phase. Collaborative work between NGI and INGV supports a permanent network of GISTM (GPS Ionospheric Scintillation and TEC Monitor) receivers that covers a wide range of latitudes in the northern European sector. Data from this network has contributed significantly to several papers during the past few years (see e.g. De Franceschi et al., 2008; Aquino et al., 2009; Spogli et al., 2009, 2010; Alfonsi et al., 2011). In these investigations multipath effects and noise that contaminate the scintillation measurements are largely filtered by applying an elevation angle threshold. A deeper analysis of the data quality and the development of a more complex filtering technique can improve the results obtained so far. The structures in the environment of each receiver in the network which contaminate scintillation measurements should be identified in order to improve the quality of the scintillation and TEC data by removing error sources due to the local environment. The analysis in this paper considers a data set characterised by quiet ionospheric conditions of the mid-latitude station located in Nottingham (UK), followed by a case study of the severe geomagnetic storm, which occurred in late 2003, known generally as the "Halloween Storm".

  10. Roughness in Lattice Ordered Effect Algebras

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    Xin, Xiao Long; Hua, Xiu Juan; Zhu, Xi

    2014-01-01

    Many authors have studied roughness on various algebraic systems. In this paper, we consider a lattice ordered effect algebra and discuss its roughness in this context. Moreover, we introduce the notions of the interior and the closure of a subset and give some of their properties in effect algebras. Finally, we use a Riesz ideal induced congruence and define a function e(a, b) in a lattice ordered effect algebra E and build a relationship between it and congruence classes. Then we study some properties about approximation of lattice ordered effect algebras. PMID:25170523

  11. Sources of uncertainty in ionospheric modeling: The neutral wind

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    David, Michael; Sojka, Jan J.; Schunk, Robert W.

    2014-08-01

    The neutral wind is a critical input parameter for physics-based ionospheric models, affecting both the height of the F layer and the total electron content. Unfortunately, the currently available models of the thermospheric wind do not seem to represent it very accurately, and this places a serious limitation on the effectiveness of ionospheric modeling and forecasting. We make use of several decades' worth of midlatitude ionosonde observations of the F region peak, in order to compare the effectiveness of several neutral wind models when used as drivers for an ionospheric model. We check the simulation results against the ground truth of the ionosonde observations using the technique of forecast skill scores. We find that with the ionospheric model in use here (the Utah State University Time Dependent Ionospheric Model (TDIM)), a very simple neutral wind pattern outperforms the more complex models. Increases in skill scores as high as 50% are obtained, relative to the reference case of zero wind; also, in some cases, there are similarly large decreases in skill scores. We view this as a sensitivity study, rather than an effort to identify the best wind model in an absolute sense, because any ionospheric model is an assemblage of algorithms, boundary conditions, and drivers that are themselves imperfect. We identify reasons for the large variability in skill scores with respect to season, longitude, and solar cycle level. We close with a brief discussion of other parameters in ionospheric modeling that are similarly uncertain, e.g., a downward electron flux and the Burnside factor.

  12. Initial results from the operation of two argon ion generators in the auroral ionosphere

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    Erlandson, R. E.; Cahill, L. J., Jr.; Pollock, C. J.; Arnoldy, R. L.; Scales, W. A.

    1987-01-01

    Two argon ion generators have been lofted by sounding rockets in order to investigate ion beam dynamics and beam effects on the ionosphere, and auroral electrodynamics during rocket passage over auroral arcs. The ion generators were on a subpayload that was separated from the main payload early in the flight. The main payload conducted the diagnostic measurements during ion beam operations. Evidence of heating of the ionosphere around the subpayload during each ion beam emission is noted.

  13. Magnetic Field Measurement on the C/NOFS Satellite: Geomagnetic Storm Effects in the Low Latitude Ionosphere

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    Le, Guan; Pfaff, Rob; Kepko, Larry; Rowland, Doug; Bromund, Ken; Freudenreich, Henry; Martin, Steve; Liebrecht, C.; Maus, S.

    2010-01-01

    The Vector Electric Field Investigation (VEFI) suite onboard the Communications/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) spacecraft includes a sensitive fluxgate magnetometer to measure DC and ULF magnetic fields in the low latitude ionosphere. The instrument includes a DC vector measurement at 1 sample/sec with a range of +/- 45,000 nT whose primary objective is to provide direct measurements of both V x B and E x B that are more accurate than those obtained using a simple magnetic field model. These data can also be used for scientific research to provide information of large-scale ionospheric and magnetospheric current systems, which, when analyzed in conjunction with the C/NOFS DC electric field measurements, promise to advance our understanding of the electrodynamics of the low latitude ionosphere. In this study, we use the magnetic field data to study the temporal and local time variations of the ring currents during geomagnetic storms. We first compare the in situ measurements with the POMME (the POtsdam Magnetic Model of the Earth) model in order to provide an in-flight "calibration" of the data as well as compute magnetic field residuals essential for revealing large scale external current systems. We then compare the magnetic field residuals observed both during quiet times and during geomagnetic storms at the same geographic locations to deduce the magnetic field signatures of the ring current. As will be shown, the low inclination of the C/NOFS satellite provides a unique opportunity to study the evolution of the ring current as a function of local time, which is particularly insightful during periods of magnetic storms. This paper will present the initial results of this study.

  14. 3D Model of the Martian Ionosphere

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    Chaufray, J.-Y.; Gonzalez-Galindo, F.; Forget, F.; Lopez-Valverde, M.; Leblanc, F.; Modolo, R.; Yagi, M.; Hess, S.; Blelly, P.-L.; Witasse, O.

    2012-04-01

    For planets without intrinsic magnetic field like Mars and Venus, the ionosphere is the main obstacle decelerating and deviating the solar wind flow. Therefore, the ionosphere plays an important part in erosion processes associated to Mars-solar wind interaction. Below 180 km, the Martian ionosphere is well described by the photochemical equilibrium. Above 180 km, the transport processes become important. To describe the Martian upper ionosphere, we develop a 3D multi-fluid dynamical core in the LMD Martian general circulation model (GCM) (Forget et al. 1999, Gonzalez-Galindo et al. 2009). This core solves the horizontal and vertical dynamics of the main ionospheric species and their coupling and retroaction on the neutral atmosphere at different seasons. This model will be later coupled to a magnetospheric model in order to describe the Martian ionospheric erosion by the solar wind.

  15. Monitoring the ionospheric positioning error with a GNSS dense network

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    Wautelet, Gilles; Lejeune, Sandrine; Warnant, Ren

    2010-05-01

    Local variability in the ionospheric Total Electron Content (TEC) can seriously affect the accuracy of GNSS real-time applications. In relative positioning, users have to compute the vector (called baseline) linking their receiver to a reference station for which the position is accurately known. As long as the ionosphere remains quiet (i.e. a background ionosphere with no local disturbance), the accuracy of relative positioning using phase measurements is of a few cm. The SoDIPE-RTK software developed at the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium allows to compute the part of the positioning error only due to the ionosphere (referred later as "ionospheric error") for a given baseline. In practice, baselines considered in this paper are not larger than 40km in order to ensure a successful ambiguity resolution process for both L1 and L2 carriers. More precisely, data analysed in the frame of this work are baselines belonging to the Belgian GPS dense network called Active Geodetic Network (AGN). SoDIPE-RTK has been applied on the whole network during typical ionospheric conditions: quiet, active and stormy. Active conditions refer to disturbed ionosphere due to the occurrence of Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (TID's) while stormy conditions are relative to extremely disturbed plasma during the occurrence of powerful geomagnetic storms. From this dataset, we extract some descriptive statistics like average, standard deviation, extrema... of the ionospheric error. As expected, this term is centimeter-level during quiet conditions while maximum values are reached during stormy conditions. For a 10km baseline, one can observe ionospheric errors of about 15cm during the occurrence of a winter medium-scale TID (MSTID) and up to 1m during geomagnetic storms. Moreover, the availability of a dense network allows to study the influence of baseline orientation on ionospheric error magnitude. We have analysed two specific cases of moving ionospheric structures: a winter MSTID and an "ionospheric wall" (TEC depletion) caused by an extreme geomagnetic storm. In both cases, equatorwards direction of propagation was clearly visible on polar plots. Indeed, baselines oriented parallel to the direction of propagation of disturbances are more affected by TEC gradients than others. SoDIPE-RTK is therefore a tool which allows not only to assess the effect of ionospheric disturbances on relative positioning but also to monitor propagation patterns of such disturbances while run through a GPS dense network. Finally, we propose a service dedicated to GNSS relative positioning users based on SoDIPE-RTK. Every 15 minutes, each AGN baseline is mapped in a given color ranging from green (quiet conditions) to red (extreme conditions). This easy-to-use application allows registered users to access to local information about current ionospheric conditions on the field.

  16. The effect of time ordering revisited

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    Rosato, J.; Boland, D.; Capes, H.; Marandet, Y.; Stamm, R.

    2008-10-22

    The effects of time ordering on line shapes are investigated for the dynamic ionic broadening of the Lyman alpha line in hydrogen plasmas. The difference between calculations with and without time ordering is calculated for an electric field created by a single particle, and for a thermal average over plasma configurations with moderate temperature and density.

  17. Electron gyroharmonic effects in ionization and electron acceleration during high-frequency pumping in the ionosphere.

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    Gustavsson, B; Leyser, T B; Kosch, M; Rietveld, M T; Steen, A; Brndstrm, B U E; Aso, T

    2006-11-10

    Optical emissions and incoherent scatter radar data obtained during high-frequency electromagnetic pumping of the ionospheric plasma from the ground give data on electron energization in an energy range from 2 to 100 eV. Optical emissions at 4278 A from N2+ that require electrons with energies above the 18 eV ionization energy give the first images ever of pump-induced ionization of the thermosphere. The intensity at 4278 A is asymmetric around the ionospheric electron gyroharmonic, being stronger above the gyroresonance. This contrasts with emissions at 6300 A from O(1D) and of electron temperature enhancements, which have minima at the gyroharmonic but have no apparent asymmetry. This direct evidence of pump-induced ionization contradicts previous indirect evidence, which indicated that ionization is most efficiently produced when the pump frequency was below the gyroharmonic. PMID:17155639

  18. The Effects of Magnetic Anomalies Discovered at Mars on the Structure of the Martian Ionosphere and the Solar Wind Interaction as Follows from Radio Occultation Experiments

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    Ness, N. F.; Acuna, M. H.; Connerney, J. E. P.; Cloutier, P.; Kliore, A. J.; Breus, T. K.; Krymskii, A. M.; Bauer, S. J.

    1999-01-01

    The electron density distribution in the ionosphere of nonmagnetic (or weakly magnetized) planet depends not only on the solar ultraviolet intensity, but also on the nature of the SW interaction with this planet. Two scenarios previously have been developed based on the observations of the bow shock crossings and on the electron density distribution within the ionosphere. According to one of them Mars has an intrinsic magnetosphere produced by a dipole magnetic field and the Martian ionosphere is protected from the SW flow except during "overpressure conditions, when the planetary magnetic field can not balance the SW dynamic pressure. In the second scenario the Martian intrinsic magnetic dipole field is so weak that Mars has mainly an induced magnetosphere and a Venus-like SW/ionosphere interaction. Today the possible existence of a sufficiently strong global magnetic field that participates in the SW/Mars interaction can no longer be supported. The results obtained by the Mars-Global-Surveyor (MGS) space-craft show the existence of highly variable, but also very localized magnetic fields of crustal origin at Mars as high as 400-1500 nT. The absence of the large-scale global magnetic field at Mars makes it similar to Venus, except for possible effects of the magnetic anomalies associated with the remnant crustal magnetization. However the previous results on the Martian ionosphere obtained mainly by the radio occultation methods show that there appears to be a permanent existence of a global horizontal magnetic field in the Martian ionosphere. Moreover the global induced magnetic field in the Venus ionosphere is not typical at the solar zenith angles explored by the radio occultation methods. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  19. Investigation of seismo-ionospheric effects associated with Elazig and Van earthquakes in Turkey

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    Shagimuratov, I.; Cherniak, Iu.; Zakharenkova, I.; Tepenitsyna, N.; Yakimova, G.

    2012-04-01

    This report presents the specific features of TEC (total electron content of the ionosphere) behavior associated with earthquakes 08 March 2010 (Elaz?g, Mw 6.1) and devastating earthquake with M 7.3, occurred on 23 October 2011 in Van. For this purpose we used both the GPS TEC data from the nearest to the epicenter GPS-IGS stations and constructed TEC maps over Europe. The favorable circumstance for this analysis was the quiet geomagnetic situation during the period previous to the earthquakes (the sum of Kp didn't exceed 5 for first and less than 15 for second case). The typical anomaly was found out one week prior to Elaz?g earthquake and three days prior to Van earthquake as the day-time significant increase of TEC at the nearest stations up to the value of 50% relative to the background condition. To estimate the spatial dimensions of seismo-ionospheric anomaly the differential mapping method was used. Anomalous TEC enhancement was registered since 10 UT and reached the maximal value of 45-55% at 18-20 UT. So, the seismo-ionospheric anomaly was found out as the cloud-shaped increase of total electron content of the ionosphere, it had a well-defined local character and it was situated in the immediate vicinity of the earthquake epicenter area. Acknowledgments. The authors are grateful to the IGS community for providing GPS permanent data and to the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program for the detailed earthquake information. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Sevenths Framework Program (FP7/20017-2013) under grant agreement No. 263502 - PRE-EARTHQUAKES project.

  20. Atmosphere-Ionosphere Electrodynamic Coupling

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    Sorokin, V. M.; Chmyrev, V. M.

    Numerous phenomena that occur in the mesosphere, ionosphere, and the magnetosphere of the Earth are caused by the sources located in the lower atmosphere and on the ground. We describe the effects produced by lightning activity and by ground-based transmitters operated in high frequency (HF) and very low frequency (VLF) ranges. Among these phenomena are the ionosphere heating and the formation of plasma density inhomogeneities, the excitation of gamma ray bursts and atmospheric emissions in different spectral bands, the generation of ULF/ELF/VLF electromagnetic waves and plasma turbulence in the ionosphere, the stimulation of radiation belt electron precipitations and the acceleration of ions in the upper ionosphere. The most interesting results of experimental and theoretical studies of these phenomena are discussed below. The ionosphere is subject to the action of the conductive electric current flowing in the atmosphere-ionosphere circuit. We present a physical model of DC electric field and current formation in this circuit. The key element of this model is an external current, which is formed with the occurrence of convective upward transport of charged aerosols and their gravitational sedimentation in the atmosphere. An increase in the level of atmospheric radioactivity results in the appearance of additional ionization and change of electrical conductivity. Variation of conductivity and external current in the lower atmosphere leads to perturbation of the electric current flowing in the global atmosphere-ionosphere circuit and to the associated DC electric field perturbation both on the Earth's surface and in the ionosphere. Description of these processes and some results of the electric field and current calculations are presented below. The seismic-induced electric field perturbations produce noticeable effects in the ionosphere by generating the electromagnetic field and plasma disturbances. We describe the generation mechanisms of such experimentally observed effects as excitation of plasma density inhomogeneities, field-aligned currents, and ULF/ELF emissions and the modification of electron and ion altitude profiles in the upper ionosphere. The electrodynamic model of the ionosphere modification under the influence of some natural and man-made processes in the atmosphere is also discussed. The model is based on the satellite and ground measurements of electromagnetic field and plasma perturbations and on the data on atmospheric radioactivity and soil gas injection into the atmosphere.

  1. Magnetosphere-ionosphere mapping at Jupiter: Quantifying the effects of using different internal field models

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    Vogt, Marissa F.; Bunce, Emma J.; Kivelson, Margaret G.; Khurana, Krishan K.; Walker, Raymond J.; Radioti, Aikaterini; Bonfond, Bertrand; Grodent, Denis

    2015-04-01

    The lack of global field models accurate beyond the inner magnetosphere (<30 RJ) makes it difficult to relate Jupiter's polar auroral features to magnetospheric source regions. We recently developed a model that maps Jupiter's equatorial magnetosphere to the ionosphere using a flux equivalence calculation that requires equal flux at the equatorial and ionospheric ends of flux tubes. This approach is more accurate than tracing field lines in a global field model but only if it is based on an accurate model of Jupiter's internal field. At present there are three widely used internal field modelsVoyager Io Pioneer 4 (VIP4), the Grodent Anomaly Model (GAM), and VIP Anomaly Longitude (VIPAL). The purpose of this study is to quantify how the choice of an internal field model affects the mapping of various auroral features using the flux equivalence calculation. We find that different internal field models can shift the ionospheric mapping of points in the equatorial plane by several degrees and shift the magnetospheric mapping to the equator by ~30 RJ radially and by less than 1 h in local time. These shifts are consistent with differences in how well each model maps the Ganymede footprint, underscoring the need for more accurate Jovian internal field models. We discuss differences in the mapping of specific auroral features and the size and location of the open/closed field line boundary. Understanding these differences is important for the continued analysis of Hubble Space Telescope images and in planning for Juno's arrival at Jupiter in 2016.

  2. Ionospheric effects of solar flares and their associated particle ejections in March 2012

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    Zolotukhina, N.; Polekh, N.; Kurkin, V.; Romanova, E.

    2015-06-01

    Flares of March 4-9, 2012 were accompanied by an intensification of solar electromagnetic and corpuscular radiations and five coronal mass ejections. Bursts of X-rays and increased solar cosmic ray fluxes caused an increase in ionospheric absorption manifesting itself in data from vertical sounding stations as enhancements of the lowest frequency of reflections up to 4-6 MHz at the daytime and as the disappearance of reflections in the ionograms of high latitude stations. Interplanetary coronal mass ejections (ICME) generated March 7-8 moderate and March 8-11 intense magnetic storms accompanied by ionospheric disturbances. At the peaks of both magnetic storms there were abrupt afternoon-evening decreases in the ionospheric F2-layer critical frequency (foF2). During the March 7-8 storm, the foF2 decrease concurred with the reversal of the interplanetary magnetic field azimuthal component (IMF By) which initiated restructuring of magnetospheric convection; during the March 8-11 storm, with the abrupt weakening of the interplanetary magnetic field southward component (IMF Bz) which triggered a substorm.

  3. A review of vertical coupling in the Atmosphere-Ionosphere system: Effects of waves, sudden stratospheric warmings, space weather, and of solar activity

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    Yiğit, Erdal; Koucká Knížová, Petra; Georgieva, Katya; Ward, William

    2016-04-01

    This brief introductory review of some recent developments in atmosphere-ionosphere science is written for the "Vertical Coupling Special Issue" that is motivated by the 5th IAGA/ICMA/SCOSTEP Workshop on Vertical Coupling in the Atmosphere-Ionosphere System. Basic processes of vertical coupling in the atmosphere-ionosphere system are discussed, focusing on the effects of internal waves, such as gravity waves and solar tides, sudden stratospheric warmings (SSWs), and of solar activity on the structure of the atmosphere. Internal waves play a crucial role in the current state and evolution of the upper atmosphere-ionosphere system. SSW effects extend into the upper atmosphere, producing changes in the thermospheric circulation and ionospheric disturbances. Sun, the dominant energy source for the atmosphere, directly impacts the upper atmosphere and modulates wave-induced coupling. The emphasis is laid on the most recent developments in the field, while giving credits to older works where necessary. Various international activities in atmospheric vertical coupling, such as SCOSTEP's ROSMIC project, and a brief contextual discussion of the papers published in the special issue are presented.

  4. The effect of downward electron heat flow and electron cooling processes in the high-latitude ionosphere

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    David, M.; Schunk, R. W.; Sojka, J. J.

    2011-10-01

    The electron energy balance in the ionosphere is affected by numerous local heating and cooling processes, as well as by transport processes. The thermal electrons gain energy from photoelectrons, auroral electrons, hot thermal ions, and a downward flow of heat from high altitudes. The thermal electrons lose energy in elastic collisions with ions and neutrals (N2, O2, O, He, H) and in inelastic collisions with neutrals, including rotational excitation of N2 and O2, vibrational excitation of N2 and O2, excitation of the fine structure levels of atomic oxygen, and electronic excitation of atomic oxygen, e.g., O(1S) and O(1D). The transport processes include thermal conduction and thermoelectric heat flow. Recently, new electron cooling rates have been calculated that are substantially different from those in current use, which are more than thirty years old. Therefore, model simulations were conducted that show the impact that these new cooling rates have on the electron temperatures and ion densities in the mid- and high-latitude ionosphere. It was found that, while several of the new cooling rates differ significantly from the old rates, collectively these differences largely cancel each other, with the result that the impact of the new rates on the ionospheric temperatures and densities is small. Also, a possible important source of heat for the thermal electrons in the polar cap is the downward flow of heat that results from the interaction of the escaping polar wind electrons with the relatively hot polar rain, squall, and drizzle. This electron heat source has typically been ignored in the past due to a lack of measurements, but recent work based on satellite measurements has made it possible to estimate values of the downward electron heat flow in the polar cap. Therefore, model simulations were also conducted to determine the effect of a downward electron heat flow on the high-latitude ionosphere. We found that in many cases the addition of a heat flow does have a large impact on the F-region temperatures and densities, sometimes increasing the total electron content (TEC) by 50% or more; topside densities may be increased by a factor of 5. The effects of the new cooling rates and downward heat flow were determined for a wide range of geophysical conditions.

  5. Calculating Second-Order Effects in MOSFET's

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    Benumof, Reuben; Zoutendyk, John A.; Coss, James R.

    1990-01-01

    Collection of mathematical models includes second-order effects in n-channel, enhancement-mode, metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFET's). When dimensions of circuit elements relatively large, effects neglected safely. However, as very-large-scale integration of microelectronic circuits leads to MOSFET's shorter or narrower than 2 micrometer, effects become significant in design and operation. Such computer programs as widely-used "Simulation Program With Integrated Circuit Emphasis, Version 2" (SPICE 2) include many of these effects. In second-order models of n-channel, enhancement-mode MOSFET, first-order gate-depletion region diminished by triangular-cross-section deletions on end and augmented by circular-wedge-cross-section bulges on sides.

  6. Effects of a solar wind pressure pulse in the magnetosphere and in the ionosphere

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    Juusola, Liisa; Andreeova, Katerina; Palmroth, Minna; Amm, Olaf

    2010-05-01

    On 17 July 2005, an earthward bound north-south oriented magnetic cloud and its sheath were observed by the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE), the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SoHO), and the Wind solar wind monitors. A steplike increase of the solar wind dynamic pressure was related to the leading edge of the sheath. A timing analysis between the three spacecraft revealed that this front was not aligned with GSE y axis, but tilted by an angle of about 55 towards the x axis. Hence, the first contact with the magnetosphere occured on the dawnside rather than at the subsolar point. Fortunately, Cluster, Double Star 1, and Geotail happened to be distributed close to the magnetopause in this region, which made it possible to closely monitor the motion of the magnetopause. When the pressure pulse impacted the magnetosphere, the magnetopause was perceived first to move inward and then immediatelly correct the overshoot by slightly expanding again such that it ended up between the Cluster constellation with Double Star 1 inside the magnetosphere and Geotail in the magnetosheath. In the ionosphere, the AE index showed a relatively weak enhancement with a peak of less than 200 nT. This enhancement lasted for about 10 minutes and coincided with the inward and subsequent outward motion of the magnetopause observed by the magnetospheric spacecraft. The ground-based International Monitor for Auroral Geomagnetic Effects (IMAGE) magnetometer network was also located on the dawn side during the arrival of the pressure pulse. The 1-D equivalent currents showed a peak of eastward current in the region covered by IMAGE, where the westward electrojet generally dominates at that time. After 10 minutes, the region of weakening eastward current was divided in two by the recovering westward electrojet. The 2-D equivalent currents further revealed that while the region of eastward current expanded from the east, the recovery of the westward electrojet began from the western edge of IMAGE field-of-view. We suggest that these observations could be interpreted as a temporary and local reversal of the direction of the plasma sheet convection due to the compression of the magnetosphere.

  7. Exploring the Cigala/calibra Network Data Base for Ionosphere Monitoring Over Brazil

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    Vani, B. C.; Galera Monico, J. F.; Shimabukuro, M. H.; Pereira, V. A.; Aquino, M. H.

    2013-12-01

    The ionosphere in Brazil is strongly influenced by the equatorial anomaly, therefore GNSS based applications are widely affected by ionospheric disturbances. A network for continuous monitoring of the ionosphere has been deployed over its territory since February/2011, as part of the CIGALA and CALIBRA projects. Through CIGALA (Concept for Ionospheric Scintillation Mitigation for Professional GNSS in Latin America), which was funded by European Commission (EC) in the framework of the FP7-GALILEO-2009-GSA (European GNSS Agency), the first stations were deployed at Presidente Prudente, São Paulo state, in February 2011. CIGALA was finalized in February 2012 with eight stations distributed over the Brazilian territory. Through CALIBRA (Countering GNSS high Accuracy applications Limitations due to Ionospheric disturbances in BRAzil), which is also funded by the European Commission now in the framework of the FP7-GALILEO-2011-GSA, new stations are being deployed. Some of the stations are being specifically placed according to geomagnetic considerations aiming to support the development of a local scintillation and TEC model. CALIBRA started in November 2012 and will have two years of duration, focusing on the development of improved and new algorithms that can be applied to high accuracy GNSS techniques in order to tackle the effects of ionospheric disturbances. PolarRxS-PRO receivers, manufactured by Septentrio, have been deployed at all stations This multi-GNSS receiver can collect data at rates of up to 100 Hz, providing ionospheric TEC, scintillation parameters like S4 and Sigma-Phi, and other signal metrics like locktime for all satellites and frequencies tracked. All collected data (raw and ionosphere monitoring records) is stored at a central facility located at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Estadual Paulista (FCT/UNESP) in Presidente Prudente. To deal with the large amount of data, an analysis infrastructure has also been established in the form of a web based software named ISMR Query Tool, which provides a capability to identify specific behaviors of ionospheric activity through data visualization and data mining. Its web availability and user-specified features allow the users to interact with the data through a simple internet connection, enabling to obtain insight about the ionosphere according with their own previous knowledge. Information about the network, the projects and the tool can be found at the FCT/UNESP Ionosphere web portal available at http://is-cigala-calibra.fct.unesp.br/. This contribution will provide an overview of results extracted using the monitoring and analysis infrastructure, explaining the possibilities offered by the ISMR Query Tool to support analysis of the ionosphere as well as the development of models and mitigation techniques to counter the effects of ionospheric disturbances on GNSS.

  8. The Ionospheric-Thermospheric Component of the LWS-Geospace Program

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    Kintner, P. M.

    2005-05-01

    The Geospace Mission Definition Team report made a persuasive case for investigating the ionosphere-thermosphere system with both LEO in situ instruments and GEO ionospheric imaging. The GMDT science objectives were derived from the Living With a Star Science Architecture Team's consideration of space weather effects that concern society. The two highest priority ionospheric objectives are "Determine the effects of the long and short term variability of the Sun on the global-scale behavior of the ionospheric electron density" and "Determine the solar and geospace causes of small scale density irregularities in the 100-1000 km altitude range". These general objectives were then focused on specific science questions such as "How does the ionosphere-thermosphere system vary in response to changing fluxes of solar extreme ultraviolet radiation?", How does the mid- and low-latitude ionosphere-thermosphere system respond to geomagnetic storms?", and "What are the sources and characteristics of ionospheric irregularities at mid-latitudes?". Since the submission of the GMDT report to NASA, the case for investigating the disturbed mid-latitude ionosphere has become even more compelling. Society has become more vulnerable to ionospheric storms through augmented GPS systems for aviation. The ionospheric response to geomagnetic storms has been shown to extend from the equator through mid-latitudes and across the polar caps and from the F region to the equatorial plane. The total electron content from the peak of the positive-phase to the minima of the negative phase varies by up to one order of magnitude. Simulations have demonstrated that thermospheric transport can carry disturbed O/N2 ratios from the auroral zone to the equator. Density irregularities have been discovered with scale lengths of 100 km to the GPS signal Fresnel length (~ 400m). The GMDT developed a strategy to characterize and understand these phenomena. At low altitudes, within the thermosphere, two Ionospheric-Thermospheric Storm Probes were proposed with in situ instruments. The two ITSP will enable the separation of temporal from spatial phenomena and the investigation of temporal phenomena with time scales less than the orbital period. At high altitude a GEO ionospheric imager will yield context by providing global picture of the ionospheric-thermospheric response and evolution during solar disturbances and geomagnetic storms.

  9. Ionospheric irregularities due to powerful HF radio transmissions

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    Fejer, J. A.

    1989-04-01

    It was known for some time that sufficiently powerful HF radio transmissions produce a great variety of ionospheric irregularities. Ionospheric modification facilities with effective radiated powers of the order of 100 MW directed toward the ionosphere were used for the study of such irregularities since 1970. Such man-made irregularities were employed to establish experimental scatter communications links. Very powerful short wave broadcast transmitters must also produce man-made irregularities which affect the ionospheric propagation of short waves. All aspects of the physical phenomena which play a role in the production of ionospheric irregularities by powerful HF transmissions, are discussed. These include thermal self-focusing of radio waves, formation of short-scale field-aligned irregularities by a thermal parametric instability in which the scattering of the HF pump wave by the irregularities into Langmuir waves plays an important role, and those parametric instabilities in which the ponderomotive force dominates over thermal forces. The latter two parametric instabilities can lead to the acceleration of electrons to energies of tens of electron volts. Such accelerated electrons can produce artificial airglow and also additional ionization which under certain conditions could be significant. In their strongly nonlinear stage parametric instabilities can lead to the formation of localized electron density depletions (cavitons) maintained by the ponderomotive force of Langmuir waves trapped in them.

  10. Interaction of Titan's ionosphere with Saturn's magnetosphere.

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    Coates, Andrew J

    2009-02-28

    Titan is the only Moon in the Solar System with a significant permanent atmosphere. Within this nitrogen-methane atmosphere, an ionosphere forms. Titan has no significant magnetic dipole moment, and is usually located inside Saturn's magnetosphere. Atmospheric particles are ionized both by sunlight and by particles from Saturn's magnetosphere, mainly electrons, which reach the top of the atmosphere. So far, the Cassini spacecraft has made over 45 close flybys of Titan, allowing measurements in the ionosphere and the surrounding magnetosphere under different conditions. Here we review how Titan's ionosphere and Saturn's magnetosphere interact, using measurements from Cassini low-energy particle detectors. In particular, we discuss ionization processes and ionospheric photoelectrons, including their effect on ion escape from the ionosphere. We also discuss one of the unexpected discoveries in Titan's ionosphere, the existence of extremely heavy negative ions up to 10000amu at 950km altitude. PMID:19073464

  11. Presentation Order Effects in Product Taste Tests.

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    Dean, Michael L.

    1980-01-01

    Presentation order in paired-comparison testing was varied to measure the impact of primacy v recency effects on consumer product evaluation. First position preference bias characterized the findings, lending support to the attention decrement hypothesis or a suggested palate desensitization effect on subsequent taste trial behavior. (Author)

  12. Effect of electron collisions on Alfven waves propagating into the ionosphere, the cutoff altitude, and the short-wavelength limit of the ionospheric feedback instability

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    Cosgrove, R. B.

    2013-12-01

    The complete, fluid, linear dispersion relation for Alfven waves, including the parallel electric field with electron-ion, ion-electron, ion-neutral, and electron-neutral collisions is derived. The parallel electric field affects the impedance presented to the ionosphere by the magnetosphere, and thereby modifies the allowed modes of the ionospheric feedback instability (IFI), which may be responsible for fine-scale auroral features. There is a minimum perpendicular wavelength for Alfven waves, which increases with decreasing altitude, such that propagating modes are cutoff, and become evanescent below a certain altitude. When the cutoff altitude becomes too high, the IFI is precluded. However, we find that a 600 m, 0.9 Hz shear Alfven wave propagates down to 300 km, suggesting that the IFI remains viable. In fact, assuming contact with the E region, the interaction of this wave with the ionosphere is found to be unstable, with a growth rate of 0.1 s^{-1} , when subject to a 35 mV/m background electric field. These short wavelength modes of the IFI, and their possible association with fine-scale auroral features, have not been studied. Results of the IFI analysis: The top left panel shows the growth rate for mode 1 and mode 3, along with the cutoff altitude for shear Alfven waves with the perpendicular wavelength and frequency associated with mode 1. The top right panel shows the wavelength associated with the growth rate in the top left panel. The bottom right panel shows the frequency Doppler shifted to the Earth-fixed frame, where, in all panels, the horizontal axis is the frequency in the frame where the background electric field is zero. The bottom left panel repeats the growth rate with a finer vertical scale. The terminology 'mode 1' and 'mode 3' refer to the first and third modes that are not cutoff at that frequency.

  13. The Maunder Minimum Ionosphere

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    Smithtro, C. G.; Sojka, J. J.

    2004-12-01

    The Maunder Minimum epoch, from 1645 to 1715 A.D. was characterized by a near absence of sunspots. Studies of cosmogenic isotopes and Sun-like stars suggest that solar chromospheric and coronal emissions during this period were significantly lower than contemporary solar minima. To study the effect of such a reduction on the Earth's upper atmosphere, we employ a 1-D global average ionosphere and thermosphere model that accounts for the photon flux between 3 and 360 nm. Within the ionosphere, an unexpected transition occurs as the irradiance falls below normal solar minimum levels. The concentration of O+ ions decreases rapidly relative to the other ions, such that NO+ becomes the dominant F-region ion. The state of the underlying thermosphere, particularly the neutral gas temperature, is largely responsible for this behavior.

  14. Effect of meteoroid ablation in the chemistry of the martian ionosphere

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    Pandya, B.; Haider, S.

    2014-07-01

    Comets release streams of dust particles at their perihelion distance due to the normal process of gas ejection. These particles of micron-size or larger are called micro-meteoroids and the meteoroids leave the comet nucleus at a speed of less than the orbital speed of the comets. When the planet Mars passes through such a meteoroid dust stream periodically, the meteoroids and micrometeoroids enter the martian atmosphere and encounter a suitable density of atmospheric gases, such as O_2, CO_2, CO, O, O_3, NO, N_2, to ablaze. This ablation produces ionization in the lower ionosphere at an altitude between 60-120 km. We use a coupled chemical model to calculate the density of abundant meteoric ions Mg, Fe, and Si with their neutrals and their compositions with atmospheric gases. We have observed that comets P/2003 WC7 (LINEAR Catalina) and 10P/ Tempel 2 intersected the orbit of Mars on 18 April 2004 and 11 May 2005, respectively. The meteoroids of fluxes 4.010^{-15} and 8.310^{-16} cm^{-2} s^{-1} and of masses 4.510^{-7} g and 1.010^{-3} g have produced a third ionospheric layer of electron densities, in good agreement with the electron density profiles observed by Mars Express and Mars Global Surveyor on April 18, 2004 and 11 May 11, 2005, respectively. The densities of 21 ions (CO_2+, O_2+, CO+, O+, NO+, N_2+, Mg+, Fe+, Si+, MgO+, FeO+, SiO+, MgCO_2+, MgO_2+, FeCO_2+, FeO_2+, SiCO_2+, SiO_2+, MgN_2+, FeN_2+, and SiN_2+) have been computed self-consistently for both days. It is observed that the lower ionosphere of Mars is strongly dependent on the incoming velocity, mass, and flux of the meteoroids. We have calculated a total ion production rate and a total ion density for meteoroids of with sizes from 10 g to 10^{-12} g entering the martian atmosphere with initial speeds of 10 km/s and 18 km/s. Micro-meteoroids with an incoming speed of 18 km/sec and mass between 10^{-5} g to 10^{-12} g ablaze and produce a significantly high total ion density between 0.510^6 cm^{-3} to 610^6 cm^{-3}. If the incoming speed of the meteoroid decreases to 10 km/s, the total ion density is between 510^{5} cm^{-3} to 210^6 cm^{-3}, which indicates that the ion deposition in the Martian ionosphere depends upon the incoming speed of the meteoroids. The total ion density calculated for the meteoroids of mass between 10^{-4} g to 10 g is 210^1 cm^{-3} - 0.510^6 cm^{-3} for both incoming speeds. We have combined the chemistry of the impact of the meteoroids and the solar X-ray and EUV radiation in our model which is predicting three plasma layers in the martian ionosphere. Our effort is to balance our theoretical model of the meteoric chemistry with the observed ionospheric electron density.

  15. Global effects on Ionospheric Weather over the Indian subcontinent at Sunrise and Sunset

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    Basak, Tamal; Pal, S.; Chakrabarti, S. K.

    2010-10-20

    Study of Very Low Frequency (VLF) electromagnetic wave is very important for knowing the behavior of the Ionospheric layers due to Sunrise-Sunset, Earthquakes, Solar flares, Solar eclipses and other terrestrial and extra terrestrial radiations. We study the properties of the variation of the VLF signal strength theoretically all over Indian sub-continent. As an example, we concentrate on the VLF signal transmitted by Indian Naval Transmitter VTX at Vijayanarayanam (Latitude 08 deg. 23', Longitude 77 deg. 45') near the southern tip of Indian subcontinent. As has been noticed, several receiving stations placed during the VLF campaign in all over India, the VLF signal strength varies significantly with place and time. To understand the diurnal and seasonal variation of the received signal, a complete knowledge of physics of intensity distribution of the VLF signal is essential. The spatial variation of VLF signal plays an important role in selecting future VLF stations. In the wave-hop theoretical model presented here, horizontally stratified ionospheric layers have been considered. The VLF wave emitted by the transmitter has both the ground wave and the sky wave components. The ground wave attenuates during propagation. The sky wave component experiences reflections by the ionosphere on its way to the receiver and its attenuation depends on the degree of ionization. Intensity variation occurs at a given receiver location for interference among singly and multiply reflected waves. This has been simulated considering some simplified and justifiable assumptions. This spatial variation wave-hop theoretical model developed here has been compared with LWPC code generated results.

  16. Investigating the effects of ionospheric electric fields on the equatorial magnetosphere using thin filament simulations

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    Schutza, A. M.; Toffoletto, F.; Wolf, R.

    2013-12-01

    We adopt a model using a thin filament approximation developed in Chen and Wolf [1999] to simulate flux tube motion in the magnetotail. In this code, a flux tube is treated as a 1D string of mass elements immersed in a static background. Compared to 3D magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) codes, this 1D code can be run with high accuracy and low numerical diffusion using a large number of grid points. This allows localized waves and oscillations to be resolved that would be difficult to reproduce with 3D MHD simulations. The static background is chosen to be a solution to the MHD force balance equation that emulates a magnetospheric environment. Preliminary results suggest that changes in the ionospheric electric field can produce a tailward propagating Alfven wave that rapidly gains amplitude. This disturbance can become large enough to trigger disruptions in the filament structure near the equator. One motivation for the study is the suggestion that sudden localized convection in the ionosphere is associated with substorm onset and the subsequent expansion phase [Kan and Sun, 1996]. A systematic study of this phenomenon will be presented. Chen, C. X., and R. A. Wolf (1999), Theory of thin filament motion in Earth's magnetotail and its application to bursty bulk flows, J. Geophys. Res., 104(A7), doi: 10.1029/1999JA900005. Kan, J. R., and W. Sun (1996), Substorm expansion phase caused by an intense localized convection imposed on the ionosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 101(A12), doi: 10.1029/96JA02426.

  17. Global effects on Ionospheric Weather over the Indian subcontinent at Sunrise and Sunset

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    Basak, Tamal; Chakrabarti, S. K.; Pal, S.

    2010-10-01

    Study of Very Low Frequency (VLF) electromagnetic wave is very important for knowing the behavior of the Ionospheric layers due to Sunrise-Sunset, Earthquakes, Solar flares, Solar eclipses and other terrestrial and extra terrestrial radiations. We study the properties of the variation of the VLF signal strength theoretically all over Indian sub-continent. As an example, we concentrate on the VLF signal transmitted by Indian Naval Transmitter VTX at Vijayanarayanam (Latitude 08°23', Longitude 77°45') near the southern tip of Indian subcontinent. As has been noticed, several receiving stations placed during the VLF campaign in all over India, the VLF signal strength varies significantly with place and time. To understand the diurnal and seasonal variation of the received signal, a complete knowledge of physics of intensity distribution of the VLF signal is essential. The spatial variation of VLF signal plays an important role in selecting future VLF stations. In the wave-hop theoretical model presented here, horizontally stratified ionospheric layers have been considered. The VLF wave emitted by the transmitter has both the ground wave and the sky wave components. The ground wave attenuates during propagation. The sky wave component experiences reflections by the ionosphere on its way to the receiver and its attenuation depends on the degree of ionization. Intensity variation occurs at a given receiver location for interference among singly and multiply reflected waves. This has been simulated considering some simplified and justifiable assumptions. This spatial variation wave-hop theoretical model developed here has been compared with LWPC code generated results.

  18. Effects of modeled ionospheric conductance and electron loss on self-consistent ring current simulations during the 5-7 April 2010 storm

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    Chen, Margaret W.; Lemon, Colby L.; Guild, Timothy B.; Keesee, Amy M.; Lui, Anthony; Goldstein, Jerry; Rodriguez, Juan V.; Anderson, Phillip C.

    2015-07-01

    We investigate the effects of different ionospheric conductance and electron loss models on ring current dynamics during the large magnetic storm of 5-7 April 2010 using the magnetically and electrically self-consistent Rice Convection Model-Equilibrium (RCM-E). The time-varying RCM-E proton distribution boundary conditions are specified using a combination of TWINS 1 and 2 ion temperature maps and in situ THEMIS and GOES spectral measurements in the plasma sheet. With strong electron pitch-angle diffusion, the simulated equatorial ring current electron pressure is weak with (1) uniform conductance or (2) conductance based on parameters from the International Reference Ionosphere 2007 and the feedback of simulated precipitating electrons. With the Chen and Schulz electron loss model that includes strong diffusion in the plasma sheet and weak diffusion in the plasmasphere, the stormtime equatorial RCM-E electron pressure is enhanced in the inner magnetosphere from midnight through dawn to the dayside. The enhancement extends to lower geocentric distance with uniform conductance than with the more realistic ionospheric conductance model due to electric field shielding effects. Electron losses affect not only the simulated electron pressures, but through magnetospheric-ionospheric coupling, the redistributed electric and magnetic fields affect the ring current proton transport. The simulations reproduced features observed by in situ magnetic field and proton flux data, and TWINS global ENA observations. The simulated stormtime ring current energization can vary significantly depending on the ionospheric conductance and electron loss model used. Thus, it is important to incorporate realistic descriptions of ionospheric conductance and electron losses in inner magnetospheric models.

  19. Electron Impact Dissociative Excitation of Ionospheric Ions: Rate Coefficients and Implications for Ionospheric Studies.

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    Sheehan, C. H.; St.-Maurice, J.

    2004-05-01

    A survey of the literature indicates that dissociative recombination is seemingly the only interaction between molecular ions and electrons that is considered in ionospheric studies. Dissociative recombination begins with a collision between an electron and a molecular ion in which the ion captures the electron, resulting in the formation of an unstable neutral molecule that subsequently stabilizes by dissociating. In the dissociative recombination of an arbitrary molecular ion AB+; AB+ + e yields A* + B. Being effectively the only electron loss mechanism in planetary ionospheres, dissociative recombination is a very significant process. Owing to the typically high reaction rates, dissociative recombination in general is the most important interaction between molecular ions and electrons in planetary ionospheres. We discuss at length the dissociative recombination of ionospheric ions in a topical review paper (2003ja010132) that will appear in the near future in JGR: Space Physics. Dissociative recombination is, however, not the only possible interaction. In recent years, molecular physicists have made considerable progress in the study of a variety of molecular ion-electron processes both theoretically and experimentally. One of these processes in particular, electron impact dissociative excitation, is potentially of considerable significance for ionospheric studies. In the dissociative excitation of an arbitrary molecular ion AB+; AB+ + e yields A* + B+ + e. Experiments have consistently shown that as collision energy increases, dissociative excitation cross sections begin to dominate over dissociative recombination cross sections. Like dissociative recombination, dissociative excitation is a source of excited atoms and so both processes will contribute to emissions. Unlike dissociative recombination, dissociative excitation is a source of atomic ions and after a dissociative excitation interaction there is still a free electron. These differences have potential implications for a variety of studies, including those which involve ionospheric composition, and those which involve electron cooling rates. Using published experimental electron impact dissociative excitation cross sections for NO+, O2+, and N2+ we have calculated both temperature dependent and energy dependent reaction rates for the dissociative excitation of these species of ions. These calculations, in conjunction with our previous work on the dissociative recombination of ionospheric ions, have allowed us to estimate dissociative excitation to dissociative recombination branching ratios for these species of ions for both ground state and vibrationally excited ions. We have found that as collision energies increase, dissociative excitation rates can dominate dissociative recombination rates by up to two orders of magnitude. We will present the results of our reaction rate and branching ratio calculations as well as a discussion of possible implications.

  20. Role of ionospheric conductance in magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling

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    Bhattacharya, Tapas

    Magnetosphere-ionosphere (MI) coupling has been studied for a long time. However, not much work has been done on a systematic understanding of the relation between ionospheric Pedersen conductance, its effect on the evolution and modification of field-aligned currents (FACs), and the influence of conductance and FACs on the formation of parallel electric fields which cause particle precipitation. Though the roles of ionospheric conductance gradients for FACs and parallel electric field evolution are directly related, they are poorly understood. This dissertation advances the understanding of these areas and all results of this study are based on numerical simulations that employ a three-dimensional - two-fluid (ions and neutrals) simulation code. The first part of this dissertation presents a systematic study of the magnetospheric and ionospheric influences on the evolution and modification of FACs with focus on the role of ionospheric Pedersen conductance and its gradients. FACs are typically generated in the magnetosphere and are carried into the ionosphere by Alfven waves. During their reflection from the ionosphere these FACs are modified depending on the magnitude and distribution of ionospheric conductance. For conductance gradients along the polarization of the wave, strong Pedersen currents can be generated which in turn enhance the FAC as well. The second part of this dissertation addresses the properties and evolution of parallel electric fields in an attempt to better understand the formation of discrete auroral arcs in response to the evolution of FACs for predetermined ionospheric conductance patterns. Frequently, auroral acceleration is believed to occur through U or V shaped potentials. Therefore, this part examines the properties of localized parallel electric fields in a uniform magnetic field. It is demonstrated that localized parallel electric fields generate magnetic flux in the absence of source of free energy. It is also shown that parallel electric fields generated in a FAC in the presence of a (anomalous) resistivity represent a load and can provide physical explanation for the auroral acceleration geometry. The results demonstrate that such electric fields can be significantly enhanced by Alfven wave reflection where both magnitude and gradients of the ionospheric conductance are important. The strongly enhanced parallel electric field is associated with magnetic reconnection and modifies the FAC system such that thin current layers (with curls and folds) are observed to be embedded in the large scale current system.

  1. The ionosphere and the Latin America VLF Network Mexico (LAVNet-Mex) station

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    Borgazzi, A.; Lara, A.; Paz, G.; Raulin, J. P.

    2014-08-01

    In order to detect and study the ionospheric response to solar flares (transient high energy solar radiation), we have constructed a radio receiver station at Mexico City, which is part of the Latin American Very low frequency Network (LAVNet-Mex). This station extends to the northern hemisphere the so called South American VLF Network. LAVNet is able to detect small changes in the amplitude and phase of VLF electromagnetic waves (generated by strong transmitters located all around the world) which are affected by changes of the lowest layer of the ionosphere, where these waves are reflected. In this way, LAVNet is an excellent tool to study the dynamics of the lower ionospheric layers. In this work we present a technical description and show the capabilities of the new LAVNet-Mex station. Moreover, as an example of its performance, we present the analysis of the ionospheric effects of two solar flares detected on October 16, 2010 and June 7, 2011.

  2. Presentation order effects in product taste tests.

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    Dean, M L

    1980-05-01

    Presentation order in paired-comparison testing was varied to measure the impact of primacy versus recency effects on consumer product evaluations. Overall preference and product rating scores were gathered for 1196 male and female Ss aged 13--49 years in two consumer research studies covering 11 taste tests. First position preference bias characterized the findings, lending support to the attention decrement hypothesis or a suggested palate desensitization effect on subsequent taste trial behavior. PMID:7381797

  3. Effects of lightning and sprites on the ionospheric potential, and threshold effects on sprite initiation, obtained using an analog model of the global atmospheric electric circuit

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    Rycroft, M. J.; Odzimek, A.

    2010-06-01

    A quantitative model of the global atmospheric electric circuit has been constructed using the PSpice electrical engineering software package. Currents (1 kA) above thunderstorms and electrified rain/shower clouds raise the potential of the ionosphere (presumed to be an equipotential surface at 80 km altitude) to 250 kV with respect to the Earth's surface. The circuit is completed by currents flowing down through the fair-weather atmosphere in the land/sea surface and up to the cloud systems. Using a model for the atmospheric conductivity profile, the effects of both negative and positive cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning discharges on the ionospheric potential have been estimated. A large positive CG discharge creates an electric field that exceeds the breakdown field from the ionosphere down to 74 km, thereby forming a halo, a column sprite, and some milliseconds later, from 67 km down to 55 km at 60 ms after the discharge, a "carrot" sprite. Estimates are made of the return stroke current and the thundercloud charge moment change of a +CG discharge required to exceed the threshold breakdown field, or the threshold field for creating and sustaining negative or positive streamers. The values for breakdown at 80 km altitude are 35 kA and 350 C.km, (Coulomb.kilometers), respectively, and those at 70 km altitude are 45 kA and 360 C.km, respectively. The different temporal and spatial developments of the mesospheric electric field distinguishing between column and carrot sprites agree with the latest deductions from recent observations. The current flowing in the highly conducting sprite reduces the ionospheric potential by 1 V.

  4. The effects of lightning and sprites on the ionospheric potential, and threshold effects on sprite initiation, obtained using a PSpice model

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    Rycroft, Michael J.; Odzimek, Anna

    2010-05-01

    A quantitative model of the global atmospheric electric circuit has been constructed using the PSpice electrical engineering software package. Currents (~ 1 kA) above thunderstorms and electrified rain/shower clouds raise the potential of the ionosphere, which is presumed to be an equipotential surface at 80 km altitude, to ~ 250 kV with respect to the Earth's surface. The circuit is completed by currents flowing down through the fair weather atmosphere, in the land/sea surface and up to the cloud systems. Using a model for the atmospheric conductivity profile (Rycroft et al., JASTP, 2007), the effects of both negative and positive cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning discharges ion the ionospheric potential have been estimated. A large positive CG discharge creates an electric field which exceeds the breakdown field from the ionosphere down to ~ 74 km, so forming a halo and a column sprite, and, some ms later, from ~ 67 km down to ~ 55 km at ~ 60 ms after the discharge, thereby forming a "carrot" sprite. Estimates are made of the return stroke current and the thundercloud charge moment change (CMC) for a +CG discharge required to exceed the threshold breakdown field, or the threshold field for creating and sustaining negative or positive streamers. The values for breakdown at 80 km altitude are 35 kA and 350 C.km, respectively, and 45 kA and 360 C.km at 70 km altitude. The different temporal and spatial developments of the mesospheric electric field distinguishing between column and carrot sprites agree with the latest deductions from from recent observations. A current flowing in the highly conducting sprite reduces the ionospheric potential by ~ 1 V.

  5. Effects of lightning and sprites on the ionospheric potential, and threshold effects on sprite initiation, obtained using an analog model of the global atmospheric electric circuit

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    Rycroft, M. J.; Odzimek, A.

    2010-06-01

    A quantitative model of the global atmospheric electric circuit has been constructed using the PSpice electrical engineering software package. Currents (1 kA) above thunderstorms and electrified rain/shower clouds raise the potential of the ionosphere (presumed to be an equipotential surface at 80 km altitude) to 250 kV with respect to the Earth's surface. The circuit is completed by currents flowing down through the fair-weather atmosphere in the land/sea surface and up to the cloud systems. Using a model for the atmospheric conductivity profile, the effects of both negative and positive cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning discharges on the ionospheric potential have been estimated. A large positive CG discharge creates an electric field that exceeds the breakdown field from the ionosphere down to 74 km, thereby forming a halo, a column sprite, and some milliseconds later, from 67 km down to 55 km at 60 ms after the discharge, a carrot sprite. Estimates are made of the return stroke current and the thundercloud charge moment change of a +CG discharge required to exceed the threshold breakdown field, or the threshold field for creating and sustaining negative or positive streamers. The values for breakdown at 80 km altitude are 35 kA and 350 C.km, (Coulomb.kilometers), respectively, and those at 70 km altitude are 45 kA and 360 C.km, respectively. The different temporal and spatial developments of the mesospheric electric field distinguishing between column and carrot sprites agree with the latest deductions from recent observations. The current flowing in the highly conducting sprite reduces the ionospheric potential by 1 V.

  6. Effects of Meteorological Variability on the Thermosphere-Ionosphere System during the Moderate Geomagnetic Disturbed January 2013 Period As Simulated By Time-GCM

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    Maute, A. I.; Hagan, M. E.; Richmond, A. D.; Liu, H.; Yudin, V. A.

    2014-12-01

    The ionosphere-thermosphere system is affected by solar and magnetospheric processes and by meteorological variability. Ionospheric observations of total electron content during the current solar cycle have shown that variability associated with meteorological forcing is important during solar minimum, and can have significant ionospheric effects during solar medium to maximum conditions. Numerical models can be used to study the comparative importance of geomagnetic and meterological forcing.This study focuses on the January 2013 Stratospheric Sudden Warming (SSW) period, which is associated with a very disturbed middle atmosphere as well as with moderately disturbed solar geomagntic conditions. We employ the NCAR Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIME-GCM) with a nudging scheme using Whole-Atmosphere-Community-Climate-Model-Extended (WACCM-X)/Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS5) results to simulate the effects of the meteorological and solar wind forcing on the upper atmosphere. The model results are evaluated by comparing with observations e.g., TEC, NmF2, ion drifts. We study the effect of the SSW on the wave spectrum, and the associated changes in the low latitude vertical drifts. These changes are compared to the impact of the moderate geomagnetic forcing on the TI-system during the January 2013 time period by conducting numerical experiments. We will present select highlights from our study and elude to the comparative importance of the forcing from above and below as simulated by the TIME-GCM.

  7. The Ptolemaic Approach to Ionospheric Electrodynamics

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    Vasyliunas, V. M.

    2010-12-01

    The conventional treatment of ionospheric electrodynamics (as expounded in standard textbooks and tutorial publications) consists of a set of equations, plus verbal descriptions of the physical processes supposedly represented by the equations. Key assumptions underlying the equations are: electric field equal to the gradient of a potential, electric current driven by an Ohm's law (with both electric-field and neutral-wind terms), continuity of current then giving a second-order elliptic differential equation for calculating the potential; as a separate assumption, ion and electron bulk flows are determined by ExB drifts plus collision effects. The verbal descriptions are in several respects inconsistent with the equations; furthermore, both the descriptions and the equations are not compatible with the more rigorous physical understanding derived from the complete plasma and Maxwell's equations. The conventional ionospheric equations are applicable under restricted conditions, corresponding to a quasi-steady-state equilibrium limit, and are thus intrinsically incapable of answering questions about causal relations or dynamic developments. Within their limited range of applicability, however, the equations are in most cases adequate to explain the observations, despite the deficient treatment of plasma physics. (A historical precedent that comes to mind is that of astronomical theory at the time of Copernicus and for some decades afterwards, when the Ptolemaic scheme could explain the observations at least as well if not better than the Copernican. Some of the verbal descriptions in conventional ionospheric electrodynamics might be considered Ptolemaic also in the more literal sense of being formulated exclusively in terms of a fixed Earth.) I review the principal differences between the two approaches, point out some questions where the conventional ionospheric theory does not provide unambiguous answers even within its range of validity (e.g., topside and bottomside boundary conditions on electrodynamics), and illustrate with some simple examples of how a neutral-wind dynamo really develops.

  8. Effect of Mutation Order on Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

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    Nangalia, Jyoti; Silber, Yvonne; Wedge, David C.; Grinfeld, Jacob; Baxter, E. Joanna; Massie, Charles E.; Papaemmanuil, Elli; Menon, Suraj; Godfrey, Anna L.; Dimitropoulou, Danai; Guglielmelli, Paola; Bellosillo, Beatriz; Besses, Carles; Dhner, Konstanze; Harrison, Claire N.; Vassiliou, George S.; Vannucchi, Alessandro; Campbell, Peter J.; Green, Anthony R.

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND Cancers result from the accumulation of somatic mutations, and their properties are thought to reflect the sum of these mutations. However, little is known about the effect of the order in which mutations are acquired. METHODS We determined mutation order in patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms by genotyping hematopoietic colonies or by means of next-generation sequencing. Stem cells and progenitor cells were isolated to study the effect of mutation order on mature and immature hematopoietic cells. RESULTS The age at which a patient presented with a myeloproliferative neoplasm, acquisition of JAK2 V617F homozygosity, and the balance of immature progenitors were all influenced by mutation order. As compared with patients in whom the TET2 mutation was acquired first (hereafter referred to as TET2-first patients), patients in whom the Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) mutation was acquired first (JAK2-first patients) had a greater likelihood of presenting with polycythemia vera than with essential thrombocythemia, an increased risk of thrombosis, and an increased sensitivity of JAK2-mutant progenitors to ruxolitinib in vitro. Mutation order influenced the proliferative response to JAK2 V617F and the capacity of double-mutant hematopoietic cells and progenitor cells to generate colony-forming cells. Moreover, the hematopoietic stem-and-progenitor-cell compartment was dominated by TET2 single-mutant cells in TET2-first patients but by JAK2TET2 double-mutant cells in JAK2-first patients. Prior mutation of TET2 altered the transcriptional consequences of JAK2 V617F in a cell-intrinsic manner and prevented JAK2 V617F from up-regulating genes associated with proliferation. CONCLUSIONS The order in which JAK2 and TET2 mutations were acquired influenced clinical features, the response to targeted therapy, the biology of stem and progenitor cells, and clonal evolution in patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms. (Funded by Leukemia and Lymphoma Research and others.) PMID:25671252

  9. Influence of water vapour on the height distribution of positive ions, effective recombination coefficient and ionisation balance in the quiet lower ionosphere

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    Barabash, V.; Osepian, A.; Dalin, P.

    2014-03-01

    Mesospheric water vapour concentration effects on the ion composition and electron density in the lower ionosphere under quiet geophysical conditions were examined. Water vapour is an important compound in the mesosphere and the lower thermosphere that affects ion composition due to hydrogen radical production and consequently modifies the electron number density. Recent lower-ionosphere investigations have primarily concentrated on the geomagnetic disturbance periods. Meanwhile, studies on the electron density under quiet conditions are quite rare. The goal of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of the ionospheric parameter responses to water vapour variability in the quiet lower ionosphere. By applying a numerical D region ion chemistry model, we evaluated efficiencies for the channels forming hydrated cluster ions from the NO+ and O2+ primary ions (i.e. NO+.H2O and O2+.H2O, respectively), and the channel forming H+(H2O)n proton hydrates from water clusters at different altitudes using profiles with low and high water vapour concentrations. Profiles for positive ions, effective recombination coefficients and electrons were modelled for three particular cases using electron density measurements obtained during rocket campaigns. It was found that the water vapour concentration variations in the mesosphere affect the position of both the Cl2+ proton hydrate layer upper border, comprising the NO+(H2O)n and O2+(H2O)n hydrated cluster ions, and the Cl1+ hydrate cluster layer lower border, comprising the H+(H2O)n pure proton hydrates, as well as the numerical cluster densities. The water variations caused large changes in the effective recombination coefficient and electron density between altitudes of 75 and 87 km. However, the effective recombination coefficient, ?eff, and electron number density did not respond even to large water vapour concentration variations occurring at other altitudes in the mesosphere. We determined the water vapour concentration upper limit at altitudes between 75 and 87 km, beyond which the water vapour concentration ceases to influence the numerical densities of Cl2+ and Cl1+, the effective recombination coefficient and the electron number density in the summer ionosphere. This water vapour concentration limit corresponds to values found in the H2O-1 profile that was observed in the summer mesosphere by the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS). The electron density modelled using the H2O-1 profile agreed well with the electron density measured in the summer ionosphere when the measured profiles did not have sharp gradients. For sharp gradients in electron and positive ion number densities, a water profile that can reproduce the characteristic behaviour of the ionospheric parameters should have an inhomogeneous height distribution of water vapour.

  10. Topside Ionospheric Sounder for CubeSats

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    Swenson, C.; Pratt, J.; Fish, C. S.; Winkler, C.; Pilinski, M.; Azeem, I.; Crowley, G.; Jeppesen, M.; Martineau, R.

    2014-12-01

    This presentation will outline the design of a Topside Ionospheric Sounder (TIS) for CubeSats. In the same way that an ionosonde measures the ionospheric profile from the ground, a Topside Sounder measures the ionospheric profile from a location above the F-region peak. The TIS will address the need for increased space situational awareness and environmental monitoring by estimating electron density profiles in the topside of the ionosphere. The TIS will measure topside electron density profiles for plasma frequencies ranging from 0.89 MHz to 28.4 MHz below the satellite altitude. The precision of the measurement will be 5% or 10,000 p/cm^3. The TIS average power consumption will be below 10 W and a mass of less than 10 kg, so it is appropriate for a 6U Cubesat (or multiple of that size). The sounder will operate via a transmitted frequency sweep across the desired plasma frequencies which, upon reception, can be differenced to determine range and density information of the topside ionosphere. The velocity of the spacecraft necessitates careful balancing of range resolution and frequency knowledge requirements as well as novel processing techniques to correctly associate the return signal with the correct plasma frequency. TIS is being designed to provide a low cost, low mass spacecraft that can provide accurate topside profiles of the ionospheric electron density in order to further understanding of ionospheric structure and dynamic processes in the ionosphere.

  11. Investigations into the properties, conditions, and effects of the ionosphere. Technical report, 4 December 1986-3 December 1987

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    Bussey, R.M.; Fremouw, E.J.; Reinisch, B.W.; Szuszczewicz, E.P.

    1988-01-15

    The investigations address ionospheric composition, structure, specification, scintillation, and chemistry, as well as remote sensing of the ionosphere through ultraviolet sensors. Specific work is carried out in the following six categories: laboratory measurements; field measurements; aircraft measurements; rocket, balloon, shuttle, and satellite measurements; analytical and theoretical investigations; and scientific and engineering analysis.

  12. Ionospheric Data Assimilation from a Data Provider's Perspective

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    Schaefer, R. K.; Paxton, L. J.; Bust, G.; Zhang, Y.; Romeo, G.; Comberiate, J.; Gelinas, L. J.

    2014-12-01

    The Ionosphere/Thermosphere system is a very dynamic and complex medium to model. Given sufficient data and proper data handling, assimilative models can give a good representation of this system. One good dataset for this purpose comes from UV imagers on spacecraft. In particular, the Oxygen recombination emission (135.6 nm) and the Nitrogen Lyman-Birge Hopfield band (both 140-150 nm and 165-180 nm) are being collected by instruments on the NASA TIMED/GUVI and DMSP/SSUSI instruments. Similar UV data will also be available in the future from the ICON and GOLD missions. Currently, the Air Force is using the oxygen emission to infer ionospheric electron densities in the USU GAIM model for ionospheric forecasts. We have also been integrating data for the IDA4D model assimilation (Bust et al, 2007). As the data product designer for these UV products, we have an unique perspective on issues related to assimilating this data. These issues concern model resolution scales (Schunk, et al, 2011), filtering of noisy data, and handling of second order effects. We will discuss our experience with these issues and point out some future directions for assimilation of UV data. Bust, G., Crowley, G., Curtis, N., Reynolds, A., Paxton, L., Coker, C., Bernhardt, P. "IDA4D - a new ionospheric imaging algorithm using non-linear ground-based and spaced- based data sources", American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2007, abstract #SA11B-06. Schunk, R.W., Scherliess, L., and Thompson, D.C., 2011 "Ionospheric Data Assimilation: Problems Associated with Missing Physics", Aeronomy of the Earth's Atmosphere and Ionosphere. IAGA Special Sopron Book Series Volume 2, pp 437-442.

  13. Lunar atmospheric tidal effects in the plasma drifts observed by the Low-Latitude Ionospheric Sensor Network

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    Eccles, Vince; Rice, Donald D.; Sojka, Jan J.; Valladares, Cesar E.; Bullett, Terence; Chau, Jorge L.

    2011-07-01

    Data from the Low-Latitude Ionospheric Sensor Network are used to examine ionospheric electrodynamics during quiet, low solar conditions from September to November 2009. The ground-based magnetometers and the Jicamarca Vertical Incidence Pulsed Ionospheric Radar ionosonde in the Peruvian Sector are used to identify the neutral winds and plasma drifts that control the large-scale plasma structure of the ionosphere. It is observed that the solar- and lunar-driven semidiurnal tides have a significant influence on the background electrodynamics during this period of extreme solar minimum. The lunar tidal influence of the ionosphere electrodynamics is a large component of the variation of the vertical drift during the geophysically quiet study period. A significant portion, though not all, of the variation through the lunar month can be attributed to the lunar semidiurnal tide.

  14. Predictions and observations of HF radio propagation in the northerly ionosphere: The effect of the solar flares and a weak CME in early January 2014.

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    Hallam, Jonathan; Stocker, Alan J.; Warrington, Mike; Siddle, Dave; Zaalov, Nikolay; Honary, Farideh; Rogers, Neil; Boteler, David; Danskin, Donald

    2014-05-01

    We have previously reported on a significant new multi-national project to provide improved predictions and forecasts of HF radio propagation for commercial aircraft operating on trans-polar routes. In these regions, there are limited or no VHF air-traffic control facilities and geostationary satellites are below the horizon. Therefore HF radio remains important in maintaining communications with the aircraft at all times. Space weather disturbances can have a range of effects on the ionosphere and hence HF radio propagation - particularly in the polar cap. While severe space weather effects can lead to a total loss of communications (i.e. radio blackout), less intense events can still cause significant disruption. In this paper we will present the effect of a series of M and X class solar flares and a relatively weak CME on HF radio performance from 6 to 13 January 2014. This is an interesting interval from the point of view of HF radio propagation because while the solar effects on the ionosphere are significant, except for an interval of approximately 12 hours duration, they are not so intense as to produce a complete radio blackout on all paths. Observations of the signal-to-noise ratio, direction of arrival, and time of flight of HF radio signals on six paths (one entirely within the polar cap, three trans-auroral, and two sub-auroral) will be presented together with riometer measurements of the ionospheric absorption. Global maps of D-region absorption (D-region absorption prediction, DRAP) inferred from satellite measurements of the solar wind parameters will be compared with the HF and riometer observations. In addition, a ray-tracing model using a realistic background ionosphere and including localised features found in the ionospheric polar cap (e.g. polar patches and arcs) will be used to model the expected and observed HF radio propagation characteristics.

  15. The effect of the solar cycle on the maintenance of the nightside ionosphere of Venus

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    Kliore, Arvydas J.; Luhmann, Janet G.; Zhang, Martina H. G.

    1991-01-01

    The behavior of the Venus nightside ionosphere at solar maximum and solar minimum is discussed based on Pioneer Venus radio occultation measurements. Although some solar maximum measurements are similar to those observed at minimum, which have an average peak density of about 7000/cu cm, others show much higher peak densities, reaching values of about 40,000/cu cm. These elevated peak densities also occur at higher altitudes. The integrated electron column densities for these measurements indicate the presence of substantial ionization above the main peak. The magnitudes of both the peak density and the integrated content above the peak are anticorrelated with the solar wind dynamic pressure, indicating that these enhancements during solar maximum are due to transterminator transport of O(+) ions from the dayside. The resulting ionization peak can be many times the concentration produced by energetic electron fluxes impacting the neutral atmosphere on the nightside.

  16. Speed-dependent collision effects on radar back-scattering from the ionosphere. [incoherent scatter radar

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    Behl, Y. K.; Theimer, O. H.

    1982-01-01

    The question whether the differences between fluctuation spectra for linearly speed-dependent and speed-independent collision frequencies could account for disagreements between rocket and incoherent scatter estimate was addressed. The basic theory used for computing the fluctuation spectrum is outlined. The speed-dependence of the charge-neutral collision frequency is discussed, with special emphasis on its derivation from the mobility measurements. Various developments of the computer code used for the computation of the fluctuation spectrum are described. The range of values of input parameters typical to the collision-dominated ionosphere are briefly described. The computational results are presented, and the significance and limitation of these results and the future scope of the research are discussed.

  17. Plasma effects of active ion beam injections in the ionosphere at rocket altitudes

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    Arnoldy, R. L.; Cahill, L. J., Jr.; Kintner, P. M.; Moore, T. E.; Pollock, C. J.

    1992-01-01

    Data from ARCS rocket ion beam injection experiments are primarily discussed. There are three results from this series of active experiments that are of particular interest in space plasma physics. These are the transverse acceleration of ambient ions in the large beam volume, the scattering of beam ions near the release payload, and the possible acceleration of electrons very close to the plasma generator which produce intense high frequency waves. The ability of 100 ma ion beam injections into the upper E and F regions of the ionosphere to produce these phenomena appear to be related solely to the process by which the plasma release payload and the ion beam are neutralized. Since the electrons in the plasma release do not convect with the plasma ions, the neutralization of both the payload and beam must be accomplished by large field-aligned currents (milliamperes/square meter) which are very unstable to wave growth of various modes.

  18. Mesospheric Impact on Thermosphere and Ionosphere

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    Wu, Qian; Roble, Raymond; Foster, Benjamin

    To explore the mesospheric effect on the thermosphere and ionosphere, we use the TIMED SABER geopotential height, temperature and TIDI wind data as the lower boundary condition at 97 km to drive the NCAR Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamic General Circulation Model, (TIEGCM). The TIMED data contain both migrating and nonmigrating tides. The model simulation results then can be compared with the observations from COSMIC, and TIMED GUVI observations. There is a great interest in the mesospheric effect on the ther-mosphere and ionosphere, the TIMED data driven TIEGCM is a tool to explore the impact of the mesosphere on the thermosphere and ionosphere. It can be used to analyze more recent satellite thermosphere and ionosphere observations. We will show some preliminary results of the simulation.

  19. A Model of Callisto's Ionosphere

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    Hartkorn, O. A.; Saur, J.; Bloecker, A.; Strobel, D. F.; Simon, S.

    2014-12-01

    We develop a model of the ionosphere of Jupiter's moon Callisto, where we assume a stationary balance between sources and sinks of electrons and electron energy. Hence, effects of electron transport and electron energy transport are neglected. At Callisto, the production of electrons and electron energy is basically driven by photoionization, which is implemented using the EUVAC model for solar activity. Dissociative recombination is the main electron loss process, whereas electron energy loss is further driven by dissociation, electron impact ionization as well as vibrational and rotational excitations of neutral atmospheric particles. All these effects are incorporated within our model by considering the associated cross sections. The neutral atmosphere is assumed to be stationary and consists of molecular oxygen with a column density of 3 to 4 x 1020 m-2 (e.g. Kliore et al. (2002), Liang et al. (2005)). Our results can be compared to radio occultation observations of four Galileo spacecraft flybys reported by Kliore et al. (2002), which shows that this simple model can explain the general pattern of the observational data. Indeed, our results indicate that the detection of enhanced electron densities is very sensitive to the exact position of the tangential point of the radio occultation method. Our model shows that photoionization produces a strong asymmetry of the electron density distribution between day and night-side of the moon. Further, model results for the electron energy allow for an estimation of the day glow of Callisto's atmosphere. This can be compared to HST observations (Strobel et al. (2002)) in order to evaluate the density of the neutral oxygen atmosphere. Future studies imply the modeling of the modification of the ionospheric structure through interaction with upstreaming jovian magnetospheric plasma.

  20. Ionospheric data assimilation and forecasting during storms

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    Chartier, Alex T.; Matsuo, Tomoko; Anderson, Jeffrey L.; Collins, Nancy; Hoar, Timothy J.; Lu, Gang; Mitchell, Cathryn N.; Coster, Anthea J.; Paxton, Larry J.; Bust, Gary S.

    2016-01-01

    Ionospheric storms can have important effects on radio communications and navigation systems. Storm time ionospheric predictions have the potential to form part of effective mitigation strategies to these problems. Ionospheric storms are caused by strong forcing from the solar wind. Electron density enhancements are driven by penetration electric fields, as well as by thermosphere-ionosphere behavior including Traveling Atmospheric Disturbances and Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances and changes to the neutral composition. This study assesses the effect on 1 h predictions of specifying initial ionospheric and thermospheric conditions using total electron content (TEC) observations under a fixed set of solar and high-latitude drivers. Prediction performance is assessed against TEC observations, incoherent scatter radar, and in situ electron density observations. Corotated TEC data provide a benchmark of forecast accuracy. The primary case study is the storm of 10 September 2005, while the anomalous storm of 21 January 2005 provides a secondary comparison. The study uses an ensemble Kalman filter constructed with the Data Assimilation Research Testbed and the Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamics General Circulation Model. Maps of preprocessed, verticalized GPS TEC are assimilated, while high-latitude specifications from the Assimilative Mapping of Ionospheric Electrodynamics and solar flux observations from the Solar Extreme Ultraviolet Experiment are used to drive the model. The filter adjusts ionospheric and thermospheric parameters, making use of time-evolving covariance estimates. The approach is effective in correcting model biases but does not capture all the behavior of the storms. In particular, a ridge-like enhancement over the continental USA is not predicted, indicating the importance of predicting storm time electric field behavior to the problem of ionospheric forecasting.

  1. Effects of solar wind high-speed streams on the high-latitude ionosphere: Superposed epoch study

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    Grandin, M.; Aikio, A. T.; Kozlovsky, A.; Ulich, T.; Raita, T.

    2015-12-01

    Solar wind high-speed streams (HSSs) are the most important source of geomagnetic disturbances during the declining phase of the solar cycle. Their ionospheric response, especially at high latitudes, is not fully understood yet. We carried out a phase-locked superposed epoch analysis to study the effects of HSSs on the high-latitude ionospheric F region, using data from the Sodankylä ionosonde (L = 5.25) during 2006-2008. We found that the F layer critical frequency foF2 decreases between 12 and 23 magnetic local time (MLT) in summer and around equinoxes for several days. Our interpretation, supported by numerical estimations, is that increased electric fields in the evening sector of the auroral and subauroral regions create ion-neutral frictional heating. Frictional heating will increase the loss rate of O+ due to two reasons. The first one is neutral heating producing thermal expansion of the atmosphere and enhancing N2 and O2 contents at the F region peak. The second one is ion heating which may occur under strong enough electric fields (about 50-60 mV/m), leading to enhancement of the reaction coefficients. An increase in foF2 is observed in two different MLT sectors. First, a short-lived foF2 increase is visible during all seasons near noon on the first day after the arrival of the HSS, possibly triggered by the compressed solar wind plasma pressure pulse, which may produce particle precipitation from the dayside central plasma sheet. Second, foF2 is enhanced for several days in the morning sector during equinoxes and in winter. We suggest that this is caused by the low-energy tail of particle precipitation.

  2. Heater Beam Angle Effect on Stimulated Electromagnetic Emission in a Magnetized Ionospheric Plasma using the HAARP transmitter

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    Fu, H.; Scales, W.; Bernhardt, P. A.

    2011-12-01

    The HAARP 3.6MW HF transmitter can excite a broad spectrum of Stimulated Electromagnetic Emission (SEE) lines, which can be utilized as a tool to provide useful diagnostics during modification of the ionosphere. The HAARP transmitter beam angle has been confirmed as an important factor for exciting the ion acoustic (IA) and electrostatic ion cyclotron wave (EIC) spectrum lines by the process called Magnetized Stimulated Brillouin Scatter (MSBS) for SEE generation. Such SEE lines can be used for electron temperature and ion composition diagnostic purposes. The experiment conducted at 2010 HAARP summer school aimed to look more thoroughly at a broader range of heater beam angle effects on low frequency SEE emission lines generated by MSBS. The experimental results show that two stronger IA emission lines and two EIC spectrum emission lines were observed by the O-mode excitation near the reflection and upper hybrid resonance region in the F layer of the ionosphere. With tilting angles far away from magnetic zenith, there exists a critical heater power beam angle, where two EIC spectrum lines appear in the lower SEE spectrum. The newly observed EIC line is considered to originate from the upper hybrid resonance region. The experiment conducted at 2011 HAARP research campaign aims to excite stronger EIC emission lines by the MSBS process to confirm theoretical prediction. In addition, the MSBS process impacted by the heater beam angle is also investigated near the 2nd electron gyro harmonic. Observations show possibly unobserved SEE spectrum lines by other process, which could be related to the MSBS process. These may be due to strong electron temperature enhancement. The possibility will be discussed in more detail during the presentation.

  3. Long-duration geomagnetic storm effects on the D region of the ionosphere: Some case studies using VLF signal

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    Choudhury, Abhijit; De, Barin Kumar; Guha, Anirban; Roy, Rakesh

    2015-01-01

    present work investigates the effects of long-duration geomagnetic storms on VLF signal during ionospheric sunrise time, commonly known as D Layer Preparation Time (DLPT) depth. The VLF signal at 19.8 kHz transmitted from Northwest Cape, Australia, and received at a low-latitude station, Tripura, India, is used for the present analysis. The data for the analysis are selected from November 2008 to October 2011. In the active period of the geomagnetic storms, the average DLPT depth is found to have a negative correlation coefficient of 0.91 with geomagnetic Ap index. It is also found that with each 10 unit increase of Ap index, the DLPT depth (the day and night asymmetry level) changes by 1.25 dB. The results are supported with modeled International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) electron density data and DLPT depth at 71 km height for the three positions, namely, receiver position, signal hop position, and the transmitter position along the total Great Circle Path. It is found that the receiver position electron density is the main controlling factor for DLPT depth. The correlation between IRI electron density and DLPT depth increases from -0.13 at transmitter position to -0.33 at the first hop position, to -0.46 at the receiver position, respectively. The percentage change of post storm electron density, at 71 km height, is found to increase by more than 100% at the receiver position. The results are discussed on the basis of the electron density changes over the signal propagation path, mainly caused by the geomagnetic storms.

  4. Developing an Error Model for Ionospheric Phase Distortions in L-Band SAR and InSAR Data

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    Meyer, F. J.; Agram, P. S.

    2014-12-01

    Many of the recent and upcoming spaceborne SAR systems are operating in the L-band frequency range. The choice of L-band has a number of advantages especially for InSAR applications. These include deeper penetration into vegetation, higher coherence, and higher sensitivity to soil moisture. While L-band SARs are undoubtedly beneficial for a number of earth science disciplines, their signals are susceptive to path delay effects in the ionosphere. Many recent publications indicate that the ionosphere can have detrimental effects on InSAR coherence and phase. It has also been shown that the magnitude of these effects strongly depends on the time of day and geographic location of the image acquisition as well as on the coincident solar activity. Hence, in order to provide realistic error estimates for geodetic measurements derived from L-band InSAR, an error model needs to be developed that is capable of describing ionospheric noise. With this paper, we present a global ionospheric error model that is currently being developed in support of NASA's future L-band SAR mission NISAR. The system is based on a combination of empirical data analysis and modeling input from the ionospheric model WBMOD, and is capable of predicting ionosphere-induced phase noise as a function of space and time. The error model parameterizes ionospheric noise using a power spectrum model and provides the parameters of this model in a global 1x1 degree raster. From the power law model, ionospheric errors in deformation estimates can be calculated. In Polar Regions, our error model relies on a statistical analysis of ionospheric-phase noise in a large number of SAR data from previous L-band SAR missions such as ALOS PALSAR and JERS-1. The focus on empirical analyses is due to limitations of WBMOD in high latitude areas. Outside of the Polar Regions, the ionospheric model WBMOD is used to derive ionospheric structure parameters for as a function of solar activity. The structure parameters are converted to ionospheric phase screens from which phase power spectra are calculated. We introduce the concept of the error model and provide examples of global error maps calculated for the NISAR mission. We also propagate ionospheric phase errors to errors in line-of-site deformation estimates assuming simple multi-temporal stacking algorithms.

  5. Earthquake-Ionosphere Coupling Processes

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    Kamogawa, Masashi

    After a giant earthquake (EQ), acoustic and gravity waves are excited by the displacement of land and sea surface, propagate through atmosphere, and then reach thermosphere, which causes ionospheric disturbances. This phenomenon was detected first by ionosonde and by HF Doppler sounderin the 1964 M9.2 Great Alaskan EQ. Developing Global Positioning System (GPS), seismogenic ionospheric disturbance detected by total electron content (TEC) measurement has been reported. A value of TEC is estimated by the phase difference between two different carrier frequencies through the propagation in the dispersive ionospheric plasma. The variation of TEC is mostly similar to that of F-region plasma. Acoustic-gravity waves triggered by an earthquake [Heki and Ping, EPSL, 2005; Liu et al., JGR, 2010] and a tsunami [Artu et al., GJI, 2005; Liu et al., JGR, 2006; Rolland, GRL, 2010] disturb the ionosphere and travel in the ionosphere. Besides the traveling ionospheric disturbances, ionospheric disturbances excited by Rayleigh waves [Ducic et al, GRL, 2003; Liu et al., GRL, 2006] as well as post-seismic 4-minute monoperiodic atmospheric resonances [Choosakul et al., JGR, 2009] have been observed after the large earthquakes. Since GPS Earth Observation Network System (GEONET) with more than 1200 GPS receiving points in Japan is a dense GPS network, seismogenic ionospheric disturbance is spatially observed. In particular, the seismogenic ionospheric disturbance caused by the M9.0 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku EQ (henceforth the Tohoku EQ) on 11 March 2011 was clearly observed. Approximately 9 minutes after the mainshock, acoustic waves which propagated radially emitted from the tsunami source area were observed through the TEC measurement (e. g., Liu et al. [JGR, 2011]). Moreover, there was a depression of TEC lasting for several tens of minutes after a huge earthquake, which was a large-scale phenomenon extending to a radius of a few hundred kilometers. This TEC depression may be an ionospheric phenomenon attributed to tsunami, termed tsunamigenic ionospheric hole (TIH) [Kakinami and Kamogwa et al., GRL, 2012]. After the TEC depression accompanying a monoperiodic variation with approximately 4-minute period as an acoustic resonance between the ionosphere and the solid earth, the TIH gradually recovered. In addition, geomagnetic pulsations with the periods of 150, 180 and 210 seconds were observed on the ground in Japan approximately 5 minutes after the mainshock. Since the variation with the period of 180 seconds was simultaneously detected at the magnetic conjugate of points of Japan, namely Australia, field aligned currents along the magnetic field line were excited. The field aligned currents might be excited due to E and F region dynamo current caused by acoustic waves originating from the tsunami. This result implies that a large earthquake generates seismogenic field aligned currents. Furthermore, monoperiodical geomagnetic oscillation pointing to the epicenter of which velocity corresponds to Rayleigh waves occurs. This may occur due to seismogenic arc-current in E region. Removing such magnetic oscillations from the observed data, clear tsunami dynamo effect was found. This result implies that a large EQ generates seismogenic field aligned currents, seismogenic arc-current and tsunami dynamo current which disturb geomagnetic field. Thus, we found the complex coupling process between a large EQ and an ionosphere from the results of Tohoku EQ.

  6. Effects of a strong ICME on the Martian ionosphere as detected by Mars Express and Mars Odyssey

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    Morgan, D. D.; Dival, C.; Gurnett, D. A.; Duru, F.; Dubinin, E. M.; Frnz, M.; Andrews, D. J.; Opgenoorth, H. J.; Ulu?en, D.; Mitrofanov, I.; Plaut, J. J.

    2014-07-01

    We present evidence of a substantial ionospheric response to a strong interplanetary coronal mass ejection (ICME) detected by the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS) on board the Mars Express (MEX) spacecraft. A powerful ICME impacted the Martian ionosphere beginning on 5 June 2011, peaking on 6 June, and trailing off over about a week. This event caused a strong response in the charged particle detector of the High-Energy Neutron Detector (HEND) on board the Odyssey spacecraft. The ion mass spectrometer of the Analyzer of Space Plasmas and Energetic Atoms instrument on MEX detected an increase in background counts, simultaneous with the increase seen by HEND, due to the flux of solar energetic particles (SEPs) associated with the ICME. Local densities and magnetic field strengths measured by MARSIS and enhancements of 100 eV electrons denote the passing of an intense space weather event. Local density and magnetosheath electron measurements and remote soundings show compression of ionospheric plasma to lower altitudes due to increased solar wind dynamic pressure. MARSIS topside sounding of the ionosphere indicates that it is extended well beyond the terminator, to about 116 solar zenith angle, in a highly disturbed state. This extension may be due to increased ionization due to SEPs and magnetosheath electrons or to plasma transport across the terminator. The surface reflection from both ionospheric sounding and subsurface modes of the MARSIS radar was attenuated, indicating increased electron content in the Mars ionosphere at low altitudes, where the atmosphere is dense.

  7. Investigating ionosphere-thermosphere space weather using ensemble based modeling

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    Pawlowski, D. J.; Ridley, A. J.; Flegal, J.

    2013-12-01

    In order to be able to predict ionosphere-thermosphere space weather using numerical models, it is necessary to understand the sources of uncertainty within the model. A major source of uncertainty arises due to inaccurate specification of the external drivers of the ionosphere-thermosphere system. In addition, uncertainties within the ionosphere-thermosphere models themselves, due to the myriad of parameterizations that are utilized, results in further uncertainty in the prediction. One way to help quantify the uncertainty when attempting to predict space weather is to use ensembles of model simulations to better understand the effects of these different sources of uncertainty on the system. This is done in the lower atmospheric community where, for example, ensembles of model runs are used to predict the percent chance that there will be a thunderstorm tomorrow. In this presentation, we examine the effect that uncertainty in the high-latitude drivers has on the upper atmosphere using ensembles of simulations of the Global Ionosphere-thermosphere model. The ensembles are created using results from an analysis of solar wind data from the past 15 years.

  8. Ionospheric modification by rocket effluents. Final report

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    Bernhardt, P.A.; Price, K.M.; da Rosa, A.V.

    1980-06-01

    This report describes experimental and theoretical studies related to ionospheric disturbances produced by rocket exhaust vapors. The purpose of our research was to estimate the ionospheric effects of the rocket launches which will be required to place the Satellite Power System (SPS) in operation. During the past year, we have developed computational tools for numerical simulation of ionospheric changes produced by the injection of rocket exhaust vapors. The theoretical work has dealt with (1) the limitations imposed by condensation phenomena in rocket exhaust; (2) complete modeling of the ionospheric depletion process including neutral gas dynamics, plasma physics, chemistry and thermal processes; and (3) the influence of the modified ionosphere on radio wave propagation. We are also reporting on electron content measurements made during the launch of HEAO-C on Sept. 20, 1979. We conclude by suggesting future experiments and areas for future research.

  9. Modifying the ionosphere with intense radio waves.

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    Utlaut, W F; Cohen, R

    1971-10-15

    The ionospheric modification experiments provide an opportunity to better understand the aeronomy of the natural ionosphere and also afford the control of a naturally occurring plasma, which will make possible further progress in plasma physics. The ionospheric modification by powerful radio waves is analogous to studies of laser and microwave heating of laboratory plasmas (20). " Anomalous" reflectivity effects similar to the observed ionospheric attenuation have already been noted in plasmas modulated by microwaves, and anomalous heating may have been observed in plasmas irradiated by lasers. Contacts have now been established between the workers in these diverse areas, which span a wide range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Perhaps ionospheric modification will also be a valuable technique in radio communications. PMID:17778050

  10. Effect of Grid Definition and Data Distribution on Accuracy of Ionospheric Imaging

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    Burston, R.

    2011-12-01

    In tomography, the region to be imaged is divided into a grid and knowledge of the values of a parameter as measured along known paths through the region is used to reconstruct the interior of the region by assigning a value to each voxel of the grid. In the ionospheric case, slant Total Electron Content (sTEC) values for rays passing through the ionosphere can be used. The principle source of such data is recordings from Global Positioning System (GPS) ground receiver stations. Each ray is broken down into pieces, according to the path length within each voxel traversed. Each voxel is assigned an unknown value of electron concentration. A set of simultaneous equations in electron concentration and path length can then be constructed for each ray. In ideal circumstances enough rays from sufficient broadcast points to different receiver points exist so that a unique solution to the set of simultaneous equations can be determined. In practice the solution with the minimum error (usually in a least-squares sense) is found because there is always some error in the input measurements. In the case of the ionosphere and the set of broadcasting GPS satellites and ground based receivers, it is in principle impossible to determine a unique solution even in terms of a minimum error. The geometry is such that the set of simultaneous equations has more unknowns than equations. Hence it is necessary to constrain the solution by some additional method or methods [Bust and Mitchell, 2008]. The solution to this inverse problem is re-calculated for each epoch of interest. The Multi-Instrument Data Assimilation System algorithm developed at the University of Bath, UK, and used at the University of New Brunswick under licence uses empirical Orthogonal Functions (EOFs) to constrain the vertical dimension and spherical harmonics to constrain the locally horizontal dimensions. Two different grid boundaries are tested, using MIDAS. The larger of the two includes two ground receiver stations within it that are excluded from the smaller. (The larger there-by including all northern-hemisphere International Global Navigation Satellite System Service (IGS) permanent stations operating at the time.) It is not clear without testing whether the extra voxels necessary to include these two extra stations offset the benefits of their extra input-data or not, when the MIDAS reconstruction is made. For each grid boundary, runs with 2x2, 3x3 and 4x4, latitude x longitude (in degrees), divisions of the grid are compared with Incoherent Scatter Radar (ISR) data the NmF2 parameter. The results shown demonstrate that in each case tested the extra data improves the results despite the increase in number of grid voxels. Further results show that accuracy in the vertical dimension is worse affected than in the locally horizontal dimensions.

  11. Effective medium theory of ordering in alloys

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    Xi, Z.

    1993-12-31

    This thesis presents the first study of alloy phase stability based on the effective medium theory (EMT) of intermetallic interaction. The systems under study are the noble metal alloys of Cu and Au. EMT theory is applied to Cu-Au system to study the Cu-Au configurational ordering phase diagram and to study the kinetics of Cu{sub 3}Au order-disorder transition. Monte Carlo simulations and mean field theory are the statistical techniques used in the study. The agreements with experimental results are broad, the three stoichiometric composition structures, their order-disorder transition temperatures, the lattice constant, the cohesive energy, the superlattice structure in Cu{sub 50}Cu{sub 50}, the Cu-Au phase diagram, and the anisotropy in structure factor in domain growth in Cu{sub 3}Au. This work also compares EMT with Ising model and results of other methods. The author concludes that EMT is a proper theory for interatomic interactions in intermetallic alloys.

  12. Effects of geomagnetic storm on low latitude ionospheric total electron content: A case study from Indian sector

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    Chakraborty, Monti; Kumar, Sanjay; De, Barin Kumar; Guha, Anirban

    2015-07-01

    The effect of geomagnetic storms on low latitude ionosphere has been investigated with the help of Global Positioning System Total Electron Content (GPS-TEC) data. The investigation has been done with the aid of TEC data from the Indian equatorial region, Port Blair (PBR) and equatorial ionization anomaly region, Agartala (AGR). During the geomagnetic storms on 24th April and 15th July 2012, significant enhancement up to 150% and depression up to 72% in VTEC is observed in comparison to the normal day variation. The variations in VTEC observed from equatorial to EIA latitudes during the storm period have been explained with the help of electro-dynamic effects (prompt penetration electric field (PPEF) and disturbance dynamo electric field (DDEF)) as well as mechanical effects (storm-induced equatorward neutral wind effect and thermospheric composition changes). The current study points to the fact that the electro-dynamic effect of geomagnetic storms around EIA region is more effective than at the lower latitude region. Drastic difference has been observed over equatorial region (positive storm impact) and EIA region (negative storm impact) around same longitude sector, during storm period on 24th April. This drastic change as observed in GPS-TEC on 24th April has been further confirmed by using the O/N2 ratio data from GUVI (Global Ultraviolet Imager) as well as VTEC map constructed from IGS data. The results presented in the paper are important for the application of satellite-based communication and navigational system.

  13. Contingent capture effects in temporal order judgments.

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    Born, Sabine; Kerzel, Dirk; Pratt, Jay

    2015-08-01

    The contingent attentional capture hypothesis proposes that visual stimuli that do not possess characteristics relevant for the current task will not capture attention, irrespective of their bottom-up saliency. Typically, contingent capture is tested in a spatial cuing paradigm, comparing manual reaction times (RTs) across different conditions. However, attention may act through several mechanisms and RTs may not be ideal to disentangle those different components. In 3 experiments, we examined whether color singleton cues provoke cuing effects in temporal order judgments (TOJs) and whether they would be contingent on attentional control sets. Experiment 1 showed that color singleton cues indeed produce cuing effects in TOJs, even in a cluttered and dynamic target display containing multiple heterogeneous distractors. In Experiment 2, consistent with contingent capture, we observed reliable cuing effects only when the singleton cue matched participants' current attentional control set. Experiment 3 suggests that a sensory interaction account of the differences found in Experiment 2 is unlikely. Our results help to discern the attentional components that may play a role in contingent capture. Further, we discuss a number of other effects (e.g., reversed cuing effects) that are found in RTs, but so far have not been reported in TOJs. Those differences suggest that RTs are influenced by a multitude of mechanisms; however, not all of these mechanisms may affect TOJs. We conclude by highlighting how the study of attentional capture in TOJs provides valuable insights for the attention literature, but also for studies concerned with the perceived timing between stimuli. PMID:25938252

  14. The Nightside Ionosphere of Venus Under Varying Levels of Solar EUV Flux

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    Ho, C. M.; Stangeway, R. J.; Russell, C. T.; Luhmann, J. G.; Brace, L. H.

    1993-01-01

    Solar activity varied widely over the 14 year lifetime of the Pioneer Venus Orbiter, and these variations directly affected the properties of the nightside ionosphere. At solar maximum, when solar EUV was largest, the Venus ionosphere was found to extend to highest altitudes and nightward ion transport was the main source of the nightside ionosphere. At solar minimum, nightward ion transport was reduced, and electron precipitation was thought to be the main source. In this study, we have attempted a separation of spatial variations from temporal variations by examining the altitude profiles of the magnetic field, and electron density and temperature for three different solar EUV flux ranges. In the upper ionosphere and near-planet magnetotail (h greater than 1800 km), the solar EUV effects are significant. The electron density decreases about an order of magnitude from high to low EUV flux, while the electron temperature at least doubles. The magnetic field also increases 2 - 3 nT. In the lower ionosphere (200 - 600 km), lower EUV fluxes are associated with slightly reduced density, and higher temperature. These results are in accord with recent entry phase observations, where the electron density measured above the ionospheric density peak is lower than that observed at solar maximum during the early Pioneer Venus mission.

  15. The nightside ionosphere of Venus under varying levels of solar EUV flux

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    Ho, C. M.; Strangeway, R. J.; Russell, C. T.; Luhmann, J. G.; Brace, L. H.

    1993-01-01

    Solar activity varied widely over the 14 year lifetime of the Pioneer Venus Orbiter (PVO), and these variations directly affected the properties of the nightside ionosphere. At solar maximum, when solar EUV was largest, the Venus ionosphere was found to extend to highest altitudes and nightward ion transport was the main source of the nightside ionosphere. At solar minimum, nightward ion transport was reduced, and electron precipitation was thought to be the main source. In this study, we have attempted a separation of spatial variations from temporal variations by examining the altitude profiles of the magnetic field, and electron density and temperature for three different solar EUV flux ranges. In the upper ionosphere and near-planet magnetotail (h greater than 1800 km), the solar EUV flux effects are significant. The electron density decreases about an order of magnitude from high to low EUV flux, while the electron temperature at least doubles. The magnetic field also increases 2 - 3 nT. In the lower ionosphere (200 - 600 km), lower EUV fluxes are associated with slightly reduced density, and higher temperature. These results are in accord with recent entry phase observations, where the electron density measured above the ionospheric density peak is lower than that observed at solar maximum during the early Pioneer Venus mission.

  16. Historical overview of HF ionospheric modification research

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    Gordon, W.E.; Duncan, L.M.

    1990-10-01

    Radio waves have inadvertently modified the Earth's ionosphere since the Luxembourg observations of Tellegen in 1933 and perhaps since Marconi in 1901. The history of ionospheric modification by radio waves is reviewed, beginning with Marconi, describing the Luxembourg effect and its explanations, and its early use to deduce the properties of the lower ionosphere in the 1930s. The measurements became more sophisticated in the 1950s, leading to the call for high-power high-frequency modification experiments in the upper ionosphere. Beginning in 1970, radio facilities became available of sufficient powers to induce changes in the ionospheric plasma detectable by a wide array of diagnostic instruments and techniques. A summary of these effects is presented based upon work up to 1990. These studies were originally motivated as a means of better understanding the natural ionosphere using a weak perturbational approach. However, a rich spectrum of nonlinear wave-plasma interactions was quickly discovered and ionospheric modification research became strongly motivated by issues in basic plasma physics. The ionosphere and near-Earth space are now exploited as an exceptional plasma laboratory-without-walls for the study of fundamental plasma processes requiring large spatial or temporal scales. Here we present a brief overview of these processes and phenomena, illustrated using results obtained from the Arecibo ionospheric modification facilities. The lessons learned and phenomena explored thus far offer many opportunities for controlling the ionospheric environment critical to many civilian and military telecommunications systems, both to disrupt systems normally operational and to create new propagation paths otherwise unavailable.

  17. Periodic and quiescent solar activity effects in the low ionosphere, using SAVNET data

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    Bertoni, F. C. P.; Raulin, J.-P.; Gavilan, H. R.; Kaufmann, P.; Raymundo, T. E.

    2010-10-01

    Important results have been acquired using the measurements of VLF amplitude and phase signals from the South America VLF Network (SAVNET) stations. This network is an international project coordinated by CRAAM, Brazil in cooperation with Peru and Argentina. It started operating in April 2006, and now counts on eight stations (Atibaia, Palmas, Santa Maria and Estaa~o Antrtica Comandante Ferraz in Brazil; Piura, Punta-Lobos and Ica, in Peru; CASLEO, in Argentina). Researches, through the last decades, have demonstrated the versatility of the VLF technique for many scientific and technological purposes. In this work, we summarize some recent results using SAVNET data base. We have obtained daily maximum diurnal amplitude time series that exhibited behavior patterns in different time scales: 1) 1ong term variations indicating the solar activity level control of the low ionosphere; 2) characteristic periods of alternated slow and fast variations, the former being related to solar illumination conditions, and the latter that have been associated with the winter anomaly at high latitudes; 3) 27-days period related to the solar rotation and consequently associated to the solar Lyman-? radiation flux variations, reinforcing earlier theories about the importance of this spectral line for the D-region formation. Finally, we conclude presenting preliminary results of simulation using LWPC, which showed very good agreement at times of observed modal amplitude minima for a given VLF propagation path.

  18. Solar illumination control of ionospheric outflow above polar cap arcs

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    Maes, L.; Maggiolo, R.; De Keyser, J.; Dandouras, I.; Fear, R. C.; Fontaine, D.; Haaland, S.

    2015-03-01

    We measure the flux density, composition, and energy of outflowing ions above the polar cap, accelerated by quasi-static electric fields parallel to the magnetic field and associated with polar cap arcs, using Cluster. Mapping the spacecraft position to its ionospheric foot point, we analyze the dependence of these parameters on the solar zenith angle (SZA). We find a clear transition at SZA between 94 and 107, with the O+ flux higher above the sunlit ionosphere. This dependence on the illumination of the local ionosphere indicates that significant O+ upflow occurs locally above the polar ionosphere. The same is found for H+, but to a lesser extent. This effect can result in a seasonal variation of the total ion upflow from the polar ionosphere. Furthermore, we show that low-magnitude field-aligned potential drops are preferentially observed above the sunlit ionosphere, suggesting a feedback effect of ionospheric conductivity.

  19. Conversion of ionospheric heater HF waves into electron acoustic waves in warm ionospheric plasma

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    Lehtinen, N. G.; Inan, U. S.; Bunch, N. L.

    2012-12-01

    The Stanford full-wave method (StanfordFWM) was developed in order to calculate generation and propagation of electromagnetic waves in cold magnetized stratified plasmas. We generalize it by including the effects of electron temperature, by following a procedure analogous to that of [Budden and Jones, 1987, doi:10.1098/rspa.1987.0077]. The advantage of StanfordFWM is that it is intrinsically numerically stable against ``swamping'' by evanescent waves while in the method of Budden and Jones [1987] ``the problem of numerical swamping is severe ...'' The new method is used to calculate mode conversion between electron acoustic (Langmuir) and electromagnetic modes for propagation in a warm ionospheric plasma with a gradient of electron density and an arbitrary direction of the background geomagnetic field, in the vicinity of density corresponding to the plasma resonance. As a numerical check, we demonstrate good agreement with previous calculations of Budden and Jones [1987] obtained by a numerically-unstable full-wave method scheme; Mjolhus [1990, doi:10.1029/RS025i006p01321] obtained by the method of contour integration in the complex n-plane; and Kim et al [2008, doi:10.1063/1.2994719] using a numerical electron fluid simulation code. We demonstrate that under certain conditions the linear conversion of the ordinary HF electromagnetic waves radiated by an ionospheric heater into electron acoustic waves may be very efficient, with implications for the HF heating of the F-region of ionosphere.

  20. Ionospheric correction based on ingestion of global ionospheric maps into the NeQuick 2 model.

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    Yu, Xiao; She, Chengli; Zhen, Weimin; Bruno, Nava; Liu, Dun; Yue, Xinan; Ou, Ming; Xu, Jisheng

    2015-01-01

    The global ionospheric maps (GIMs), generated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Center for Orbit Determination in Europe (CODE) during a period over 13 years, have been adopted as the primary source of data to provide global ionospheric correction for possible single frequency positioning applications. The investigation aims to assess the performance of new NeQuick model, NeQuick 2, in predicting global total electron content (TEC) through ingesting the GIMs data from the previous day(s). The results show good performance of the GIMs-driven-NeQuick model with average 86% of vertical TEC error less than 10 TECU, when the global daily effective ionization indices (Az) versus modified dip latitude (MODIP) are constructed as a second order polynomial. The performance of GIMs-driven-NeQuick model presents variability with solar activity and behaves better during low solar activity years. The accuracy of TEC prediction can be improved further through performing a four-coefficient function expression of Az versus MODIP. As more measurements from earlier days are involved in the Az optimization procedure, the accuracy may decrease. The results also reveal that more efforts are needed to improve the NeQuick 2 model capabilities to represent the ionosphere in the equatorial and high-latitude regions. PMID:25815369

  1. Ionospheric Correction Based on Ingestion of Global Ionospheric Maps into the NeQuick 2 Model

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    Yu, Xiao; She, Chengli; Zhen, Weimin; Bruno, Nava; Liu, Dun; Yue, Xinan; Ou, Ming; Xu, Jisheng

    2015-01-01

    The global ionospheric maps (GIMs), generated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Center for Orbit Determination in Europe (CODE) during a period over 13 years, have been adopted as the primary source of data to provide global ionospheric correction for possible single frequency positioning applications. The investigation aims to assess the performance of new NeQuick model, NeQuick 2, in predicting global total electron content (TEC) through ingesting the GIMs data from the previous day(s). The results show good performance of the GIMs-driven-NeQuick model with average 86% of vertical TEC error less than 10 TECU, when the global daily effective ionization indices (Az) versus modified dip latitude (MODIP) are constructed as a second order polynomial. The performance of GIMs-driven-NeQuick model presents variability with solar activity and behaves better during low solar activity years. The accuracy of TEC prediction can be improved further through performing a four-coefficient function expression of Az versus MODIP. As more measurements from earlier days are involved in the Az optimization procedure, the accuracy may decrease. The results also reveal that more efforts are needed to improve the NeQuick 2 model capabilities to represent the ionosphere in the equatorial and high-latitude regions. PMID:25815369

  2. On the problem of detection of seismo-ionospheric phenomena by multi-instrumental radiophysical observations

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    Cherniak, Iurii; Zakharenkova, Irina; Shagimuratov, Irk; Suslova, Olga

    2012-07-01

    Analysis of the previous works on lithosphere-ionosphere interactions confirmed the necessity to use simultaneous observations from several independent diagnostics tools in order to raise the reliability of the observed seismo-ionospheric effects. The influence on the ionosphere from below is weaker in comparison with effects of solar or geomagnetic origin. Due to this reason it is very actual the problem of detection of seismo-ionospheric anomalies on the background of strong regular and quasi-regular variation of space weather parameters. For the given research we use integrated processing of the ionospheric data from different sources: total electron content (TEC) data obtained on the basis of regular GPS observations of IGS stations located in Sakhalin and Japan regions, ionospheric E and F2 layers peak parameters, derived from data of Japan ionosonde network and electron density profiles, obtained by FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC radio occultation measurements. As a case-study it was analyzed the Nevelsk earthquake (M 6.2) that took place at the Far East of Russian Federation on August 2, 2007. On July 29, 2007, several days prior to earthquake, the characteristic anomaly was found out as the day-time significant enhancement of TEC at the vicinity of earthquake. This enhancement reached the maximal value of 4-6 TECU in absolute values, that is 40-50% to the background conditions, and it was situated very close to the epicenter position. The noticeable enhancement of F2 peak critical frequency (foF2) was observed over Wakkanai ionosonde. For the evening hours (19-22 LT) it reached the value of 6.8-7.7 MHz whereas monthly median was 5.3-5.7 MHz. This foF2 increase was coincided in time with the appearance of TEC anomaly in TEC maps over the considered region (taken from GIMs IONEX). In order to separate seismo-ionospheric perturbations from geomagnetic disturbances it was done the comparative analysis of the revealed ionospheric effect possibly related with seismic activity and ionosphere changes during geomagnetic storms which took place during July and August of 2007. We acknowledge the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) for providing the COSMIC data, IGS community for GPS permanent data and WDC for Ionosphere, Tokyo, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) for ionosonde data. This work was supported by Russian Federation President grant MK-2058.2011.5.

  3. A GPS/GNSS dense network used to monitor ionospheric positioning error

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    Wautelet, G.; Lejeune, S.; Warnant, R.

    2010-12-01

    GPS/GNSS networks are, for the last few years, quickly expanding their density all over the surface of the globe. The present idea is to use this density in order to assess the effect of ionospheric disturbances on relative positioning but also to monitor their propagation patterns. Local variability in the ionospheric electron density can dramaticaly affect the reliability of GPS/GNSS real time applications. In particular, Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (TID's) or plasma instability due to geomagnetic storms can induce strong disturbances in relative positioning. It is therefore useful to develop an integrity monitoring service based on a GPS/GNSS dense network. To assess the effects of ionospheric activity on relative positioning, the SoDIPE-RTK software (Software for Determining the Ionospheric Positionning Error on RTK) has been developed at the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium. The approach consists in computing the positioning error due to the ionosphere and has been applied, as a proof of concept, on the Belgian dense network. This network called Active Geodetic Network (AGN) is composed of 66 GPS (dual-frequency) stations. In order to ensure a successful ambiguity resolution for both L1 and L2 carriers, baselines larger than 40 km are not taken into account in the analysis. In a first step, we assess the nominal RTK precision for each baseline during quiet ionospheric conditions (i.e. a background of low Total Electron Content (TEC) variability). The observed positioning accuracy is ~1 cm and depends mainly on baseline length and satellite geometry at the two considered stations. In a second step, the impact of two ionospheric events on positioning error (a medium scale TID and a powerful geomagnetic storm) is evaluated. As expected, the study demonstrates that the largest effects are observed during the occurrence of the geomagnetic storm with an ionospheric positioning error reaching 0.9 m. The maximal positioning error observed during the TID is around 0.15 m, depending on baseline orientation. This is due to the fact that the sharpest TEC gradients are observed for baselines oriented parallel to the direction of disturbance propagation. Finally, we propose a web service dedicated to GPS/GNSS relative positioning users based on SoDIPE-RTK. Every 15 minutes, a thematic map is produced showing each AGN baseline in a given color ranging from green (quiet conditions) to red (extreme conditions). This user-friendly application allows registered users to access and visualize current ionospheric conditions in the area covered by the whole network. This service based on the AGN is therefore an useful application of a GPS/GNSS dense network and will be extended to other networks in a near future.

  4. Magnetospheric disturbances associated with the 13 December 2006 solar flare and their ionospheric effects over North-East Asia

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    Zolotukhina, N.; Polekh, N.; Kurkin, V.; Pirog, O.; Samsonov, S.; Moiseyev, A.

    2012-03-01

    We present an observational study of magnetospheric and ionospheric disturbances during the December 2006 intense magnetic storm associated with the 4?/?3.4 class solar flare. To perform the study we utilize the ground data from North-East Asian ionospheric and magnetic observatories (60-72N, 88-152E) and in situ measurements from LANL, GOES, Geotail and ACE satellites. The comparative analysis of ionospheric, magnetospheric and heliospheric disturbances shows that the interaction of the magnetosphere with heavily compressed solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field caused the initial phase of the magnetic storm. It was accompanied by the intense sporadic E and F2 layers and the total black-out in the nocturnal subauroral ionosphere. During the storm main phase, LANL-97A, LANL 1994_084, LANL 1989-046 and GOES_11 satellites registered a compression of the dayside magnetosphere up to their orbits. In the morning-noon sector the compression was accompanied by an absence of reflections from ionosphere over subauroral ionospheric station Zhigansk (66.8N, 123.3E), and a drastic decrease in the F2 layer critical frequency (foF2) up to 54% of the quite one over subauroral Yakutsk station (62N, 129.7E). At the end of the main phase, these stations registered a sharp foF2 increase in the afternoon sector. At Yakutsk the peak foF2 was 1.9 time higher than the undisturbed one. The mentioned ionospheric disturbances occurred simultaneously with changes in the temperature, density and temperature anisotropy of particles at geosynchronous orbit, registered by the LANL-97A satellite nearby the meridian of ionospheric and magnetic measurements. The whole complex of disturbances may be caused by radial displacement of the main magnetospheric domains (magnetopause, cusp/cleft, plasma sheet) with respect to the observation points, caused by changes in the solar wind dynamic pressure, the field of magnetospheric convection, and rotation of the Earth.

  5. The Impact of Ionospheric Disturbances on High Accuracy Positioning in Brazil

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    Yang, L.; Park, J.; Susnik, A.; Aquino, M. H.; Dodson, A.

    2013-12-01

    High positioning accuracy is a key requirement to a number of applications with a high economic impact, such as precision agriculture, surveying, geodesy, land management, off-shore operations. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) carrier phase measurement based techniques, such as Real Time Kinematic (RTK), Network-RTK (NRTK) and Precise Point Positioning (PPP), have played an important role in providing centimetre-level positioning accuracy, and become the core of the above applications. However these techniques are especially sensitive to ionospheric perturbations, in particular scintillation. Brazil sits in one of the most affected regions of the Earth and can be regarded as a test-bed for scenarios of the severe ionospheric condition. Over the Brazilian territory, the ionosphere behaves in a considerably unpredictable way and scintillation activity is very prominent, occurring especially after sunset hours. NRTK services may not be able to provide satisfactory accuracy, or even continuous positioning during strong scintillation periods. CALIBRA (Countering GNSS high Accuracy applications Limitations due to Ionospheric disturbances in BRAzil) started in late 2012 and is a project funded by the GSA (European GNSS Agency) and the European Commission under the Framework Program 7 to deliver improvements on carrier phase based high accuracy algorithms and their implementation in GNSS receivers, aiming to counter the adverse ionospheric effects over Brazil. As the first stage of this project, the ionospheric disturbances, which affect the applications of RTK, NRTK or PPP, are characterized. Typical problems include degraded positioning accuracy, difficulties in ambiguity fixing, NRTK network interpolation errors, long PPP convergence time etc. It will identify how GNSS observables and existing algorithms are degraded by ionosphere related phenomena, evaluating the impact on positioning techniques in terms of accuracy, integrity and availability. Through the use of ionospheric estimators such as the TEC (Total Electron Content) fluctuations, I95 index and scintillation parameters (such as S4 and ??), observed positioning degradation has been correlated with ionospheric disturbances in order to characterise the impact. The ultimate objective is to quantify how residual errors remaining in both the double differenced and undifferenced GNSS observables are driven by ionospheric related phenomena. Two different scale GNSS networks have been used in this study. One is a large scale sparse network (Brazilian wide), which is a specialized ionospheric monitoring network, built by the CIGALA project (http://cigala.galileoic.org/); the other is a regional (state of So Paulo) network, which can provide case study data and also ground truth. The outcome of the above characterization study will be discussed in this paper. It will enable and facilitate the development of the mitigation algorithms, which include the screening of contaminated observations, observation de-weighting, enhanced network interpolation and ambiguity fixing strategy.

  6. Ionospheric redistribution during geomagnetic storms

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    Immel, T. J.; Mannucci, A. J.

    2013-12-01

    The abundance of plasma in the daytime ionosphere is often seen to grow greatly during geomagnetic storms. Recent reports suggest that the magnitude of the plasma density enhancement depends on the UT of storm onset. This possibility is investigated over a 7year period using global maps of ionospheric total electron content (TEC) produced at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The analysis confirms that the American sector exhibits, on average, larger storm time enhancement in ionospheric plasma content, up to 50% in the afternoon middle-latitude region and 30% in the vicinity of the high-latitude auroral cusp, with largest effect in the Southern Hemisphere. We investigate whether this effect is related to the magnitude of the causative magnetic storms. Using the same advanced Dst index employed to sort the TEC maps into quiet and active (Dst<-100 nT) sets, we find variation in storm strength that corresponds closely to the TEC variation but follows it by 3-6h. For this and other reasons detailed in this report, we conclude that the UT-dependent peak in storm time TEC is likely not related to the magnitude of external storm time forcing but more likely attributable to phenomena such as the low magnetic field in the South American region. The large Dst variation suggests a possible system-level effect of the observed variation in ionospheric storm response on the measured strength of the terrestrial ring current, possibly connected through UT-dependent modulation of ion outflow.

  7. Three-dimensional current systems and ionospheric effects associated with small dipolarization fronts

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    Palin, L.; Jacquey, C.; Opgenoorth, H.; Connors, M.; Sergeev, V.; Sauvaud, J.-A.; Nakamura, R.; Reeves, G. D.; Singer, H. J.; Angelopoulos, V.; Turc, L.

    2015-05-01

    We present a case study of eight successive plasma sheet (PS) activations (usually referred to as bursty bulk flows or dipolarization fronts), associated with small individual BZGSM increases on 31 March 2009 (0200-0900 UT), observed by the Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions During Substorms mission. This series of events happens during very quiet solar wind conditions, over a period of 7 h preceding a substorm onset at 1230 UT. The amplitude of the dipolarizations increases with time. The low-amplitude dipolarization fronts are associated with few (1 or 2) rapid flux transport events (RFT, Eh>2 mV/m), whereas the large-amplitude ones encompass many more RFT events. All PS activations are associated with small and localized substorm current wedge (SCW)-like current system signatures, which seems to be the consequence of RFT arrival in the near tail. The associated ground magnetic perturbations affect a larger part of the contracted auroral oval when, in the magnetotail, more RFT are embedded in PS activations (>5). Dipolarization fronts with very low amplitude, a type usually not included in statistical studies, are of particular interest because we found even those to be associated with clear small SCW-like current system and particle injections at geosynchronous orbit. This exceptional data set highlights the role of flow bursts in the magnetotail and leads to the conclusion that we may be observing the smallest form of a substorm or rather its smallest element. This study also highlights the gradual evolution of the ionospheric current disturbance as the plasma sheet is observed to heat up.

  8. Phenomena in the ionosphere-magnetosphere system induced by injection of powerful HF radio waves into nightside auroral ionosphere

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    Blagoveshchenskaya, N. F.; Borisova, T. D.; Kornienko, V. A.; Thid, B.; Rietveld, M. T.; Kosch, M. J.; Bsinger, T.

    2005-01-01

    Experimental results from three ionospheric HF pumping experiments in overdense E or F regions are summarized. The experiments were conducted by the use of the EISCAT HF Heating facility located near Troms, Norway, allowing HF pumping the ionosphere in a near geomagnetic field-aligned direction. Distinctive features related to auroral activations in the course of the experiments are identified. Typical features observed in all experiments are the following: generation of scattered components in dynamic HF radio scatter Doppler spectra; strong increase of ion temperatures Ti and local ionospheric electric field E0; modification of the auroral arc and local spiral-like formation. However, some effects were observed only when the HF pump wave was reflected from the F2 layer. Among them are the generation of intense field-aligned ion outflows, and a strong increase in the electron temperature Te with altitude. A possible scenario for the substorm triggering due to HF pumping into an auroral ionosphere is discussed. The authors present their interpretation of the data as follows. It is suggested that two populations of charged particles are at play. One of them is the runaway population of electrons and ions from the ionosphere caused by the effects of the powerful HF radio wave. The other is the population of electrons that precipitate from the magnetosphere. It is shown that the hydrodynamical equilibrium was disrupted due to the effects of the HF pumping. We estimate that the parallel electric field can reach values of the order of 30mV/m during substorm triggering.

  9. Investigation of Tsunami-Ionospheric Coupling Efficiency

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    Fisher, D. J.; Grawe, M.; Makela, J. J.; Coisson, P.; Rolland, L.; Rakoto, V.; Lognonne, P. H.

    2014-12-01

    Recent studies have shown that coupling exists between ocean tsunamis and the upper atmosphere, opening up the possibility of tsunami monitoring through observing the ionosphere. Several measurement techniques have demonstrated the effects of this coupling in the ionosphere. Here, we present data from two techniques that allow for deducing properties of a tsunami from the ionosphere (e.g., wavelength, orientation, and velocity), namely total electron content (TEC) measurements from dual-frequency GPS receivers and ionospheric imaging through monitoring the airglow layers surrounding the earth. However, a quantitative relationship between the wave amplitudes observed in the ionosphere and the height of the tsunami remains elusive. Ionospheric signatures from two tsunamis in the Pacific Ocean, caused by the 2011 Tohoku and 2012 Haida Gwaii earthquakes, have been observed in airglow imaging systems and a network of dual-frequency GPS receivers located in Hawaii. These two events provide excellent test cases for the study of tsunami-ionospheric coupling efficiency, most notably the effects of the relative orientation between the tsunami-induced gravity waves and the Earth's magnetic field. We present a quantitative comparison of the TEC and airglow intensity variation from these events, including results from tsunami normal mode summation modeling.

  10. Two-Dimensional Ionospheric Tomography and Profiling from GPS Occultations

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    Syndergaard, S.

    2001-05-01

    The Satellite-to-Satellite Total Electron Content (SS-TEC) measured with the GPS radio occultation technique provides information of the two-dimensional (2D) structure of the electron density in the occultation plane. The SS-TEC data is inverted in a tomographic framework using a Bayesian approach with a priori information from an ionospheric model. Additional smoothing constraints are also applied between layers and at the bottom of the ionosphere where we know a priori that the electron density must be close to zero. The input of a priori knowledge is necessary in order to constrain the solution in regions far from the ray tangent points and to avoid unrealistic electron densities at low altitudes (below 100 km). The ionosphere in the occultation plane is divided into vertical layers and horizontal slices, corresponding to a resolution of about 1 km in the vertical and 150 km in the horizontal. Preliminary results using GPS/MET data will be presented and discussed. Before the inversion the observations should be corrected for bending and dispersion effects so that the SS-TEC is a measure of the straight-line TEC between the satellites. A simple combination of the L1 and L2 phase data (different from the traditional L1 minus L2 combination) that greatly reduce the bending and dispersion effects is also discussed. Besides giving a high resolution estimate of the 2D electron density structure it is expected that this approach will give a more accurate electron density profile retrieval near the tangent point than the traditional Abel Transform method, which often gives a large bias in the lower part of the ionosphere. Estimation of the 2D structure in the occultation plane could eventually also prove to be useful for a better ionospheric correction in the stratosphere and mesosphere for more accurate refractivity, pressure, and temperature profile retrievals.

  11. Effects of a Parallel Electric Field and the Geomagnetic Field in the Topside Ionosphere on Auroral and Photoelectron Energy Distributions

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    Min, Q.-L.; Lummerzheim, D.; Rees, M. H.; Stamnes, K.

    1993-01-01

    The consequences of electric field acceleration and an inhomogencous magnetic field on auroral electron energy distributions in the topside ionosphere are investigated. The one- dimensional, steady state electron transport equation includes elastic and inelastic collisions, an inhomogencous magnetic field, and a field-aligned electric field. The case of a self-consistent polarization electric field is considered first. The self-consistent field is derived by solving the continuity equation for all ions of importance, including diffusion of 0(+) and H(+), and the electron and ion energy equations to derive the electron and ion temperatures. The system of coupled electron transport, continuity, and energy equations is solved numerically. Recognizing observations of parallel electric fields of larger magnitude than the baseline case of the polarization field, the effect of two model fields on the electron distribution function in investigated. In one case the field is increased from the polarization field magnitude at 300 km to a maximum at the upper boundary of 800 km, and in another case a uniform field is added to the polarization field. Substantial perturbations of the low energy portion of the electron flux are produced: an upward directed electric field accelerates the downward directed flux of low-energy secondary electrons and decelerates the upward directed component. Above about 400 km the inhomogencous magnetic field produces anisotropies in the angular distribution of the electron flux. The effects of the perturbed energy distributions on auroral spectral emission features are noted.

  12. Effects of a parallel electric field and the geomagnetic field in the topside ionosphere on auroral and photoelectron energy distributions

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    Min, Q.-L.; Lummerzheim, D.; Rees, M. H.; Stamnes, K.

    1993-01-01

    The consequences of electric field acceleration and an inhomogeneous magnetic field on auroral electron energy distributions in the topside ionosphere are investigated. The one-dimensional, steady state electron transport equation includes elastic and inelastic collisions, an inhomogeneous magnetic field, and a field-aligned electric field. The case of a self-consistent polarization electric field is considered first. The self-consistent field is derived by solving the continuity equation for all ions of importance, including diffusion of O(+) and H(+), and the electron and ion energy equations to derive the electron and ion temperatures. The system of coupled electron transport, continuity, and energy equations is solved numerically. Recognizing observations of parallel electric fields of larger magnitude than the baseline case of the polarization field, the effect of two model fields on the electron distribution function is investigated. In one case the field is increased from the polarization field magnitude at 300 km to a maximum at the upper boundary of 800 km, and in another case a uniform field is added to the polarization field. Substantial perturbations of the low energy portion of the electron flux are produced: an upward directed electric field accelerates the downward directed flux of low-energy secondary electrons and decelerates the upward directed component. Above about 400 km the inhomogeneous magnetic field produces anisotropies in the angular distribution of the electron flux. The effects of the perturbed energy distributions on auroral spectral emission features are noted.

  13. Ionospherically reflected proton whistlers

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    Vavilov, D. I.; Shklyar, D. R.

    2014-12-01

    We present experimental observations and detailed investigation of the variety of proton whistlers that includes transequatorial and ionospherically reflected proton whistlers. The latter have previously been indicated from numerical modeling of spectrograms. The study is based on six-component ELF wave data from the Detection of Electro-Magnetic Emissions Transmitted from Earthquake Regions (DEMETER) satellite which permits to obtain not only spectrograms displaying the power spectral density but also such wave properties as the polarization, wave normal angle, wave refractive index, and normalized parallel component of the Poynting vector. The explanation of various types of proton whistlers is based on the properties of ion cyclotron wave propagation in a multicomponent magnetoplasma, with special consideration of the effect of ion hybrid resonance reflection. Analysis of experimental data is supplemented by numerical modeling of spectrograms that reproduces the main features of experimental ones. As a self-contained result, we provide conclusive experimental evidences that the region illuminated by a lightning stroke in the Earth-ionosphere waveguide may spread over a distance of 4000 km in both hemispheres.

  14. Three-dimensional, high resolution, computerized ionospheric tomographic imaging and computational modeling of an artificial ionospheric cavity

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    Selcher, Craig A.

    Tomographic techniques use line integral measurements to reconstruct local values of the measured parameter. These techniques have been applied to the ionosphere by using radio transmissions to measure the integral of electron density between a satellite and a chain of ground-based receiving stations. The resultant reconstructions form a two-dimensional map of the electron density in the plane of the satellite/receiver chain. Insufficient quantity of receivers and not having a complete range of accessible look angles with the available receivers are responsible for the non-uniqueness in the reconstructions. The limited look angle problem can be alleviated by making use of alternative data sources such as incoherent scatter radars ( ISR) that provide information on the vertical structure of the electron density. The non-optimal receiver placement problem can be alleviated through the use of sophisticated reconstruction algorithms. The computerized ionospheric tomography (CIT) technique has recently been used to image the artificially modified ionosphere above the Arecibo Observatory (AO) HF heating facility. A total of nine radio beacon receivers forming a three by three matrix were deployed across the entire island of Puerto Rico. The arrangement maximizes the likelihood that several of the receiver-to-satellite lines of sight would intersect the heated region of the ionosphere. Several satellite passes associated with such an intersection occurred, and the resultant tomographic inversions indicate the existence of an electron density cavity approximately 45 kilometers in latitudinal extent. The reduction of electron density in this cavity was typically on the order of 20%. The experimental observations were supported by theoretical work using the open-source SAMI2 ionospheric model. Methods were developed to model both the ohmic heating of the electrons and the suprathermal heating caused by nonlinear effects. Modeled ohmic heating values of 941 K/s match the observed heated temperature profiles. Modeled suprathermal electrons effects on the vibrational temperature of N2 indicate a vibrational/translation temperature differential of 308K.

  15. VLF heating of the lower ionosphere

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    Inan, U.S. )

    1990-05-01

    A controlled wave-injection experiment with a 28.5 kHz transmitter having a radiated power of 100 kW has revealed evidence of ionospheric heating by the VLF waves. Calculations indicate that the observed effect can be attributed to the absorption of wave energy in the lower ionosphere, which is estimated to result in a 30% enhancement in the collision frequency at 85 km. This process also represents a new means of direct coupling of lightning energy to the lower ionosphere.

  16. Ionospheric irregularity physics modelling. Memorandum report

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    Ossakow, S.L.; Keskinen, M.J.; Zalesak, S.T.

    1982-02-09

    Theoretical and numerical simulation techniques have been employed to study ionospheric F region plasma cloud striation phenomena, equatorial spread F phenomena, and high latitude diffuse auroral F region irregularity phenomena. Each of these phenomena can cause scintillation effects. The results and ideas from these studies are state-of-the-art, agree well with experimental observations, and have induced experimentalists to look for theoretically predicted results. One conclusion that can be drawn from these studies is that ionospheric irregularity phenomena can be modelled from a first principles physics point of view. Theoretical and numerical simulation results from the aforementioned ionospheric irregularity areas will be presented.

  17. Historical overview of HF ionospheric modification research

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    Gordon, William E.; Duncan, Lewis M.

    1990-10-01

    Radio waves have inadvertently modified the Earth's ionospher since the Luxembourg observations of Tellegen in 1933 and perhaps since Marconi in 1901. The history of ionospheric modification by radio waves is reviewed, beginning with Marconi, describing the Luxembourg effect and its explanations, and its early use to deduce the properties of the lower ionosphere in the 1930s. The measurements became more sophisticated in the 1950s, leading to the call for high-power high-frequency modification experiments in the upper ionosphere. Beginning in 1970, radio facilities became available of sufficient powers to induce changes in the ionospheric plasma detectable by a wide array of diagnostic instruments and techniques. A summary of these effect is presented based upon work up to 1990. These studies were originally motivated as a means of better understanding the natural ionosphere using a weak perturbational approach. However, a rich spectrum of nonlinear wave-plasma interactions was quickly discovered and ionospheric modifications research became strongly motivated by issues in basic plasma physics. The ionosphere and near-Earth space are now exploited as an exceptional plasma laboratory-without-walls for the study of fundamental plasma processes requiring large spatial or temporal scales. A brief overview of these processes and phenomena is presented, illustrated using results obtained from the Arecibo ionospheric modification facilities. The lessons learned and phenomena explored thus far offer many opportunities for controlling the ionospheric environment critical to many civilian and military telecommunications systems, both to disrupt systems normally operational and to create new propagation paths otherwise unavailable.

  18. Geomagnetic storm effects on the thermosphere and the ionosphere revealed by in situ measurements from OGO 6

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    Marubashi, K.; Reber, C. A.; Taylor, H. A., Jr.

    1976-01-01

    The temporal response of the densities of upper-atmospheric ion and neutral constituents to a particular geomagnetic storm is studied using simultaneous ion and neutral-composition data obtained by the OGO 6 satellite during consecutive orbits at altitudes greater than 400 km. The investigated constituents include H(+), O(+), N2, O, He, and H. Derivation of the H density is reviewed, and the main effects of the storm are discussed, particularly temporal and global variations in the densities. It is found that: (1) the H and He densities began to decrease near the time of sudden commencement, with the decrease amounting to more than 40% of the quiet-time densities during the maximum stage at high latitudes; (2) the O and N2 densities exhibited an overall increase which began later than the change in H and He densities; (3) the H(+) density decreased differently in two distinct regions separated near the low-latitude boundary of the light-ion trough; and (4) the O(+) density showed an increase during earlier stages of the storm and decreased only in the Northern Hemisphere during the recovery phase. Certain physical and chemical processes are suggested which play principal roles in the ionospheric response to the storm

  19. Effects of solar X-ray flares in the E region ionosphere of Mars: First model results

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    Haider, S. A.; McKenna-Lawlor, S. M. P.; Fry, C. D.; Jain, Rajmal; Joshipura, K. N.

    2012-05-01

    We have used radio occultation data obtained from Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) at high latitudes (65.3°-65.6°N, 69.3°-69.6°N and 76.4°-77.5°N) to study the effects of X-ray flares and CMEs on Total Electron Content (TEC) in the E region of the Martian ionosphere in response to solar events that occurred on 29 and 31 May 2003 and on 17 January and 13 May 2005. Modeling of flare induced solar X-ray fluxes, ion production rates, electron densities and TEC are carried out, in each case based on GOES data. The estimated TEC values are compared with the in situ MGS observations. It is found that solar flare caused enhancements in the TEC of Mars by a factor of ˜5. Also, a 3D kinetic solar wind model (Hakamada-Akasofu-Fry Version 2/HAFv.2) is used to predict the arrivals of CME shocks at Mars associated with the flare event of May 2005. These predicted shock arrivals were associated with in situ enhancements in TEC by a factor of ˜2.

  20. Preseismic ionospheric electron enhancements revisited

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    Heki, Kosuke; Enomoto, Yuji

    2013-10-01

    enhancement of ionospheric Total Electron Content (TEC) immediately before the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake (Mw9.0) has been reported by Heki (2011). Critical responses to it often come in two stages; they first doubt the enhancement itself and attribute it to an artifact. Second (when they accept the enhancement), they doubt the significance of the enhancement among natural variability of space weather origin. For example, Kamogawa and Kakinami (2013) attributed the enhancement to an artifact falsely detected by the combined effect of the highly variable TEC under active geomagnetic condition and the occurrence of a tsunamigenic ionospheric hole. Here we closely examine the time series of vertical TEC before and after the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake. We first demonstrate that the tsunami did not make an ionospheric hole, and next confirm the reality of the enhancement using data of two other sensors, ionosonde and magnetometers. The amplitude of the preseismic TEC enhancement is within the natural variability, and its snapshot resembles to large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances. However, distinction could be made by examining their propagation properties. Similar TEC anomalies occurred before all the M ? 8.5 earthquakes in this century, suggesting their seismic origin.

  1. Solar cycle effects on the structure of the electron density profiles in the dayside ionosphere of Venus

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    Kliore, Arvydas J.; Luhmann, Janet G.

    1991-01-01

    Results are presented of observations from the changes in the electron density structure of the dayside ionosphere of Venus that were brought about by changing solar activity. The ionopause height is generally low for values of the solar zenith angle below about 50 deg regardless of the phase in the solar cycle. At solar maximum, and at times of intermediate solar activity, the ionopause height for solar zenith angles greater than about 50 deg is highly variable, ranging from a minimum of about 200 km to a maximum of more than 1000 km. At times of solar minimum the great majority of all ionopause heights for all solar zenith angles are uniformly low, lying between 200 and 300 km. It is argued that the compressed nature of the Venus atmosphere at solar minimum is produced by permeation of the ionosphere by the solar wind magnetic field, which occurs when the solar wind dynamic pressure exceeds the ionospheric plasma pressure.

  2. Registration of ionospheric effect of 20 March 2015 solar eclipse from GPS data in single-frequency mode

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    Kolmogorov, Andrey; Ivanov, Vsevolod; Gorbachev, Oleg

    2015-12-01

    This article is devoted to the influence of solar eclipse of 20 March 2015 on the total electron content (TEC) of the ionosphere with using data from satellite navigation system GPS. In addition to considering TEC variations, one of the main aims was to show the possibility of using the data of the single-frequency receivers for the diagnostics of the ionosphere. Data from the single-frequency receivers were compared with dual-frequency receivers GPS. As a result, the possibility of using of the low-cost and mobile single-frequency devices for diagnostics of the ionosphere has been demonstrated. It should be noted that the data from the single-frequency receivers, as expected, showed a more noisy result, compared with the phase measurement on two-frequencies. However, after filtering high frequency harmonics result was very similar.

  3. Investigations into the properties, conditions, and effects of the ionosphere. Report No. 9, 16 December 1987-31 December 1988

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    Biello, G.D.; Fremouw, E.J.; Reinisch, B.W.; Szuszczewicz, E.P.

    1989-01-15

    Northwest Research Associates (NWRA), as prime contractor, and its two team subcontractors, Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) and the University of Lowell Center for Atmospheric Research (ULCAR), provide members of their technical staffs to conduct and support scientific and engineering investigations of the ionosphere. The investigations address ionospheric composition, structure, specification, scintillation and chemistry as well as remote sensing of the ionosphere through ultraviolet sensors. Specific work is carried out under individual Task Requirement Notices (TRNs) written for conduct and/or support of investigations in the following six categories: laboratory measurements; field measurements; aircraft measurements; rocket, balloon, shuttle, and satellite measurements; analytical and theoretical investigations; and scientific and engineering analysis. This report provides a summary of the work performed during the period 16 December 1987 through 31 December 1988.

  4. The use of subionospheric VLF/LF propagation for the study of lower ionospheric perturbations associated with earthquakes

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    Hayakawa, M.

    2010-10-20

    It is recently recognized that the ionosphere is very sensitive to seismic effects, and the detection of ionospheric perturbations associated with earthquakes (EQs), attracts a lot of attention as a very promising candidate for short-term EQ prediction. In this review we propose a possible use of VLF/LF (very low frequency (3-30 kHz)/low frequency (30-300 kHz)) radio sounding of seismo-ionospheric perturbations. We first present the first convincing evidence on the presence of ionospheric perturbations for the disastrous Kobe EQ in 1995. The significant shift in terminator times in the VLF/LF diurnal variation, is successfully interpreted in terms of lowering of the lower ionosphere prior to the EQ, which is the confirmation of seismo-ionospheric perturbations. In order to avoid the overlapping with my own previous reviews [1, 2], we try to present the latest results including the statistical evidence on the correlation between the VLF/LF propagation anomalies (ionospheric perturbations) and EQs (especially with large magnitude and with shallow depth), a case study on the Indonesia Sumatra EQ (wavelike structures in the VLF/LF data), medium-distance (6{approx}8 Mm) propagation anomalies, the fluctuation spectra of subionospheric VLF/LF data (atmospheric gravity waves effect, the effect of Earth's tides etc.), and the mechanism of lithosphere - atmosphere - ionosphere coupling. Finally, we indicate the present situation of this kind of VLF/LF activities going on in different parts of the globe and we suggest the importance of international collaboration in this seismo-electromagnetics study.

  5. Joule heating of Io's ionosphere by unipolar induction currents

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    Herbert, F.; Lichtenstein, B.R.

    1980-01-01

    Electrical induction in Io's ionosphere, due to the corotating plasma bound to the Jovian magnetosphere, is one possible source for the attainment of the high temperatures suggested by the large scale height of Io's ionosphere. Unipolar induction models are constructed to calculate ionospheric joule heating numerically, whose heating rates lie between 10 to the -9th and 10 to the -8th W/cu m. The binding and coupling of the ionosphere is due to the dense, and possibly ionized, neutral SO2 atmosphere, and there appears to be no need to postulate the existence of an intrinsic Ionian magnetic field in order to retain the observed ionnosphere.

  6. Ionospheric calibration for single frequency altimeter measurements

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    Schreiner, William S.; Born, George H.

    1993-01-01

    This report investigates the potential of using Global Positioning System (GPS) data and a model of the ionosphere to supply a measure of the sub-satellite Total Electron Current (TEC) of the required accuracy (10 TECU rms) for the purpose of calibrating single frequency radar altimeter measurements. Since climatological (monthly mean) models are known to be in error by as much as 50 percent, this work focused on the Parameterized Real-Time Ionospheric Specification Model (PRISM) which has the capability to improve model accuracy by ingesting (adjusting to) in situ ionospheric measurements. A set of globally distributed TEC measurements were generated using GPS data and were used as input to improve the accuracy of the PRISM model. The adjusted PRISM TEC values were compared to TOPEX dual frequency TEC measurements (which are considered truth) for a number of TOPEX sub-satellite tracks. The adjusted PRISM values generally compared to the TOPEX measurements within the 10 TECU accuracy requirements when the sub-satellite track passed within 300 to 400 km of the GPS TEC data or when the track passed through a night time ionosphere. However, when the sub-satellite points were greater than 300 to 400 km away from the GPS TEC data or when a local noon ionosphere was sampled, the adjusted PRISM values generally differed by greater than 10 TECU rms with data excursions from the TOPEX TEC measurements of as much as 40 TECU (an 8 cm path delay error at K band). Therefore, it can be concluded from this analysis that an unrealistically large number of GPS stations would be needed to predict sub-satellite TEC at the 10 TECU level in the day time ionosphere using a model such as PRISM. However, a technique currently being studied at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) may provide a means of supplying adequate TEC data to meet the 10 TECU ionospheric correction accuracy when using a realistic number of ionospheric stations. This method involves using global GPS TEC data to estimate a global grid of vertical ionospheric TEC as a function of time (i.e. every one half hour) in a sun-fixed longitude frame. Working in a sun-fixed longitude frame, one is not limited by the spatial decorrelation distance of the ionosphere, but instead is limited more by the temporal correlations of the ionosphere in the sun-fixed frame which are a smaller effect. It is the opinion of the authors that using the global sun-fixed TEC grid data, in particular, ingesting it into PRISM, offers the best possibility of meeting the 10 TECU ionospheric correction accuracy requirement, and should be the subject of further study.

  7. Venus' nighttime horizontal plasma flow, 'magnetic congestion', and ionospheric hole production

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    Grebowsky, J. M.; Mayr, H. G.; Curtis, S. A.; Taylor, H. A., Jr.

    1983-01-01

    A simple rectilinear, two-dimensional MHD model is used to investigate the effects of field-aligned plasma loss and cooling on a dense plasma convecting across a weak magnetic field, in order to illumine the Venus nighttime phenomena of horizontal plasma flow, magnetic congestion and ionospheric hole production. By parameterizing field-aligned variations and explicitly solving for cross magnetic field variations, it is shown that the abrupt horizontal enhancements of the vertical magnetic field, as well as sudden decreases of the plasma density to very low values (which are characteristic of ionospheric holes), can be produced in the presence of field-aligned losses.

  8. Dynamic Agents of Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling

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    Khazanov, George V.; Rowland, Douglas E.; Moore, Thomas E.; Collier, Michael

    2011-01-01

    VISIONS sounding rocket mission (VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral atom imaging during a Substorm) has been awarded to NASA/GSFC (PI Rowland) in order to provide the first combined remote sensing and in situ measurements of the regions where ion acceleration to above 5 e V is occurring, and of the sources of free energy and acceleration mechanisms that accelerate the ions. The key science question of VISIONS is how, when, and where, are ions accelerated to escape velocities in the auroral zone below 1000 km, following substorm onset? Sources of free energy that power this ion acceleration process include (but not limited) electron precipitation, field-aligned currents, velocity shears, and Alfvenic Poynting flux. The combine effect of all these processes on ionospheric ion outflows will be investigated in a framework of the kinetic model that has been developed by Khazanov et al. in order to study the polar wind transport in the presence of photoelectrons.

  9. International reference ionosphere 1990

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    Bilitza, Dieter; Rawer, K.; Bossy, L.; Kutiev, I.; Oyama, K.-I.; Leitinger, R.; Kazimirovsky, E.

    1990-01-01

    The International Reference Ionosphere 1990 (IRI-90) is described. IRI described monthly averages of the electron density, electron temperature, ion temperature, and ion composition in the altitude range from 50 to 1000 km for magnetically quiet conditions in the non-auroral ionosphere. The most important improvements and new developments are summarized.

  10. Mitigating satellite motion in GPS monitoring of traveling ionospheric disturbances

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    Penney, R. W.; Jackson-Booth, N. K.

    2015-11-01

    We discuss the impact of satellite motion on the use of compact arrays of GPS receivers for estimating the velocity of traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs). It is shown that satellite motion has subtle effects upon standard techniques of waveform cross correlation, or time difference of arrival, which can easily lead to spurious TID velocity estimates. We present some improved techniques for cross-correlating TID waveforms while taking account of the Doppler shifts created by satellite motion. In addition, we discuss some improved techniques for separating TID waveforms from background ionospheric trends, such as diurnal variation, based on high-order polynomial fitting with well-defined frequency selectivity. The application of these techniques to a sensor array in the UK is discussed.

  11. Magnetic Fluctuations in the Martian Ionosphere

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    Espley, Jared

    2010-01-01

    The Martian ionosphere is influenced by both the solar wind and the regional magnetic fields present in the Martian crust. Both influences ought to cause time variable changes in the magnetic fields present in the ionosphere. I report observations of these magnetic field fluctuations in the Martian ionosphere. I use data from the Mars Global Surveyor magnetometer instrument. By using data from the aerobraking low altitude passes (approx. 200 km) I find that there are numerous fluctuations both near and far from the strong crustal sources. Using data from the 400 km altitude mapping phase (which is near the topside of the primary ionosphere), I look at the comparative strength of the fluctuations relative to the solar wind and temporal variations. I discuss which wave modes and instabilities could be contributing to these fluctuations. I also discuss the implications of these fluctuations for understanding energy transfer in the Martian system and the effects on atmospheric escape.

  12. Space weather. Ionospheric control of magnetotail reconnection.

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    Lotko, William; Smith, Ryan H; Zhang, Binzheng; Ouellette, Jeremy E; Brambles, Oliver J; Lyon, John G

    2014-07-11

    Observed distributions of high-speed plasma flows at distances of 10 to 30 Earth radii (R(E)) in Earth's magnetotail neutral sheet are highly skewed toward the premidnight sector. The flows are a product of the magnetic reconnection process that converts magnetic energy stored in the magnetotail into plasma kinetic and thermal energy. We show, using global numerical simulations, that the electrodynamic interaction between Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere produces an asymmetry consistent with observed distributions in nightside reconnection and plasmasheet flows and in accompanying ionospheric convection. The primary causal agent is the meridional gradient in the ionospheric Hall conductance which, through the Cowling effect, regulates the distribution of electrical currents flowing within and between the ionosphere and magnetotail. PMID:25013068

  13. On the Ionospheric Holes of Venus

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    Collinson, G.; Fedorov, A.; Futaana, Y.; Masunaga, K.; Hartle, R. E.; Stenberg, G.; Budnik, E.; Grebowsky, J. M.; Holmstrom, M.; andre, N.; Barabash, S. V.; Zhang, T.

    2013-12-01

    One of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries that endures from the Pioneer Venus Orbiter is that of ~1000km wide ``Holes" in the nightside Ionosphere. The phenomena remains unexplained, despite their frequent observation during the first three years of the mission, and more than thirty years having elapsed since their first description in the literature. We present new observations by the ESA Venus Express of Ionospheric Holes at very high altitudes, providing us with the opportunity to study this fascinating phenomena with modern instrumentation. We discuss the insight that these new data give us into the effect of Ionospheric Holes on atmospheric escape, and the evidence that suggests that Ionospheric Holes are due to an internal planetary magnetic field.

  14. Modeling the global positioning system signal propagation through the ionosphere

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    Bassiri, S.; Hajj, G. A.

    1992-01-01

    Based on realistic modeling of the electron density of the ionosphere and using a dipole moment approximation for the Earth's magnetic field, one is able to estimate the effect of the ionosphere on the Global Positioning System (GPS) signal for a ground user. The lowest order effect, which is on the order of 0.1-100 m of group delay, is subtracted out by forming a linear combination of the dual frequencies of the GPS signal. One is left with second- and third-order effects that are estimated typically to be approximately 0-2 cm and approximately 0-2 mm at zenith, respectively, depending on the geographical location, the time of day, the time of year, the solar cycle, and the relative geometry of the magnetic field and the line of sight. Given the total electron content along a line of sight, the authors derive an approximation to the second-order term which is accurate to approximately 90 percent within the magnetic dipole moment model; this approximation can be used to reduce the second-order term to the millimeter level, thus potentially improving precise positioning in space and on the ground. The induced group delay, or phase advance, due to second- and third-order effects is examined for two ground receivers located at equatorial and mid-latitude regions tracking several GPS satellites.

  15. Ionospheric Effects of Sudden Stratospheric Warming During Moderate-to-High Solar Activity: Case Study of January 2013

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    Goncharenko, L. P.; Chau, J. L.; Condor Patilongo, P. J.; Coster, A. J.; Benkevitch, L. V.

    2013-12-01

    A major and long-lasting sudden stratospheric warming occurred in January 2013 during moderate-to-high solar activity conditions. Analysis of experimental observations of ionospheric parameters during the winter of 2012/13 reveals strong ionospheric disturbances associated with this event. Anomalous variations in vertical ion drift measured at the geomagnetic equator at Jicamarca (12S, 75W) are observed for over 40 days from mid-December 2012 to the end of January 2013. We report strong perturbations in the total electron content (TEC) obtained with global network of GPS receivers. These perturbations maximize in the crests of equatorial ionization anomaly, reach 100% of the background TEC value, exhibit significant longitudinal and hemispheric asymmetry, and last for over 40 days. The magnitude of ionospheric anomalies in both vertical drifts and TEC during the January 2013 SSW is comparable to the anomalies observed during the record-strong SSW of January 2009 that coincided with extreme solar minimum. This observation contrasts with results of numerical simulations that predict a weaker ionospheric response to the tidal forcing during high solar activity due to the higher F-region Pedersen conductivity. The temporal behavior of anomalous variations in both vertical drift and TEC is consistent with the phase change of lunar semidiurnal tide and could result from the superposition of amplified solar and lunar tides.

  16. Interhemispheric differences and solar cycle effects of the high-latitude ionospheric convection patterns deduced from Cluster EDI observations

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    Frster, Matthias; Haaland, Stein

    2015-04-01

    Here, we present a study of ionospheric convection at high latitudes that is based on satellite measurements of the Electron Drift Instrument (EDI) on-board the Cluster satellites, which were obtained over a full solar cycle (2001-2013). The mapped drift measurements are covering both hemispheres and a variety of different solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) conditions. The large amount of data allows us to perform more detailed statistical studies. We show that flow patterns and polar cap potentials can differ between the two hemispheres on statistical average for a given IMF orientation. In particular, during southward directed IMF conditions, and thus enhanced energy input from the solar wind, we find that the southern polar cap has a higher cross polar cap potential. We also find persistent north-south asymmetries which cannot be explained by external drivers alone. Much of these asymmetries can probably be explained by significant differences in the strength and configuration of the geomagnetic field between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Since the ionosphere is magnetically connected to the magnetosphere, this difference will also be reflected in the magnetosphere in the form of different feedback from the two hemispheres. Consequently, local ionospheric conditions and the geomagnetic field configuration are important for north-south asymmetries in large regions of geospace. The average convection is higher during periods with high solar activity. Although local ionospheric conditions may play a role, we mainly attribute this to higher geomagnetic activity due to enhanced solar wind - magnetosphere interactions.

  17. A case study on effect of the magnetic storm of 20 November 2003 on GPS ionospheric scintillation at Vanimo station

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    Yang, Shenggao; Fang, HanXian; Weng, Libin; Luo, Jie; Zhou, Xiaoke

    2015-11-01

    The magnetic storm of November 20-21, 2003 was a super storm with minimum Dst -438 nT. Using the GPS ionospheric scintillation data recorded at Vanimo station near the magnetic equator, we investigate the behaviors of the ionospheric scintillations during the storm. The amplitude ionospheric scintillations were enhanced evidently at 19:00-20:00 LT on November 20 2003, corresponding to the sudden increased solar wind speed, steep increase and reorientation in IMF components, intensification of AE and decreased Dst (Sym-H). Severe density depletion region over Vanimo station, and density enhanced areas adjacent to its northern and southern directions were observed simultaneously. It is the prompt penetration of eastward electric field associated with the southward turning of the IMF and intensification of AE that elevate the ionospheric plasma to certain height through the E B mechanism, then the plasma drifts along the magnetic lines to low latitude, thus forming the great north-south gradient of electron density. Therefore, the sudden change of the electron density during the period may be responsible for the storm-induced scintillation enhancements at Vanimo station.

  18. Nonlinear unstable auroral-arc driven thermospheric winds in an ionosphere-magnetosphere coupled model

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    Keskinen, M. J.; Satyanarayana, P.

    1993-01-01

    The nonlinear evolution of thermospheric winds in an ionosphere-magnetosphere coupled model has been studied for the first time for a dynamic unstable auroral-arc environment. We treat the problem using a multi-layer, quasi-three-dimensional model which averages in altitude the thermospheric dynamics over each layer. For the upper thermosphere, we find that (1) the thermosphere can respond to the ionospheric Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) instability on temporal scales on the order of an hour, depending on ambient conditions, and on spatial scales of tens to hundreds of kilometers, (2) strong thermospheric meridional and zonal vortical flows with embedded nonlinear jet-like structures can be generated by the ionospheric/magnetospheric KH instability and (3) neutral thermospheric winds, vortices, and associated power spectra develop in a distinctly different manner in the presence of magnetospheric coupling effects. Comparison with recent observations is made.

  19. Lightning location and lower-ionospheric height determination from two-station magnetic field measurements

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    Mcdonald, T. B., III; Uman, M. A.; Tiller, J. A.; Beasley, W. H.

    1979-01-01

    Wide band magnetic direction finding from two stations is used to determine lightning locations and ionospheric height during two nocturnal maritime thunderstorms near Florida. A comparison of calculated lightning locations with radar reflectivity data of the two storms indicates systematic direction-finding errors to be on the order of 1 deg. From the lightning locations and measured arrival times of the first and second sky waves, ionospheric reflecting heights for both sky waves were determined. The effective heights for the first and second sky waves may differ, leading to large errors in single-station determinations of ionospheric height, such as in the method described by Kinzer (1974). The distribution of peak electric fields for the strokes studied is shown to be in reasonable agreement with other determinations, indicating the reliability of the present measurements.

  20. Effect of a plasma-wave discharge on the radiation of a dipole antenna stimulating this discharge in the lower ionosphere

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    Markov, G. A.; Dejneko, V. N.; Ivanov, V. N.; Martinson, A. A.; Pokhun'kov, A. A.; Chugunov, Yu. V.

    1993-04-01

    A rocket experiment on the excitation of a plasma-wave discharge in the lower ionosphere at midlatitudes is described. A 480-kHz signal was received at the earth surface from the onboard dipole antenna, in the near field of which a discharge was initiated at a distance of about 1000 km from the rocket launch site. The time structure of the signal correlated with the evolution of the discharge during the flight and indicates the strong effect of the discharge plasma on the antenna radiation characteristics: the effective dipole moment and the radiation pattern.

  1. Effects of VLF heating of ionosphere on the transmission cone of MF waves propagating from ground to space

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    Lefeuvre, F.; Pincon, J.; Parrot, M.

    2012-12-01

    Global maps of VLF-MF waves observed by the low-altitude (~700 km) DEMETER satellite (Parrot et al., 2009) have pointed out localized enhancements of wave energy above the most powerful VLF transmitters and their conjugate regions, both in the 18-25 kHz frequency range (VLF transmitters) and in the 2.-2.5 MHz frequency range (emissions associated with lightning discharges). Under hypothesis made for the computation of the refractive index by the Appleton-Hartree formula, simulations are conducted to estimate the effect of VLF heating on the transmission cone of MF waves propagating from ground to space. The method used consists in the computation of the vertical variations of the Real part of the refractive index n and of the ? attenuation factor (? = ?. Imag(n)/c), with an IRI electron density profile derived from the geophysical parameters of a DEMETER orbit and an hybrid collision frequency model taking into account of theoretical and experimental data. Half-angles of the transmission cone are estimated: first, at the X=1 (X=fpe2/f2) low altitude boundary (where Ordinary mode waves may be converted into Extraordinary mode waves), and second, at the high-altitude X=1 boundary (where Extraordinary mode waves may be converted into Ordinary mode waves). It is shown that enhancements in the collision frequencies, produced by VLF heating at altitudes where the product of the collision frequency ? by the electronic density Ne is maximum (i.e. at altitudes including the low-altitude and the high-altitude X=1 boundaries), open the half angle of the transmission cones for MF waves which cross the ionosphere, and so explain enhancements of wave energy observed in the 2. - 2.5 MHz band above the powerful VLF transmitters and their conjugate regions.

  2. The Ionosphere and the Latin America Very Low Frequency Network Mexico (LAVNet-Mex)

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    Borgazzi, A.; Lara, A.; Santiago, A.

    2013-05-01

    The radiation emitted by the most energetic transient events in the solar system, solar flares, covers a wide range of wavelengths, from radio waves to gamma rays. When the transient excess of high energy radiation produced by solar flares reach the Earth environment, the upper layers of the Earth atmosphere are affected and highly disturbed. The dynamics (particularly the conductivity) of the ionosphere, is altered during solar explosive events. In order to detect and study the ionospheric response to the transient solar radiative input, we have constructed a VLF receiver station: the `Latin American Very low frequency Network at Mexico' (LAVNet-Mex), which extends to the northern hemisphere the South American VLF Network. LAVNet-Mex detects electromagnetic waves generated by strong transmitters located around the world. These waves travel inside the Earth-Ionosphere waveguide, along the Great Circle Path formed between the emitter and the observer. By observing changes in the phase and amplitude of these waves, it is possible to study the dynamics of the lower layer of the ionosphere during solar eruptive events. In this work we present preliminary results of the analysis of the effects of solar flares (class M and X) occurred in 2012 and that were observed by LAVNet-Mex. We explore the relationship between VLF signals coming from different paths during these solar burst to infer the degree of correlation that can exist between different sectors of the ionosphere.

  3. Effective proximity retrieval by ordering permutations.

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    Chavez, Edgar; Figueroa, Karina; Navarro, Gonzalo

    2008-09-01

    We introduce a new probabilistic proximity search algorithm for range and K-nearest neighbor (K-NN) searching in both coordinate and metric spaces. Although there exist solutions for these problems, they boil down to a linear scan when the space is intrinsically high-dimensional, as is the case in many pattern recognition tasks. This, for example, renders the K-NN approach to classification rather slow in large databases. Our novel idea is to predict closeness between elements according to how they order their distances towards a distinguished set of anchor objects. Each element in the space sorts the anchor objects from closest to farthest to it, and the similarity between orders turns out to be an excellent predictor of the closeness between the corresponding elements. We present extensive experiments comparing our method against state-of-the-art exact and approximate techniques, both in synthetic and real, metric and non-metric databases, measuring both CPU time and distance computations. The experiments demonstrate that our technique almost always improves upon the performance of alternative techniques, in some cases by a wide margin. PMID:18617721

  4. Wenchuan Earthquake Ionospheric Precursors: Modeling and Experiment

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    Klimenko, Maxim; Klimenko, Vladimir; Zhao, Biqiang; Pulinets, Sergej; Zakharenkova, Irina; Bryukhanov, Valerij

    Early it was shown, that for strong middle-latitude earthquakes the effects in Total Electron Content (TEC) and in critical frequency of F2-layer (foF2) look like local changes in electron concentration which maxima are located in immediate proximity from epicenter area. Pre-cursory effects of strong near-equatorial earthquakes might be in the form of deepening and widening of electron concentration minimum over the magnetic equator and displacement of equatorial ionization anomaly crests. The problems of physical explanation of possible forma-tion mechanisms of the seismo-ionospheric effects are under discussion now. In Namgaladze et al., 2009 it has been come out with the assumption, that the most probable formation mech-anism of TEC disturbed areas, observable prior strong earthquakes, is the vertical transport of the F2-region ionospheric plasma under the zonal electric field action. The geomagnetic conjugacy of the earthquake ionospheric precursors and effects in equatorial anomaly which development is controlled by zonal electric field are strong arguments in favor of this hypoth-esis. Besides, the analysis of model calculation results with use of the Global Self-consistent Model of the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Protonosphere (GSM TIP) in Namgaladze et al., 2009 testifies in favor of this hypothesis. There is a question how such electric fields can arise in the ionosphere prior to earthquakes? Now it is not answer to this question. Therefore, for understanding of formation mechanisms of earthquake ionospheric precursors it is necessary to understand the physics of lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling prior to earthquake. Many researchers tried to solve this problem. However, until now there is not common opinion concerning to the lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling prior to earthquake. Some ba-sic hypotheses for the explanation of this mechanism have been offered: the Internal Gravity Waves (IGWs) of seismogenic origin with the period 1-3 hours, the IGWs with the period from several minutes up to tens minutes, the seismogenic electric field with amplitude from units up to tens mV/m, the abnormal electromagnetic fields and emissions. However, the appearance of local large-scale seismo-ionospheric anomalies in TEC and foF2 it is possible to explain only by two of the mentioned mechanisms: an atmospheric electric field and/or small-scale IGWs. In this study, we present the numerical calculation results for reproduction of observed changes in the ionosphere prior to strong Wenchuan earthquake. This earthquake has been fixed on 12 May 2008. The geomagnetic activity indices for the period on 1-13 May were low. The calcu-lations of Wenchuan earthquake ionospheric precursors were carried out with use of the GSM TIP model. In calculations, the small-scale IGWs and/or the penetration of vertical electric field are considered as the formation mechanisms of earthquake ionospheric precursors. It was carried out the comparison of calculation results with experimental data of TEC and foF2 at various stations, located in China and nearby areas. The obtained results confirm the proposed mechanisms of seismo-ionospheric effect formation by small-scale IGWs and the penetration of the seismogenic vertical electric field from the atmosphere into the ionosphere. References Namgaladze A.A., Klimenko M.V., Klimenko V.V. and Zakharenkova I.E. Physical Mechanism and Mathematical Simulation of Ionosphere Earthquake Precursors Observed in Total Electron Content. Geomagnetism and Aeronomy, 2009, Vol. 49, 252-262.

  5. Saturn's ionosphere: Inferred electron densities

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    Kaiser, M. L.; Desch, M. D.; Connerney, J. E. P.

    1983-01-01

    During the two Voyager encounters with Saturn, radio bursts were detected which appear to have originated from atmospheric lightning storms. Although these bursts generally extended over frequencies from as low as 100 kHz to the upper detection limit of the instrument, 40 MHz, they often exhibited a sharp but variable low frequency cutoff below which bursts were not detected. We interpret the variable low-frequency extent of these bursts to be due to the reflection of the radio waves as they propagate through an ionosphere which varies with local time. We obtain estimates of electron densities at a variety of latitude and local time locations. These compare well with the dawn and dusk densitis measured by the Pioneer 11 Voyager Radio Science investigations, and with model predictions for dayside densities. However, we infer a two-order-of-magnitude diurnal variation of electron density, which had not been anticipated by theoretical models of Saturn's ionosphere, and an equally dramatic extinction of ionospheric electron density by Saturn's rings.

  6. Saturn's ionosphere: inferred electron densities

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    Kaiser, M.L.; Desch, M.D.; Connerney, J.E.P.

    1983-12-01

    During the two Voyager encounters with Saturn, radio bursts were detected which appear to have originated from atmospheric lightning storms. Although these bursts generally extended over frequencies from as low as 100 kHz to the upper detection limit of the instrument, 40 MHz, they often exhibited a sharp but variable low frequency cutoff below which bursts were not detected. We interpret the variable low-frequency extent of these bursts to be due to the reflection of the radio waves as they propagate through an ionosphere which varies with local time. We obtain estimates of electron densities at a variety of latitude and local time locations. These compare well with the dawn and dusk densitis measured by the Pioneer 11 Voyager Radio Science investigations, and with model predictions for dayside densities. However, we infer a two-order-of-magnitude diurnal variation of electron density, which had not been anticipated by theoretical models of Saturn's ionosphere, and an equally dramatic extinction of ionospheric electron density by Saturn's rings.

  7. Test order effects in simultaneous protocols.

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    Imam, Abdulrazaq A; Warner, Timothy A

    2014-03-01

    Simultaneous protocols typically yield poorer stimulus equivalence outcomes than do other protocols commonly used in equivalence research. Two independent groups of three 3-member equivalence sets of stimuli were used in conditional discrimination procedures in two conditions, one using the standard simultaneous protocol and the other using a hybrid simultaneous training and simple-to-complex testing. Participants completed the two conditions in one long session in Experiment 1, but in separate sessions in Experiment 2. The same stimulus sets used in Experiment 1 were randomized for the two conditions in Experiment 2. Overall, accuracy was better with the hybrid than with the standard protocol in both experiments. The equivalence yield was also better under the hybrid than under the standard protocol in each experiment. The results suggest that the order of testing for emergent relations may account for the difficulty often encountered with the standard simultaneous protocol. PMID:24272620

  8. Characterizing lower ionosphere forcing by a strong lightning stroke using VLF/LF radio wave remote sensing and propagation modeling

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    Schmitter, E. D.

    2013-09-01

    The direct and indirect effects of lightning strokes on the lower ionosphere seen with VLF signal propagation with regard to the generation of Trimpis are well known, e.g. [5]. Additionally to these events with recovery times of the order of seconds disturbance events with long recovery times of the order of minutes to half an hour are observed and related to direct lightning EMP heating of the lower ionosphere [2]. This work discusses remote sensing and modeling of such an event (4th of Nov. 2012, 3:04:27 UT, North Sea) allowing to characterize the disturbance conditions with regard to time development and space extension.

  9. Ionospheric redistribution during geomagnetic storms

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    Immel, T J; Mannucci, A J

    2013-01-01

    [1]The abundance of plasma in the daytime ionosphere is often seen to grow greatly during geomagnetic storms. Recent reports suggest that the magnitude of the plasma density enhancement depends on the UT of storm onset. This possibility is investigated over a 7year period using global maps of ionospheric total electron content (TEC) produced at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The analysis confirms that the American sector exhibits, on average, larger storm time enhancement in ionospheric plasma content, up to 50% in the afternoon middle-latitude region and 30% in the vicinity of the high-latitude auroral cusp, with largest effect in the Southern Hemisphere. We investigate whether this effect is related to the magnitude of the causative magnetic storms. Using the same advanced Dst index employed to sort the TEC maps into quiet and active (Dst<−100 nT) sets, we find variation in storm strength that corresponds closely to the TEC variation but follows it by 3–6h. For this and other reasons detailed in this report, we conclude that the UT-dependent peak in storm time TEC is likely not related to the magnitude of external storm time forcing but more likely attributable to phenomena such as the low magnetic field in the South American region. The large Dst variation suggests a possible system-level effect of the observed variation in ionospheric storm response on the measured strength of the terrestrial ring current, possibly connected through UT-dependent modulation of ion outflow. PMID:26167429

  10. Notation Issues: Visual Effects and Ordering Operations

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    Hewitt, Dave

    2003-01-01

    This paper reports on part of a wider study on the teaching and learning of the conventions of formal algebraic notation. Through the analysis of paper tasks given to teachers I argue that not only does the inherent mathematical structure have an effect on the way in which an equation is manipulated but also the visual impact of notation itself.

  11. Model of Jovian F region ionosphere (Saturnian ionosphere in offset dipole approximation)

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    Tan, A.

    1991-01-01

    Researchers investigated the offset effect of Saturn's dipole on its ionosphere. The magnetic field of Saturn is primarily that of a dipole closely aligned to the rotational axis, but displaced northward from the center by a distance approximately equal to 0.05 R sub S, R sub S being the reference radius of Saturn. This offset effect would manifest itself most prominently between the ionospheric profiles in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres of Saturn.

  12. Topside ionospheric effective scale heights (HT) derived with ROCSAT-1 and ground-based ionosonde observations at equatorial and midlatitude stations

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    Tulasi Ram, S.; Su, S.-Y.; Liu, C. H.; Reinisch, B. W.; McKinnell, Lee-Anne

    2009-10-01

    In this study we propose the assimilation of topside in situ electron density data from the Republic of China Satellite (ROCSAT-1) along with the ionosonde measurements for accurate determination of topside ionospheric effective scale heights (H T ) using an ?-Chapman function. The reconstructed topside electron density profiles using these scale heights exhibit an excellent similitude with Jicamarca incoherent scatter radar (ISR) profiles and are much better representations than the existing methods of Reinisch-Huang method and/or the empirical International Reference Ionosphere-2007 model. The main advantage with this method is that it allows the precise determination of the effective scale height (H T ) and the topside electron density profiles at a dense network of ionosonde/Digisonde stations where no ISR facilities are available. The demonstration of the method is applied by investigating the diurnal, seasonal, and solar activity variations of H T over the dip-equatorial station Jicamarca and the midlatitude station Grahamstown. The diurnal variation of scale heights over Jicamarca consistently exhibits a morning time descent followed by a minimum around 0700-0800 LT and a pronounced maximum at noon during all the seasons of both high and moderate solar activity periods. Further, the scale heights exhibit a secondary maximum during the postsunset hours of equinoctial and summer months, whereas the postsunset peak is absent during the winter months. These typical features are further investigated using the topside ion properties obtained by ROCSAT-1 as well as Sami2 is Another Model of the Ionosphere (SAMI2) model simulations. The results consistently indicate that the diurnal variation of the effective scale height (H T ) does not closely follow the plasma temperature variation and at equatorial latitudes is largely controlled by the vertical E B drift.

  13. Estimating Ionosphere Conductance on Global Spatial Scales

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    Waters, C. L.; Anderson, B. J.; Green, D. L.; Korth, H.

    2014-12-01

    The ionosphere represents the Earthward boundary of space. For large scale processes, the height integrated conductivities (conductances) of the ionosphere are known to modulate the energy transfer between the magnetosphere and ionosphere. Estimating the Pedersen and Hall conductances on a global scale, particularly in the auroral regions, is fundamental to understanding the dynamics of the high latitude ionosphere and thermosphere. Experimental measurements with sufficient spatial coverage and with time scales of order of minutes or less are required. While the spatial coverage of HF radar and spacecraft measurements has recently improved, it turns out that the most challenging aspects for global estimates of ionosphere conductance are directly related to ground-based magnetometer data. The Iridium satellite constellation consists of more than 70 satellites in circular, polar, 780 km altitude orbits which provides a unique opportunity to obtain in-situ measurements of the global distribution of the Birkeland currents and associated magnetic field perturbations. In this paper, examples and challenges for combining the Iridium satellite, HF radar and ground magnetometer data in order to produce estimates of the Pedersen and Hall conductances on global spatial scales will be presented. We discuss limiting factors in the methodology and some possible alternatives.

  14. Toward the azimuthal characteristics of ionospheric and seismic effects of "Chelyabinsk" meteorite fall according to the data from coherent radar, GPS, and seismic networks

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    Berngardt, O. I.; Perevalova, N. P.; Dobrynina, A. A.; Kutelev, K. A.; Shestakov, N. V.; Bakhtiarov, V. F.; Kusonsky, O. A.; Zagretdinov, R. V.; Zherebtsov, G. A.

    2015-12-01

    We present the results of a study of the azimuthal characteristics of ionospheric and seismic effects of the meteorite `Chelyabinsk,' based on the data from the network of GPS receivers, coherent decameter radar EKB, and network of seismic stations, located near the meteorite fall trajectory. It is shown that 6-14 min after the bolide explosion, GPS network observed the cone-shaped wavefront of traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs) that is interpreted as a ballistic acoustic wave. The typical TIDs propagation velocity were observed 661 256 m/s, which corresponds to the expected acoustic wave speed for 240 km height. Fourteen minutes after the bolide explosion, at distances of 200 km, we observed the emergence and propagation of a TID with annular wavefront that is interpreted as gravitational mode of internal atmospheric waves. The propagation velocity of this TID was 337 89 m/s which corresponds to the propagation velocity of these waves in similar situations. At EKB radar, we observed TIDs in the sector of azimuthal angles close to the perpendicular to the meteorite trajectory. The observed TID velocity (400 m/s) and azimuthal properties correlate well with the model of ballistic wave propagating at 120-140 km altitude. It is shown that the azimuthal distribution of the amplitude of vertical seismic oscillations with periods 3-60 s can be described qualitatively by the model of vertical strike-slip rupture, propagating at 1 km/s along the meteorite fall trajectory to distance of about 40 km. These parameters correspond to the direction and velocity of propagation of the ballistic wave peak by the ground. It is shown that the model of ballistic wave caused by supersonic motion and burning of the meteorite in the upper atmosphere can satisfactorily explain the various azimuthal ionospheric effects, observed by the coherent decameter radar EKB, GPS receivers network, and the azimuthal characteristics of seismic waves at large distances.

  15. Second-order electro-optic effect in diamond.

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    Anastassakis, E.; Burstein, E.

    1971-01-01

    Observation of a second-order electrooptic effect in diamond, leading to the determination of an order of magnitude for the appropriate second-order electrooptic coefficient of diamond. A linear effect, forbidden by symmetry, is also observed and attributed to random residual strains, an average estimate of which is obtained as .00001 for the particular sample used in this experiment. Birefringence due to second-order dispersion effects is also discussed.

  16. Magnetic self-field effects on current collection by an ionospheric bare tether

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    SanmartN, J. R.; Estes, R. D.

    2002-11-01

    It was recently suggested that the magnetic field created by the current of a bare tether strongly reduces its own electron-collection capability when a magnetic separatrix disconnecting ambient magnetized plasma from tether extends beyond its electric sheath. It is here shown that current reduction by the self-field depends on the ratio L*/Lt parameterizing bias and current profiles along the tether (Lt ? tether length, L* ? characteristic length gauging ohmic effects) and on a new dimensionless number Ks involving ambient and tether parameters. Current reduction is weaker the lower Ks and L*/Lt, which depend critically on the type of cross section: Ks varies as R5/3, h2/3R, and h2/3 1/4 width for wires, round tethers conductive only in a thin layer, and thin tapes, respectively; L* varies as R2/3 for wires and as h2/3 for tapes and round tethers conductive in a layer (R ? radius, h ? thickness). Self-field effects are fully negligible for the last two types of cross sections whatever the mode of operation. In practical efficient tether systems having L*/Lt low, maximum current reduction in case of wires is again negligible for power generation; for deorbiting, reduction is <1% for a 10 km tether and 15% for a 20 km tether. In the reboost mode there are no effects for Ks below some threshold; moderate effects may occur in practical but heavy reboost-wire systems that need no dedicated solar power.

  17. Ionosphere TEC disturbances before strong earthquakes: observations, physics, modeling (Invited)

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    Namgaladze, A. A.

    2013-12-01

    The phenomenon of the pre-earthquake ionospheric disturbances is discussed. A number of typical TEC (Total Electron Content) relative disturbances is presented for several recent strong earthquakes occurred in different ionospheric conditions. Stable typical TEC deviations from quiet background state are observed few days before the strong seismic events in the vicinity of the earthquake epicenter and treated as ionospheric earthquake precursors. They don't move away from the source in contrast to the disturbances related with geomagnetic activity. Sunlit ionosphere approach leads to reduction of the disturbances up to their full disappearance, and effects regenerate at night. The TEC disturbances often observed in the magnetically conjugated areas as well. At low latitudes they accompany with equatorial anomaly modifications. The hypothesis about the electromagnetic channel of the pre-earthquake ionospheric disturbances' creation is discussed. The lithosphere and ionosphere are coupled by the vertical external electric currents as a result of ionization of the near-Earth air layer and vertical transport of the charged particles through the atmosphere over the fault. The external electric current densities exceeding the regular fair-weather electric currents by several orders are required to produce stable long-living seismogenic electric fields such as observed by onboard measurements of the 'Intercosmos-Bulgaria 1300' satellite over the seismic active zones. The numerical calculation results using the Upper Atmosphere Model demonstrate the ability of the external electric currents with the densities of 10-8-10-9 A/m2 to produce such electric fields. The sumulations reproduce the basic features of typical pre-earthquake TEC relative disturbances. It is shown that the plasma ExB drift under the action of the seismogenic electric field leads to the changes of the F2 region electron number density and TEC. The upward drift velocity component enhances NmF2 and TEC and the downward component decreases it, while horizontal components redistribute plasma in the horizontal plane around the source. The UAM calculations also show that the external electric currents of the seismic origin generate the small disturbances of the neutral atmosphere with the characteristics of the internal gravity waves but they don't influence noticeably on the relative pre-earthquake TEC disturbances.

  18. Solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling at Jupiter

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    Bunce, E. J.

    A fundamental property of planetary magnetospheres, which varies from planet to planet, is the dynamical influence of either the solar wind and its embedded interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) or of the rotation of the planet. Jovian magnetospheric dynamics are mainly dominated by the combination of rapid planetary rotation and the outflow of material originating from the moon Io, orbiting deep within the magnetospheric cavity. The outward radial transport of this plasma results in the breakdown of corotation at all local times, which in turn sets up a large-scale magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling current system. The main auroral oval in Jupiter's polar ionosphere appears fixed with respect to the planet, an indication of planetary control, and is understood to be associated with this large-scale magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, and the transfer of angular momentum from the ionosphere to the middle magnetosphere plasma. Jupiter's polar auroral emissions, however, which include all auroral emission lying poleward of the main auroral oval, are ordered by magnetic local time, indicating external control by the solar wind interaction with the jovian magnetosphere. We have recently considered the flows present in Jupiter's ionosphere in terms of three different flow regimes: the sub-corotational flows associated with the main auroral oval, the Vasyliunas cycle associated with the down-tail loss of plasmoids (predominantly a feature of the dusk-side magnetosphere), and the Dungey-cycle flows which are associated with the interaction of the solar wind and embedded interplanetary magnetic field with the magnetosphere, principally via reconnection. Motivated by this picture, we consider from a theoretical standpoint what the effects of pulsed dayside magnetic reconnection will be at Jupiter. This will generate a twin-vortical flow pattern in the ionosphere across the open-closed field line boundary, associated with a bi-polar (i.e. upward and downward) field-aligned current pair. Here we discuss the conditions under which such currents may be carried in either magnetospheric or cusp plasmas, and consider the consequences for auroral emissions at UV and X-ray wavelengths.

  19. Modeling the martian ionosphere

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    Matta, Majd Mayyasi

    The accessibility of the Martian atmosphere to spacecraft provides an opportunity to study an ionosphere that differs from our own. Yet, despite the half century of measurements made at Mars, the current state of the neutral atmosphere and its embedded plasma (ionosphere) remains largely uncharacterized. In situ measurements of the neutral and ionized constituents versus height exist only from the two Viking Landers from the 1970s. Subsequent satellite and remote sensing data offer sparse global coverage of the ionosphere. Thermal characteristics of the plasma environment are not well understood. Patchy crustal magnetic fields interact with the Martian plasma in a way that has not been fully studied. Hence, investigating the coupled compositional, thermal and crustal-field-affected properties of the ionosphere can provide insight into comparative systems at Earth and other planets, as well as to atypical processes such as the solar wind interaction with topside ionospheric plasma and associated pathways to escape. Ionospheric models are fundamental tools that advance our understanding of complex plasma systems. A pre-existing one-dimensional model of the Martian ionosphere has been upgraded to include more comprehensive chemistry and transport physics. This new BU Mars Ionosphere Model has been used to study the composition, thermal structure and dynamics of the Martian ionosphere. Specifically: the sensitivity of the abundance of ions to neutral atmospheric composition has been quantified, diurnal patterns of ion and electron temperatures have been derived self-consistently using supra-thermal electron heating rates, and the behavior of ionospheric plasma in crustal field regions was simulated by constructing a two-dimensional ionospheric model. Results from these studies were compared with measurements and show that (1) ion composition at Mars is highly sensitive to the abundance of neutral molecular and atomic hydrogen, (2) lighter ions heat up more efficiently than heavier ones and provide additional heating sources for cooler plasma, and (3) crustal field morphology affects plasma dynamics and structure at Mars in a way that is consistent with observations. Finally, model predictions of ion composition and plasma temperatures are provided for observations to be made by several instruments on board the upcoming 2013 MAVEN orbiter.

  20. Ionospheric Storms in Equatorial Region: Digisonde Observations

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    Paznukhov, V.; Altadill, D.; Blanch, E.

    2011-12-01

    We present a study of the ionospheric storms observed in the low-latitude and equatorial ionosphere at several digisonde stations: Jicamarca (Geomagnetic Coordinates: 2.0 S, 355.3 E), Kwajalein Island (3.8 N, 238.2 E), Ascension Island (2.5 S, 56.8 E), Fortaleza (4.8 N, 33.7 W), and Ramey (28.6 N, 5.2 E). The strongest geomagnetic storms from years 1995-2009 have been analyzed. The main ionospheric characteristics, hmF2 and foF2 were used in the study, making it possible to investigate the changes in the ionosphere peak density and height during the storms. All digisonde data were manually processed to assure the accuracy of the measurements. Solar wind data, geomagnetic field variations, and auroral activity indices have been used to characterize the geomagnetic environment during the events. It was found in our analysis that the major drivers for the ionospheric storms, electric field and neutral wind have approximately equal importance at the low-latitude and equatorial latitudes. This is noticeably different from the behavior of the ionsphere in the middle latitudes, where the neutral wind is usually a dominant factor. It was found that the auroral index, AE is the best precursor of the ionospheric effects observed during the storms in this region. We analyze the difference between time delays of the storm effects observed at the stations located in different local time sectors. The overall statistics of the time delays of the storms as a function of the local time at the stations is also presented. Several very interesting cases of sudden very strong ionospheric uplifting and their possible relation to the equatorial super fountain effect are investigated in greater details.

  1. Role of Ionospheric Plasmas in Earth's Magnetotail

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    Moore, Thomas E.

    2007-01-01

    This tutorial will summarize observations and theories indicating a prominent role of ionospheric plasma in the Earth's magnetotail. At the Global scale, I will argue that it is ionospheric plasma momentum and dynamic pressure that are responsible for the production of plasmoids, through the action of a transient near-Earth neutral or X-line, which serves to release excessive plasma pressure from the magnetotail field. Ionospheric plasma gains the momentum and energy to produce plasmoids and their related effects through its interaction with the solar wind, beginning at the dayside reconnection region and extending across the polar caps through the magnetotail lobes. This distant neutral line can be depicted as a feature much like that found in cometary magnetospheres, where disconnection limits the amount of IMF hung up on the cometary coma. On the other hand, the near-Earth neutral one can be seen as a feature unique to planets with an intrinsic magnetic field and internal source of plasma, the heating of which produces pressures too large to be restrained. Ionospheric plasmas also have other more local roles to play in the magnetotail. The circulation influences the composition of the plasma sheet, and the resultant wave environment, giving rise to reduced wave propagation speeds. Important heavy ion cyclotron resonances, and enhanced finite gyro-radius effects including non-adiabatic particle acceleration. At minimum, the presence of ionospheric plasma must influence the rate of reconnection via its enhanced mass density. Other non-MHD effects of ionospheric plasma presence are likely to be important but need much more investigation to be well understood. The MMS mission is designed to penetrate the subtle diffusion region physics that is involved, and its ability to observe ionospheric plasma involvement in reconnection will contribute significantly toward that goal.

  2. Use of IRI to Model the Effect of Ionosphere Emission on Earth Remote Sensing at L-Band

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    Abraham, Saji; LeVine, David M.

    2004-01-01

    Microwave remote sensing in the window at 1.413 GHz (L-band) set aside for passive use only is important for monitoring sea surface salinity and soil moisture. These parameters are important for understanding ocean dynamics and energy exchange between the surface and atmosphere, and both NASA and ESA plan to launch satellite sensors to monitor these parameters at L-band (Aquarius, Hydros and SMOS). The ionosphere is an important source of error for passive remote sensing at this frequency. In addition to Faraday rotation, emission from the ionosphere is also a potential source of error at L-band. As an aid for correcting for emission, a regression model is presented that relates ionosphere emission to the integrated electron density (TEC). The goal is to use TEC from sources such as TOPEX, JASON or GPS to obtain estimates of emission over the oceans where the electron density profiles needed to compute emission are not available. In addition, data will also be presented to evaluate the use of the IRI for computing emission over the ocean.

  3. The ESPERIA satellite project for detecting seismo-associated effects in the topside ionosphere. First instrumental tests in space

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    Sgrigna, V.; Buzzi, A.; Conti, L.; Picozza, P.; Stagni, C.; Zilpimiani, D.

    2008-05-01

    In recent times, ionospheric and magnetospheric perturbations constituted by radiation belt particle precipitations, variations of temperature and density of ionic and electronic components of ionospheric plasma as well as electric and magnetic field fluctuations have been detected on board of the LEO satellites and associated with earthquake preparation and occurrence. Several mechanisms have been suggested as justifying the seismoelectromagnetic phenomena observed in the upper lithosphere and in the topside ionosphere before, during and after an earthquake. Their propagation in these media has also been investigated, but physical knowledge of such processes is below standard. Consequently, coordinated space and ground-based observations based on data gathered simultaneously in space and at the Earth's surface are needed to investigate seismo-associated phenomena. To this end, the ESPERIA space mission project has been designed for the Italian Space Agency (ASI). To date, a few instruments of its payload have been built and tested in space. This paper reports on the justification, science background, and characteristics of the ESPERIA mission project as well as the description and testing of ESPERIA Instruments (ARINA and LAZIO-EGLE) in space.

  4. Dayside Ionospheric Superfountain

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    Tsurutani, Bruce T.; Verkhoglyadova, Olga P.; Mannucci, Anthony J.

    2010-01-01

    The Dayside Ionospheric Super-fountain modified SAMI2 code predicts the uplift, given storm-time electric fields, of the dayside near-equatorial ionosphere to heights of over 800 kilometers during magnetic storm intervals. This software is a simple 2D code developed over many years at the Naval Research Laboratory, and has importance relating to accuracy of GPS positioning, and for satellite drag.

  5. 38 CFR 1.490 - Legal effect of order.

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    2011-07-01

    ... exercise discretion pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 5701(b)(5) and 38 CFR 1.511 to disclose such records. It does not... 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Legal effect of order. 1... PROVISIONS Court Orders Authorizing Disclosures and Use § 1.490 Legal effect of order. The records to...

  6. 38 CFR 1.490 - Legal effect of order.

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    2010-07-01

    ... exercise discretion pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 5701(b)(5) and 38 CFR 1.511 to disclose such records. It does not... 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Legal effect of order. 1... PROVISIONS Court Orders Authorizing Disclosures and Use § 1.490 Legal effect of order. The records to...

  7. Effect of auroral substorms on the ionospheric range spread-F enhancements at high southern midlatitudes using real time vertical-sounding ionograms

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    Hajkowicz, Lech A.

    2016-03-01

    A comprehensive study has been undertaken on the effect of magnetic substorm onsets (as deduced from the auroral hourly electrojet AE-index) on the occurrence of high midlatitude (or sub-auroral latitude) ionospheric range spread-F (Sr). Unlike the previous reports real-time ionograms were used in this analysis thus eliminating ambiguities stemming from the correlating secondary evidence of spread-F with auroral substorms. The Australian southernmost ionosonde station Hobart (51.6°S geom.) proved to be uniquely suitable for the task as being sufficiently close to the southern auroral zone. Sr was assigned in km to each hourly nighttime ionogram at two sounding frequencies: Sr1 (at 2 MHz) and Sr2 (at 6 MHz) for four months in 2002: January and June (representing southern summer and winter solstices), and March and September (representing autumn and vernal equinoxes). It is evident that the southern winter solstitial period (June) is associated with high endemic midlatitude spread-F activity. All other seasons are closely linked with temporal sequences of enhanced spread-F activity following substorm onsets. For the first time it was possible not only find a simultaneous occurrence pattern of these diverse phenomena but to deduce numerical characteristics of the response of midlatitude ionosphere to the global auroral stimulus. Excellent case events, hitherto unpublished, are shown illustrating the presence of the AE peaks (in nT) being ahead of Sr peaks (in km) by a time shift ∆t (in h). Sr1 magnitude showed a significant correlation with the magnitudes of the preceding AE with a correlation coefficient (r) of 0.51 (probability of the occurrence by chance less than 0.01). Sr2 peaks were more sensitive to auroral disturbances but were not correlated with the AE magnitude variations. The time shift (∆t) was on average 4 h with a standard deviation of 3 h. The general pattern in the occurrence of magnetic substorms and spread-F is very similar. A number of corresponding peaks of the AE-index and Sr fluctuations were identified. The sub-auroral ionosphere response tends to last longer than the initiating auroral disturbance (hysteresis effect). The simultaneous quiescent periods in the auroral and sub-auroral ionospheres have been encountered on at least 14 days.

  8. Upper atmospheric effects of the hf active auroral research program ionospheric research instrument (HAARP IRI)

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    Eccles, V.; Armstrong, R.

    1993-05-01

    The earth's ozone layer occurs in the stratosphere, primarily between 10 and 30 miles altitude. The amount of ozone, O3, present is the result of a balance between production and destruction processes. Experiments have shown that natural processes such as auroras create molecules that destroy O. One family of such molecules is called odd nitrogen of which nitric oxide (NO) is an example. Because the HAARP (HF Active Auroral Research Program) facility is designed to mimic and investigate certain natural processes, a study of possible effects of HAARP on the ozone layer was conducted. The study used a detailed model of the thermal and chemical effects of the high power HF beam, which interacts with free electrons in the upper atmosphere above 50 miles altitude. It was found only a small fraction of the beam energy goes into the production of odd nitrogen molecules, whereas odd nitrogen is efficiently produced by auroras. Since the total energy emitted by HAARP in the year is some 200,000 times less than the energy deposited in the upper atmosphere by auroras, the study demonstrates that HAARP HF beam experiments will cause no measurable depletion of the earth's ozone layer.... Ozone, Ozone depletion, Ozone layer, Odd nitrogen, Nitric oxide, HAARP Emitter characteristics.

  9. Mechanisms of Ionospheric Mass Ejection

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    Moore, Thomas Earle; Khazanov, George V.; Hannah, Mei-Ching; Glocer, Alex

    2010-01-01

    Ionospheric outflows are directly responsive to solar wind disturbances, particularly in the dayside auroral cusp or cleft regions. Inputs of both electromagnetic energy (Poynting flux) and kinetic energy (particle precipitation) are closely correlated with these outflows. We assess the importance of processes thought to drive ionospheric outflows. These begin with the diffuse effects of photoionization and thermal equilibrium of the ionospheric topside, enhancing Jeans' escape, with ambipolar diffusion and acceleration. Auroral outflows begin with dayside reconnexion and resultant field-aligned currents and driven convection. These produce plasmaspheric plumes, collisional heating and wave-particle interactions, centrifugal acceleration, and auroral acceleration by parallel electric fields, including enhanced ambipolar fields from electron heating by precipitation particles. Solar wind energy dissipation is concentrated by the geomagnetic field into auroral regions with an amplification factor of 10-100, enhancing heavy species plasma and gas escape from gravity, and providing more current carrying capacity. Internal plasmas thus enable electromagnetic driving via coupling to the plasma and neutral gas. We assess the importance of each of these processes in terms of local escape flux production as well as global outflow, and suggest methods for their implementation within multi-species global simulation codes. We conclude by assessing outstanding obstacles to this objective.

  10. Effects of chemical releases by the STS-3 Orbiter on the ionosphere

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    Pickett, J. S.; Murphy, G. B.; Kurth, W. S.; Goertz, C. K.; Shawhan, S. D.

    1983-01-01

    The Plasma Diagnostics Package, flown aboard STS-3 as part of the first Shuttle payload (OSS-1), recorded the effects of various chemical releases from the Orbiter. Changes in the plasma environment was observed during flash evaporator system releases, water dumps and maneuvering thruster operations. During flash evaporator operations, broadband Orbiter-generated electrostatic noise was enhanced and plasma density irregularities were observed to increase by 3 to 30 times with a spectrum which rose steeply and peaked below 6 Hz. In the case of water dumps, background electrostatic noise was enhanced at frequencies below about 3 kHz and suppressed at frequencies above 2 kHz. Thruster activity also stimulated electrostatic noise with a spectrum which peaked at approximately 0.5 kHz. In addition, ions with energies up to 1 keV were seen during some thruster events.

  11. On the convergence of ionospheric constrained precise point positioning (IC-PPP) based on undifferential uncombined raw GNSS observations.

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    Zhang, Hongping; Gao, Zhouzheng; Ge, Maorong; Niu, Xiaoji; Huang, Ling; Tu, Rui; Li, Xingxing

    2013-01-01

    Precise Point Positioning (PPP) has become a very hot topic in GNSS research and applications. However, it usually takes about several tens of minutes in order to obtain positions with better than 10 cm accuracy. This prevents PPP from being widely used in real-time kinematic positioning services, therefore, a large effort has been made to tackle the convergence problem. One of the recent approaches is the ionospheric delay constrained precise point positioning (IC-PPP) that uses the spatial and temporal characteristics of ionospheric delays and also delays from an a priori model. In this paper, the impact of the quality of ionospheric models on the convergence of IC-PPP is evaluated using the IGS global ionospheric map (GIM) updated every two hours and a regional satellite-specific correction model. Furthermore, the effect of the receiver differential code bias (DCB) is investigated by comparing the convergence time for IC-PPP with and without estimation of the DCB parameter. From the result of processing a large amount of data, on the one hand, the quality of the a priori ionosphere delays plays a very important role in IC-PPP convergence. Generally, regional dense GNSS networks can provide more precise ionosphere delays than GIM and can consequently reduce the convergence time. On the other hand, ignoring the receiver DCB may considerably extend its convergence, and the larger the DCB, the longer the convergence time. Estimating receiver DCB in IC-PPP is a proper way to overcome this problem. Therefore, current IC-PPP should be enhanced by estimating receiver DCB and employing regional satellite-specific ionospheric correction models in order to speed up its convergence for more practical applications. PMID:24253190

  12. On the Convergence of Ionospheric Constrained Precise Point Positioning (IC-PPP) Based on Undifferential Uncombined Raw GNSS Observations

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    Zhang, Hongping; Gao, Zhouzheng; Ge, Maorong; Niu, Xiaoji; Huang, Ling; Tu, Rui; Li, Xingxing

    2013-01-01

    Precise Point Positioning (PPP) has become a very hot topic in GNSS research and applications. However, it usually takes about several tens of minutes in order to obtain positions with better than 10 cm accuracy. This prevents PPP from being widely used in real-time kinematic positioning services, therefore, a large effort has been made to tackle the convergence problem. One of the recent approaches is the ionospheric delay constrained precise point positioning (IC-PPP) that uses the spatial and temporal characteristics of ionospheric delays and also delays from an a priori model. In this paper, the impact of the quality of ionospheric models on the convergence of IC-PPP is evaluated using the IGS global ionospheric map (GIM) updated every two hours and a regional satellite-specific correction model. Furthermore, the effect of the receiver differential code bias (DCB) is investigated by comparing the convergence time for IC-PPP with and without estimation of the DCB parameter. From the result of processing a large amount of data, on the one hand, the quality of the a priori ionosphere delays plays a very important role in IC-PPP convergence. Generally, regional dense GNSS networks can provide more precise ionosphere delays than GIM and can consequently reduce the convergence time. On the other hand, ignoring the receiver DCB may considerably extend its convergence, and the larger the DCB, the longer the convergence time. Estimating receiver DCB in IC-PPP is a proper way to overcome this problem. Therefore, current IC-PPP should be enhanced by estimating receiver DCB and employing regional satellite-specific ionospheric correction models in order to speed up its convergence for more practical applications. PMID:24253190

  13. Scrambled Order--Scrambled Brains: The Effects of Presenting Test Items in Sequential Versus Random Order.

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    Sander, Angelle M.; And Others

    The effects of presenting test items in random order or in a sequence parallel to the order of presentation were studied by testing 92 undergraduates in an introductory psychology course at Emporia State University (Kansas). Two test forms, sequential (S) and random (R), of multiple-choice questions were prepared for four 1-hour examinations

  14. Effects of time ordering in quantum nonlinear optics

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    Quesada, Nicols; Sipe, J. E.

    2014-12-01

    We study time-ordering corrections to the description of spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC), four-wave mixing (SFWM), and frequency conversion using the Magnus expansion. Analytic approximations to the evolution operator that are unitary are obtained. They are Gaussian preserving, and allow us to understand order-by-order the effects of time ordering. We show that the corrections due to time ordering vanish exactly if the phase-matching function is sufficiently broad. The calculation of the effects of time ordering on the joint spectral amplitude of the photons generated in SPDC and SFWM are reduced to quadrature.

  15. Ionospheric and geomagnetic radiowave interference. (Latest citations from the INSPEC database). Published Search

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    1996-04-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning ionospheric radiowave propagation and scattering, atmospheric radio noise, radiofrequency interference, and ionospheric electron density profile. Radio signal attenuation and interference, mechanisms of ionospheric propagation, magnetospheric phenomena, seasonal and phase variations, and multipath effects are also presented. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  16. Ionospheric and geomagnetic radiowave interference. (Latest citations from the INSPEC database). Published Search

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    1995-01-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning ionospheric radiowave propagation and scattering, atmospheric radio noise, radiofrequency interference, and ionospheric electron density profile. Radio signal attenuation and interference, mechanisms of ionospheric propagation, magnetospheric phenomena, seasonal and phase variations, and multipath effects are also presented. (Contains a minimum of 124 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  17. Observing rapid quasi-wave ionospheric disturbance using amplitude charts

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    Kurkin, Vladimir; Laryunin, Oleg; Podlesnyi, Alexey

    Data from vertical (quasi-vertical) sounding are traditionally used for determining a number of ionospheric parameters such as critical frequencies of E and F layers, peaks of these layers, and for reconstructing electron density profiles. In this respect, radio sounding is not used to its full capacity. Modern ionosondes provide additional information encoded in ionospheric echoes, including information on reflected-signal amplitude. The time dependence of the amplitude-frequency characteristic of reflected signal has been named "amplitude chart" (A-chart). Ionosondes used by the ISTP SB RAS Geophysical Observatory for constructing A-charts employ the frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) signal in a range 1.3-15 MHz. One-minute sounding interval allows a more detailed study of dynamic processes in the ionosphere. The ionosonde has a direct digital synthesizer and direct sampling receiver without automatic gain control (AGC). The absence of AGC and the high dynamic range enable determination of the relative field strength at a receiving point and registration of relative long-term variations in reflected-signal amplitude over the entire range of operating frequencies of the ionosonde. We have revealed that the passage of travelling ionospheric disturbances (TID) along with height-frequency distortion modulates amplitude characteristics of signal. The characteristic depth of the modulation reaches 40 dB. The pronounced alternate vertical stripes typical for A-charts are likely to be associated with focusing properties of TID. In order to examine the space-time structure of TID able to induce such a focusing of the radio waves, we performed ray tracing simulations. We used geometrical-optics approximation, took magneto-ionic effects into account and prescribed electron density to be a stratified electron density profile on which an undulating disturbance was superimposed. This work was supported by the RFBR grant №14-05-00259-а.

  18. TOPEX ionospheric height correction precision estimated from prelaunch test results

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    Monaldo, F. )

    1993-03-01

    Free electrons in the ionosphere will lengthen the electromagnetic path between the TOPEX/Poseidon altimeters and the ocean surface. The path delay is proportional to the total electron content of the ionosphere along the line-of-sight between the altimeter and the surface. Since these ionosphere delays are also inversely proportional to frequency squared, the nearly simultaneous use of both Ku-band (13.6 GHz) and C-band (5.3 GHz) TOPEX altimeters permits a first-order correction for ionospheric delays. Using results from prelaunch ground testing of the TOPEX satellite altimeters, the author presents here the residual height tracking noise after application of the ionosphere correction algorithm. Results are presented as function of ocean significant wave height and for both the 320 MHz and 100 MHz bandwidth of the C-band altimeter.

  19. Time-dependent calculations of Jupiter's ionosphere

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    Chen, R. H.

    1982-01-01

    Time-dependent calculations of the vertical distribution of protons in Jupiter's ionosphere show that the accumulation of protons in the topside ionosphere produced from solar ionizing radiation overwhelms the loss to vibrationally excited molecular hydrogen at vibrational temperatures as high at 1600 K. At 2500 K the ionization is decreased over the entire planet with little diurnal variation. For Voyager 1 then, unless the H2 vibrational temperature is as high as thousands of degrees and the topside density of H2 is asymmetric and larger by orders of magnitude, dynamical processes are more likely causes of the low electron densities seen in the nightside upper ionosphere. A calculation of the H3(+) density profile showed that the distribution above the turbopause is controlled by diffusion.

  20. Novel Modeling of Mars' Ionospheric Electrodynamics

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    Riousset, J. A.; Paty, C. S.; Lillis, R. J.; Fillingim, M. O.; England, S.; Withers, P.

    2011-12-01

    The complex interaction between Mars' unique crustal magnetic fields and upper atmospheric electrons, ions and neutrals leads to the formation of currents in the ionospheric dynamo region (i.e., where electrons are magnetized but ions are collisional). These interactions involve elastic and inelastic collisions between ions, electrons and neutrals in the presence of varying bulk motion, pressures, temperatures and densities. In addition, the inherent inhomogeneities in the crustal field causes open and closed magnetic field regions to be in very close proximity. The resulting 'patchy' ionosphere varies on spatial scales of ? 100 km. These conditions make it impossible to derive an analytical solution of these ionospheric currents. Here we present the methodology, validation and preliminary results of a novel model of Mars' ionospheric currents. The model performs three-dimensional, multi-fluid, self-consistent simulations of electrodynamics in the region of Mars' ionosphere (75-400 km altitude), where differential motion between ions and electrons occurs. Our work is built upon a multi-fluid plasma dynamic model that tracks three ions species (O2+, CO2+, and O+) and electrons. This method applies equations for conservation of mass, conservation of momentum, charge neutrality, and time-dependent pressure for ion species and electrons while simultaneously solving the generalized Ohm's Law and Maxwell-Ampere equation for the electric and magnetic fields. Incorporated into these equations are the aforementioned collisional interactions between the ions, electrons and neutrals. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of a self-consistent model of Mars' ionospheric electrodynamics, and focus on a thorough and methodic validation of each aspect of the model. Our goal is to build a solid ground for the study of the effects of thermospheric neutral winds, magnetic topologies, and day-night variations on the formation and evolution of ionospheric currents on Mars.

  1. Effect of homopolymer molecular weight on order-order transition in block copolymer and homopolymer blends.

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    Lee, Sang-In; Zin, Wang-Cheol; Ahn, Jong-Hyun

    2009-12-01

    The order-order transition temperature (T(OOT)) in blends of poly(styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene) (S-I-S) triblock copolymer and polyisoprene (PI) homopolymer was investigated by using synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Pure triblock copolymer undergoes an order-order transition (OOT) from hexagonally ordered cylinder (HEX) to body centered cubic (BCC) phases. In order to investigate the effect of the molecular weight of the added homopolymer on T(OOT) of the triblock copolymer, various low-molecular-weight PI homopolymers were studied. The results revealed that T(OOT) was affected by the PI molecular weight. T(OOT) was reduced for blends having low-molecular-weight PI. PMID:19908817

  2. Ionosphere/microwave beam interaction study. [satellite solar energy conversion

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    Duncan, L. M.; Gordon, W. E.

    1977-01-01

    A solar power satellite microwave power density of 20mw sq cm was confirmed as the level where nonlinear interactions may occur in the ionosphere, particularly at 100 km altitude. Radio wave heating at this altitude, produced at the Arecibo Observatory, yielded negative results for radio wave heating of an underdense ionosphere. Overdense heating produced striations in the ionosphere which may cause severe radio frequency interference problems under certain conditions. The effects of thermal self-focusing are shown to be limited severely geographically. The aspect sensitivity of field-aligned striations makes interference-free regions above magnetic latitude about 60 deg. A test program is proposed to simulate the interaction of the SPS beam with the ionosphere, to measure the effects of the interaction on the ionosphere and on communication and navigation systems, and to interpret the results.

  3. Photolysis of methane and the ionosphere of Uranus

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    Atreya, S. K.; Ponthieu, J. J.

    1983-08-01

    Photochemical calculations for Uranus predict an extensive region of condensation of acetylene, ethane and methane in the vicinity of the temperature inversion layer. This could explain why ethane was not detected on Uranus, unlike Neptune which has a much warmer inversion layer. Subsequent snow-out of the condensibles is expected to result in reduced visibility in the troposphere. Ionospheric calculations for the equatorial region to be probed by Voyager, indicate peak electron concentrations on the order of 5103 cm-3, if dynamical effects are important. Upper limit to the electron peak is 3104 cm-3. Exospheric temperatures as high as 200-250K are conceivable.

  4. Propagation of electromagnetic waves in a structured ionosphere

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    Murphy, T.

    1996-06-01

    The ionosphere is a birefringent medium which strongly affects the transmission of very high frequency (vhf) radio signals. These effects must be understood in detail if one wishes to look at the propagation of wide bandwidth coherent signals through the ionosphere. We develop a general perturbative solution of Maxwell`s equations for vhf signals propagating in the ionosphere, subject only to mild restrictions on the ionospheric structure. This solution can be extended to give the propagating field to any desired degree of precision. The case of a laminar ionosphere with harmonic waves is developed in greater detail, and we show how to calculate the ray path in this case. This solution is used to elucidate the effects of refraction on the phase of the signal, and we calculate the spatial- and frequency-coherence functions. The electric field for a laminar ionosphere without waves is analyzed to clarify the physical origins of the terms modifying the signal phase. We then calculate the solution in this case for the Appleton-Hartree model of the ionospheric dielectric function and express the result as a series in inverse powers of frequency. We conclude by calculating the ray path for a model ionosphere using the Appleton-Hartree dielectric function and a parabolic layer for the electron density.

  5. Characteristics of High Latitude Ionosphere Scintillations

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    Morton, Y.

    2012-12-01

    As we enter a new solar maximum period, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) receivers, especially the ones operating in high latitude and equatorial regions, are facing an increasing threat from ionosphere scintillations. The increased solar activities, however, also offer a great opportunity to collect scintillation data to characterize scintillation signal parameters and ionosphere irregularities. While there are numerous GPS receivers deployed around the globe to monitor ionosphere scintillations, most of them are commercial receivers whose signal processing mechanisms are not designed to operate under ionosphere scintillation. As a result, they may distort scintillation signal parameters or lose lock of satellite signals under strong scintillations. Since 2008, we have established and continuously improved a unique GNSS receiver array at HAARP, Alaska. The array contains high ends commercial receivers and custom RF front ends which can be automatically triggered to collect high quality GPS and GLONASS satellite signals during controlled heating experiments and natural scintillation events. Custom designed receiver signal tracking algorithms aim to preserve true scintillation signatures are used to process the raw RF samples. Signal strength, carrier phase, and relative TEC measurements generated by the receiver array since its inception have been analyzed to characterize high latitude scintillation phenomena. Daily, seasonal, and solar events dependency of scintillation occurrence, spectral contents of scintillation activities, and plasma drifts derived from these measurements will be presented. These interesting results demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of our experimental data collection system in providing insightful details of ionosphere responses to active perturbations and natural disturbances.

  6. Ionospheric Specifications for SAR Interferometry (ISSI)

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    Pi, Xiaoqing; Chapman, Bruce D; Freeman, Anthony; Szeliga, Walter; Buckley, Sean M.; Rosen, Paul A.; Lavalle, Marco

    2013-01-01

    The ISSI software package is designed to image the ionosphere from space by calibrating and processing polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) data collected from low Earth orbit satellites. Signals transmitted and received by a PolSAR are subject to the Faraday rotation effect as they traverse the magnetized ionosphere. The ISSI algorithms combine the horizontally and vertically polarized (with respect to the radar system) SAR signals to estimate Faraday rotation and ionospheric total electron content (TEC) with spatial resolutions of sub-kilometers to kilometers, and to derive radar system calibration parameters. The ISSI software package has been designed and developed to integrate the algorithms, process PolSAR data, and image as well as visualize the ionospheric measurements. A number of tests have been conducted using ISSI with PolSAR data collected from various latitude regions using the phase array-type L-band synthetic aperture radar (PALSAR) onboard Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Advanced Land Observing Satellite mission, and also with Global Positioning System data. These tests have demonstrated and validated SAR-derived ionospheric images and data correction algorithms.

  7. 10 CFR 221.34 - Effect of order.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

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  8. 10 CFR 221.34 - Effect of order.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

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  9. 10 CFR 221.34 - Effect of order.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

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  10. 10 CFR 221.34 - Effect of order.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

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  11. 10 CFR 221.34 - Effect of order.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

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  12. Experimental evidence of electromagnetic pollution of ionosphere

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    Pronenko, Vira; Korepanov, Valery; Dudkin, Denis

    The Earth’s ionosphere responds to external perturbations originated mainly in the Sun, which is the primary driver of the space weather (SW). But solar activity influences on the ionosphere and the Earth's atmosphere (i.e., the energy transfer in the direction of the Sun-magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere-surface of the Earth), though important, is not a unique factor affecting its state - there is also a significant impact of the powerful natural and anthropogenic processes, which occur on the Earth’s surface and propagating in opposite direction along the Earth’s surface-atmosphere-ionosphere-magnetosphere chain. Numerous experimental data confirm that the powerful sources and consumers of electrical energy (radio transmitters, power plants, power lines and industrial objects) cause different ionospheric phenomena, for example, changes of the electromagnetic (EM) field and plasma in the ionosphere, and affect on the state of the Earth atmosphere. Anthropogenic EM effects in the ionosphere are already observed by the scientific satellites and the consequences of their impact on the ionosphere are not currently known. Therefore, it is very important and urgent task to conduct the statistically significant research of the ionospheric parameters variations due to the influence of the powerful man-made factors, primarily owing to substantial increase of the EM energy production. Naturally, the satellite monitoring of the ionosphere and magnetosphere in the frequency range from tens of hertz to tens of MHz with wide ground support offers the best opportunity to observe the EM energy release, both in the global and local scales. Parasitic EM radiation from the power supply lines, when entering the ionosphere-magnetosphere system, might have an impact on the electron population in the radiation belt. Its interaction with trapped particles will change their energy and pitch angles; as a result particle precipitations might occur. Observations of EM emission by multiple low orbiting satellites have confirmed a significant increase in their intensity over the populated areas of Europe and Asia. Recently, there are many experimental evidences of the existence of power line harmonic radiation (PLHR) in the ionosphere. Their spectra consist of succession of 50 (60) Hz harmonics which is accompanied by a set of lines separated by 50 (60) or 100 (120) Hz - the central frequency of which is shifted to high frequency. These lines cover rather wide band - according to the available experimental data, their central frequencies are observed from ~1.5 - 3 kHz up to 15 kHz, and recently the main mains frequencies are also observed. The examples of power line harmonic radiation, which were detected by “Sich-1M”, “Chibis-M” and “Demeter” satellites, have been presented and discussed. The available experimental data, as well as theoretical estimations, allow us with a high degree of certainty to say that the permanent satellite monitoring of the ionospheric and magnetospheric anthropogenic EM perturbations is necessary for: a) objective assessment and prediction of the space weather conditions; b) evaluation of the daily or seasonal changes in the level of energy consumption; c) construction of a map for estimation of near space EM pollution. This study is partially supported by SSAU contract N 4-03/13.

  13. Ionospheric calibration for single frequency altimeter measurements

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    Schreiner, William S.; Born, George H.; Markin, Robert E.

    1994-01-01

    This study is a preliminary analysis of the effectiveness (in terms of altimeter calibration accuracy) of various ionosphere models and the Global Positioning System (GPS) to calibrate single frequency altimeter height measurements for ionospheric path delay. In particular, the research focused on ingesting GPS Total Electron Content (TEC) data into the physical Parameterized Real-Time Ionospheric Specification Model (PRISM), which estimates the composition of the ionosphere using independent empirical and physical models and has the capability of adjusting to additional ionospheric measurements. Two types of GPS data were used to adjust the PRISM model: GPS receiver station data mapped from line-of-sight observations to the vertical at the point of interest and a grid map (generated at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) of GPS derived TEC in a sun-fixed longitude frame. The adjusted PRISM TEC values, as well as predictions by the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI-90), a climatological (monthly mean) model of the ionosphere, were compared to TOPEX dual-frequency TEC measurements (considered as truth) for a number of TOPEX sub-satellite tracks. For a 13.6 GHz altimeter, a Total Electron Content (TEC) of 1 TECU 10(exp 16) electrons/sq m corresponds to approximately 0.218 centimeters of range delay. A maximum expected TEC (at solar maximum or during solar storms) of 10(exp 18) electrons/sq m will create 22 centimeters of range delay. Compared with the TOPEX data, the PRISM predictions were generally accurate within the TECU when the sub-satellite track of interest passed within 300 to 400 km of the GPS TEC data or when the track passed through a night-time ionosphere. If neither was the case, in particular if the track passed through a local noon ionosphere, the PRISM values differed by more than 10 TECU and by as much as 40 TECU. The IRI-90 model, with no current ability to unseat GPS data, predicted TEC to a slightly higher error of 12 TECU. The performance of PRISM is very promising for predicting TEC and will prove useful for calibrating single frequency altimeter height measurements for ionospheric path delay. When adjusted to the GPS line-of-sight data the PRISM URSI empirical model predicted TEC over a day's period to within a global error of 8.60 TECU rms during a nighttime ionosphere and 9.74 TECU rms during the day. When adjusted to the GPS derived TEC grid, the PRISM parametrized model predicted TEC to within an error of 8.47 TECU rms for a nighttime ionosphere and 12.83 TECU rms during the day. However, the grid cannot be considered globally due to the lack of sufficient numbers of GPS stations and large latitude gaps in GPS data. It is the opinion of the authors that using the PRISM model and adjusting to the global sun-fixed TEC grid regenerated with a localized weighted interpolation offers the best possibility of meeting the 10 TECU global rms (or 2 cm at 13.6 GHz) ionosphere range correction accuracy requirement of TOPEX/Poseidon and should be the subject of further study. However, it is clear that the anticipated requirement of 34 TECU global rms for TOPEX/Poseidon Follow-On (corresponding to the TOPEX/Poseidon performance) can not be met with any realizable combination of existing models and data assimilation schemes.

  14. Anomalies in the Ionosphere around the Southern faults of Haiti near the 2010 Earthquake

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    Cornely, P.; Daniell, R. E.

    2013-12-01

    In the last few decades, research on earthquake prediction has resulted in the recognition that there may exist many earthquake precursors in the lithosphere, atmosphere and ionosphere. The ionosphere is naturally perturbed by solar and geomagnetic disturbances and it is difficult to extract the variations connected with earthquakes particularly for the equatorial and high latitude ionosphere. Several researchers have contending theories on the mechanisms associated with pre-earthquake signals. The basic premise is that a thin layer of particles created before earthquakes due to ions originating from the earth's crust travel to the earth's surface and begin radiating from the earth's surface due to strong electric fields Namgaladze et al., [2009]. The ions can then travel from above earth's surface to the ionosphere where they can create ionospheric disturbances. When solar and geomagnetic disturbances can be ruled out, the effects of pre-seismic activities in the ionosphere can be assessed using fluctuations in the ionospheric electron density in the vicinity of fault lines. The Parameterized Ionospheric Model (PIM) is a fast global ionospheric model which produces electron density profiles (EDPs) between 90 and 25000 km altitude, which corresponds to critical altitudes of the ionosphere Daniell et al., [1995]. Since PIM only simulates a statistical mean ionosphere, sudden variations in ionospheric electron density will not be represented in the models, which make PIM ideal for background electron density predictions. The background predictions can then removed from the actual electron density data which could provide means for identifying pre-seismic electron density perturbations.

  15. Ionospheric topside sounding.

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    Calvert, W

    1966-10-14

    Over the past few years, the satellite topside sounders have significantly contributed to the understanding of the upper ionosphere. A great quantity of radio echo data has been accumulated, from which the ionospheric electrondensity distribution can be determined. The topside measurements of electron density essentially agree with similar measurements from the ground, except for an occasional 10-percent discrepancy near the peak of the ionosphere. While horizontal non-uniformity is a likely cause, this discrepancy has not yet been adequately explained. The electron-density scale heights measured at a constant altitude indicate both a higher temperature and a heavier mean ion mass at high latitudes. At low latitudes the topside measurements have shown the detailed latitudinal structure of the equatorial anomaly, demonstrating control by the geomagnetic field. A variety of electron-density irregularities have been studied. Most are greatly elongated along the magnetic field, and produce echoes either by lateral scattering, if they are thin, or by longitudinal ducting, if they are thick. Some of the thick irregularities are continuous between the hemispheres and support conjugate echo propagation. The topside sounders have revealed the complex structure of the ionosphere near the auroral zone and at higher latitudes. At night an east-west trough of greatly reduced electron density occurs equatorward of the auroral zone. At the auroral zone itself the electron density is high and quite variable, both in space and time. The electron density at the polar cap within the auroral zone is often uniform and smooth. Ionospheric irregularities are common in the area of the trough and the auroral zone. Among other satellites, the topside sounders have been used in various plasma studies involving the excitation and propagation of waves. These studies suggest that the ionosphere is an appropriate region for future plasma physics investigations, especially with rocket and satellite payloads designed specifically for that purpose. PMID:17810299

  16. Momentum coupling in ionospheric critical ionization velocity experiments

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    Brenning, N.; Bolin, O. )

    1993-07-01

    The critical ionization velocity (CIV) effect is a process that can rapidly ionize a neutral gas which moves through a magnetized plasma. The process has been studied for several decades in laboratory experiments, but presently the emphasis has moved to ionospheric injection experiments. In these experiments, the neutral gas component is released at high velocity, with respect to the ionosphere, from a rocket or a satellite. Efficient momentum coupling between the injected cloud and the ambient ionosphere is achieved by means of Alfven waves that are launched along the magnetic field. A computer model is presented for the momentum exchange between a cloud of injected ions and the ionosphere, and the model electric fields and particle spectra are shown to agree in detail with measurements from the Critical Ionization Test II (CRIT II); [Swenson [ital et] [ital al]., Geophys. Res. Lett. [bold 17], 2337 (1990)] ionospheric injection experiment.

  17. Rocket studies of the lower ionosphere

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    Bowhill, Sidney A.

    1990-01-01

    The earth's ionosphere in the altitude range of 50 to 200 km was investigated by rocket-borne sensors, supplemented by ground-based measurement. The rocket payloads included mass spectrometers, energetic particle detectors, Langmuir probes and radio propagation experiments. Where possible, rocket flights were included in studies of specific phenomena, and the availability of data from other experiments greatly increased the significance of the results. The principal ionospheric phenomena studied were: winter anomaly in radiowave absorption, ozone and molecular oxygen densities, mid-latitude sporadic-E layers, energetic particle precipitation at middle and low latitudes, ionospheric instabilities and turbulence, and solar eclipse effects in the D and E regions. This document lists personnel who worked on the project, and provides a bibliography of resultant publications.

  18. Some aspects of magnetosphere-ionosphere relations

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    Petrukovich, A. A.; Mogilevsky, M. M.; Chernyshov, A. A.; Shklyar, D. R.

    2015-06-01

    This paper reviews the characteristics of plasma-wave perturbations produced by wave-particle interactions in the magnetosphere-ionosphere system. These perturbations may, notably, be due to lightning discharges and to radiation from high-power low-frequency transmitters. These can form waveguide channels, i.e., density inhomogeneities, which originate in the ionosphere above the radiation source and extend along geomagnetic field lines in the magnetosphere. Although different in nature, the natural and man-made radiation sources may have similar effects on processes in the circumterrestrial plasma, causing the excitation of a variety of emissions in it and stimulating the precipitation of charged particles from the magnetosphere into the ionosphere.

  19. Beacon satellite receiver for ionospheric tomography

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    Vierinen, J.; Norberg, J.; Lehtinen, M. S.; Amm, O.; Roininen, L.; Vnnen, A.; Erickson, P. J.; McKay-Bukowski, D.

    2014-12-01

    We introduce a new coherent dual-channel beacon satellite receiver intended for ionospheric tomography. The measurement equation includes neutral atmosphere and ionosphere propagation effects, relative errors in satellite and receiver clocks, and residual Doppler shifts caused by errors in the satellite ephemeris. We also investigate the distribution of errors for phase curve measurements and the use of phase curve measurements for limited angle tomography using the framework of statistical linear inverse problems. We describe the design of our beacon satellite receiver software and present one possible hardware configuration. Finally, we present results obtained using a network of four newly developed receivers and compare the results with those of an existing ionospheric tomography network at Sodankyl Geophysical Observatory.

  20. Tomographic reconstruction of ionospheric electron density during the storm of 5-6 August 2011 using multi-source data.

    PubMed

    Tang, Jun; Yao, Yibin; Zhang, Liang; Kong, Jian

    2015-01-01

    The insufficiency of data is the essential reason for ill-posed problem existed in computerized ionospheric tomography (CIT) technique. Therefore, the method of integrating multi-source data is proposed. Currently, the multiple satellite navigation systems and various ionospheric observing instruments provide abundant data which can be employed to reconstruct ionospheric electron density (IED). In order to improve the vertical resolution of IED, we do research on IED reconstruction by integration of ground-based GPS data, occultation data from the LEO satellite, satellite altimetry data from Jason-1 and Jason-2 and ionosonde data. We used the CIT results to compare with incoherent scatter radar (ISR) observations, and found that the multi-source data fusion was effective and reliable to reconstruct electron density, showing its superiority than CIT with GPS data alone. PMID:26266764

  1. Tomographic reconstruction of ionospheric electron density during the storm of 5-6 August 2011 using multi-source data

    PubMed Central

    Tang, Jun; Yao, Yibin; Zhang, Liang; Kong, Jian

    2015-01-01

    The insufficiency of data is the essential reason for ill-posed problem existed in computerized ionospheric tomography (CIT) technique. Therefore, the method of integrating multi-source data is proposed. Currently, the multiple satellite navigation systems and various ionospheric observing instruments provide abundant data which can be employed to reconstruct ionospheric electron density (IED). In order to improve the vertical resolution of IED, we do research on IED reconstruction by integration of ground-based GPS data, occultation data from the LEO satellite, satellite altimetry data from Jason-1 and Jason-2 and ionosonde data. We used the CIT results to compare with incoherent scatter radar (ISR) observations, and found that the multi-source data fusion was effective and reliable to reconstruct electron density, showing its superiority than CIT with GPS data alone. PMID:26266764

  2. Tomographic reconstruction of ionospheric electron density during the storm of 5-6 August 2011 using multi-source data

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tang, Jun; Yao, Yibin; Zhang, Liang; Kong, Jian

    2015-08-01

    The insufficiency of data is the essential reason for ill-posed problem existed in computerized ionospheric tomography (CIT) technique. Therefore, the method of integrating multi-source data is proposed. Currently, the multiple satellite navigation systems and various ionospheric observing instruments provide abundant data which can be employed to reconstruct ionospheric electron density (IED). In order to improve the vertical resolution of IED, we do research on IED reconstruction by integration of ground-based GPS data, occultation data from the LEO satellite, satellite altimetry data from Jason-1 and Jason-2 and ionosonde data. We used the CIT results to compare with incoherent scatter radar (ISR) observations, and found that the multi-source data fusion was effective and reliable to reconstruct electron density, showing its superiority than CIT with GPS data alone.

  3. Local ionospheric corrections derived from GNSS - A case study with TerraSAR-X

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gisinger, Christoph; Balss, Ulrich; Cong, Xiao Ying; Steigenberger, Peter; Eineder, Michael; Pail, Roland; Hugentobler, Urs

    2013-04-01

    Germany's synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X belong to the latest generation of radar satellites which have moved radar remote sensing to a new level. Besides being an all weather and all day imaging system, radar remote sensing offers various advanced methods like SAR interferometry or persistent scatterer interferometry that exploit magnitude and phase information of the radar signal. In order to achieve centimeter to millimeter accuracy with these advanced methods, all occurring error contributions (internal signal delay, orbit, troposphere, ionosphere, solid earth tides, loading effects, ...) have to be taken into account by applying appropriate corrections. Within the project DLR@Uni funded by the German Helmholtz Association HGF, an experimental framework at Wettzell station has been set up to perform a detailed analysis of all the corrections required for high resolution radar satellites and to achieve the goal of a 1cm precision level for absolute radar coordinates. This framework involves a 1.5 meter corner reflector (CR), a 1.5 year series of data takes from TerraSAR-X, and it makes use of the multi-sensor environment of Wettzell station. Besides Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) for orbit assessment and the local geodetic network to control the CR reference coordinates, the Wettzell GNSS receivers are used for generating tropospheric and ionospheric corrections. By comparing the reference radar times (range and azimuth) available from geodetic survey with those from the TerraSAR-X data takes, the quality of the corrections can be investigated. Although often being considered negligible for X-band observations, the conducted experiment has clearly shown the necessity for ionospheric corrections, if the capabilities of current SAR satellites are to be fully exploited. For every TerraSAR-X data take, the ionospheric impact was derived from the geometry-free linear combination of the GNSS measurements and modeled in terms of vertical Total Electron Content (vTEC). By mapping this locally observed ionosphere to the TerraSAR-X range geometry and performing this procedure for each pass, a significant improvement in the comparison of the ranging times was achieved. In particular the 30 seconds temporal sampling of the regional vTEC modeling gives an advantage over the GNSS based global vTEC maps issued by the Center for Orbit Determination in Europe (CODE), which are sampled by 2 hours. Another important element regarding ionospheric corrections is the vertical extent of the ionosphere. Like many other low earth orbiting satellites, TerraSAR-X orbits are still within the ionosphere, and thus a separation into top-side and bottom-side ionosphere is required. For doing so, an approach for estimating the top-side vTEC from the TerraSAR-X dual-frequency GPS receiver data was implemented. As a result, the procedure yields top-side reduction values for the total ionospheric corrections obtained from ground-based GNSS. Although being still experimental, this concept already indicates its usefulness during times of increased ionospheric activity. After considering the ionosphere by the outlined methods and taking into a account all the other contributions for the TerraSAR-X SAR system, a range measurement accuracy of 1 cm was achieved for the CR in Wettzell.

  4. Ionospheric tomography using the FORTE satellite

    SciTech Connect

    Murphy, T.C.

    1993-08-01

    The possibility of obtaining ionospheric profile data via tomographic techniques has elicited considerable interest in recent years. The input data for the method is a set of total electron content measurements along intersecting lines of sight which form a grid. This can conveniently be provided by a fast-moving satellite with a VHF beacon which will generate the multiple paths needed for effective tomography. Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories will launch and operate the FORTE satellite for the US Department of Energy, with launch scheduled in 1995. FORTE will provide such a beacon. Additionally, wideband VHF receivers aboard the satellite will allow corraborative measurements of ionospheric profile parameters in some cases.

  5. Theory of imperfect magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling

    SciTech Connect

    Kan, J.R.; Lee, L.C.

    1980-09-01

    A theory of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling in the presence of field-aligned potential drops is formulated within the framework of magnetohydrodynamic equations. Our formulation allows the magnetosphere as well as the ionosphere to respond self-consistently to the parallel potential drop along auroral field lines. Equipotential contours are distorted into a V-shaped structure near the convection reversal boundary and S-shaped on the equatorward side, each gives rise to an inverted V precipitation band. The loading effect of the imperfect coupling results in a valley in the electric field profile which occurs equatorward of the convection reversal boundary.

  6. Topside ionospheric response to solar EUV variability

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Anderson, Phillip C.; Hawkins, Jessica M.

    2016-02-01

    We present an analysis of 23 years of thermal plasma measurements in the topside ionosphere from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft. The H+/O+ ratio and density vary dramatically with the solar cycle; cross-correlation coefficients between E10.7 and the daily averaged densities are greater than 0.85. The ionospheric parameters also vary dramatically with season, particularly at latitudes away from the equator where the solar zenith angle varies greatly with season. There are also 27 day solar rotation periodicities in the density, associated with periodicities in the directly measured solar EUV flux. Empirical orthogonal function analysis captures over 95% of the variation in the density in the first two principal components. The first principal component (PC1) is clearly associated with the solar EUV while the second principal component (PC2) is clearly associated with the solar zenith angle variation. The magnitude of the variation of the response of the topside ionosphere to solar EUV variability is shown to be closely related to the ionospheric composition. This is interpreted as the result of the effect of composition on the scale height in the topside ionosphere and the "pivot effect" in which the variation in density near the F2 peak is amplified by a factor of e at an altitude a scale height above the F2 peak. When the topside ionosphere is H+ dominated during solar minimum, DMSP may be much less than a scale height above the F2 peak while during solar maximum, when it is O+ dominated, DMSP may be several scale heights above the F2 peak.

  7. COSMIC-2: A Platform for Advanced Ionospheric Observations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Straus, P. R.; Betz, D. A.

    2013-12-01

    The equatorial component of the COSMIC-2 program will consist of 6 satellites to be flown in a 24 degree inclination/520 km altitude orbit. In addition to the primary GNSS radio occultation (RO) payload, to be provided by JPL, the USAF plans to fly a pair of space weather sensors: a multi-frequency radio beacon and the Velocity, Ion Density and Irregularities (VIDI) in-situ plasma sensor package. Together, these three instruments will provide data to address key issues related to the specification and forecast of ionospheric densities and the instabilities/irregularities associated with ionospheric scintillation. The TriG GNSS receiver will provide a substantial increase in the number of daily ionospheric observations relative to COSMIC-1, both in the RO limb-viewing and overhead geometries. These data will provide a significant improvement of assimilative model capabilities for providing accurate ionospheric specifications in the important equatorial region. In addition, TriG will make routine measurements of ionospheric scintillation at L-band frequencies, as pioneered by the CORISS instrument on C/NOFS. The radio beacon, together with a network of ground receivers, will enable direct measurement of scintillation effects on trans-ionospheric signal propagation across the UHF to S-band frequency spectrum. The VIDI sensors will measure the in-situ density depletions associated with scintillation-producing irregularities. Together, the beacon, TriG, and VIDI will provide an unprecedented ability to map equatorial ionospheric instabilities and their effects. The in-situ package will also provide observations of plasma drifts from which electric fields, the most important physical driver for equatorial ionospheric structure, can be inferred. This will enable advancements in ionospheric models to further improve specifications and forecasts. In addition to discussing ionospheric science and operational support aspects of the COSMIC-2 mission, this presentation will also discuss high level COSMIC-2 programmatic status and plans, particular with respect to the mission sensors.

  8. Using DORIS measurements for ionosphere modeling

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dettmering, Denise; Schmidt, Michael; Limberger, Marco

    2013-04-01

    Nowadays, most of the ionosphere models used in geodesy are based on terrestrial GNSS measurements and describe the Vertical Total Electron Content (VTEC) depending on longitude, latitude, and time. Since modeling the height distribution of the electrons is difficult due to the measurement geometry, the VTEC maps are based on the the assumption of a single-layer ionosphere. Moreover, the accuracy of the VTEC maps is different for different regions of the Earth, because the GNSS stations are unevenly distributed over the globe and some regions (especially the ocean areas) are not very well covered by observations. To overcome the unsatisfying measurement geometry of the terrestrial GNSS measurements and to take advantage of the different sensitivities of other space-geodetic observation techniques, we work on the development of multi-dimensional models of the ionosphere from the combination of modern space-geodetic satellite techniques. Our approach consists of a given background model and an unknown correction part expanded in terms of B-spline functions. Different space-geodetic measurements are used to estimate the unknown model coefficients. In order to take into account the different accuracy levels of the observations, a Variance Component Estimation (VCE) is applied. We already have proven the usefulness of radio occultation data from space-borne GPS receivers and of two-frequency altimetry data. Currently, we test the capability of DORIS observations to derive ionospheric parameters such as VTEC. Although DORIS was primarily designed for precise orbit computation of satellites, it can be used as a tool to study the Earth's ionosphere. The DORIS ground beacons are almost globally distributed and the system is on board of various Low Earth Orbiters (LEO) with different orbit heights, such as Jason-2, Cryosat-2, and HY-2. The last generation of DORIS receivers directly provides phase measurements on two frequencies. In this contribution, we test the DORIS capability for ionosphere VTEC modeling in combination with other space-geodetic observations. For this purpose, we derive DORIS VTEC values in a pre-processing step and integrate them in our ionosphere model. From the analysis of VCE we get information on the quality of DORIS for ionospheric modeling and on the consistency with other observation techniques.

  9. Nonlinear effects on the early stage of phase ordering kinetics

    SciTech Connect

    Copetti, M.I.M.; Krein, G.; Marques de Carvalho, R.S.; Machado, J.M.

    2004-12-02

    Nonlinear effects on the early stage of phase ordering of a non conserved order parameter are studied using Adomian's decomposition method for the Ginzburg-Landau equation. In this method, the solution is systematically calculated in the form of a polynomial expansion for the order parameter. The method is very accurate for short times, which allows to incorporate the short-time dynamics of the nonlinear terms in a analytical and controllable way.

  10. Ionospheric monitoring by the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Park, Jihye

    The ionosphere reacts to geophysical events, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, surface explosions, underground nuclear explosions (UNE), etc. The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) remote sensing (RS) enables monitoring of the ionospheric disturbances excited by these events. The purpose of this dissertation is to use GNSS RS to detect, discriminate, model and monitor ionospheric disturbances induced by earthquakes and UNEs. Ionospheric delay, which can be derived from dual frequency GNSS signals, is converted to the total electron contents (TEC) along the signal path. After eliminating the main trend of TEC by taking the numerical third order horizontal 3-point derivatives, the traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs) are isolated. Since a TID can be generated due to various events, the source of TID must be verified. In this dissertation, the characteristics of the TID waves induced by an earthquake and an UNE are examined. The case studies are: (1) M9.0 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake, (2) 2006 North Korean UNE, and (3) 2009 North Korean UNE. From these experiments, the TIDs resulting from different types of events were characterized and discriminated due to the different waveform properties. In addition, the epicenter of the point source can be determined by TID observations. In experiment (2), the 2009 North Korean UNE was examined, using data from eleven nearby GNSS stations. Within a few hours from the explosion, the GNSS stations detected the TIDs, whose arrival time for each station formulated the linear model with respect to the distance to the station. TIDs were observed to propagate with speeds of roughly 150 - 400 m/s at stations about 365 km to 1330 km from the explosion site. Considering the wind effect, the wind-adjusted TIDs located the UNE to within about 2.7 km of its seismically determined epicenter. Through the case studies, the distinctive signatures of different events were demonstrated, which suggests the uniqueness of TIDs excited by different types of events. The major contributions of this dissertation is a demonstration of the applicability of GNSS RS to detect and discriminate geophysical events causing TIDs, and its ability to determine the epicenter of the point source.

  11. Wave-particle processes inside main ionospheric trough

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rothkaehl, Hanna; Krankowski, Andrzej; Koperski, Piotr; Nieckarz, Zenon; Kulak, Andrzej; Parrot, Michel; Berthelier, Jean-Jacques; Lebreton, Jean-Pierre

    The mid-latitude electron density trough observed in the topside ionosphere has been shown to be the near-Earth signature of the plasmapause and can provide useful information about the magnetosphere-ionosphere dynamics and morphology. Thus for present the evolution of ionospheric trough in time and space domain we need some multipoint measurements and different type of measurements techniques. To develop a quantitative model of evolution ionospheric trough features during geomagnetic disturbances the analyse of particle and waves in situ measurements and TEC data was carried out. The high resolutions plasma particle diagnostics and wave diagnostics located on board of currently operated satellite DEMETER can give us precisely description of trough signatures and instabilities at define point in space . On the other hand GPS permanent networks such as IGS and EPN provide regular monitoring of the ionosphere in a global scale. Recently, TEC maps have been produced with 5 min intervals and with spatial resolution of 150 - 200 km. In order to better understanding the physical process occurred in plasmapause region during strong geomagnetic disturbances we present the data gathered by help the ground-based ULF "Hylaty" station located in Bieszczady mountains. The aim of this paper is to present some general behaviour of trough dynamics as well as the fine structures of ionospheric trough and discuss the different type of instability generated inside the trough region from ULF frequency range thru VLF up to HF frequency range. As a consequence of different time scales of physical processes occurred in the near Earth environment during geomagnetic disturbances we discusses the different fine structures of main ionospheric trough both in particle as well as in waves presentation. . In order to better understand the physical conditions and evolution of ionosphere trough region and describe the coupling between ionosphere and inner magnetosphere the global map of TEC parameters was constructed

  12. Comparison of the effect of high-latitude and equatorial ionospheric scintillation on GPS signals during the maximum of solar cycle 24

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jiao, Yu; Morton, Yu T.

    2015-09-01

    Radio signal scintillation caused by electron density irregularities in the ionosphere affects the accuracy and integrity of Global Navigation Satellite Systems, especially in the equatorial and high-latitude regions during solar maxima. Scintillation in these two regions, nevertheless, is usually influenced by different factors and thus has different characteristics that cause different effects on GNSS signals. This paper compares the characteristics of high-latitude and equatorial scintillation using multifrequency GPS scintillation data collected at Gakona, Alaska, Jicamarca, Peru, and Ascension Island during the 24th solar maximum. Several statistical distributions are established based on the data to characterize the intensity, duration, and occurrence frequency of scintillation. Results show that scintillation in the equatorial region is generally more severe and longer lasting, while high-latitude scintillation is, in general, more moderate and usually dominated by phase fluctuations. Results also reveal the different impacts of solar activity, geomagnetic activity, and seasons on scintillation in different geographic locations.

  13. First and Higher Order Effects on Zero Order Radiative Transfer Model

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Neelam, M.; Mohanty, B.

    2014-12-01

    Microwave radiative transfer model are valuable tool in understanding the complex land surface interactions. Past literature has largely focused on local sensitivity analysis for factor priotization and ignoring the interactions between the variables and uncertainties around them. Since land surface interactions are largely nonlinear, there always exist uncertainties, heterogeneities and interactions thus it is important to quantify them to draw accurate conclusions. In this effort, we used global sensitivity analysis to address the issues of variable uncertainty, higher order interactions, factor priotization and factor fixing for zero-order radiative transfer (ZRT) model. With the to-be-launched Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission of NASA, it is very important to have a complete understanding of ZRT for soil moisture retrieval to direct future research and cal/val field campaigns. This is a first attempt to use GSA technique to quantify first order and higher order effects on brightness temperature from ZRT model. Our analyses reflect conditions observed during the growing agricultural season for corn and soybeans in two different regions in - Iowa, U.S.A and Winnipeg, Canada. We found that for corn fields in Iowa, there exist significant second order interactions between soil moisture, surface roughness parameters (RMS height and correlation length) and vegetation parameters (vegetation water content, structure and scattering albedo), whereas in Winnipeg, second order interactions are mainly due to soil moisture and vegetation parameters. But for soybean fields in both Iowa and Winnipeg, we found significant interactions only to exist between soil moisture and surface roughness parameters.

  14. Response of migrating tides to the stratospheric sudden warming in 2009 and their effects on the ionosphere studied by a whole atmosphere-ionosphere model GAIA with COSMIC and TIMED/SABER observations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jin, H.; Miyoshi, Y.; Pancheva, D.; Mukhtarov, P.; Fujiwara, H.; Shinagawa, H.

    2012-10-01

    This paper compares results from a whole atmosphere-ionosphere coupled model, GAIA, with the COSMIC and TIMED/SABER observations during the 2008/2009 northern winter season. The GAIA model has assimilated meteorological reanalysis data by a nudging method. The comparison shows general agreement in the major features from the stratosphere to the ionosphere including the growth and decay of the major stratospheric sudden warming (SSW) event in 2009. During this period, a pronounced semidiurnal variation in the F region electron density and its local-time phase shift similar to the previous observations are reproduced by the model and COSMIC observation. The model suggests that the electron density variation is caused by an enhanced semidiurnal variation in the E B drift, which is probably related to an amplified semidiurnal migrating tide (SW2) in the lower thermosphere. The model and TIMED/SABER observation show that the SW2 tide amplifies at low latitudes from the stratosphere to the thermosphere as well as the phase variation. Possible mechanisms for the SW2 variability in the low latitude stratosphere could be the change of its propagation condition, especially the (2, 2) mode, due to changing zonal background wind and meridional temperature gradient, and/or an enhancement of its source due to redistribution of stratospheric ozone. Present results also show a prominent long-term variation of the terdiurnal migrating component (TW3) in the ionosphere and atmosphere.

  15. 42 CFR 2.61 - Legal effect of order.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

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  16. 42 CFR 2.61 - Legal effect of order.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Legal effect of order. 2.61 Section 2.61 Public Health PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GENERAL PROVISIONS CONFIDENTIALITY OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE PATIENT RECORDS Court Orders Authorizing Disclosure and Use § 2.61...

  17. GNSS data filtering optimization for ionospheric observation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    D'Angelo, G.; Spogli, L.; Cesaroni, C.; Sgrigna, V.; Alfonsi, L.; Aquino, M. H. O.

    2015-12-01

    In the last years, the use of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) data has been gradually increasing, for both scientific studies and technological applications. High-rate GNSS data, able to generate and output 50-Hz phase and amplitude samples, are commonly used to study electron density irregularities within the ionosphere. Ionospheric irregularities may cause scintillations, which are rapid and random fluctuations of the phase and the amplitude of the received GNSS signals. For scintillation analysis, usually, GNSS signals observed at an elevation angle lower than an arbitrary threshold (usually 15°, 20° or 30°) are filtered out, to remove the possible error sources due to the local environment where the receiver is deployed. Indeed, the signal scattered by the environment surrounding the receiver could mimic ionospheric scintillation, because buildings, trees, etc. might create diffusion, diffraction and reflection. Although widely adopted, the elevation angle threshold has some downsides, as it may under or overestimate the actual impact of multipath due to local environment. Certainly, an incorrect selection of the field of view spanned by the GNSS antenna may lead to the misidentification of scintillation events at low elevation angles. With the aim to tackle the non-ionospheric effects induced by multipath at ground, in this paper we introduce a filtering technique, termed SOLIDIFY (Standalone OutLiers IDentIfication Filtering analYsis technique), aiming at excluding the multipath sources of non-ionospheric origin to improve the quality of the information obtained by the GNSS signal in a given site. SOLIDIFY is a statistical filtering technique based on the signal quality parameters measured by scintillation receivers. The technique is applied and optimized on the data acquired by a scintillation receiver located at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, in Rome. The results of the exercise show that, in the considered case of a noisy site under quiet ionospheric conditions, the SOLIDIFY optimization maximizes the quality, instead of the quantity, of the data.

  18. Kinetic Framework for the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Plasmasphere-Polar Wind System: Modeling Ion Outflow

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schunk, R. W.; Barakat, A. R.; Eccles, V.; Karimabadi, H.; Omelchenko, Y.; Khazanov, G. V.; Glocer, A.; Kistler, L. M.

    2014-12-01

    A Kinetic Framework for the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Plasmasphere-Polar Wind System is being developed in order to provide a rigorous approach to modeling the interaction of hot and cold particle interactions. The framework will include ion and electron kinetic species in the ionosphere, plasmasphere and polar wind, and kinetic ion, super-thermal electron and fluid electron species in the magnetosphere. The framework is ideally suited to modeling ion outflow from the ionosphere and plasmasphere, where a wide range for fluid and kinetic processes are important. These include escaping ion interactions with (1) photoelectrons, (2) cusp/auroral waves, double layers, and field-aligned currents, (3) double layers in the polar cap due to the interaction of cold ionospheric and hot magnetospheric electrons, (4) counter-streaming ions, and (5) electromagnetic wave turbulence. The kinetic ion interactions are particularly strong during geomagnetic storms and substorms. The presentation will provide a brief description of the models involved and discuss the effect that kinetic processes have on the ion outflow.

  19. Estimation of ionospheric TEC and Faraday rotation for L-band SAR

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jehle, Michael; Regg, Maurice; Small, David; Meier, Erich; Nesch, Daniel

    2005-10-01

    Spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems are used to measure geo- and biophysical parameters of the Earth's surface, e.g. for agriculture, forestry and land subsidence investigations. Upcoming SAR sensors such as the Japanese Phased Array L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) onboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) exemplify a trend towards lower frequencies and higher range chirp bandwidth in order to obtain additional information with higher geometric resolution. However, the use of large bandwidths causes signal degradation within a dispersive medium such as the ionosphere. Under high solar activity conditions at L-band frequencies, ionosphere-induced path delays and Faraday rotation become significant for SAR applications. Due to ionospheric effects, blind use of a generic matched filter causes inaccuracy when correlating the transmitted with the received signal. Maximum correlation occurs where the length of the matched filter, based on a synthetic chirp model of the transmitted signal, is adjusted to correspond to that of the received signal. By searching for the proper adjustment necessary to reach this maximum, the change in length can be estimated and used to derive variations in the total electron content (TEC) and degree of Faraday rotation within the ionosphere from all range lines in a SAR image.

  20. Major magnetic storm of March 13-14, 1989 and associated ionosphere effects. (Reannouncement with new availability information)

    SciTech Connect

    Rich, F.J.; Denig, W.F.

    1993-06-30

    The geomagnetic storm of March 1989 was the largest geomagnetic storm of the decade and one of the largest of the century. The authors review many of the `high-latitude` ionospheric observations that were made during this storm. Most of the data presented here comes from the polar-orbiting satellites of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) series. A review of the DMSP data shows that most of the high-latitude, top-side ionospheric disturbance occurred on March 13 and 14. The magnitudes of the particle energy flux (ergs cm 2) (1 erg = 10{minus}7 J) and Joule heating were not unusually large for a storm, but the area of the energy deposition, and thus the total energy deposition, was extremely large. At the peak of the storm (minimum in D(st) (disturbance with storm time) and midnight boundary indices) the auroral particle precipitation extended down to magnetic latitudes of 40.1 deg or L = 1.71 while the polar edge of the auroral zone expanded poleward only slightly. The storm was also a period of intense, hemispherically symmetric polar rain fluxes. The auroral electric field was clearly observed down to magnetic latitude of 35 deg. This is consistent with the auroral electrojet (AE) current density and the AE index having a saturation level beyond which the index will increase slowly or not at all as more energy is transferred from the solar wind to the magnetosphere, but the cross polar-cap potential during this storm shows no evidence of saturation. There are only two visible light images from DMSP available near the peak of the storm.

  1. Ionospheric manifestations of earthquakes and tsunamis in a dynamic atmosphere

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Godin, Oleg A.; Zabotin, Nikolay A.; Zabotina, Liudmila

    2015-04-01

    Observations of the ionosphere provide a new, promising modality for characterizing large-scale physical processes that occur on land and in the ocean. There is a large and rapidly growing body of evidence that a number of natural hazards, including large earthquakes, strong tsunamis, and powerful tornadoes, have pronounced ionospheric manifestations, which are reliably detected by ground-based and satellite-borne instruments. As the focus shifts from detecting the ionospheric features associated with the natural hazards to characterizing the hazards for the purposes of improving early warning systems and contributing to disaster recovery, it becomes imperative to relate quantitatively characteristics of the observed ionospheric disturbances and the underlying natural hazard. The relation between perturbations at the ground level and their ionospheric manifestations is strongly affected by parameters of the intervening atmosphere. In this paper, we employ the ray theory to model propagation of acoustic-gravity waves in three-dimensionally inhomogeneous atmosphere. Huygens' wavefront-tracing and Hamiltonian ray-tracing algorithms are used to simulate propagation of body waves from an earthquake hypocenter through the earth's crust and ocean to the upper atmosphere. We quantify the influence of temperature stratification and winds, including their seasonal variability, and air viscosity and thermal conductivity on the geometry and amplitude of ionospheric disturbances that are generated by seismic surface waves and tsunamis. Modeling results are verified by comparing observations of the velocity fluctuations at altitudes of 150-160 km by a coastal Dynasonde HF radar system with theoretical predictions of ionospheric manifestations of background infragravity waves in the ocean. Dynasonde radar systems are shown to be a promising means for monitoring acoustic-gravity wave activity and observing ionospheric perturbations due to earthquakes and tsunamis. We will discuss the effects of the background ionospheric disturbances and uncertainty in atmospheric parameters on the feasibility and accuracy of retrieval of the open-ocean tsunami heights from observations of the ionosphere.

  2. Radiative transfer modeling of the OI 135.6 nm emission in the nighttime ionosphere

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Qin, Jianqi; Makela, Jonathan J.; Kamalabadi, Farzad; Meier, R. R.

    2015-11-01

    Remote sensing of the nighttime OI 135.6 nm emissions has been a widely used method for measuring the F region ionospheric plasma densities. In this work, we first develop a comprehensive radiative transfer model from first principles to investigate the effects of different physical processes on the production and transport of the 135.6 nm photons in the ionosphere and then propose a new approach for estimating electron densities from the nightglow. The forward modeling investigation indicates that under certain conditions mutual neutralization can contribute up to ˜38% of the total production of the nighttime 135.6 nm emissions. Moreover, depending on the ionospheric conditions, resonant scattering by atomic oxygen and pure absorption by oxygen molecules can reduce the limb brightness observed by satellite-borne instruments by up to ˜40% while enhancing the brightness viewing in the nadir direction by typically ˜25%. Further analysis shows that without properly addressing these effects in the inversion process, the peak electron density in the F region (NmF2) obtained using limb observations can be overestimated by up to ˜24%. For accurate estimation of the ionospheric electron density, we develop a new type of inverse model that accounts for the effects of mutual neutralization, resonant scattering, and pure absorption. This inversion method requires the knowledge of O and O2 densities in order to solve the radiative transfer equations. Application of the inverse model to the nighttime ionosphere in the noiseless cases demonstrates that the electron density can be accurately quantified with only ˜1% error in NmF2 and hmF2.

  3. 21 CFR 12.38 - Effective date of an order.

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    2014-04-01

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  4. Evaluation of ionospheric profilers using topside sounding data

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    Verhulst, T.; Stankov, S. M.

    2014-03-01

    An operational system for deducing and imaging the vertical distribution of the electron density in the local ionosphere has been recently developed. The electron density profile is deduced from combined ground-based measurements of the total electron content, ionospheric vertical incidence soundings, and empirically obtained values of the O+-H+ ion transition height. The topside profile is permitted to take one of several forms: Exponential, Chapman, or Epstein. An evaluation of the above mentioned ionospheric profilers is needed in order to determine which one of them provides the best representation of the current ionospheric conditions. For this purpose, we use electron density profiles obtained from ionograms recorded by the topside sounders onboard the Alouette and ISIS satellites. Every profile has been fitted with each of the above mentioned theoretical ionospheric profilers and the corresponding approximation errors calculated. The results have been analyzed with respect to local time, geomagnetic latitude, season, magnetic and solar activity, ion transition height, and the ionospheric density peak characteristics. It has been found that, in the majority of cases, the best fit is provided by the exponential profiler, followed by the Chapman profiler. Also, while some influence of the underlying physical drivers on the topside electron density profile is detected, it is the use of ionospheric characteristics that offers more reliable selection criteria for the most appropriate profiler.

  5. Sputnik 1 and the First Satellite Ionospheric Experiment

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    Sinelnikov, Vyacheslav; Kuznetsov, Vladimir; Alpert, Svetlana

    The world's first scientific space experiment was carried out in 1957 during the flight of the first Artificial Earth Satellite (AES) - Sputnik 1. It was an ionospheric experiment performed at IZMIRAN under the direction of Prof. Ya.L.Alpert (1911-2010). The sunrise and sunset variations in the AES radio signal were recorded in order to determine the distribution of electron density in the topside ionosphere (above the maximum). The experiment demonstrated the capabilities of the satellite radio beacon method, which is now very important and widely used for studying the ionosphere. Our report submitted to the COSPAR General Assembly in Russia describes the history and results of that experiment, as well as some other contributions by Ya.L.Alpert to ionospheric research. Yakov L.Alpert was one of the most famous and influential radiophysicists of his time, the author of many fundamental studies and of a number of classic books on the theory of propagation of electromagnetic waves, interaction of artificial bodies with ionospheric plasmas, ionospheric radio scattering, and the use of satellite radio beacon methods for studying the ionosphere.

  6. Examining the effects of birth order on personality.

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    Rohrer, Julia M; Egloff, Boris; Schmukle, Stefan C

    2015-11-17

    This study examined the long-standing question of whether a person's position among siblings has a lasting impact on that person's life course. Empirical research on the relation between birth order and intelligence has convincingly documented that performances on psychometric intelligence tests decline slightly from firstborns to later-borns. By contrast, the search for birth-order effects on personality has not yet resulted in conclusive findings. We used data from three large national panels from the United States (n = 5,240), Great Britain (n = 4,489), and Germany (n = 10,457) to resolve this open research question. This database allowed us to identify even very small effects of birth order on personality with sufficiently high statistical power and to investigate whether effects emerge across different samples. We furthermore used two different analytical strategies by comparing siblings with different birth-order positions (i) within the same family (within-family design) and (ii) between different families (between-family design). In our analyses, we confirmed the expected birth-order effect on intelligence. We also observed a significant decline of a 10th of a SD in self-reported intellect with increasing birth-order position, and this effect persisted after controlling for objectively measured intelligence. Most important, however, we consistently found no birth-order effects on extraversion, emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness, or imagination. On the basis of the high statistical power and the consistent results across samples and analytical designs, we must conclude that birth order does not have a lasting effect on broad personality traits outside of the intellectual domain. PMID:26483461

  7. Ionospheric disturbances at the equatorial anomaly crest region during the March 1989 magnetic storms

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    Yinn-Nien Huang; Kang, Cheng )

    1991-08-01

    On March 6, 1989, the largest sunspot group since 1982 came into view as it moved out of the eastern limb of the Sun. It was highly active during March8-18, and a great many transient ionospheric and geomagnetic variations were triggered by this sunspot group. The intensive ionospheric observations at Lunping Observatory and Chungli Ionosphere Station during this period recorded 30 solar flares manifested as shortwave fade-outs, sudden frequency deviations, and solar flare effects and three storm sudden commencement (SSC)-tupe geomagnetic storms, among which the March 13 SSC-type geomagnetic storm triggered an unusually severe ionospheric disturbance. The ionospheric total electron content, the critical frequency of the F{sub 2} layer, f{sub o}F{sub 2}, and the virtual heights at given frequencies all show wavelike up-and-down oscillations of the ionosphere. This oscillatory ionospheric motion is explained as due to the compression and expansion of the plasmasphere.

  8. A quantum probability account of order effects in inference.

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    Trueblood, Jennifer S; Busemeyer, Jerome R

    2011-01-01

    Order of information plays a crucial role in the process of updating beliefs across time. In fact, the presence of order effects makes a classical or Bayesian approach to inference difficult. As a result, the existing models of inference, such as the belief-adjustment model, merely provide an ad hoc explanation for these effects. We postulate a quantum inference model for order effects based on the axiomatic principles of quantum probability theory. The quantum inference model explains order effects by transforming a state vector with different sequences of operators for different orderings of information. We demonstrate this process by fitting the quantum model to data collected in a medical diagnostic task and a jury decision-making task. To further test the quantum inference model, a new jury decision-making experiment is developed. Using the results of this experiment, we compare the quantum inference model with two versions of the belief-adjustment model, the adding model and the averaging model. We show that both the quantum model and the adding model provide good fits to the data. To distinguish the quantum model from the adding model, we develop a new experiment involving extreme evidence. The results from this new experiment suggest that the adding model faces limitations when accounting for tasks involving extreme evidence, whereas the quantum inference model does not. Ultimately, we argue that the quantum model provides a more coherent account for order effects that was not possible before. PMID:21951058

  9. Numerical validations of neural-network-based ionospheric tomography for disturbed ionospheric conditions and sparse data

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    Hirooka, S.; Hattori, K.; Takeda, T.

    2011-10-01

    Three-dimensional ionospheric tomography is effective for investigations of the dynamics of ionospheric phenomena. However, it is an ill-posed problem in the context of sparse data, and accurate electron density reconstruction is difficult. The Residual Minimization Training Neural Network (RMTNN) tomographic approach, a multilayer neural network trained by minimizing an objective function, allows reconstruction of sparse data. In this study, we validate the reconstruction performance of RMTNN using numerical simulations based on both sufficiently sampled and sparse data. First, we use a simple plasma-bubble model representing the disturbed ionosphere and evaluate the reconstruction performance based on 40 GPS receivers in Japan. We subsequently apply our approach to a sparse data set obtained from 24 receivers in Indonesia. The reconstructed images from the disturbed and sparse data are consistent with the model data, except below 200 km altitude. To improve this performance and limit any discrepancies, we used information on the electron density in the lower ionosphere. The results suggest the restricted RMTNN-tomography-assisted approach is very promising for investigations of ionospheric electron density distributions, including studies of irregular structures in different regions. In particular, RMTNN constrained by low-Earth-orbit satellite data is effective in improving the reconstruction accuracy.

  10. Formation and detection of high latitude ionospheric irregularities

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    Lee, M. C.; Buchau, J.; Carlson, H. C., Jr.; Klobuchar, J. A.; Weber, E. J.

    1985-01-01

    Measurements of Total Electron Content (TEC) and airglow variations show that large scale plasma patches appearing in the high-latitude ionsophere have irregular structures evidenced by the satellite phase and amplitude scintillations. Whistler waves, intense quasi-DC electric field, and atmospheric gravity waves can become potential sources of various plamsa instabilities. The role of thermal effects in generating ionospheric irregularities by these sources is discussed. Meter-scale irregularities in the ionospheric E and F regions can be excited parametrically with lower hybrid waves by intense whistler waves. Ohmic dissipation of Pedersen current in the electron gas is able to create ionospheric F region irregularities in plasma blobs or plasma patches (i.e., high ambient plasma density environment) with broad scale lengths ranging from tens of meters to a few kilometers. Through the neutral-charged particle collisions, gravity waves can excite large-scale (less than tens of kilometers) ionospheric irregularities simultaneously with forced ion acoustic modes in the E region. The large-scale ionospheric density fluctuations produced in the E region can extend subsequently alogn the earth's magnetic field to the F region and the topside ionospheric regions. These mechanisms characterized by various thermal effects can contribute additively with other processes to the formation of ionospheric irregularities in the high latitude region.

  11. Impact of the dipole tilt angle on the ionospheric plasma in the outer plasmasphere

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    Marchaudon, Aurelie; Blelly, Pierre-Louis

    2015-04-01

    We have developed a new interhemispheric 16-moment based ionosphere model. This model describes the field-aligned transport of the multi-species ionospheric plasma (6 ions) from one hemisphere to the other, taking into account source processes at low altitudes (photoionization, chemistry) and coupling with suprathermal electrons. We simulate the convection and corotation transport of closed flux tubes in the outer plasmasphere for tilted/eccentric dipolar magnetic field configuration. We ran the model in solstice and equinox conditions and for two plasmapause boundary conditions: one corresponding to standard conditions with a stagnation point at 4.5 Earth radii (RE) and 15h Magnetic Local Time (MLT) and one corresponding to very quiet conditions with a stagnation point at 6 RE and 15h MLT. For each season/stagnation simulation, the model is run for 30 days before the equinox/solstice date in order to eliminate the transients. The goal is to study the combined effect of the tilt of the magnetic field and the rotation axis on the field-aligned dynamics and overall equilibrium of the subauroral ionosphere. In the classical representation of the plasmasphere, the ionosphere only depends on angular MLT sector. We will show that due to the tilt effect, this view is erroneous and no real dynamic equilibrium is reached, in particular close to the stagnation point where we can observe large day-to-day variations in the ionospheric parameters. Finally, we will present the temperatures anisotropy development along the flux tube for different positions of the stagnation point.

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  13. Ionospheric Features Diagnosed by Radio Tomography during Strong Geomagnetic Disturbances

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    Andreeva, Elena S.; Kunitsyn, Vyacheslav E.; Tereshchenko, Evgeniy D.; Kozharin, Maksim A.; Nazarenko, Marina O.

    2013-04-01

    During the periods of geomagnetic storms, the ionosphere has a particularly complicated and rapidly changing structure. Each storm is marked by its own set of specific manifestations, which reflect rearrangement of the dynamical pattern of the ionosphere and strong perturbations in its parameters. The complexity and global scale of the ionospheric processes that occur during the storms call for the nonlocal methods for diagnosing the spatiotemporal structure of the ionospheric disturbances. Here, we present the results of studying the ionospheric structure by the methods of low orbital radio tomography (RT). The ionospheric radio tomography is rapidly developing during the last two decades. Due to the sufficiently high satellite velocity (~7.9 km/s) and, correspondingly, quite fast (compared to the characteristic times of the ionospheric processes) passage of the satellite through the ionospheric region under study, the radio tomographic approach is suitable for making nearly instantaneous (covering an interval of 5-10 min) 2D snapshots of the ionosphere in the altitude-latitude plane. The vertical and horizontal resolution of RT is 30-40 km and 20-30 km, respectively. We consider the ionospheric manifestations of strong geomagnetic storms (1991-2012) in different regions worldwide including the European part of Russia and North America. We note that during the geomagnetic disturbances, the ionosondes frequently show unstable operation. In contrast to the ionosondes that use HF radio waves, the RT methods are suitable for imaging the ionosphere even during severe solar and geophysical disturbances. During the periods of strong perturbations, RT detected various wavelike structures, travelling ionospheric disturbances, and different manifestations of acoustic gravity waves in the ionosphere. Using the RT methods, the wave effects of particle precipitation were analyzed, and plasma flows were estimated. Radio tomographic imaging of the ionosphere during severe disturbances reveals multiextremal spotty patterns with steep wall-like gradients in electron density in the north. Thin enhancements of electron concentration that are elongated by hundreds of kilometers along the magnetic field lines and attain dozens of kilometers in the transversal direction are identified. The complexly structured ionospheric trough with a tilted polar wall shifted towards the equator is revealed. Many RT reconstructions show the ionospheric trough to split. For example, the RT imaging of the storm of March 24-28, 1991 indicates that the ionospheric structures that are normally typical of the subauroral and auroral ionosphere (the troughs and anomalous ionization in the F-region) reached middle latitudes at that time. During the strongest geomagnetic storm on October 30-31, 2003, the ionosphere over the European part of Russia was marked by anomalously high electron concentration; the distribution of electron density in the region of increased ionization was extremely complicated in space and highly variable in time. We are grateful to the North-West Research Associates (NWRA) for providing the experimental data on relative TEC measured at the RT system in Alaska. The work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grants 11-05-01157 and 13-05-01122).

  14. Higher order spin effects in inspiralling compact objects binaries

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    Marsat, Sylvain

    2015-04-01

    We present recent progress on higher order spin effects in the post-Newtonian dynamics of compact objects binaries. We present first an extension of a Lagrangian formalism for point particle with spins, where finite size effects are represented by an additional multipolar structure. When applied to the case of a spin-induced octupole, the formalism allows for the computation of the cubic-in-spin effects that enter at the order 3.5PN. We also report on results obtained for quadratic-in-spin effects at the next-to-leading order 3PN. In both cases, we recover existing results for the dynamics, and derive for the first time the gravitational wave energy flux and orbital phasing. These results will be useful for the data analysis of the upcoming generation of advanced detectors of gravitational waves. NASA Grant 11-ATP-046.

  15. Chemistry in the Thermosphere and Ionosphere.

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    Roble, Raymond G.

    1986-01-01

    An informative review which summarizes information about chemical reactions in the thermosphere and ionosphere. Topics include thermal structure, ultraviolet radiation, ionospheric photochemistry, thermospheric photochemistry, chemical heating, thermospheric circulation, auroral processes and ionospheric interactions. Provides suggested followup

  16. Solar flares induced D-region ionospheric and geomagnetic perturbations

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    Selvakumaran, R.; Maurya, Ajeet K.; Gokani, Sneha A.; Veenadhari, B.; Kumar, Sushil; Venkatesham, K.; Phanikumar, D. V.; Singh, Abhay K.; Siingh, Devendraa; Singh, Rajesh

    2015-02-01

    The D-region ionospheric perturbations caused by solar flares which occurred during January 2010-February 2011, a low solar activity period of current solar cycle 24, have been examined on NWC transmitter signal (19.8 kHz) recorded at an Indian low latitude station, Allahabad (Geographic lat. 25.75N, long. 81.85E). A total of 41 solar flares, including 21 C-class, 19 M-class and 01 X-class, occurred during the daylight part of the NWC-Allahabad transmitter receiver great circle path. The local time dependence of solar flare effects on the change in the VLF amplitude, time delay between VLF peak amplitude and X-ray flux peak have been studied during morning, noon and evening periods of local daytime. Using the Long Wave Propagation Capability code V 2.1 the D-region reference height (H/) and sharpness factor (?) for each class of solar flare (C, M and X) have been estimated. It is found that D-region ionospheric parameters (H/, ?) strongly depend on the local time of flare's occurrence and their classes. The flare time electron density estimated by using H/ and ? shows maximum increase in the electron density of the order of ~80 times as compared to the normal day values. The electron density was found to increase exponentially with increase in the solar flux intensity. The solar flare effect on horizontal component (H) of the Earth's magnetic field over an equatorial station, Tirunelveli (Geographic lat., 8.7N, long., 77.8E, dip lat., 0.4N), shows a maximum increase in H of ~8.5% for M class solar flares. The increase in H is due to the additional magnetic field produced by the ionospheric electrojet over the equatorial station.

  17. Acoustic and gravity waves in the neutral atmosphere and the ionosphere, generated by severe storms

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    Balachandran, N. K.

    1983-01-01

    Gravity waves in the neutral atmosphere and their propagation in the ionosphere and the study of infrasonic signals from thunder were investigated. Doppler shifts of the order of 0.1 Hz are determined and they provide high-resolution measurements of the movements in the ionosphere. By using an array of transmitters with different frequencies and at different locations, the horizontal and vertical propagation vectors of disturbances propagating through the ionosphere are determined.

  18. Statistical analysis of dayside equatorial ionospheric electric fields and electrojet currents produced by magnetospheric substorms during sawtooth events

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    Huang, Chao-Song

    2012-02-01

    Substorms cause significant disturbances in the ionosphere. However, it has not been well understood how the electric field and electrojet in the dayside equatorial ionosphere respond to substorm onset. Previous studies found that the equatorial electric field, after substorm onset, could be eastward or westward. Because the onset of isolated substorms is often related to a northward turning of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), the measured total electric field is determined by contributions from both IMF northward turning and substorm onset and is not necessarily the signature of the onset. In order to exclude the effect of IMF northward turning, we analyze the variations of ionospheric electric field and electrojet during storm time substorms when the IMF remains stable. Thus, the ionospheric variations can be identified to be caused solely by substorms. The electric field data are measured by the Jicamarca radar, and the electrojet is derived from magnetometers at Jicamarca and Piura. It is found that substorm onset induces an eastward electric field and electrojet in the dayside equatorial ionosphere when the IMF remains continuously southward across the onset. The equatorial electrojet starts to increase at the onset, reaches a maximum value 30 min after the onset, and then decreases to the pre-onset value 60 min after the onset. Westward electric field and counter-electrojet occur only if the substorm onset is associated with a northward turning of the IMF. It is concluded that the effect of substorm onset on the dayside equatorial ionosphere, without involvement of IMF reorientations, is an enhanced eastward electric field.

  19. Satellite measurement of ionospheric-induced vhf distortion

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    Armstrong, W.T.; Murphy, T.; Roussel-Dupre, R.; Carter, M.J.; Blevins, B.

    1992-01-01

    BLACKBEARD is a satellite RF experiment designed to study distortion and interference effects on transient transionospheric VHF signals. RF distortion will be characterized by a frequency-coherence bandwidth for different ionospheric conditions. Limitations of broad-band measurements from the frequency-coherence bandwidth of the ionosphere and broadcast interference signals will be established through these studies. Distinction between multi-path distortion resulting from large scale, coherent perturbations and small scale, random perturbations to the ionosphere will be emphasized. Ionospheric transfer function models, trans-ionospheric signal predictions, and coherence bandwidth predictions will be tested and optimized with these measurements. A global data base for both broadcast and lightning interference will also derive from these studies. This database will form the basis for interference feature extraction, signal typing, and possible neural network cataloging. The specific missions of the BLACKBEARD experiment include: perform broad-band VHF measurements of transient signals originating from a controlled pulsed ground beacon, to characterize broad-band ionospheric distortion, perform narrow-band VHF measurements of cw signals from a multi-chord interferometry ground beacon array, to characterize ionospheric structure contributing to transmission distortion, and survey power envelopes of lightning and man-made interference in selectable VHF bands, for background rejection purposes. BLACKBEARD is part of the ALEMS soft x-ray measurement satellite, a small satellite system designed for a PEGASUS launch into a 70{degrees} inclination, low earth orbit in late 1992.

  20. Satellite measurement of ionospheric-induced vhf distortion

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    Armstrong, W.T.; Murphy, T.; Roussel-Dupre, R.; Carter, M.J.; Blevins, B.

    1992-09-01

    BLACKBEARD is a satellite RF experiment designed to study distortion and interference effects on transient transionospheric VHF signals. RF distortion will be characterized by a frequency-coherence bandwidth for different ionospheric conditions. Limitations of broad-band measurements from the frequency-coherence bandwidth of the ionosphere and broadcast interference signals will be established through these studies. Distinction between multi-path distortion resulting from large scale, coherent perturbations and small scale, random perturbations to the ionosphere will be emphasized. Ionospheric transfer function models, trans-ionospheric signal predictions, and coherence bandwidth predictions will be tested and optimized with these measurements. A global data base for both broadcast and lightning interference will also derive from these studies. This database will form the basis for interference feature extraction, signal typing, and possible neural network cataloging. The specific missions of the BLACKBEARD experiment include: perform broad-band VHF measurements of transient signals originating from a controlled pulsed ground beacon, to characterize broad-band ionospheric distortion, perform narrow-band VHF measurements of cw signals from a multi-chord interferometry ground beacon array, to characterize ionospheric structure contributing to transmission distortion, and survey power envelopes of lightning and man-made interference in selectable VHF bands, for background rejection purposes. BLACKBEARD is part of the ALEMS soft x-ray measurement satellite, a small satellite system designed for a PEGASUS launch into a 70{degrees} inclination, low earth orbit in late 1992.

  1. Robust GPS carrier tracking under ionospheric scintillation

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    Susi, M.; Andreotti, M.; Aquino, M. H.; Dodson, A.

    2013-12-01

    Small scale irregularities present in the ionosphere can induce fast and unpredictable fluctuations of Radio Frequency (RF) signal phase and amplitude. This phenomenon, known as scintillation, can degrade the performance of a GPS receiver leading to cycle slips, increasing the tracking error and also producing a complete loss of lock. In the most severe scenarios, if the tracking of multiple satellites links is prevented, outages in the GPS service can also occur. In order to render a GPS receiver more robust under scintillation, particular attention should be dedicated to the design of the carrier tracking stage, that is the receiver's part most sensitive to these types of phenomenon. This paper exploits the reconfigurability and flexibility of a GPS software receiver to develop a tracking algorithm that is more robust under ionospheric scintillation. For this purpose, first of all, the scintillation level is monitored in real time. Indeed the carrier phase and the post correlation terms obtained by the PLL (Phase Locked Loop) are used to estimate phi60 and S4 [1], the scintillation indices traditionally used to quantify the level of phase and amplitude scintillations, as well as p and T, the spectral parameters of the fluctuations PSD. The effectiveness of the scintillation parameter computation is confirmed by comparing the values obtained by the software receiver and the ones provided by a commercial scintillation monitoring, i.e. the Septentrio PolarxS receiver [2]. Then the above scintillation parameters and the signal carrier to noise density are exploited to tune the carrier tracking algorithm. In case of very weak signals the FLL (Frequency Locked Loop) scheme is selected in order to maintain the signal lock. Otherwise an adaptive bandwidth Phase Locked Loop (PLL) scheme is adopted. The optimum bandwidth for the specific scintillation scenario is evaluated in real time by exploiting the Conker formula [1] for the tracking jitter estimation. The performance of the proposed tracking scheme is assessed by using both simulated and real data. Real data have been collected in Vietnam by using a USRP (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) N210 front end connected to a rubidium oscillator. Selected events are exploited in order to challenge the algorithm with strong phase and amplitude variations. Moreover, simulated data have been collected by using the prototype of a digital front end developed by Novatel, namely the 'Firehose'. Since the latter includes a TCXO oscillator, the proposed tracking scheme is also opportunely modified to take in account the clock error contribution. References 1. R.S., Conker, M. B. El-Arini, C. J. Hegarty, and T. Hsiao, Modelling the effects of ionospheric scintillation on GPS/satellite-based augmentation system availability. Radio Sci., 38, 1, 1001, doi: 10.1029/2000RS002604, 2003. 2. B. Bougard et al, 'CIGALA: Challenging the Solar Maximum in Brazil with PolaRxS,' ION GNSS, Portland, Sept. 2011.

  2. Comparison of measured and modeled solar EUV flux and its effect on the E-F1 region ionosphere

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    Buonsanto, M. J.; Solomon, S. C.; Tobiska, W. K.

    1992-01-01

    Two different photochemical schemes are used to investigate the response of the E-F1 region ionosphere to different solar EUV flux models, and the results are compared with incoherent scatter radar electron density measurements taken at Millstone Hill. The latest EUV flux model (Tobiska, 1991), which incorporates more recent measurements, has generally more flux at short wavelengths compared to the Hinteregger et al. (1981) flux model based on AE-E satellite data. This results in better agreement with the measurements in the E-F1 region and above. The Tobiska flux model gives a smaller E region peak density, due to the influence of low Ly-beta flux in the November 10, 1988 rocket measurements of Woods and Rottman (1990). The photoionization and photoabsorption cross sections of Conway (1988) give results in somewhat better agreement with observations than the cross sections of Torr et al. (1979). For the zenith angles considered (daytime conditions), the Chapman function method for calculating photoabsorption yields results in satisfactory agreement with a more rigorous calculation method using a formula from Rees (1989).

  3. Effect of sudden impulses on currents in the auroral ionosphere under northward interplanetary magnetic field conditions: A case study

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    Russell, C.T.; Ginskey, M.; Angelopoulos, V.

    1994-09-01

    The authors examine the response of auroral magnetic records to the passage of an interplanetary shock at a time when the interplanetary magnetic field was northward. They restrict their attention solely to the sector within 3 hours of local magnetic midnight for a single case selected when a bursty bulk flow event was recorded in the near tail by ISEE 2. Over most of the nightside at high latitudes only a weak disturbance if any is seen. At lower latitudes a plateau is seen in the H component, coincident with the bursty bulk flow event. At 65{degrees} latitude from about midnight to 3:00 LT a weak pair of negative bays is observed, also coincident with the bursty bulk flow event. The authors conclude that the tail and the auroral ionosphere were closely coupled during this sudden impulse, but the auroral zone disturbance appears to be mainly the brief activation of a section of the auroral electrojet rather than a classic substorm. No expansion or motion of the electrojet was observed, and the activation was no longer than that of the bursty bulk flow in the tail. 10 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Broadband Ionospheric Scintillation Measurements from Space

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    Suszcynsky, D. M.; Light, M. E.; Pigue, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Radio Frequency Propagation (RFProp) experiment consists of a satellite-based radio receiver suite to study various aspects of trans-ionospheric signal propagation and detection in four frequency bands, 2 - 55 MHz, 125 - 175 MHz, 365 - 415 MHz and 825 - 1100 MHz. In this paper, we present an overview of the RFProp on-orbit research and analysis effort with particular focus on an equatorial scintillation experiment called ESCINT. The 3-year ESCINT project is designed to characterize equatorial ionospheric scintillation in the upper HF and lower VHF portions of the radio spectrum (20 - 150 MHz). Both a 40 MHz continuous wave (CW) signal and 30 - 42 MHz swept frequency signal are transmitted to the satellite receiver suite from the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands (8.7° N, 167.7° E) in four separate campaigns centered on the 2014 and 2015 equinoxes. Results from the first campaign conducted from April 22 - May 15, 2014 will be presented including (a) coherence bandwidth measurements over a full range of transmission frequencies and scintillation activity levels, (b) spread-Doppler clutter effects arising from preferential ray paths to the satellite due to refraction off of isolated density irregularities, and (c) supporting ray-trace simulations. The broadband nature of the measurements is found to offer unique insight into both the structure of ionospheric irregularities and their impact on HF/VHF trans-ionospheric radio wave propagation.

  5. Ray tracing technique for global 3-D modeling of ionospheric electron density using GNSS measurements

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    Alizadeh, Mohamad Mahdi; Schuh, Harald; Schmidt, Michael

    2015-06-01

    For space geodetic techniques, operating in microwave band, ionosphere is a dispersive medium; thus, signals traveling through this medium are in the first approximation, affected proportional to the inverse of the square of their frequencies. This effect allows gaining information about the parameters of the ionosphere in terms of total electron content (TEC) or the electron density (Ne). Making use of this phenomenon, space geodetic techniques have turned into a capable tool for studying the ionosphere in the last decades. Up to now, two-dimensional (2-D) models of Vertical TEC (VTEC) have been widely developed and used by different communities; however, due to the fact that these models provide information about the integral of the whole electron content along the vertical or slant raypath, these maps are not useful when information about the ionosphere at different altitude is required. This paper presents a recent study which aims at developing a global 3-D model of the electron density, using measurements from Global Navigation Satellite Systems and by applying the ray tracing technique to the upper atmosphere. The developed modeling approach represents the horizontal variations of the electron density, with two sets of spherical harmonic expansions of degree and order 15. The height dependency of the electron density is represented by a multilayered Chapman profile function for the bottomside and topside ionosphere, and an appropriate model for the plasmasphere. In addition to the geodetic applications of the developed models, within this study, the 3-D models of electron density can include geophysical parameters like maximum electron density and its corresponding height. High-resolution modeling of these parameters allows an improved geophysical interpretation, which is essential in all studies of the upper atmosphere, space weather, and for the solar-terrestrial environment.

  6. Investigation of Electron Density Profile in the Lowest Ionosphere by SRP-4 rocket experiment

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    Ishisaka, K.; Okada, T.; Hawkins, J. G.; Murakami, S.; Miyake, T.; Nagano, I.; Matsumoto, H.

    2002-12-01

    The radio wave propagation characteristic in the lower ionosphere is important because of its effect on commercial radio communication, navigation, and broadcast services. The electron density is of primary interest in this region because the high ion-neutral collision frequencies result in radio wave absorption. Previous studies have examined the electron density profile and structure of the ionosphere using the rocket and satellite measurements. The standard International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) model gives the estimated electron density profile based on the measurements, but no sufficient measurements have been accumulated below 65 km to estimate the model ionosphere to lower altitudes. In order to investigate the ionization structure in the altitude below 90 km by means of MF-band signals propagation, the Alaska rocket SRP-4 experiments has been carried out. The rocket was launched at 12:08 LT on March 18, 2002 at Poker Flat Research Range. The apex of rocket trajectory was about 89 km. We observed three different signals, CHENA (257 kHz), KFAR (660 kHz) and KCBF (820 kHz), transmitted from navigation and broadcast stations near Fairbanks, Alaska. Three signals were successfully observed from an altitude 0 km - 89 km during the ascent flight. The intensity of 257 kHz signal decreases steeply at an altitude higher than 65 km and reflects perfectly at about 75 km. The altitudes of perfect reflection of 660 kHz and 820 kHz signals are about 79 km and about 81 km, respectively. The approximate electron density profile can be determined from the comparison between these experimental results and propagation characteristics calculated by the full wave method. We will get the most probable electron density profile in the lowest ionosphere below 65 km.

  7. Reconstruction of the ionospheric electron density by geostatistical inversion

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    Minkwitz, David; van den Boogaart, Karl Gerald; Hoque, Mainul; Gerzen, Tatjana

    2015-04-01

    The ionosphere is the upper part of the atmosphere where sufficient free electrons exist to affect the propagation of radio waves. Typically, the ionosphere extends from about 50 - 1000 km and its morphology is mainly driven by solar radiation, particle precipitation and charge exchange. Due to the strong ionospheric impact on many applications dealing with trans-ionospheric signals such as Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) positioning, navigation and remote sensing, the demand for a highly accurate reconstruction of the electron density is ever increasing. Within the Helmholtz Alliance project "Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics" (EDA) the utilization of the upcoming radar mission TanDEM-L and its related products are prepared. The TanDEM-L mission will operate in L-band with a wavelength of approximately 24 cm and aims at an improved understanding of environmental processes and ecosystem change, e.g. earthquakes, volcanos, glaciers, soil moisture and carbon cycle. Since its lower frequency compared to the X-band (3 cm) and C-band (5 cm) radar missions, the influence of the ionosphere will increase and might lead to a significant degradation of the radar image quality if no correction is applied. Consequently, our interest is the reconstruction of the ionospheric electron density in order to mitigate the ionospheric delay. Following the ionosphere's behaviour we establish a non-stationary and anisotropic spatial covariance model of the electron density separated into a vertical and horizontal component. In order to estimate the model's parameters we chose a maximum likelihood approach. This approach incorporates GNSS total electron content measurements, representing integral measurements of the electron density between satellite to receiver ray paths, and the NeQuick model as a non-stationary trend. Based on a multivariate normal distribution the spatial covariance model parameters are optimized and afterwards the 3D electron density can be calculated by kriging for arbitrary points or grids of interest.

  8. Effectiveness Criteria for Methods of Identifying Ionospheric Earthquake Precursors by Parameters of a Sporadic E Layer and Regular F2 Layer

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    Korsunova, Lidiya P.; Hegai, Valery V.

    2015-06-01

    The results of the study of ionospheric variations in the summer months of 1998-2002 at an ionospheric station of vertical sounding "Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky" are presented. Anomalous variations of virtual sporadic-E height (h'Es), Es blanketing frequency (fbEs), and the critical frequency of the ionospheric F2 layer (foF2) (which can be attributed to the possible earthquake precursors) are selected. The high efficiency of the selection of ionospheric earthquake precursors based on the several parameters of Es and F2 layers is shown. The empirical dependence, which reflects the connection between the lead-time of the earthquake moment, the distance to the epicenter from the observation point, and the magnitude of the earthquake are obtained. This empirical dependence is consistent with the results of the detection of earthquake precursors by measuring the physical parameters of the Earth's crust in the same region.

  9. Atmospheric Lithosphere-Ionosphere Charge Exchange (ALICE) for coupling between earthquake regions, clouds and the ionosphere

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    Harrison, Giles; Aplin, Karen; Rycroft, Michael

    2014-05-01

    Atmospheric Lithosphere-Ionosphere Charge Exchange (ALICE) has been proposed as a mechanism to link seismic activity and ionospheric changes detected overhead, which has been observed in data obtained by the DEMETER spacecraft. The ALICE mechanism can explain changes in the natural extremely low frequency (ELF) radio noise observed by DEMETER nocturnally before major earthquakes. ALICE operates through the vertical fair weather current density of global atmospheric electricity, through the modification of surface layer ionisation rates and the associated current flow to the ionosphere. These ideas are extended here to include possible effects on layer clouds through which the current density passes. Specifically, we estimate possible layer cloud changes for changes in surface layer ionisation known in some earthquakes.

  10. Study of Ionospheric Storms Using Global Assimilative Ionospheric Models

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    Pi, X.; Butala, M.; Mannucci, A. J.; Wilson, B. D.; Komjathy, A.; Wang, C.; Rosen, G.; Schunk, R. W.; Scherliess, L.; Eccles, V.; Gardner, L. C.; Sojka, J. J.; Zhu, L.

    2014-12-01

    Under the development of the Multimodel Ensemble Prediction System (MEPS) for ionosphere-thermosphere-electrodynamics, several global assimilative ionospheric models (GAIMs) have been applied to studies of ionospheric storms during space weather disturbances. The GAIMs are physics-based four-dimensional models and capable of assimilating a variety of ground-based and spaceborne observations on global scales. In this presentation, we will discuss various data assimilation techniques and data sources used in GAIMs to capture ionospheric perturbations. The results of GAIM studies of ionospheric disturbances during the April 2011 and March 2013 geomagnetic storms, respectively, will be presented. The two storms were driven by space weather perturbations caused by high speed stream (HSS) and coronal mass ejection (CME) events, respectively. With distinguished solar wind characteristics these two types of Sun-Earth connection events caused different variations in the magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere system. In the assimilative ionospheric modeling, GPS data from hundreds of globally-distributed ground stations and six COSMIC satellites are assimilated into GAIMs. Both storm-time and quiet-time ionosphere have been reproduced to reveal disturbance patterns and to help investigate the differences in the M-I-T coupling processes driven by the two types of storms.

  11. Coupled Magnetotail-Ionosphere Asymmetries from Ionospheric Hall Conduction

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    Lotko, W.; Smith, R. H.; Zhang, B.; Ouellette, J.; Brambles, O.; Lyon, J.; Wiltberger, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    Fast convective transport in the plasma sheet is more prevalent in the premidnight (dusk) sector relative to postmidnight. Ionospheric convection exhibits related asymmetries - more flux typically circulates in the dusk cell than in the dawn cell, and the nightside convection pattern is rotated clockwise when viewed over the North Pole. We show, using global simulations of the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction, that the electrodynamic interaction between Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere produces asymmetries resembling observed distributions in plasmasheet flows and ionospheric convection (Figure, center panel). The primary causal agent in the simulations is a meridional gradient in ionospheric Hall conductance which, through Cowling polarization, regulates the distributions of i) electrical currents flowing within and between the ionosphere and magnetotail and ii) the nightside reconnection rate and resulting dawn-dusk distribution of plasma sheet fast flows. The asymmetry disappears in the simulation when the Hall conductance is taken to be uniform (left panel), and it reverses when the conductance is artificially depleted at auroral latitudes (right panel). The coupling between meridional currents and electric fields in the ionosphere and axial currents and electric fields in the plasmasheet is demonstrated by a simple model for non-ideal coupling of field-aligned currents flowing between the plasma sheet and the region of enhanced ionospheric conductance straddling the nightside convection throat.

  12. A statistic study of ionospheric solar flare activity indicator

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    Xiong, Bo; Wan, Weixing; Ning, Baiqi; Ding, Feng; Hu, Lianhuan; Yu, You

    2014-01-01

    According to the Chapman ionization theory, an ionospheric solar flare activity indicator (ISFAI) is given by the solar zenith angle and the variation rate of ionospheric vertical total electron content, which is measured from a global network of dual-frequency GPS receivers. The ISFAI is utilized to statistically analyze the ionospheric responses to 1439 M-class and 126 X-class solar flares during solar cycle 23 (1996-2008). The statistical results show that the occurrence of ISFAI peak increases obviously at 3.2 total electron content unit (TECU)/h (1 TECU = 1016 el m-2) and reaches the maximum at 10 TECU/h during M-class flares and 10 TECU/h and 40 TECU/h for X-class flares. ISFAI is closely correlated with the 26-34 nm extreme ultraviolet flux but poorly related to the 0.1-0.8 nm X-ray flux. The central meridian distance (CMD) of flare location is an important reason for depressing relationship between ISFAI and X-ray Flux. Through the CMD effect modification, the ISFAI has a significant dependence on the X-ray flux with a correlation coefficient of 0.76. The ISFAI sensitivity enables to detect the extreme X-class flares, as well as the variations of one order of magnitude or even smaller (such as for C-class flares). Meanwhile, ISFAI is helpful to the calibration of the X-ray flux at 0.1-0.8 nm observed by GOES during some flares. In addition, the statistical results demonstrate that ISFAI can detect 80% of all M-class flares and 92% for all X-class ones during 1996-2008.

  13. A statistic study of ionospheric solar flare activity indicator

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    Xiong, Bo; Ding, Feng; Ning, Baiqi; Wan, Weixing; Yu, You; Hu, Lianhuan

    According to the Chapman ionization theory, an ionospheric solar flare activity indicator (ISFAI) is given by the solar zenith angle and the variation rate of ionospheric vertical total electron content, which is measured from a global network of dual-frequency GPS receivers. The ISFAI is utilized to statistically analyze the ionospheric responses to 1439 M-class and 126 X-class solar flares during solar cycle 23 (1996-2008). The statistical results show that the occurrence of ISFAI peak increases obviously at 3.2 total electron content unit (TECU)/h (1 TECU = 1016 elm-2) and reaches the maximum at 10 TECU/h during M-class flares and 10 TECU/h and 40 TECU/h for X-class flares. ISFAI is closely correlated with the 26-34 nm extreme ultraviolet flux but poorly related to the 0.1-0.8 nm X-ray flux. The central meridian distance (CMD) of flare location is an important reason for depressing relationship between ISFAI and X-ray Flux. Through the CMD effect modification, the ISFAI has a significant dependence on the X-ray flux with a correlation coefficient of 0.76. The ISFAI sensitivity enables to detect the extreme X-class flares, as well as the variations of one order of magnitude or even smaller (such as for C-class flares). Meanwhile, ISFAI is helpful to the calibration of the X-ray flux at 0.1-0.8 nm observed by GOES during some flares. In addition, statistical results demonstrate that ISFAI can detect 80% of all M-class flares and 92% for all X-class ones during 1996-2008. Owing to the high sensitivity and temporal resolution, ISFAI can be utilized as a solar flare detection parameter to monitor space weather.

  14. Summary of Sessions: Ionosphere - Thermosphere - Mesosphere Working Group

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    Spann, J. F.; Bhattacharyya, A.

    2006-01-01

    The topics covered by the sessions under the working group on Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Mesosphere dealt with various aspects of the response of the ionosphere-thermosphere coupled system and the middle atmosphere to solar variability. There were four plenary talks related to the theme of this working group, thirteen oral presentations in three sessions and six poster presentations. A number of issues related to effects of solar variability on the ionosphere-thermosphere, observed using satellite and ground-based data including ground magnetometer observations, radio beacon studies of equatorial spread F, and modeling of some of these effects, were discussed. Radar observations of the mesosphere-lower thermosphere region and a future mission to study the coupling of thunderstorm processes to this region, the ionosphere, and magnetosphere were also presented.

  15. Higher-order nonlinear effects in a Josephson parametric amplifier

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    Kochetov, Bogdan A.; Fedorov, Arkady

    2015-12-01

    Nonlinearity of the current-phase relationship of a Josephson junction is the key resource for a Josephson parametric amplifier (JPA) as well as for a Josephson traveling-wave parametric amplifier, the only devices in which the quantum limit for added noise has so far been approached at microwave frequencies. A standard approach to describe JPA takes into account only the lowest order (cubic) nonlinearity resulting in a Duffing-like oscillator equation of motion or in a Kerr-type nonlinearity term in the Hamiltonian. In this paper we derive the quantum expression for the gain of JPA including all orders of the Josephson junction nonlinearity in the linear response regime. We then analyze gain saturation effect for stronger signals within a semiclassical approach. Our results reveal nonlinear effects of higher orders and their implications for operation of a JPA.

  16. A Review of Low Frequency Electromagnetic Wave Phenomena Related to Tropospheric-Ionospheric Coupling Mechanisms

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    Simoes, Fernando; Pfaff, Robert; Berthelier, Jean-Jacques; Klenzing, Jeffrey

    2012-01-01

    Investigation of coupling mechanisms between the troposphere and the ionosphere requires a multidisciplinary approach involving several branches of atmospheric sciences, from meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, and fulminology to aeronomy, plasma physics, and space weather. In this work, we review low frequency electromagnetic wave propagation in the Earth-ionosphere cavity from a troposphere-ionosphere coupling perspective. We discuss electromagnetic wave generation, propagation, and resonance phenomena, considering atmospheric, ionospheric and magnetospheric sources, from lightning and transient luminous events at low altitude to Alfven waves and particle precipitation related to solar and magnetospheric processes. We review in situ ionospheric processes as well as surface and space weather phenomena that drive troposphere-ionosphere dynamics. Effects of aerosols, water vapor distribution, thermodynamic parameters, and cloud charge separation and electrification processes on atmospheric electricity and electromagnetic waves are reviewed. We also briefly revisit ionospheric irregularities such as spread-F and explosive spread-F, sporadic-E, traveling ionospheric disturbances, Trimpi effect, and hiss and plasma turbulence. Regarding the role of the lower boundary of the cavity, we review transient surface phenomena, including seismic activity, earthquakes, volcanic processes and dust electrification. The role of surface and atmospheric gravity waves in ionospheric dynamics is also briefly addressed. We summarize analytical and numerical tools and techniques to model low frequency electromagnetic wave propagation and solving inverse problems and summarize in a final section a few challenging subjects that are important for a better understanding of tropospheric-ionospheric coupling mechanisms.

  17. Extraordinary induction heating effect near the first order Curie transition

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    Barati, M. R.; Selomulya, C.; Sandeman, K. G.; Suzuki, K.

    2014-10-01

    While materials with a 1st order Curie transition (TC) are known for the magnetic cooling effect due to the reversibility of their large entropy change, they also have a great potential as a candidate material for induction heating where a large loss power is required under a limited alternating magnetic field. We have carried out a proof-of-concept study on the induction heating effect in 1st order ferromagnetic materials where the temperature is self-regulated at TC. LaFe11.57Si1.43H1.75, a well-known magnetocaloric material, was employed in this study because TC of this compound (319 K) resides in the ideal temperature range for hyperthermia treatment of cancerous cells. It is found that the hysteresis loss of LaFe11.57Si1.43H1.75 increases dramatically near TC due to the magnetic phase coexistence associated with the 1st order magnetic transition. The spontaneous magnetization (Ms) shows a very abrupt decrease from 110 Am2kg-1 at 316 K to zero at 319 K. This large Ms immediately below TC along with the enhanced irreversibility of the hysteresis curve result in a specific absorption rate as large as 0.5 kWg-1 under a field of 8.8 kAm-1 at 279 kHz. This value is nearly an order of magnitude larger than that observed under the same condition for conventional iron oxide-based materials. Moreover, the large heating effect is self-regulated at the 1st order TC (319 K). This proof-of-concept study shows that the extraordinary heating effect near the 1st order Curie point opens up a novel alloy design strategy for large, self-regulated induction heating.

  18. Birth-Order Effects in the Academically Talented.

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    Parker, Wayne D.

    1998-01-01

    Birth-order position was studied among 828 academically talented sixth-grade students. When compared to census data, the sample was disproportionately composed of first-born students. However, this effect was largely explained by the covariate of family size, with small families over represented among the gifted. Other findings indicated no

  19. Birth-Order Effects in the Academically Talented.

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    Parker, Wayne D.

    1998-01-01

    Birth-order position was studied among 828 academically talented sixth-grade students. When compared to census data, the sample was disproportionately composed of first-born students. However, this effect was largely explained by the covariate of family size, with small families over represented among the gifted. Other findings indicated no…

  20. On the reliability of the Spatial Scintillation Index to detect earthquake precursors in the ionosphere

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    Masci, F.; Thomas, J. N.

    2015-08-01

    The scientific literature includes many reports of ionospheric phenomena that are retrospectively identified prior to seismic events. These disturbances of the Earth's ionosphere are considered to be possible precursors of the impending earthquakes. However, a causal relationship between ionospheric phenomena and earthquakes has never been definitively demonstrated, and attempts at identifying precursory effects in the ionosphere have been called into question by several studies. Among the candidate indicators of ionospheric precursors there is the Spatial Scintillation Index (SSI) proposed by Pulinets et al. (2007). The usefulness of this index in the search for precursory effects of earthquakes has been criticized by Thomas et al. (2012) and Masci (2013). In a recent report, Pulinets and Davidenko (2014) attempt to briefly respond to the remarks of these researchers. Here we cast doubt that Pulinets and Davidenko (2014) have shown that SSI is a reliable indicator of precursory effects of earthquakes in the ionosphere.

  1. Radio tomography and scintillation studies of ionospheric electron density modification caused by a powerful HF-wave and magnetic zenith effect at mid-latitudes

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    Tereshchenko, E. D.; Khudukon, B. Z.; Gurevich, A. V.; Zybin, K. P.; Frolov, V. L.; Myasnikov, E. N.; Muravieva, N. V.; Carlson, H. C.

    Observations of the ionospheric electron density modified by a powerful wave of the Sura HF heating facility were carried out in Russia at middle latitudes in August 2002. Amplitude scintillations and variations of the phase of VHF signals from Russian orbiting satellites passing over the heated region along the chain of three satellite receivers have been recorded. The experimental data were converted to electron density maps using a stochastic inversion. Tomographic measurements conducted during a low magnetic activity revealed that HF powerful waves can produce significant electron density disturbances up to heights significantly exceeding altitudes of the F layer peak. Both large-scale plasma enhancements and small- scale density irregularities can be generated by the HF radiation. Wavy density structures were also observed within a sector which is much wider than the area covered by the main lobe of the heating antenna. Small-scale density irregularities are mostly field-aligned although large-scale structures can be detected within a much larger area. A distinctive peculiarity of electron density changes occurred during heating is producing a zone of low density inside the area illuminated by the antenna beam. The results indicate that satellite radio tomography and scintillation measurements are effective diagnostic techniques giving a valuable information to studies of effects induced by HF modification. The complete system of plasma density disturbances describing by the theory of "the magnetic zenith effect" has been for the first time studied in this paper. A good agreement between the theory and experimental data has been obtained.

  2. Radio tomography and scintillation studies of ionospheric electron density modification caused by a powerful HF-wave and magnetic zenith effect at mid-latitudes

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    Tereshchenko, E. D.; Khudukon, B. Z.; Gurevich, A. V.; Zybin, K. P.; Frolov, V. L.; Myasnikov, E. N.; Muravieva, N. V.; Carlson, H. C.

    2004-05-01

    Observations of the ionospheric electron density modified by a powerful wave of the Sura HF heating facility were carried out in Russia at middle latitudes in August 2002. Amplitude scintillations and variations of the phase of VHF signals from Russian orbiting satellites passing over the heated region along the chain of three satellite receivers have been recorded. The experimental data were converted to electron density maps using a stochastic inversion. Tomographic measurements conducted during a low magnetic activity revealed that HF powerful waves can produce significant electron density disturbances up to heights significantly exceeding altitudes of the F layer peak. Both large-scale plasma enhancements and small-scale density irregularities can be generated by the HF radiation. Wavy density structures were also observed within a sector which is much wider than the area covered by the main lobe of the heating antenna. Small-scale density irregularities are mostly field-aligned although large-scale structures can be detected within a much larger area. A distinctive peculiarity of electron density changes occurred during heating is producing a zone of low density inside the area illuminated by the antenna beam. The results indicate that satellite radio tomography and scintillation measurements are effective diagnostic techniques giving a valuable information to studies of effects induced by HF modification. The complete system of plasma density disturbances describing by the theory of the magnetic zenith effect has been for the first time studied in this Letter. A good agreement between the theory and experimental data has been obtained.

  3. Transport from higher order g-jitter effects.

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    Naumann, Robert J

    2002-10-01

    Large complex spacecraft, such as the International Space Station (ISS), will have a rich spectrum of vibrational modes that will be excited by crew activity as well as by on-board mechanical systems. The response of various experiments to this vibratory environment is not completely understood and has been a subject of concern to the users community. Since these vibrations arise for the most part from internal forces, the net acceleration must time-average to zero. Steady state periodic accelerations applied to a fluid in a completely filled container with an imposed density gradient will drive first-order flows that time-average to zero. Likewise, the resulting first-order thermal and solutal fluctuations time-average to zero. Over the range of frequencies in the vibrational environment expected on the ISS, the velocity oscillations tend to be nearly 90 degrees out of phase with the thermal and/or solutal fluctuations; consequently, little net transport occurs from the first-order effects. We must, therefore, examine possible higher-order effects that can lead to significant net transport. Second-order flows with non-zero time averages arise from the non-linear terms in the flow equations and from incomplete cancellation of first-order flows if the density gradient changes with time, or if the periodic acceleration has both axial and transverse components relative to the imposed density gradient. The time-average of such flows can be expressed in terms of the sum of the square of each periodic acceleration, weighted by the appropriate function of the frequency, taken over all frequencies; or as the weighted integral over the power spectral distribution (PSD) of the frequency spectrum. Approximate analytical solutions for these second-order flows, which agree closely with numerical computations, have been found using a perturbation analysis. These analytical models are then used to predict the effects of the anticipated vibratory environment on various classes of experiments planned for the ISS. Even though these second-order flows are much smaller than the first-order flows, it is shown that they can produce significant transport. PMID:12446311

  4. Mass spectrometry in ionospheric research.

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    Ferguson, Eldon E

    2007-01-01

    Mass spectrometry played a key role in the development of the understanding of the earth's ionosphere. Of primary importance was its use for in situ atmospheric measurements of the ion and neutral composition of the atmosphere. Mass spectrometry has also played an essential role in the laboratory measurement of critical ionospheric molecular processes. Examples of both are given. PMID:17099890

  5. Higher order and asymmetry effects on saturation of magnetic islands

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    Smolyakov, A. I.; International Institute for Fusion Science, UMR7345, Aix Marseille Universit, CNRS, IIFS-PIIM, Marseille 13397; NRC Kurchatov Institute, 1 Kurchatov Sqr., Moscow 123182 ; Poye, A.; Agullo, O.; Benkadda, S.; Garbet, X.

    2013-06-15