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Sample records for ionospheric plasma convection

  1. Strong IMF By-Related Plasma Convection in the Ionosphere and Cusp Field-Aligned Currents Under Northward IMF Conditions

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    Le, G.; Lu, G.; Strangeway, R. J.; Pfaff, R. F., Jr.; Vondrak, Richard R. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We present in this paper an investigation of IMF-By related plasma convection and cusp field-aligned currents using FAST data and AMIE model during a prolonged interval with large positive IMF By and northward Bz conditions (By/Bz much greater than 1). Using the FAST single trajectory observations to validate the global convection patterns at key times and key locations, we have demonstrated that the AMIE procedure provides a reasonably good description of plasma circulations in the ionosphere during this interval. Our results show that the plasma convection in the ionosphere is consistent with the anti-parallel merging model. When the IMF has a strongly positive By component under northward conditions, we find that the global plasma convection forms two cells oriented nearly along the Sun-earth line in the ionosphere. In the northern hemisphere, the dayside cell has clockwise convection mainly circulating within the polar cap on open field lines. A second cell with counterclockwise convection is located in the nightside circulating across the polar cap boundary, The observed two-cell convection pattern appears to be driven by the reconnection along the anti-parallel merging lines poleward of the cusp extending toward the dusk side when IMF By/Bz much greater than 1. The magnetic tension force on the newly reconnected field lines drives the plasma to move from dusk to dawn in the polar cusp region near the polar cap boundary. The field-aligned currents in the cusp region flow downward into the ionosphere. The return field-aligned currents extend into the polar cap in the center of the dayside convection cell. The field-aligned currents are closed through the Peterson currents in the ionosphere, which flow poleward from the polar cap boundary along the electric field direction.

  2. Is the ionospheric plasma convection causing GOCE's anomalies at the geomagnetic poles?

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    Marz, Stefan; Schlicht, Anja

    2016-04-01

    In the gradients Vyy of the GOCE gravity field mission signals were observed in the region of the poles, which do not exhibit gravity field signatures and therefore suggest distinct systematic errors. In this connection also correlations with the cross track common mode are visible, whereby an insufficient calibration of the gradiometer is generally assumed. In the present thesis a correlation between the cross track common mode and Vyy is highlighted in more detail and the effect by natural low frequency signals in the ionosphere is discussed as another possible reason for the accelerometer deflections. Relating to the cross track accelerations thermospheric winds are the only discussed reason. As a result, it is clear that the distinct signal peaks particularly reveal correlations with the geomagnetic activity, as well as seasonal dependencies. In addition, it can be determined that these signal peaks occur exclusively in the area of polar latitudes and show connections with the areas of polar caps and aurora ovals. The behaviour of the signal peaks further exhibits a distinct influence by the By component of the interplanetary magnetic field. Distinct correlations of the cross track common mode reveal with the ionospheric plasma convection. Regarding the yy gradients it is determined that aspects correlate with the common mode, but the common mode can not explain the full signal.

  3. Relationship of Topside Ionospheric Ion Outflows to Auroral Forms and Precipitations, Plasma Waves, and Convection Observed by POLAR

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    Hirahara, M.; Horwitz, J. L.; Moore, T. E.; Germany, G. A.; Spann, J. F.; Peterson, W. K.; Shelley, E. G.; Chandler, M. O.; Giles, B. L.; Craven, P. D.; Pollock, C. J.; Gurnett, D. A.; Persoon, A. M.; Scudder, J. D.; Maynard, N. C.; Mozer, F. S.; Brittnacher, M. J.; Nagai, T.

    1997-01-01

    The POLAR satellite often observes upflowing ionospheric ions (UFls) in and near the auroral oval on southern perigee (approximately 5000 km altitude) passes. We present the UFI features observed by the thermal ion dynamics experiment (TIDE) and the toroidal imaging mass-angle spectrograph (TIMAS) in the dusk-dawn sector under two different geomagnetic activity conditions in order to elicit their relationships with auroral forms, wave emissions, and convection pattern from additional POLAR instruments. During the active interval, the ultraviolet imager (UVI) observed a bright discrete aurora on the dusk side after the substorm onset and then observed a small isolated aurora form and diffuse auroras on the dawn side during the recovery phase. The UFls showed clear conic distributions when the plasma wave instrument (PWI) detected strong broadband wave emissions below approximately 10 kHz, while no significant auroral activities were observed by UVI. At higher latitudes, the low-energy UFI conics gradually changed to the polar wind component with decreasing intensity of the broadband emissions. V-shaped auroral kilometric radiation (AKR) signatures observed above approximately 200 kHz by PWI coincided with the region where the discrete aurora and the UFI beams were detected. The latitude of these features was lower than that of the UFI conics. During the observations of the UFI beams and conics, the lower-frequency fluctuations observed by the electric field instrument (EFI) were also enhanced, and the convection directions exhibited large fluctuations. It is evident that large electrostatic potential drops produced the precipitating electrons and discrete auroras, the UFI beams, and the AKR, which is also supported by the energetic plasma data from HYDRA. Since the intense broadband emissions were also observed with the UFIs. the ionospheric ions could be energized transversely before or during the parallel acceleration due to the potential drops.

  4. Relationship of Topside Ionospheric Ion Outflows to Auroral Forms and Precipitation, Plasma Waves, and Convection Observed by Polar

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    Hirahara, M.; Horwitz, J. L.; Moore, T. E.; Germany, G. A.; Spann, J. F.; Peterson, W. K.; Shelley, E. G.; Chandler, M. O.; Giles, B. L.; Craven, P. D.; Pollock, C. J.; Gurnett, D. A.; Pickett, J. S.; Persoon, A. M.; Scudder, J. D.; Maynard, N. C.; Mozer, F. S.; Brittnacher, M. J.; Nagai, T.

    1998-01-01

    The POLAR satellite often observes upflowing ionospheric ions (UFIs) in and near the aurora] oval on southern perigee (approx. 5000 km altitude) passes. We present the UFI features observed by the thermal ion dynamics experiment (TIDE) and the toroidal imaging mass angle spectrograph (TIMAS) in the dusk-dawn sector under two different geomagnetic activity conditions in order to elicit their relationships with auroral forms, wave emissions, and convection pattern from additional POLAR instruments. During the active interval, the ultraviolet imager (UVI) observed a bright discrete aurora on the duskside after the substorm onset and then observed a small isolated aurora form and diffuse auroras on the dawnside during the recovery phase. The UFIs showed clear conic distributions when the plasma wave instrument (PWI) detected strong broadband wave emissions below approx. 10 kHz, while no significant auroral activities were observed by UVI. At higher latitudes, the low-energy UFI conics gradually changed to the polar wind component with decreasing intensity of the broadband emissions. V-shaped auroral kilometric radiation (AKR) signatures observed above -200 kHz by PWI coincided with the region where the discrete aurora and the UFI beams were detected. The latitude of these features was lower than that of the UFI conics. During the observations of the UFI beams and conics, the lower-frequency fluctuations observed by the electric field instrument were also enhanced, and the convection directions exhibited large fluctuations. It is evident that large electrostatic potential drops produced the precipitating electrons and discrete auroras, the UFI beams, and the AKR, which is also supported by the energetic plasma data from HYDRA. Since the intense broadband emissions were also observed with the UFIs, the ionospheric ions could be energized transversely before or during the parallel acceleration due to the potential drops.

  5. Convective cell generation by kinetic Alfven wave turbulence in the auroral ionosphere

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    Zhao, J. S.; Wu, D. J.; Yu, M. Y.; Lu, J. Y.

    2012-06-15

    Modulation of convective cells by kinetic Alfven wave (KAW) turbulence is investigated. The interaction is governed by a nonlinear dispersion relation for the convective cells. It is shown that KAW turbulence is disrupted by excitation of the large-scale convective motion through a resonant instability. Application of the results to the auroral ionosphere shows that cross-scale coupling of the KAW turbulence and convective cells plays an important role in the evolution of ionospheric plasma turbulence.

  6. Ionospheric convection associated with discrete levels of particle precipitation

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    Foster, J.C.; Holt, J.M.; Musgrove, R.G.; Evans, D.S.

    1986-07-01

    A precipitation index is described which quantifies the intensity and spatial extent of high-latitude particle precipitation based on observations made along individual satellite passes. By sorting plasma-convection data according to this index, average patterns of the ionospheric convection electric field were derived from a data set consisting of five years' observations by the Millstone Hill radar. Reference to the instantaneous precipitation index, and the average patterns keyed to it, provides a means of characterizing the global precipitation and convection patterns throughout an event.

  7. Effects of different convection models upon the high-latitude ionosphere

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    Rasmussen, C.E.; Schunk, R.W.; Sojka, J.J.

    1986-01-01

    It is well known that convection electric fields have an important effect on the ionosphere at high latitudes and that a quantitative understanding of their effect requires a knowledge of plasma convection over the entire high latitude region. Two empirical models of plasma convection that have been proposed for use in studying the ionosphere are the Volland and Heelis models. Both of these models provide a similar description of two-celled ionospheric convection, but they differ in several ways, in particular, in the manner in which plasma flows over the central polar-cap and near the polar cap boundary. To obtain a better understanding of the way in which these two models affect the ionosphere, two separate runs of the high-latitude, time-dependent ionospheric model were made, with only the convection models distinguishing the two runs. It was found that the two models lead to differences in the ionosphere but often the differences are subtle and are swamped by universal time effects. The most notable differences are in predictions of the height of the F2 peak and in the ion temperature, particularly along the evening polar-cap boundary and in the cusp region. For these two parameters, the differences caused by the two different convection models dominate the universal time effects. One question that arises is whether one could examine measurements of plasma density and temperature and determine which of the two convection models most accurately represents actual ionospheric convection.

  8. Studies of ionospheric plasma and electrodynamics and their application to ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling

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    Heelis, R. A.

    1988-01-01

    The contribution of the Dynamics Explorer (DE) program to the study of small-scale structure in the equatorial ionospheric number density and the bulk motion of the plasma in the equatorial ionosphere is considered. DE results have helped elucidate the role of E region and F region winds in decreasing the magnitude of variations in the east-west plasma drift at night, as a function of magnetic flux tube apex height, with increasing height above the altitude of the peak F region concentration. Other results concern the ionospheric convection pattern at high latitudes during periods of southward IMF, the magnetosphere/solar-wind interaction that may be involved in the production of the convection pattern, and the characteristics of the high-latitude ionospheric plasma motion during periods of northward IMF.

  9. Ionospheric plasma cloud dynamics

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    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.

  10. An interplanetary magnetic field dependent model of the ionospheric convection electric field

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    Sojka, J. J.; Rasmussen, C. E.; Schunk, R. W.

    1986-01-01

    An IMF-dependent model of the magnetospheric electric field at ionospheric altitudes has been developed based on published observations, qualitative models, and a limited understanding of the electric field source. The empirical inputs are discussed, and the model is presented in an ionospheric convection situation where corotation is an important ingredient. This leads to a description of sunward ionospheric plasma transport in the polar cap for northward IMF orientations. The validity of the model is discussed, and areas in which more empirical results are required are specified.

  11. Simulation of plasma motion in the polar ionosphere. Master's Thesis

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    Deist, D.W.

    1994-09-01

    A model of plasma motion in the polar ionosphere is presented. Plasma motion due to polar convection and corotation above 50 deg N is modeled. The universal time (UT)-dependent corotation electric field (in the geomagnetic frame) is added to a polar convection electric field that is UT-dependent in the geographic frame and the total is displayed in both reference frames. To simulate actual magnetic conditions, varying polar convection patterns may be used by the model the authors have developed. Trajectories of single plasma parcels and regions of plasma are calculated. The calculated trajectories are displayed in the geographic and magnetic inertial reference frames. The model developed is applied to the study of a region of electron depletion near the pole, a polar hole. Changes in the size and location of the polar hole are explained in terms of a changing convection pattern. The results of this thesis are being used by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to further study ionospheric plasma motion.

  12. Plasma convection in Neptune's magnetosphere

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    Selesnick, R. S.

    1990-01-01

    The magnetosphere of Neptune changes its magnetic configuration continuously as the planet rotates, leading to a strong modulation of the convection electric field. Even though the corotation speed is considerably larger, the modulation causes the small convection speed to have a cumulative effect, much like the acceleration of particles in a cyclotron. A model calculation shows that plasma on one side of the planet convects out of the magnetosphere in a few planetary rotations, while on the other side it convects slowly planetward. The observation of nitrogen ions from a Triton plasma torus may provide a critical test of the model.

  13. Plasma interactions in the Martian Nightside Ionosphere

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    Andersson, L.; Fowler, C. M.; Ergun, R.; Weber, T. D.; Andrews, D. J.; Morooka, M. W.; Delory, G. T.; Eriksson, A. I.; Mitchell, D. L.; McFadden, J. P.; Connerney, J. E. P.

    2015-12-01

    Based on measurements from a number of missions at Mars the nightside ionosphere is patchy. The new mission MAVEN dedicated to observe the upper atmosphere and the plasma interactions provides the first comprehensive observations of the low altitude nightside ionosphere. Observations show that at density gradients the plasma is unstable and significant wave power, heated/accelerated electrons, and heated ions are co-located. Below 300 km, thermal electrons (>3 eV) are observed at the gradients to low density regions. The nightside ionosphere below 180 km is thought to be maintained by electron impact ionization and therefore these regions with thermal electrons may be the primary energy source for the low altitude ionosphere. Outside of the low density regions the plasma is cold. These observations suggest that the wave heating might be the primary process in the Matrian nightside ionosphere. The characteristics of these regions associated with density gradients will be presented and discussed in this presentation.

  14. Plasma density features associated with strong convection in the winter high-latitude F region

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    Sojka, J. J.; Raitt, W. J.; Schunk, R. W.

    1981-01-01

    A single plasma convection model was combined with an ionospheric-atmospheric composition model to study plasma density features associated with string convection in the winter high-latitude F region. Time dependent, three-dimensional, ion density distributions for NO(+), O2(+), N2(+), O(+) and He(+) were produced, and the ionosphere above 42 deg N magnetic latitude was covered for 24 hours. The study found that for strong and weak convection, electron density exhibited a variation with altitude, latitude, longitude and universal time. Ionospheric features were evident for strong convection, but modified in comparison with those found for slow convection. Also found for strong convection was a more pronounced tongue of ionization, the appearance of a new polar hole in the polar cap, and a midlatitude electron density trough that was not as deep as found for a weak convection. In addition, good agreement was found between predictions and Atmosphere Explorer measurements of ion composition variation with latitude and local time.

  15. Evidence for Gravity Wave Seeding of Convective Ionosphere Storms Initiated by Deep Troposphere Convection

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    Kelley, M. C.; Pfaff, R. F., Jr.; Dao, E. V.; Holzworth, R. H., II

    2014-12-01

    With the increase in solar activity, the Communications/Outage Forecast System satellite (C/NOFS) now goes below the F peak. As such, we now can study the development of Convective Ionospheric Storms (CIS) and, most importantly, large-scale seeding of the low growth-rate Rayleigh-Taylor (R-T) instability. Two mechanisms have been suggested for such seeding: the Collisional Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability (CKHI) and internal atmospheric gravity waves. A number of observations have shown that the spectrum of fully developed topside structures peaks at 600 km and extends to over 1000 km. These structures are exceedingly difficult to explain by CKHI. Here we show that sinusoidal plasma oscillations on the bottomside during daytime develop classical R-T structures on the nightside with the background 600 km structure still apparent. In two case studies, thunderstorm activity was observed east of the sinusoidal features in the two hours preceding the C/NOFS passes. Thus, we argue that convective tropospheric storms are a likely source of these sinusoidal features.

  16. Simulation of the ejection of plasma from the polar ionosphere

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    Swift, Daniel W.

    1990-01-01

    In the present numerical model for calculating H(+) and O(+) ion densities, fluxes, and temperatures, as well as the temperature of electrons, on a convecting magnetic field line, the one-dimensional fluid equations are solved along a field line path extending from 100-km altitude into the magnetotail. The evolution of O(+) and H(+) densities is calculated on field lines convecting over the polar cap. The results obtained indicate that centrifugal force is effective in accelerating ionospheric H(+) plasma outward into the magnetotail, while the 'smothering' effect of the H(+) plasma, on top of the O(+) plasma, prevents any ejection of the latter as long as its scale height is smaller than that of the H(+) plasma.

  17. An interpretation of the large scale ionospheric magnetic fields and the altitude distribution of the ionospheric plasma on the dayside of Venus and Mars

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    Krymskii, A. M.

    Due to the sensitivity of the plasma scale height to the ability of the ionospheres of Venus and Mars to stand off the solar wind flow, as well as its sensitivity to the details of ionospheric plasma convection, the features of the magnetic field can manifest themselves in the plasma scale height. It is presently demonstrated that the scale height of the plasma is proportional to the neutral atmosphere scale height if the magnetic field pressure is low and the vertical magnetic field is small, as is typical for the 'overpressure' region where the solar wind pressure exceeds ionospheric thermal pressure. In other cases, diffusive equilibrium exists.

  18. Magnetospheric control of the bulk ionospheric plasma

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

    1987-01-01

    The temperature, composition, and circulation of the high-latitude, ionosphere display a marked variation with altitude, latitude, longitude, universal time, season, solar cycle, and geomagnetic activity. This variation is largely a consequence of the effect that magnetospheric electric fields, particle precipitation, and heat flows have on the ionosphere. At F-region altitudes, the entire ionosphere drifts in response to magnetospheric electric fields, with the horizontal drift generally displaying a two-cell pattern of antisunward flow over the polar cap and return flow at lower latitudes. This ionospheric motion, in combination with downward magnetospheric heat flows and ion production due to energetic-particle precipitation, act to produce interesting ionospheric features such as ion and electron temperature hot spots, plasma blobs, localized ionization troughs, and extended tongue of ionization, and anomalous F-region peak altitudes and densities. The time delay for the ionosphere to respond to changing magnetospheric conditions is a strong function of altitude and can be as long as 3 to 4 hours in the upper F-region. The ionosphere's response to changing magnetospheric conditions are described using a time-dependent high-latitude ionospheric model.

  19. Self-consistent modelling of the polar thermosphere and ionosphere to magnetospheric convection and precipitation (invited review)

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    Rees, D.; Fuller-Rowell, T.; Quegan, S.; Moffett, R.

    1986-01-01

    It has recently been demonstrated that the dramatic effects of plasma precipitation and convection on the composition and dynamics of the polar thermosphere and ionosphere include a number of strong interactive, or feedback, processes. To aid the evaluation of these feedback processes, a joint three dimensional time dependent global model of the Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere was developed in a collaboration between University College London and Sheffield University. This model includes self consistent coupling between the thermosphere and the ionosphere in the polar regions. Some of the major features in the polar ionosphere, which the initial simulations indicate are due to the strong coupling of ions and neutrals in the presence of strong electric fields and energetic electron precipitation are reviewed. The model is also able to simulate seasonal and Universal time variations in the polar thermosphere and ionospheric regions which are due to the variations of solar photoionization in specific geomagnetic regions such as the cusp and polar cap.

  20. Ionospheric convection and structure using ground-based digital ionosondes. Technical report, August 1986-June 1987

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    Reinisch, B.W.; Buchau, J.; Weber, E.J.; McNamara, L.F.; Tang, J.S.

    1988-02-01

    Ground-based digital ionosonde observations of the winter polar-cap F region were used to demonstrate that the magnetospherically induced ionospheric convection can be measured for the bottomside ionosphere. A number of measurements indicate that the drift direction is predominately anti-sunward with speeds that vary between 300 and 900 meters/second. Other measurements show a steady westward drift until local magnetic midnight and then a change to an eastward drift. The ionospheric drifts are consistent with the expected sunward return flows of the two-cell polar-plasma convection pattern. The utility of data from a network of digital ionosondes is enhanced through automatic scaling of parameters needed for research and radio wave propagation management. The values of hmF2 deduced by real-height analysis of automatically scaled Digisonde ionograms were compared with simple methods based on routinely scaled ionospheric characteristics. Systematic discrepancies were found between the hmF2 values obtained from the simple methods and the real-height analysis. Overestimates of 15-20 km were found for the night data from five stations and low solar activity. Daytime discrepancies are normally less, with 80% showing agreement within + or - 10 km.

  1. Electrodynamics and plasma processes in the ionosphere

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    Heelis, R. A.

    1987-01-01

    The paper examines the advances achieved between 1983 and 1986 on understanding ionospheric electrodynamics and associated plasma processes, including an assessment of the roles of the E- and F-region neutral winds in providing the large-scale electric field in the ionosphere, as well as of the influence of electric fields of magnetospheric origin on the motion and distribution of plasma. Studies of the factors affecting the creation and evolution of plasma structure with many different scale sizes are discussed. Consideration is also given to the ground-based and in situ techniques used in these studies.

  2. System Effects of Ionospheric-Magnetospheric Plasma Redistribution During Storms (Invited)

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    Lotko, W.

    2009-12-01

    How does the magnetospheric uptake of ionospheric plasma change during storms, while the underlying ionosphere is modified by enhanced convection, precipitation and outflow? How does the outflow influence the dynamics and coupling of the magnetosphere and ionosphere, including plasma and geomagnetic field conditions of the lobes, plasmasheet and inner magnetosphere, and the evolution of the ionospheric conductance, temperature, and density? This paper addresses these questions by synthesizing results from selected presentations of the session. Observations of the F-region plasma and particle measurements in the low-altitude, high-latitude magnetosphere, lobes and plasmasheet are combined with results from ion outflow models, global kinetic models, ring-current models, and global geospace simulations. The synthesis shows that stormtime ionospheric outflows are superfluent in the cusp region with an upper flux limit of 1014 ions/m2-s. O+ beams appear in the lobes before interplanetary shock impact, and they exhibit dawn-dusk and hemispherical asymmetries, also manifested in the plasmasheet. The outflows enhance the stormtime ring current, relative to a system state with no ionospheric outflow. The distribution and intensity of the ring-current pressure depends also on the convection and the self-consistently induced magnetic field. In global simulations, the outflows modify dayside and nightside reconnection, precipitating electron power, the ionospheric conductance, the transpolar potential, and the electrodynamics of the magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction.

  3. Plasma Sheet Response to the Ionosphere's Demand for Field-Aligned Current

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    Coroniti, F. V.; Pritchett, P. L.

    2007-12-01

    Magnetospheric convection electric fields and plasma stresses are transmitted to the ionosphere by Alfvén wave electric fields and field-aligned currents (FACs). The closure of the FACs by ionospheric Hall and Pedersen currents drives the ionospheric convection system. However, the ionospheric system does not necessarily mesh smoothly with the magnetospheric drivers, and the magnetosphere must respond by altering its convection and plasma stress configuration, thereby creating self-consistent closure paths for the complete coupled system of currents and electric potentials. Three-dimensional particle-in-cell plasma kinetic simulations are used to determine the plasma sheet response to various current systems imposed as boundary conditions at the near-Earth boundary. These systems consist of separate downward and upward tubes of FAC and a substorm current wedge configuration. The results demonstrate that the creation of closure paths for ionospheric FACs can result in large configuration changes within the near-Earth plasma sheet. The plasma sheet is forced to establish polarization electric fields that locally increase the cross-tail current by producing a duskward Hall electron current; this results in the formation of thin (in z), spatially localized (in y) electron-dominated Hall current sheets. The observed complex magnetic field configuration with opposite polarity Bz fields in close proximity separated by electron scale thin current sheets is reminiscent of the turbulent magnetic fields that are observed within the near-Earth current disruption region at substorm breakup [ Lui et al., 1988, 1992].

  4. Magnetotail-Ionosphere Coupling in a Steady Magnetospheric Convection Flow Brake

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    Lotko, W.; Zhang, B.; Brambles, O. J.

    2010-12-01

    The interaction between the magnetotail and ionosphere in a region of reconnection flow braking is analyzed in a global (LFM) MHD simulation. The simulation includes electrostatic coupling at the low-altitude simulation boundary using the ionospheric Ohm’s law, current continuity, mapping of field-aligned current through the MI gap region with allowance for a field-aligned potential drop, and the effects of electron precipitation using the Knight-Fridman-Lemaire formulation for the number and energy fluxes of precipitating electrons in the Robinson et al (1987) empirical relations for dependence of Pedersen and Hall conductances on auroral precipitation. The simulation is driven by constant SW/IMF conditions with Vsw = 400 km/s, Nsw = 5/cc, and Bz = - 10 nT. It settles into a quasi-stationary, steady magnetospheric convection (SMC) state after an initiating substorm. The magnetotail and braking of the reconnection flow in the SMC state exhibit significant dawn-dusk asymmetry due to the interaction with the ionosphere, which also exhibits dawn-dusk asymmetry due to the effects of intense electron precipitation in the pre-midnight region of upward field-aligned current. These strong asymmetries in the magnetosphere and ionosphere disappear when the ionospheric Hall conductance is treated as constant. The electromagnetic dynamo (local magnetotail Jy < 0) produced by braking of the more intense, duskside reconnection flow powers ionospheric Joule dissipation in a pre-midnight (Bostrom) Type 1 auroral current circuit, which develops at the poleward edge of the conductance gradient in the nightside convection throat. Hall currents are diverted into field-aligned currents in this region as the convection streamlines begin to turn sunward (see figure). Hall currents also connect these field-aligned currents to the R2 current dynamo that projects from the inner magnetosphere to lower latitudes. Large Alfvénic Poynting fluxes flow into the premidnight auroral zone from

  5. 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.

    1983-04-01

    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.

  6. Stimulated plasma waves in the ionosphere

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    Benson, R. F.

    1977-01-01

    The reported discussion is concerned with longitudinal waves associated with electron motions. These waves are easily stimulated in the ionosphere by rocket- and satellite-borne RF sounders. Most of the observations of stimulated plasma waves in the ionosphere are based on ionograms obtained from the sounders carried on board five satellites, including Explorer 20, Alouette 1 and 2, and ISIS 1 and 2. The majority of the observations can be explained by considering the propagation of the sounder-stimulated plasma waves. Attention is given to aspects of plasma wave dispersion, linear phenomena, plasma wave instabilities and nonlinear phenomena, unexplained phenomena, diagnostic applications, geophysical and astrophysical applications, and a number of experiments planned for the future.

  7. EISCAT velocity patterns for theoretical plasma convection models

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    Rishbeth, H.; Sojka, J. J.

    1986-01-01

    Theoretical line-of-sight velocities, as would be observed by the EISCAT radar, are computed for idealized models of plasma convection in the polar ionosphere. The calculations give the velocity as a function of range and Universal Time. For several variants of the Volland and Heelis convection models, how the maxima, minima and reversals of velocity depend on beam azimuth is examined. The analysis is designed to be applied to data from the UK-POLAR experiment, an example of which is shown.

  8. Ionospheric Plasma Disturbances and Effects on Radio Waves

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    2007-11-02

    power HF waves. This study will be based on to propose future heating experiments in Alaska, using the newly constructed HAARP facility. 2. Summary...unlimited 13. ABSTRACT (Maximum 200 words) Ionospheric plasma heating experiments were conducted at Arecibo to investigate generation of ionospheric plasma...Plasma Research Group at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center has been conducting ionospheric plasma heating experiments at Arecibo, using the

  9. Cyclotron resonance absorption in ionospheric plasma

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    Villalon, Elena

    1991-04-01

    The mode conversion of ordinary polarized electromagnetic waves into electrostatic cyclotron waves in the inhomogeneous ionospheric plasma is investigated. Near resonance the warm plasma dispersion relation is a function of the angle theta between the geomagnetic field and the density gradient and of the wave frequency omega, which lies between the electron cyclotron frequency and its doubling. The differential equations describing the electric field amplitudes near the plasma resonance are studied, including damping at the second gyroharmonic. The energy transmission coefficients and power absorbed by the cyclotron waves are calculated. The vertical penetration of the plasma wave amplitudes is estimated using a WKB analysis of the wave equation.

  10. The variability, morphology and outflow of Martian ionospheric plasma

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    Lundin, R.; Barabash, S.; Winningham, D.

    2009-04-01

    ASPERA-3 measurements from Mars Express demonstrate that Martian ionospheric plasma escapes in a comet-like fashion. Low-energy (cold) ionospheric plasma is swept from the dayside, expanding into the nightside/tail of Mars. The primary energization processes brings ionospheric plasma to just above escape velocity (5 - 20 km/s). In analogy with the polar wind of the Earth, ionospheric plasma is expected to become energized by waves and electric fields generated by solar wind energy and momentum transfer processes. The rather symmetric and global comet-like escape of low-energy ionospheric plasma, streaming along the external sheath flow, suggest a "viscous-like" coupling between the sheath plasma and the expanding ionospheric plasma. The ionospheric ion outflow is very structured, fan-like and modulated in the ULF frequency range. The ionospheric densities measured vary correspondingly with time, altitude, latitude and local time. A similar variability of solar wind ions is found in the Martian magnetosheath. This implies that magnetosheath wave activity is involved, transferring energy and momentum to ionospheric ions. We demonstrate that the wave activity modulating ions and electrons, reaches down to the MEX pericenter (≈300 km), suggesting that heating/energization of ionospheric plasma extends deep into the ionosphere.

  11. Interplanetary magnetic field effects on high latitude ionospheric convection

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    Heelis, R. A.

    1985-01-01

    Relations between the electric field and the electric current in the ionosphere can be established on the basis of a system of mathematical and physical equations provided by the equations of current continuity and Ohm's law. For this reason, much of the synthesis of electric field and plasma velocity data in the F-region is made with the aid of similar data sets derived from field-aligned current and horizontal current measurements. During the past decade, the development of a self-consistent picture of the distribution and behavior of these measurements has proceeded almost in parallel. The present paper is concerned with the picture as it applies to the electric field and plasma drift velocity and its dependence on the interplanetary magnetic field. Attention is given to the southward interplanetary magnetic field and the northward interplanetary magnetic field.

  12. Dynamic interactions between ionospheric plasma and spacecraft

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    Snyder, David B.

    1995-01-01

    Studies of the interactions between the Space Station Freedom and ionospheric plasma led to an improved understanding of the dynamics of these interactions. Some of the issues related to developing and sustaining arcs in ionospheric conditions are considered. A technique for the estimation of the amplitude and duration of arcs is presented. The technique uses the capacitance of the system to estimate the peak current and then uses the charge stored to estimate the arc duration. As new technologies are implemented on spacecraft, new environmental compatibility issues will arise. Some of the issues related to driving dielectric surfaces with alternating current voltages are considered. The steady state charging criteria is that over an oscillation, the ion charge collected is compensated for by the electron charge collected. This tends to drive the average potential negative so that the dielectric surface is positive for only a small portion of the cycle.

  13. Testing Plasma Physics in the Ionosphere

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    Papadopoulos, Konstantinos

    TESTING PLASMA PHYSICS IN THE IONOSPHERE K. Papadopoulos University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 Ionospheric heaters supplemented by ground and space based diagnostic instruments, such as radars, optical cameras and photometers, HF/VLF/ELF/ULF receivers and magnetometers, radio beacons, riometers and ionosondes have for a long time being used to conduct plasma physics, geophysical and radio science investigations. The latest entry to ionospheric heating, the HF transmitter associated with the High Frequency Active Ionospheric Research Program (HAARP), was completed in February 2007. The transmitter consists of 180 antenna elements spanning 30.6 acres and can radiate 3.6 MW of HF power in the 2.8-10.0 MHz frequency range. With increasing frequency the beam-width varies from 15-5 degrees, corresponding to 20-30 dB gain and resulting in Effective Radiating Power (ERP) between .36 - 4.0 GW. The antenna can point to any direction in a cone of 30 degrees from the vertical, with a reposition time of 15 degrees in 15 microseconds resulting in super-luminous scanning speeds. The transmitter can synthesize essentially any desired waveform within the regulatory allowed bandwidth in linear and circular polarization. These capabilities far exceed those of previous ionospheric heaters and allow for new frontier research in plasma physics, geophysics and radio science. Following a brief discussion of the relationship of the new capabilities of the facility with thresholds of physical processes that could not be achieved previously, the presentation will discuss recent results in the areas of ULF/ELF/VLF generation and propagation and wave-particle interactions in the magnetosphere acquired with the completed facility. The presentation will conclude with a detailed discussion of possible frontier science experiments in the areas of Langmuir turbulence, parametric instabilities, electron acceleration, optical emissions and field aligned striations and duct generation, made

  14. Characteristics of ionospheric convection and field-aligned current in the dayside cusp region

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    Lu, G.; Lyons, L. R.; Reiff, P. H.; Denig, W. F.; Beaujardiere, O. De LA; Kroehl, H. W.; Newell, P. T.; Rich, F. J.; Opgenoorth, H.; Persson, M. A. L.

    1995-01-01

    The assimilative mapping of ionospheric electrodynamics (AMIE) technique has been used to estimate global distributions of high-latitude ionospheric convection and field-aligned current by combining data obtained nearly simultaneously both from ground and from space. Therefore, unlike the statistical patterns, the 'snapshot' distributions derived by AMIE allow us to examine in more detail the distinctions between field-aligned current systems associated with separate magnetospheric processes, especially in the dayside cusp region. By comparing the field-aligned current and ionospheric convection patterns with the corresponding spectrograms of precipitating particles, the following signatures have been identified: (1) For the three cases studied, which all had an IMF with negative y and z components, the cusp precipitation was encountered by the DMSP satellites in the postnoon sector in the northern hemisphere and in the prenoon sector in the southern hemisphere. The equatorward part of the cusp in both hemispheres is in the sunward flow region and marks the beginning of the flow rotation from sunward to antisunward. (2) The pair of field-aligned currents near local noon, i.e., the cusp/mantle currents, are coincident with the cusp or mantle particle precipitation. In distinction, the field-aligned currents on the dawnside and duskside, i.e., the normal region 1 currents, are usually associated with the plasma sheet particle precipitation. Thus the cusp/mantle currents are generated on open field lines and the region 1 currents mainly on closed field lines. (3) Topologically, the cusp/mantle currents appear as an expansion of the region 1 currents from the dawnside and duskside and they overlap near local noon. When B(sub y) is negative, in the northern hemisphere the downward field-aligned current is located poleward of the upward current; whereas in the southern hemisphere the upward current is located poleward of the downward current. (4) Under the assumption of

  15. Assessment of Plasma Transport and Convection at High Latitudes

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    1984-01-01

    The high-latitude ionosphere is strongly coupled to the thermosphere and magnetosphere. The magnetospheric coupling occurs via electric fields, field-aligned currents, and particle precipitation. Owing to the interaction of the shocked solar wind with the geomagnetic field, an electric potential difference is generated across the tail of the magnetosphere, with the resulting electric field pointing from dawn to dusk. Energetic particle precipitation from the magnetosphere in the auroral region leads to the creation of ionization and to electron, ion, and neutral gas heating. In order to assess the current understanding of plasma transport and convection at high latitudes, it is necessary to take account of the strong coupling between the ionosphere, thermosphere, and magnetosphere.

  16. Evolution of Ionospheric Convection during a Double Transpolar Arc Phenomenon on February 11, 1999

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    Narita, Y.; Maezawa, K.; Spann, J. F.; Parks, G. K.; Marklund, G. T.; Kullen, A.; Ivchenko, N.; Greenwald, R. A.; Sato, N.; Yamagishi, H.; Six, N. Frank (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    An evolution of ionospheric convection was studied for a double transpolar arc phenomenon on February 11, 1999. While one transpolar arc split from the auroral oval in the morning sector and drifted duskward, another arc appeared in the evening sector. The convection was investigated with three velocity data sets: E B drift velocities from the ASTRID-2 satellite; Ion Driftmeter data from the DMSP satellites; and Doppler-shift data from the Super-DARN radars. We inferred convection cells from these data sets and found that the number of convection cells changed from three to four as the dominance of IMF changed from a negative By to a positive Bz. Our result suggests that the ionospheric convection that has been so far discussed for various conditions of IMF may be applied even to the cases accompanied by transpolar arcs.

  17. Testing Predictions of the Ionospheric Convection from the Expanding/Contracting Polar Cap Paradigm

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    Walach, M. T.; Milan, S. E.; Yeoman, T. K.; Hairston, M. R.; Hubert, B. A.

    2015-12-01

    The expanding/contracting polar cap (ECPC) paradigm, or the time-dependent Dungey cycle, provides a theoretical framework for understanding solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. The ECPC describes the relationship between magnetopause reconnection and substorm growth phase, magnetotail reconnection and substorm expansion phase, associated changes in auroral morphology, and ionospheric convective motions. Despite the many successes of the model, there has yet to be a rigorous test of the predictions made regarding ionospheric convection, which remains a final hurdle for the validation of the ECPC. In this study we undertake a comparison of ionospheric convection, as measured by ion driftmeters on board DMSP (Defense Meteorological Satellite Program) satellites, with motions predicted by a theoretical model (Milan, 2013). The model is coupled to measurements of changes in the size of the polar cap made using global auroral imagery from the IMAGE FUV (Imager for Magnetopause to Aurora Global Exploration Far Ultraviolet) instrument, as well as the dayside reconnection rate, calculated using the OMNI dataset. The results show that we can largely predict the magnitudes of ionospheric convection flows using the context of our understanding of magnetic reconnection at the magnetopause and in the magnetotail.

  18. International Reference Ionosphere: Plasma densities - Status 1988

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    Rawer, K.; Bilitza, D.

    1990-01-01

    An account is given of the changes proposed in 1988 for the International Reference Ionosphere electron density profile, as well as the status of their implementation. The fully analytical profile function under development for the entire ionosphere can be achieved with a linear combination of several LAY functions. Although four LAY functions are required to describe the density features of the middle ionosphere, three LAY functions suffice to reproduce electron densities in both the topside ionosphere and lower ionosphere. Attention is given to the way in which the LAY parameters are computationally derivable from characteristic profile points.

  19. The Venus ionosphere at grazing incidence of solar radiation - Transport of plasma to the night ionosphere

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    Whitten, R. C.; Baldwin, B.; Knudsen, W. C.; Miller, K. L.; Spenner, K.

    1982-08-01

    A quasi-two-dimensional model of the Venusian ionosphere is used to calculate the ion number densities and horizontal ion bulk velocities expected for a range of solar zenith angles near the terminator (80-100 deg). These results are compared with data from the Pioneer Venus Orbiter retarding potential analyzer. It is shown that antisunward horizontal plasma fluxes produced by solar EUV-induced pressure gradients are sufficient to maintain the nighttime ionosphere. While photoionization is the dominant source of ionospheric plasma for solar zenith angles less than 92 deg, plasma transport from the dayside is the dominant plasma source for solar zenith angles greater than 95 deg. It is also shown that the main nightside plasma peak at a height of 140 km is of the F2 type; its height and shape are therefore quite insensitive to the height of the ion source.

  20. Cassini measurements of cold plasma in the ionosphere of Titan.

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    Wahlund, J E; Boström, R; Gustafsson, G; Gurnett, D A; Kurth, W S; Pedersen, A; Averkamp, T F; Hospodarsky, G B; Persoon, A M; Canu, P; Neubauer, F M; Dougherty, M K; Eriksson, A I; Morooka, M W; Gill, R; André, M; Eliasson, L; Müller-Wodarg, I

    2005-05-13

    The Cassini Radio and Plasma Wave Science (RPWS) Langmuir probe (LP) sensor observed the cold plasma environment around Titan during the first two flybys. The data show that conditions in Saturn's magnetosphere affect the structure and dynamics deep in the ionosphere of Titan. The maximum measured ionospheric electron number density reached 3800 per cubic centimeter near closest approach, and a complex chemistry was indicated. The electron temperature profiles are consistent with electron heat conduction from the hotter Titan wake. The ionospheric escape flux was estimated to be 10(25) ions per second.

  1. Plasma Pressure in the Topside Ionosphere

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    Newell, Patrick T.

    1999-01-01

    A previous three year NASA-funded project resulted in the first 2-D maps of magnetotail pressure, density and temperature. A proposal to continue the work was declined, but modest funding was provided for one year to ramp down of the work. During the phase-out year, we used a time when 5 DMSP satellites were simultaneously active to produce the first instantaneous partial image of the magnetotail. The results have been submitted to the proceedings of the 1998 Huntsville Meeting on "The New Millennium Magnetosphere: Integrating Imaging, Discrete Observations and Global Simulations". A method of inferring central plasma sheet (CPS) temperature, density, and pressure from ionospheric observations was developed under a previous 3-year grant. These particles properties are calculated from data taken by particle instruments on DMSP satellites. Ion spectra occurring in conjunction with electron acceleration events are excluded. Because of the variability of magnetotail stretching, mapping to the plasma sheet was done using a modified Tsyganenko 1989 magnetic field model adjusted to agree with the actual magnetotail stretch. On May 25, 1997, five DMSP satellites (F10-F14) passed through the southern hemisphere nightside oval within a 19 minute period. Attached is the first magnetotail image, which results from applying our technique to that data set.

  2. A numerical model of ionospheric convection derived from field-alignment currents and the corresponding conductivity

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    Blomberg, L. G.; Marklund, G. T.

    1991-08-01

    A numerical model for the calculation of ionospheric convection patterns from given distributions of field aligned current and ionospheric conductivity is described. The model includes a coupling between the conductivity and the field aligned current. The input contributions, the field aligned current and the conductivity, are parametrized. From the primary model output a number of other quantities can be computed: the potential in the inertial frame, the potential in the magnetospheric equatorial plane, the distribution of ionosheric current, and the Joule heating in the ionosphere. This model was used together with a technique to caculate the high latitude potential distribution prevailing during a particular event by combining information from global auroral images and local measurements of fields and particles. The model potential variation along the satellite orbit was found to be in agreement with that calculated from the measured electric field. The model was also used to study some fundamental properties of the electrodynamics of the high latitude ionosphere.

  3. 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.

  4. Effect of high-latitude ionospheric convection on Sun-aligned polar caps

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    Sojka, J. J.; Zhu, L.; Crain, D. J.; Schunk, R. W.

    1994-01-01

    A coupled magnetospheric-ionospheric (M-I) magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model has been used to simulate the formation of Sun-aligned polar cap arcs for a variety of interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) dependent polar cap convection fields. The formation process involves launching an Alfven shear wave from the magnetosphere to the ionosphere where the ionospheric conductance can react self-consistently to changes in the upward currents. We assume that the initial Alfven shear wave is the result of solar wind-magnetosphere interactions. The simulations show how the E region density is affected by the changes in the electron precipitation that are associated with the upward currents. These changes in conductance lead to both a modified Alfven wave reflection at the ionosphere and the generation of secondary Alfven waves in the ionosphere. The ensuing bouncing of the Alfven waves between the ionosphere and magnetosphere is followed until an asymptotic solution is obtained. At the magnetosphere the Alfven waves reflect at a fixed boundary. The coupled M-I Sun-aligned polar cap arc model of Zhu et al.(1993a) is used to carry out the simulations. This study focuses on the dependence of the polar cap arc formation on the background (global) convection pattern. Since the polar cap arcs occur for northward and strong B(sub y) IMF conditions, a variety of background convection patterns can exist when the arcs are present. The study shows that polar cap arcs can be formed for all these convection patterns; however, the arc features are dramatically different for the different patterns. For weak sunward convection a relatively confined single pair of current sheets is associated with the imposed Alfven shear wave structure. However, when the electric field exceeds a threshold, the arc structure intensifies, and the conductance increases as does the local Joule heating rate. These increases are faster than a linear dependence on the background electric field strength. Furthermore

  5. Ionospheric and Solar Plasmas in Geospace Storms

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    Moore, T. E.; Fok, M. H.; Delcourt, D. C.; Fedder, J. A.; Liemohn, M. W.; Slinker, S. P.

    2004-12-01

    We consider the formation of ring current plasmas in the inner magnetosphere in moderately active conditions that precondition the plasma sheet and ring current-like region for full fledged geospace storms. We seek to better understand recent IMAGE energetic neutral atom observations of the ring current, showing that proton injection is relatively smooth and continuous, while O+ injection is episodic in close association with multiple substorms. We use a modeling framework of collisionless test particle motions in magnetospheric fields from a magnetohydrodynamic simulation. The simulation is used to generate bulk properties and detailed velocity distributions at key locations, for comparison with observations. Particles are initiated in regions representative of the solar wind proton source upstream of the bow shock, the polar wind proton source, and the auroral zone enhanced outflows of O+, or AƒÆ'A+â_TAƒâ_sA,AøAƒÆ'A,AøAƒAøAøâ_sA¬A.A¡Aƒâ_sA,A¬AƒÆ'Aøâ,¬A¦AƒAøAøâ_sA¬A.â_oauroral windAƒÆ'A+â_TAƒâ_sA,AøAƒÆ'A,AøAƒAøAøâ_sA¬A.A¡Aƒâ_sA,A¬AƒÆ'A,A_Aƒâ_sA,A¿Aƒâ_sA,A½. Trajectories are run up to 24 hours to assure a complete circumnavigation of the Earth. Results reflect steady growth phase conditions after 45 minutes of southward interplanetary field, Bz = -5 nT (By=0). Solar wind protons enter the ring current principally through the dawn low latitude boundary layer, while polar wind protons and auroral wind O+ enter the ring current through the midnight plasma sheet. Thus, solar wind and ionospheric plasmas take very different transport paths to the ring current region. Accordingly, they should be expected to respond differently to substorm dynamics of the magnetotail, as recently observed. Polar wind protons make a minor contribution to ring current pressure under steady conditions, but auroral wind O+ has the potential to dominate the ring current, when dayside outflow is strongly enhanced as it is observed to be

  6. A numerical model of ionospheric convection derived from field-aligned currents and the corresponding conductivity

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    Blomberg, L. G.; Marklund, G. T.

    1988-03-01

    A numerical model for the calculation of ionospheric convection patterns from given distributions of field-aligned current and ionospheric conductivity is described. The model includes a coupling between the conductivity and the field-aligned current, so that the conductivity peaks in regions of upward current, as usually observed by measurements. The model is very flexible in that the input distributions, the field-aligned current, and the conductivity are parameterized in a convenient way. From the primary model output, namely the ionospheric electrostatic potential (or convection) in the corotating frame, a number of other quantities can be computed. These include: the potential in a Sun-fixed frame (the transformation takes into account the nonalignment of the Earth's magnetic and geographic axes); the potential in the magnetospheric equatorial plane (projected using either a dipole magnetic field model or the Tsyganenko-Usmanov model, and the assumption of vanishing parallel electric field); the distribution of ionospheric (horizontal) current; and Joule heating in the ionosphere. The model was used with input data inferred from satellite measurements to calculate the high-latitude potential distribution prevailing during a particular event. The model potential variation along the satellite orbit is found to be in excellent agreement with the measured electric field.

  7. Experimental studies of ionospheric irregularities and related plasma processes

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    Baker, Kay D.

    1992-01-01

    Utah State University (USU) continued its program of measuring and interpreting electron density and its variations in a variety of ionospheric conditions with the Experimental Studies of Ionospheric Irregularities and Related Plasma Processes program. The program represented a nearly ten year effort to provide key measurements of electron density and its fluctuations using sounding rockets. The program also involved the joint interpretation of the results in terms of ionospheric processes. A complete campaign summary and a brief description of the major rocket campaigns are also included.

  8. The INAF/IAPS Plasma Chamber for ionospheric simulation experiment

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    Diego, Piero

    2016-04-01

    The plasma chamber is particularly suitable to perform studies for the following applications: - plasma compatibility and functional tests on payloads envisioned to operate in the ionosphere (e.g. sensors onboard satellites, exposed to the external plasma environment); - calibration/testing of plasma diagnostic sensors; - characterization and compatibility tests on components for space applications (e.g. optical elements, harness, satellite paints, photo-voltaic cells, etc.); - experiments on satellite charging in a space plasma environment; - tests on active experiments which use ion, electron or plasma sources (ion thrusters, hollow cathodes, field effect emitters, plasma contactors, etc.); - possible studies relevant to fundamental space plasma physics. The facility consists of a large volume vacuum tank (a cylinder of length 4.5 m and diameter 1.7 m) equipped with a Kaufman type plasma source, operating with Argon gas, capable to generate a plasma beam with parameters (i.e. density and electron temperature) close to the values encountered in the ionosphere at F layer altitudes. The plasma beam (A+ ions and electrons) is accelerated into the chamber at a velocity that reproduces the relative motion between an orbiting satellite and the ionosphere (≈ 8 km/s). This feature, in particular, allows laboratory simulations of the actual compression and depletion phenomena which take place in the ram and wake regions around satellites moving through the ionosphere. The reproduced plasma environment is monitored using Langmuir Probes (LP) and Retarding Potential Analyzers (RPA). These sensors can be automatically moved within the experimental space using a sled mechanism. Such a feature allows the acquisition of the plasma parameters all around the space payload installed into the chamber for testing. The facility is currently in use to test the payloads of CSES satellite (Chinese Seismic Electromagnetic Satellite) devoted to plasma parameters and electric field

  9. 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.

  10. Alternative Coordinate Systems for High Latitude Ionospheric Plasma Studies.

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    2014-09-26

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  11. Relationship of solar wind parameters to continuous, dayside, high latitude traveling ionospheric convection vortices

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    Mchenry, Mark A.; Clauer, C. Robert; Friis-Christensen, Eigil

    1990-01-01

    The results of a statistical study of the occurrence of steady traveling ionospheric convection vortices are presented. The upstream solar wind parameters observed by the IMP 8 spacecraft are studied as well. It is suggested that this class of pulsations is most likely to be detected post local noon and when the solar wind speed is low. A correlation between the frequency of dayside pulsations and the solar wind speed is found.

  12. Ionospheric plasma density irregularities measured by stimulated electromagnetic emission

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    Norin, L.; Grach, S. M.; Leyser, T. B.; Thidé, B.; Sergeev, E. N.; Berlin, M.

    2008-09-01

    It is well known that ionospheric plasma turbulence can be conveniently generated by controlled injection of powerful high-frequency radio beams from the ground. Irradiation of the ionosphere with such radio waves leads to the formation of plasma density structures, striations, and the generation of secondary electromagnetic radiation, a phenomenon known as stimulated electromagnetic emission (SEE). In this paper we present experimental results of the dependence of SEE on decreasing excitation levels of the striations. In the experiments the frequency of the injected radio beam was varied near the fifth harmonic of the local ionospheric electron gyro frequency. We use the SEE measurements to obtain transverse length scales of the striations involved in the generation of the SEE. Our results show that different spectral features of the SEE display different temporal dynamics, suggesting that they are related to striations with different transverse length scales (1 ≲ l⊥ ≲ 25 m).

  13. Plasma-beam instabilities in cometary ionospheres

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    Churyumov, Klim I.; Kotsarenko, N. YA.; Lizunov, G. V.; Verkhoglyadova, O. P.

    1992-01-01

    It is shown that the interaction between the solar wind flux and the cometary ionosphere leads to the excitation of ion sound, whistler, electron-cyclotron, low hybrid, and magnetohydrodynamic waves. We investigated the frequency spectrum and found linear-increasing increments and lengths of excited waves.

  14. Contribution of low-energy ionospheric protons to the plasma sheet

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    Delcourt, D. C.; Moore, T. E.; Chappell, C. R.

    1994-01-01

    The magnetospheric transport of low-energy ionospheric ions is examined by means of three-dimensional particle codes. Emphasis is placed on the behavior of polar wind and cleft originating protons. It is demonstrated that, via nonadiabatic motion inside the neutral sheet, these ions can significantly contribute to the populations of the plasma sheet. The importance of this contribution is found to depend critically upon the dynamics of particles originating from the highest latitudes, as these possibly have access to the distant tail. Hence it is shown that polar wind H(+) expelled into the magnetosphere at very low energies (in the electron volt range) preferentially feed the plasma sheet during quiet times, experiencing accelerations up to several kiloelectron volts upon return into the inner magnetosphere. In contrast, during disturbed times, the intensifying magnetospheric convection confines this population to low L shells where it travels in a nearly adiabatic manner. As for the protons originating from the cleft fountain, the simulations reveal that they can be transported up to the vicinity of the distant neutral line in the nightside sector. Via interaction with the neutral sheet, these ionospheric ions are rapidly raised to the characteristic plasma sheet energy range. The density levels contributed by these populations are quite substantial when compared to those measured in situ. These simulations establish an active role of low-energy ionospheric ions in the overall magnetospheric dynamics.

  15. Spatial Distribution of Ionospheric Plasma and Field Structures in the High-Latitude F Region

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    Kivanc, O.; Heelis, R. A.

    1998-01-01

    Ion density and velocity measurements from the Dynamics Explorer 2 (DE 2) spacecraft are used to obtain the average magnetic local time versus invariant latitude distribution of irregularities in the high-latitude F region ionosphere. To study the small-scale structure and its relationship to background conditions in the ionosphere, we have formed a reduced database using 2-s (approx. = 16 km) segments of the ion density and velocity data. The background gradients associated with each 2-s segment and the spectral characteristics, such as power at 6 Hz (approx. = 1.3 km) and spectral index, are among the reduced parameters used in this study. The relationship between the observed plasma structure and its motion is complex and dependent on the externally applied fields as well as locally generated plasma structure. The evolution of plasma structures also depends critically on the conductivity of the underlying ionosphere. Observations indicate an enhancement of irregularity amplitudes in two spatially isolated regions in both the ion density and the velocity. Convective properties seem to play a more important role in winter hemisphere where smaller-scale structures are maintained outside the source regions. (Delta)V irregularity amplitudes are enhanced in the cusp and the polar cap during northward interplanetary magnetic field regardless of season. The power in (Delta)V is usually higher than that associated with local polarization electric fields, suggesting that the observed structure in (Delta)N/N is strongly influenced by (Delta)V structure applied to large density gradients.

  16. Plasma dynamics in Saturn's middle-latitude ionosphere and implications for magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling

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    Sakai, Shotaro; Watanabe, Shigeto

    2016-08-01

    A multifluid model is used to investigate how Saturn's magnetosphere affects ionosphere. The model includes a magnetospheric plasma temperature of 2 eV as a boundary condition. The main results are: (1) H+ ions are accelerated along magnetic field lines by ambipolar electric fields and centrifugal force, and have an upward velocity of about 10 km/s at 8000 km; (2) the ionospheric plasma temperature is 10,000 K at 5000 km, and is significantly affected by magnetospheric heat flow at high altitudes; (3) modeled electron densities agree with densities from occultation observations if the maximum neutral temperature at a latitude of 54˚ is about 900 K or if electrons are heated near an altitude of 2500 km; (4) electron heating rates from photoelectrons (≈100 K/s) can also give agreement with observed electron densities when the maximum neutral temperature is lower than 700 K (note that Cassini observations give 520 K); and (5) the ion temperature is high at altitudes above 4000 km and is almost the same as the electron temperature. The ionospheric height-integrated Pedersen conductivity, which affects the magnetospheric plasma velocity, varies with local time with values between 0.4 and 10 S. We suggest that the sub-corotating ion velocity in the inner magnetosphere depends on the local time, because the conductivity generated by dust-plasma interactions in the inner magnetosphere is almost comparable to the ionospheric conductivity. This indicates that magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling is highly important in the Saturn system.

  17. The Relationship Between Convection Velocities in Simultaneous High-Latitude Ionospheres

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    Shepherd, S. G.; Murr, D. L.; Ruohoniemi, J. M.

    2007-12-01

    Depending on the dipole tilt angle of the Earth's magnetosphere, the northern and southern hemispheres can have dramatically different average conductances. Because the ionosphere provides a path through which magnetospheric field-aligned currents coupling the two regions close, it is expected that the electric field and current density would also exhibit asymmetric behavior between hemispheres that depend on the dipole tilt angle. Some magnetohydrodynamic models of the magnetosphere show that the ratio of the global hemispheric electric potential can be a factor of 2-4 for large dipole tilt angles. Statistical studies of ionospheric electric fields using ground-based radars and spacecraft also show that there is a seasonal dependence of the global ionospheric potential but that the difference is at most ~20%. Here we use merged line-of-sight velocity vectors obtained simultaneously in both hemispheres from the SuperDARN network of HF radars to investigate the relationship of the convection velocity for conditions of varying hemispheric conductance. We find a marked difference in the hemispheric relationship of the simultaneous convection velocities between the dayside and the nightside ionospheres. Using a dataset consisting of seven years of SuperDARN merged velocities centered roughly on the most recent solar maximum, we show statistically that the ratio of velocities restricted to the dayside in the Summer hemisphere to those in the dayside Winter hemisphere depends only marginally on the dipole tilt angle and is at most a factor of ~1.2 for extreme tilt angles. The ratio of merged velocities restricted to the nightside, however, show a strong dependence on dipole tilt angle and can be as high as 2 for extreme tilt angles. The results are consistent with the notion that the dayside magnetosphere-ionosphere circuit behaves as if driven by a constant voltage source, whereas the nightside acts more like a circuit with a constant current source.

  18. Martian Atmospheric and Ionospheric plasma Escape

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    Lundin, Rickard

    2016-04-01

    Solar forcing is responsible for the heating, ionization, photochemistry, and erosion processes in the upper atmosphere throughout the lifetime of the terrestrial planets. Of the four terrestrial planets, the Earth is the only one with a fully developed biosphere, while our kin Venus and Mars have evolved into arid inhabitable planets. As for Mars, there are ample evidences for an early Noachian, water rich period on Mars. The question is, what made Mars evolve so differently compared to the Earth? Various hydrosphere and atmospheric evolution scenarios for Mars have been forwarded based on surface morphology, chemical composition, simulations, semi-empiric (in-situ data) models, and the long-term evolution of the Sun. Progress has been made, but the case is still open regarding the changes that led to the present arid surface and tenuous atmosphere at Mars. This presentation addresses the long-term variability of the Sun, the solar forcing impact on the Martian atmosphere, and its interaction with the space environment - an electromagnetic wave and particle interaction with the upper atmosphere that has implications for its photochemistry, composition, and energization that governs thermal and non-thermal escape. Non-thermal escape implies an electromagnetic upward energization of planetary ions and molecules to velocities above escape velocity, a process governed by a combination of solar EUV radiation (ionization), and energy and momentum transfer by the solar wind. The ion escape issue dates back to the early Soviet and US-missions to Mars, but the first more accurate estimates of escape rates came with the Phobos-2 mission in 1989. Better-quality ion composition measurement results of atmospheric/ionospheric ion escape from Mars, obtained from ESA Mars Express (MEX) instruments, have improved our understanding of the ion escape mechanism. With the NASA MAVEN spacecraft orbiting Mars since Sept. 2014, dual in-situ measurement with plasma instruments are now

  19. Observations of ionospheric convection from the Wallops SuperDARN radar at middle latitudes

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    Baker, J. B. H.; Greenwald, R. A.; Ruohoniemi, J. M.; Oksavik, K.; Gjerloev, J. W.; Paxton, L. J.; Hairston, M. R.

    2007-01-01

    During geomagnetic storms the ability of the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) to measure ionospheric convection becomes limited when the radars suffer from absorption and the auroral disturbance expands equatorward of the radar sites. To overcome these shortcomings, it was decided to construct a SuperDARN radar at middle latitudes on the grounds of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. This paper presents the first comprehensive analysis of Doppler measurements from the Wallops radar, which commenced operations in May 2005. Wallops measurements are compared with the Goose Bay radar during the onset of a geomagnetic storm on 31 August 2005: Goose Bay measured the onset of geomagnetic activity at high latitude while Wallops monitored the expansion of convection to middle latitudes. Average convection patterns binned by the Kp geomagnetic index are also presented. During weak-moderate geomagnetic activity (Kp ≤ 3) the Wallops radar observes ionospheric irregularities between 50° and 60° magnetic latitude drifting westward across much of the nightside. When these measurements are incorporated into the calculation of an average SuperDARN convection pattern, the streamlines of polar cap outflow on the nightside become kinked in a manner reminiscent of the Harang discontinuity. This morphology arises quite naturally when the two-cell convection at high latitudes merges with the prevailing westward convection at middle latitudes. During increased geomagnetic activity (Kp ≥ 3), Wallops is able to measure the expansion of auroral electric fields to middle latitudes and the average SuperDARN cross-polar cap potential is increased by 25%.

  20. Central Plasma Sheet Ion Properties as Inferred from Ionospheric Observations

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    Wing, Simon; Newell, Patrick T.

    1998-01-01

    A method of inferring central plasma sheet (CPS) temperature, density, and pressure from ionospheric observations is developed. The advantage of this method over in situ measurements is that the CPS can be studied in its entirely, rather than only in fragments. As a result, for the first time, comprehensive two-dimensional equatorial maps of CPS pressure, density, and temperature within the isotropic plasma sheet are produced. These particle properties are calculated from data taken by the Special Sensor for Precipitating Particles, version 4 (SSJ4) particle instruments onboard DMSP F8, F9, F10, and F11 satellites during the entire year of 1992. Ion spectra occurring in conjunction with electron acceleration events are specifically excluded. Because of the variability of magnetotail stretching, the mapping to the plasma sheet is done using a modified Tsyganenko [1989] magnetic field model (T89) adjusted to agree with the actual magnetotail stretch at observation time. The latter is inferred with a high degree of accuracy (correlation coefficient -0.9) from the latitude of the DMSP b2i boundary (equivalent to the ion isotropy boundary). The results show that temperature, pressure, and density all exhibit dawn-dusk asymmetries unresolved with previous measurements. The ion temperature peaks near the midnight meridian. This peak, which has been associated with bursty bulk flow events, widens in the Y direction with increased activity. The temperature is higher at dusk than at dawn, and this asymmetry increases with decreasing distance from the Earth. In contrast, the density is higher at dawn than at dusk, and there appears to be a density enhancement in the low-latitude boundary layer regions which increases with decreasing magnetic activity. In the near-Earth regions, the pressure is higher at dusk than at dawn, but this asymmetry weakens with increasing distance from the Earth and may even reverse so that at distances X less than approx. 10 to -12 R(sub E

  1. Recirculation and Acceleration of Ionospheric Plasma in the Martian Magnetospheres

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    Ip, Wing-Huen

    2012-07-01

    The presence of strong crustal remnant magnetic fields on Mars has important influence on the dynamical behavior of the ionospheric plasma. A model based on computational simulation of the time-varying configuration of the mini-magnetosphere is described to examine the possible process of acceleration and heating of photo electrons and ions embedded in the magnetic flux tubes as Mars rotates from dawn to dusk. The main idea is that ionospheric H+ and O+ ions pumped into the mini-magnetospheres on the dawn side could be subject to adiabatic heating during "depolarization" of the magnetic field as the local time approaches noon.

  2. Plasma diagnostics with Langmuir probes in the equatorial ionosphere: II. Evaluation of DEOS flight F06

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    Hirt, M.; Steigies, C. T.; Piel, A.

    2001-09-01

    The flight data of an ionospheric sounding rocket (DEOS campaign flight F06) are evaluated with respect to electron density and temperature profiles. The probe characteristic is analysed in the frame of a model that takes the influence of the geomagnetic field and of a contamination layer into account, as described in part I (Piel et al 2001 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.). The electron temperature of the night-time ionosphere is found to be higher (1300 K) than that predicted by the IRI-95 model (Bilitza D 1999 J. Atmos. Terr. Phys. 61 167), but in general agreement with the model of Watanabe et al (Watanabe et al 1995 J. Geophys. Res. 100 14 581). It is also found that the electron temperature in depleted plasma regions (plasma bubbles) is lower than in the unperturbed plasma. This is a hint at the action of the Rayleigh-Taylor mechanism that convects cold low-density plasma from the bottomside of the F-layer to higher altitudes inside the plasma bubbles. An absolute comparison of the electron density profiles from the analysis of the Langmuir probe and by an independent impedance probe is performed. Excellent agreement of the profile shape and of absolute density values can be achieved over the entire altitude regime. It is demonstrated which steps in the evaluation procedure of the probe characteristic may lead to systematic errors in electron density.

  3. Diffuse spreading of inhomogeneities in the ionospheric dusty plasma

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    Shalimov, S. L.; Kozlovsky, A.

    2015-08-15

    According to results of sounding of the lower ionosphere at altitudes of about 100 km, the duration of radio reflections from sufficiently dense ionized meteor trails, which characterizes their lifetime, can reach a few tens of seconds to several tens of minutes. This is much longer than the characteristic spreading time (on the order of fractions of a second to several seconds) typical in meteor radar measurements. The presence of dust in the lower ionosphere is shown to affect the ambipolar diffusion coefficient, which determines the spreading of plasma inhomogeneities. It is found that the diffusion coefficient depends substantially on the charge and size of dust grains, which allows one to explain the results of ionospheric sounding.

  4. Relationship of solar wind parameters to continuous, dayside, high latitude traveling ionospheric convection vortices

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    McHenry, M.A.; Clauer, C.R. ); Friis-Christensen, E. )

    1990-09-01

    In a companion paper the authors have shown that many continuous, dayside, high latitude magnetic pulsations are caused by steady, traveling ionospheric convection vortices (McHenry et al. this issue). A variety of evidence indicates that these vortices are the ionospheric signatures of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability at the inner edge of the magnetospheric boundary layer. In this paper the authors present the results of a statistical study of the occurrence of these vortices and the upstream solar wind parameters observed by the IMP 8 spacecraft. Surveying fifty days of Greenland west coast chain magnetometer data indicates this class of pulsations is most likely to be detected post local noon and when the solar wind speed is low. However, it is possible that observational factors significantly affect the detection of the vortices. the slow solar wind might create large, slow moving traveling vortices of steady strength which are easiest to identify. Little correlation is found between the average IMF and the probability of detecting the vortices. They also find a strong correlation between the frequency of dayside pulsations and the solar wind speed. This suggests that many pulsations are caused by traveling ionospheric current systems that map to the vicinity of the flows in the magnetospheric boundary layer. Periods also exist when the IMF is variable and large pulsations with 5 to 20 min period exist. These pulsations are not caused by traveling ionospheric vortices but are likely to be the result of rapid variations of the large scale field-aligned cusp currents.

  5. DEMETER Observations of Equatorial Plasma Depletions and Related Ionospheric Phenomena

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    Berthelier, J.; Malingre, M.; Pfaff, R.; Jasperse, J.; Parrot, M.

    2008-12-01

    DEMETER, the first micro-satellite of the CNES MYRIAD program, was launched from Baikonour on June 29, 2004 on a nearly circular, quasi helio-synchronous polar orbit at ~ 715 km altitude. The DEMETER mission focuses primarily on the search for a possible coupling between seismic activity and ionospheric disturbances as well as on the effects of natural phenomena such as tropospheric thunderstorms and man-made activities on the ionosphere. The scientific payload provides fairly complete measurements of the ionospheric plasma, energetic particles above ~ 70 keV, and plasma waves, up to 20 kHz for the magnetic and 3.3 MHz for the electric components. Several studies related to space weather and ionospheric physics have been conducted over the past years. Following a brief description of the payload and the satellite modes of operation, this presentation will focus on a set of results that provide a new insight into the physics of instabilities in the night-time equatorial ionosphere. The observations were performed during the major magnetic storm of November 2004. Deep plasma depletions were observed on several night-time passes at low latitudes characterized by the decrease of the plasma density by nearly 3 orders of magnitude relative to the undisturbed plasma, and a significant abundance of molecular ions. These features can be best interpreted as resulting from the rise of the F-layer above the satellite altitude over an extended region of the ionosphere. In one of the passes, DEMETER was operated in the Burst mode and the corresponding high resolution data allowed for the discovery of two unexpected phenomena. The first one is the existence of high intensity monochromatic wave packets at the LH frequency that develop during the decay phase of intense bursts of broadband LH turbulence. The broadband LH turbulence is triggered by whistlers emitted by lightning from atmospheric thunderstorms beneath the satellite. The second unexpected feature is the detection of a

  6. Application of nonlinear methods to the study of ionospheric plasma

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    Chernyshov, A. A.; Mogilevsky, M. M.; Kozelov, B. V.

    2015-01-01

    Most of the processes taking place in the auroral region of Earth's ionosphere are reflected in a variety of dynamic forms of the aurora borealis. In order to study these processes it is necessary to consider temporary and spatial variations of the characteristics of ionospheric plasma. Most traditional methods of classical physics are applicable mainly for stationary or quasi-stationary phenomena, but dynamic regimes, transients, fluctuations, selfsimilar scaling could be considered using the methods of nonlinear dynamics. Special interest is the development of the methods for describing the spatial structure and the temporal dynamics of auroral ionosphere based on the ideas of percolation theory and fractal geometry. The fractal characteristics (the Hausdorff fractal dimension and the index of connectivity) of Hall and Pedersen conductivities are used to the description of fractal patterns in the ionosphere. To obtain the self-consistent estimates of the parameters the Hausdorff fractal dimension and the index of connectivity in the auroral zone, an additional relation describing universal behavior of the fractal geometry of percolation at the critical threshold is applied. Also, it is shown that Tsallis statistics can be used to study auroral ionosphere

  7. Localized lower hybrid acceleration of ionospheric plasma

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    Kintner, P. M.; Vago, J.; Chesney, S.; Arnoldy, R. L.; Lynch, K. A.; Pollock, C. J.; Moore, T. E.

    1992-01-01

    Observations of the transverse acceleration of ions in localized regions of intense lower hybrid waves at altitudes near 1000 km in the auroral ionosphere are reported. The acceleration regions are thin filaments with dimensions across geomagnetic field lines of about 50-100 m corresponding to 5-10 thermal ion gyroradii or one hot ion gyroradius. Within the acceleration region lower hybrid waves reach peak-to-peak amplitudes of 100-300 mV/m and ions are accelerated transversely with characteristic energies of the order of 10 eV. These observations are consistent with theories of lower hybrid wave collapse.

  8. 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.

  9. Stimulated plasma instability and nonlinear phenomena in the ionosphere

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    Benson, R. F.

    1982-01-01

    Several hundred topside ionograms were used to study simulated wave-particle interactions in the ionosphere. The study combined the benefits of high-frequency-resolution Alouette 2 analog sounder data with advanced digital graphics techniques. The study shows that the sounder phase can cause significant plasma heating when the plasma parameter is confined to specific ranges. The observations support the Harris instability generation process and the nonlinear Landau damping maintaining process for long-duration diffuse resonances. The observations also suggest that the so-called Q resonances have characteristics which imply that generation processes in a sounder-stimulated plasma turbulence may be involved.

  10. The dawn enhancement of the equatorial ionospheric vertical plasma drift

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    Zhang, Ruilong; Liu, Libo; Chen, Yiding; Le, Huijun

    2015-12-01

    Previous studies have reported that a dawn enhancement does not present in the statistical picture of the equatorial ionospheric vertical plasma drift, while it clearly shows in case measurements. In this statistical study, it is the first time to investigate the occurrence of the dawn enhancement in the equatorial ionospheric vertical plasma drift from ROCSAT-1 observations during geomagnetic quiet times. The dawn enhancements occur most frequently in June solstice and least frequently in December solstice. The statistical survey shows that the occurrence depends on the magnetic declination. The enhancement has the strongest amplitude in regions near 320° longitude and peaks during June solstice. The dawn enhancement reaches its peak after the sunrise in conjugated E regions. Furthermore, it is found that the dawn enhancement is closely related to the difference between the sunrise times in the conjugated E regions (sunrise time lag). The dawn enhancement occurs easily in regions with a large sunrise time lag.

  11. Injection of ionospheric ions into the plasma sheet

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    Orsini, S.; Candidi, M. ); Stokholm, M.; Balsiger, H. )

    1990-06-01

    The ISEE 1 and ISEE 2 observations of the lobe/mantle and of the plasma sheet region, at distances between 10 and 20 RE downtail during 1978 and 1979, have been examined. Cold, tailward flowing ionospheric O{sup +} streams (at energies between 50 eV/q and 5 keV/q), observed during geomagnetically disturbed periods, have been statistically analyzed. At the crossing between the lobe/mantle region and the plasma sheet the characteristics of the streams change significantly. These changes suggest the action of energization and isotropization processes which accelerate the ionospheric ions and make them a part of the plasma sheet plasma. The region where these processes are observed is assumed here to be the plasma sheet boundary layer. It is shown that the stream flow pattern in the lobe/mantle region is in good agreement with the tail lobe ion spectrometer model for the thermal speed distribution as well as for the flow velocity and density distributions. This agreement also holds in a qualitative sense in the plasma sheet boundary layer, assuming the appropriate electric field configuration; the E {times} B drift direction along the YGSE axis appears to reverse with respect to what is observed in the lobe/mantle region, in agreement with the assumed reversal of the Z component of the dc electric field at the plasma sheet boundary.

  12. Electrodynamics of long metallic tethers in the ionospheric plasma

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    Dobrowolny, M.

    1978-01-01

    A study is presented of the electrodynamic interactions of long metallic tethers (lengths up to 100 km) with the ionospheric plasma. The study, which is of interest in view of possible future experiments using long tethers in space, includes the derivation of current and potential distribution along the tether, taking also the effects of internal resistance into account. Electrostatic and electrodynamic drag forces are computed and compared with aerodynamic drag.

  13. Three-dimensional simulation study of ionospheric plasma clouds

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    Zalesak, S. T.; Drake, J. F.; Huba, J. D.

    1990-01-01

    The results of fully three-dimensional numerical simulations of ionospheric plasma cloud evolution are presented. The evolution of the plasma cloud considered by Drake and Huba (1987) in the limit of vanishingly small ion compressibility is discussed. Simulations support the results of the analytical theory: finite plasma temperature, combined with fully three-dimensional plasma dynamics, is a stabilizing influence on plasma cloud evolution. This stability is associated with sheared azimuthal ion flows in the vicinity of the cloud surface. Cloud evolution using realistic values of ion compressibility show that the cloud rapidly diffuses to a state in which the sheared azimuthal flow is substantially reduced; subsequently, the cloud becomes unstable and structures.

  14. The interplanetary electric field, cleft currents and plasma convection in the polar caps

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    Banks, P. M.; Clauer, C. R.; Araki, T.; St. Maurice, J. P.; Foster, J. C.

    1984-01-01

    The relationship between the pattern of plasma convection in the polar cleft and the dynamics of the interplanetary electric field (IEF) is examined theoretically. It is shown that owing to the geometrical properties of the magnetosphere, the East-West component of the IEF will drive field-aligned currents which connect to the ionosphere at points lying on either side of noon, while currents associated with the North-South component of the IEF will connect the two polar caps as sheet currents, also centered at 12 MLT. In order to describe the consequences of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) effects upon high-latitude electric fields and convection patterns, a series of numerical simulations was carried out. The simulations were based on a solution to the steady-state equation of current continuity in a height-integrated ionospheric current. The simulations demonstrate that a simple hydrodynamical model can account for the narrow 'throats' of strong dayside antisunward convection observed during periods of southward interplanetary IMF drift, as well as the sunward convection observed during periods of strongly northward IMF drift.

  15. Radio pumping of ionospheric plasma with orbital angular momentum.

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    Leyser, T B; Norin, L; McCarrick, M; Pedersen, T R; Gustavsson, B

    2009-02-13

    Experimental results are presented of pumping ionospheric plasma with a radio wave carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM), using the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility in Alaska. Optical emissions from the pumped plasma turbulence exhibit the characteristic ring-shaped morphology when the pump beam carries OAM. Features of stimulated electromagnetic emissions (SEE) that are attributed to cascading Langmuir turbulence are well developed for a regular beam but are significantly weaker for a ring-shaped OAM beam in which case upper hybrid turbulence dominates the SEE.

  16. Radio Pumping of Ionospheric Plasma with Orbital Angular Momentum

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    Leyser, T. B.; Norin, L.; McCarrick, M.; Pedersen, T. R.; Gustavsson, B.

    2009-02-13

    Experimental results are presented of pumping ionospheric plasma with a radio wave carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM), using the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility in Alaska. Optical emissions from the pumped plasma turbulence exhibit the characteristic ring-shaped morphology when the pump beam carries OAM. Features of stimulated electromagnetic emissions (SEE) that are attributed to cascading Langmuir turbulence are well developed for a regular beam but are significantly weaker for a ring-shaped OAM beam in which case upper hybrid turbulence dominates the SEE.

  17. Ionospheric ions in the near earth geomagnetic tail plasma lobes

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    Orsini, S.; Candidi, M.; Balsiger, H.; Ghielmetti, A.

    1982-02-01

    By comparing data from the plasma experiment on ISEE-2 from the ion composition experiment on ISEE-1, composition and plasma properties of tailward flowing ions in the magnetotail lobes are assessed, in the 50 eV/Z to 11 keV/Z energy range. This population consists mainly of singly charged oxygen ions, with H/sup +/ ions contributing in general less than 10%, flowing roughly along magnetic field lines. Hence, it is concluded that these ions are of mainly ionospheric origin. They are detected only during magnetically disturbed periods. Estimates of the E/sub z/ electric field components in the lobes are given.

  18. Final Progress Report for Ionospheric Dusty Plasma In the Laboratory [Smokey Plasma

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    Robertson, Scott

    2010-07-31

    Ionospheric Dusty Plasma in the Laboratory” is a research project with the purpose of finding and reproducing the characteristics of plasma in the polar mesosphere that is unusually cold (down to 140 K) and contains nanometer-sized dust particles. This final progress report summarizes results from four years of effort that include a final year with a no-cost extension.

  19. Artificial plasma jet in the ionosphere

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    Haerendel, G.; Sagdeev, R. Z.

    The dynamics of an artificially injected plasma beam in the near-earth space are analyzed in terms of the beam structure, its propagation across the magnetic field, and the resulting wave phenomena (Porcupine Project, flight 4, March 31, 1979). Out of the four ejectable canisters attached to the main payload, two were instrumented by the U.S., one by the USSR (the Xenon plasma beam experiment), and one by West Germany (carrying a barium ion jet experiment). The propagation of the plasma seems to occur in three stages, with high-frequency broad-band oscillations mainly localized in the 'core' of the jet, while low-frequency oscillations were spatially separated from it. The generation region of LF oscillations was found to be much wider than the jet core. As a result of the interaction between the plasma beam and the ambient medium a heating of electrons, up to energies of about 20 eV, associated with LF noise was observed. The behavior of high-energy ions and the observed HF wave phenomena need further analysis.

  20. Ionospheric plasma drift and structure studies at high and mid-latitudes. Volume 1. Final report, October 1990-October 1993

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    Reinisch, B.W.; Scali, J.L.; Dozois, C.; Crowley, G.

    1993-12-01

    Ground-based observations of the high latitude ionosphere with Digisonde sounders at Quaanaaq, Sondrestrom, Goose Bay, Argentina and Millstone Hill provide a description of the patch structure and the convection pattern in the polar cap. Correlation analysis of observed F-region plasma drifts with the orientation of the interplanetary magnetic field (measured by IMP8) lead to a new technique of deducing the signs of Bz and By from the measured drifts. Real time calculation of the plasma drift was successfully introduced at one of the Digisonde stations (Sondrestrom) providing the possibility of determining the IMF components in real time. Analysis of mid-latitude trough observation shows large westward velocities in the trough region. Digisonde data from Quaanaaq and DMSP F8 and F9 satellite data showed the development of the ionospheric polar hole.

  1. Study plasma interactions in the auroral ionosphere

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    Anderson, H. R.; Wolf, R. A.

    1983-01-01

    Analyzed data from rocket flight, 29.007UE is presented. In a discrete electron arc the measured upward moving electrons are well accounted for by secondaries produced in collisional scattering of the measured downcoming electrons. No collective mechanisms need to invoke. The low energy downcoming electrons are accounted for by thermal plasma accelerated through a potential drop of a few kV that specularly reflects upward-moving lower energy electrons. No low altitude collective effects need to invoke in the arc. Simultaneous measurements of electric field by double probes on 29.007 and the Chatanika Radar allow one to infer that there are upward drifting ions above the discrete electron arc, and there is a westward neutral wind in the discrete arc. Two rocket payloads were built to investigate plasma effects in the pulsating aurora.

  2. A Miniature Sweeping Impedance Probe for Ionospheric Plasma Diagnostics

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    Martin-Hidalgo, J.; Swenson, C.

    2013-12-01

    The impedance of a probe immersed in ionospheric plasma at radio frequencies is an important technique for determining absolute electron density. Building on 50 years of history in developing and flying RF probes for plasma diagnostics at Utah State, a new SIP (Sweeping Impedance Probe) design has been completed which will obtain qualitative improvement over previous instruments in terms of accuracy and sweep rate. This instrument will provide a continuous measurement of the plasma impedance magnitude and phase with an expected accuracy of 1% and 1 degree respectively over the 1 to 20 MHz range. This new SIP will be launched in January 2014 onboard the Auroral Spatial Structures Probe (ASSP) NASA sounding rocket mission using a short monopole probe. The rocket apogee of 600 km will allow the characterization of the plasma in the E and F layers at auroral latitudes and the study of short term and spatial variations along the high-altitude profile of the sounding rocket. Although this SIP design has been developed for a sounding rocket, it can be optimized and miniaturized for Cubesat's and included along other ionospheric diagnostic instruments such as double and Langmuir probes. This presentation is focused on the overall design of the instrument, the tests results for the ASSP instrument and conceptual designs for future CubeSat mission similar to the NSF DICE mission.

  3. 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.

  4. Plasma transport in the equatorial ionosphere during the great magnetic storm of March 1989

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    Rasmussen, C.E. ); Greenspan, M.E. )

    1993-01-01

    We have modeled plasma transport in the low-latitude and equatorial ionosphere during the great magnetic storm of March 1989. Our goal was to provide a consistent explanation for the DMSP (Defense Meteorological Satellite Program) observations of dramatic decreases in ion density and rapid ion drifts in the low latitude ionosphere over South America during the storm. The modeling effort supports the hypothesis that abnormally large upward drifts lifted F region plasma above the satellite's altitude and created the density depletions observed by DMSP. Modeled O[sup +] densities at the satellite's altitude have a strong qualitative resemblance to DMSP observations. Both the model and the observations indicate a deep density through with extremely sharp boundaries surrounding the equator. The widths of both the modeled and the observed equatorial troughs increase with time. Vertical ion drifts predicted by the model also have been compared with DMSP measurements. Like the observed vertical drifts, the modeled drifts reversed sign near the trough boundaries. The modeled vertical drifts are of the same order and direction as the vertical component of E x B convection near the equator, but of opposite direction (downward) near the trough boundaries and outside of the trough. 12 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Specific Plasma Ionospheric Excitations Modes in the Ionosphere Produced by Space Vehicle Launch and RE Entry and Natural Phenomena

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    Rauscher, E. A.; van Bise, W. L.

    2001-10-01

    SPECIFIC PLASMA IONOSPHERIC EXCITATIONS MODES IN THE IONOSPHERE PRODUCED BY SPACE VEHICLE LAUNCH AND RE ENTRY AND NATURAL PHENOMENA We have examined both experimentally and theoretically the formation and excitation of highly well defined specific wave forms of plasma excitation in the D, E, F(1) and F(2) and sometimes G layers of the earth?s ionosphere. In our formal study period from October 1989 until December 1996, we measured 41 distinct events out of a possible 73 events utilizing ground based sensitive T1050 magnetometers. In five cases more than two to three stations were displayed and detected the same ionospheric excitations. Sometimes background noise was high and dominated the signals, but under good measurement conditions signals appeared to be 50 to 70 dbm over the background noise floor. Specific frequencies of the D-layer appeared around 5.2 to 6.52 Hz and E layer excitations were from 10.48 to 12.8 Hz. Sometimes an F double peak appeared around 15 to 17 Hz as excited by space shuttle activity and delta rockets and in several cases, large scale volcanism. A theoretical model has been developed which describes sustained long duration and long range coherent plasma excitation modes which occur when the ionospheric layers are shock excited. Alfven-like velocities of propogation are calculated in these ionospheric layer. Some Schumann resonates were observed from 7 to 8 Hz.

  6. Investigation of a rare event where the polar ionospheric reverse convection potential does not saturate during a period of extreme northward IMF solar wind driving

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    Clauer, C. Robert; Xu, Zhonghua; Maimaiti, M.; Ruohoneimi, J. Michael; Scales, Wayne; Hartinger, Michael D.; Nicolls, Michael J.; Kaeppler, Stephen; Wilder, Frederick D.; Lopez, Ramon E.

    2016-06-01

    A variety of statistical studies have shown that the ionospheric polar potential produced by solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling is linear for weak to moderate solar wind driving but becomes nonlinear during periods of very strong driving. It has been shown that this applies to the two-cell convection potential that develops during southward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) and also to the reverse convection cells that develop during northward IMF. This has been described as polar potential saturation, and it appears to begin when the driving solar wind electric field becomes greater than 3 mV/m. Utilizing measurements from the Resolute Incoherent Scatter Radar (RISR-N), we examine ionospheric data near local noon within the reverse convection cells that developed during a period of very strong northward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) on 12 September 2014. During this period we measure the electric field within the throat of the reverse convection cells to be near 150 mV/m at a time when the IMF is nearly 28 nT northward. This is far in excess of the 30-40 mV/m expected for polar potential saturation of the reverse convection cells. In fact, the development of the electric field responds linearly to the IMF Bz component throughout this period of extreme driving. The conditions in the solar wind show the solar wind velocity near 600 km/s, number density near 20 ions/cm3, and the Alfvén velocity about 75 km/s giving an Alfvén Mach number of 8. A search of several years of solar wind data shows that these values occur together 0.035% of the time. These conditions imply a high plasma β in the magnetosheath. We believe that condition of high β along with high mass density and a strong merging electric field in the magnetosheath are the significant parameters that produce the linear driving of the ionospheric electric field during this unusual period of extreme solar wind conditions. A discussion of current theories to account for cross-polar cap

  7. Enhanced ionospheric plasma bubble generation in more active ITCZ

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    Li, Guozhu; Otsuka, Yuichi; Ning, Baiqi; Abdu, M. A.; Yamamoto, M.; Wan, Weixing; Liu, Libo; Abadi, Prayitno

    2016-03-01

    A close link between the atmospheric Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and ionospheric plasma bubble has been proposed since the last century. But this relationship has often appeared to be less than convincing due to the simultaneous roles played by several other factors in shaping the global distribution of ionospheric bubbles. From simultaneous collaborative radar multibeam steering measurements at Kototabang (0.2°S, 100.3°E) and Sanya (18.4°N, 109.6°E), conducted during September-October of 2012 and 2013, we find that the total numbers of nights with bubble (i.e., occurrence rates) at the two closely located longitudes (Kototabang and Sanya) are comparable. But interestingly, the total number of nights with locally generated bubble (i.e., generation rate) over Kototabang is clearly more than that over Sanya. Further analysis reveals that a more active ITCZ is situated around the longitude of Kototabang. We surmise that the enhanced ionospheric bubble generation at Kototabang longitude could be caused by a higher gravity wave activity associated with the more active ITCZ.

  8. Electric Field Double Probe Measurements for Ionospheric Space Plasma Experiments

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    Pfaff, R.

    1999-01-01

    Double probes represent a well-proven technique for gathering high quality DC and AC electric field measurements in a variety of space plasma regimes including the magnetosphere, ionosphere, and mesosphere. Such experiments have been successfully flown on a variety of spacecraft including sounding rockets and satellites. Typical instrument designs involve a series of trades, depending on the science objectives, type of platform (e.g., spinning or 3-axis stabilized), expected plasma regime where the measurements will be made, available telemetry, budget, etc. In general, ionospheric DC electric field instruments that achieve accuracies of 0.1 mV/m or better, place spherical sensors at large distances (10m or more) from the spacecraft body in order to extend well beyond the spacecraft wake and sheath and to achieve large signal-to-noise ratios for DC and long wavelength measurements. Additional sets of sensors inboard of the primary, outermost sensors provide useful additional information, both for diagnostics of the plasma contact potentials, which particularly enhance the DC electric field measurements on non-spinning spacecraft, and for wavelength and phase velocity measurements that use the spaced receiver or "interferometer" technique. Accurate attitude knowledge enables B times V contributions to be subtracted from the measured potentials, and permits the measured components to be rotated into meaningful geophysical reference frames. We review the measurement technique for both DC and wave electric field measurements in the ionosphere discussing recent advances involving high resolution burst memories, multiple baseline double probes, new sensor surface materials, biasing techniques, and other considerations.

  9. Transverse ion heating in multicomponent plasmas. [in ionosphere

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    Ashour-Abdalla, M.; Okuda, H.; Kim, S. Y.

    1987-01-01

    A new mechanism is proposed for plasma modes which can occur only in a multicomponent plasma and not in pure electron-ion plasma. The addition of ions creates a new instability near the ion-ion hybrid mode whose frequency is adequate for the wave to interact with oxygen ions. To study heating of ions (such as ionospheric oxygen ions) in presence of auroral electrons, several numerical simulations were carried out using a one-dimensional electrostatic code in a magnetic field. It was found that in the presence of electrons drifting along auroral field lines into the ionosphere, the ion-ion hybrid mode can be driven unstable when the electron drift speed is too small to excite the lower hybrid instability. Since the ion-ion mode has a smaller frequency than that of the lower hybrid waves, it can couple to the heavy ions, resulting in a substantial heating of heavy ions; on the other hand, because of their frequencies, the lower hybrid waves can accelerate only light ion species.

  10. Kinetic Space Weather: Toward a Global Hybrid Model of the Polar Ionosphere-Lower Magnetosphere Plasma Transport

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    Horwitz, James L.

    1996-01-01

    During the indicated period of performance, we had a number of publications concerned with kinetic polar ionosphere-lower magnetosphere plasma transport. For the IUGG 1991-4 Quadrennial Report, we reviewed aspects of U.S. accomplishments concerned with polar plasma transport, among other issues. In another review, we examined the computer simulations of multiple-scale processes in space plasmas, including polar plasma outflow and transport. We also examined specifically multiscale processes in ionospheric outflows. We developed a Generalized Semi-Kinetic(GSK) model for the topside-lower magnetosphere which explored the synergistic action of wave heating and electric potentials in the formation of auroral Ion conics, in particular the "pressure cooker" mechanism. We extended the GSK model all the way down to 120 km and applied this code to illustrate the response of the ionosphere- magnetosphere to soft-electron precipitation and convection-driven frictional ion heating, respectively. Later, the convection-driven heating work was extended to a paper for the Journal of Geophysical Research. In addition to the above full published papers, we also presented the first developments of the coupled fluid-semikinetic model for polar plasma transport during this period. The results from a steady-state treatment were presented, with the second presentation being concerned with the effects of photo-electrons on the polar wind, and the first garnering an outstanding student paper award from the American Geophysical Union. We presented the first results from a time-dependent version of this coupled fluid-semikinetic model.

  11. Measuring ionospheric electron density using the plasma frequency probe

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    Jensen, M.D.; Baker, K.D. )

    1992-02-01

    During the past decade, the plasma frequency probe (PFP) has evolved into an accurate, proven method of measuring electron density in the ionosphere above about 90 km. The instrument uses an electrically short antenna mounted on a sounding rocket that is immersed in the plasma and notes the frequency where the antenna impedance is large and nonreactive. This frequency is closely related to the plasma frequency, which is a direct function of free electron concentration. The probe uses phase-locked loop technology to follow a changing electron density. Several sections of the plasma frequency probe circuitry are unique, especially the voltage-controlled oscillator that uses both an electronically tuned capacitor and inductor to give the wide tuning range needed for electron density measurements. The results from two recent sounding rocket flights (Thunderstorm II and CRIT II) under vastly different plasma conditions demonstrate the capabilities of the PFP and show the importance of in situ electron density measurements of understanding plasma processes. 9 refs.

  12. Electromagnetically Driven Plasma-Field Dynamics in Modified Ionosphere

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    Kochetov, Andrey; Terina, Galina

    Under sounding of an artificial ionospheric turbulence by short probing radio pulses of ordinary polarization the two types of scattered signals were observed: a "caviton" signal (CS) and a "plasma" signal (PS), which appeared with the heating transmitter switching on and disap-peared after its switching off (G.I. Terina J. Atm. Terr. Phys, 57, 1995, 273, Izv. VUZov, Radiofizika, 39, 1998, 203). The scattered signal of PS type was revealed also after the heating switching off. It was called an "aftereffect plasma signal" (AEPS) (G.I. Terina Izv .VUZov, Radiofizika, 43, 2000, 958). This signal had large time and spatial delays and appeared mostly when corresponding PS had envelope fluctuations. The aftereffect phenomenon was expressed at time on CS by amplitude increasing at once after the heating transmitter turning off. The theoretical model of this phenomenon is proposed in and some peculiarities of the aftereffect phenomena of the scattered signals in modified ionospheric plasma are considered and discussed. For theoretical interpretation of the characteristics of CS and AEPS the numerical solution of nonlinear Shrüdinger equation (NSE) with driven extension were carried out in inhomogeneous plasma layer with linear electron density profile (A.V. Kochetov, V.A. Mironov, G.I. Terina, Adv. Space Reseacrh, 29, 2002, 1369) and for the one with prescribed density depletion (and A.V. Kochetov, G.I. Terina, Adv. Space Reseacrh, 38, 2006, 2490). The simulation results obtained for linear inhomogeneous plasma layer and for plasma one with density depletion al-low us to interpret the aftereffect of CS and PS qualitatively. The field amplitude increase at relaxation stage displayed at calculations allows us to interpret of CS aftereffect. The large time delays of AEPS can be explained as a result of powerful radio waves trapping in the forming at the plasma resonance regions density depletions (E. Mjøhus, J. Geophys. Res. 103, 1998, 14711; B. Eliasson and L. Stenflo, J

  13. Optical remote sensing of the ion convection pattern in the high-latitude ionosphere from a polar orbiting satellite

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    Minow, J.I.; Smith, R.W. )

    1993-04-09

    Presented is a technique where on a routine basis a single satellite borne instrument can be used to determine quasi-instantaneous ion convection patterns over the entire high-latitude ionosphere. The remote sensing technique utilizes the Doppler shift information in the optical emissions originating from thermospheric ions drifting in response to the Earth's magnetic and convection electric fields. The feasibility of the technique is demonstrated using a computer simulation. The simulation shows that a satellite can obtain information with sufficient spatial resolution to obtain quasi-instantaneous estimates of ion convection patterns. The results are accurate enough to distinguish between features present in currently accepted averaged models of ion convection. 20 refs., 3 figs.

  14. Plasma sheets, plasma currents and electric field double layers in the equatorial ionosphere

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    Gupta, S.P.

    1981-01-01

    Plasma measurements carried out in the equatorial ionosphere at altitudes of 80-200 km are discussed. It is found that within this region the ion collision frequency exceeds the gyro-frequency. For electrons, however, the collision frequency is much lower than their gyro-frequency. It is pointed out that the earth's magnetic field is horizontal in the equatorial ionosphere, particularly at altitudes of approximately 100 km, where the curvature of the magnetic field can be neglected. The results obtained from rocket-borne probes in the equatorial ionosphere over Thumba (India) are presented. Localized regions illustrating the polarity of the vertical electric field are shown, as are current density profiles obtained at different times of the day. It is found that as expected, the vertical electric field becomes very small during a weak magnetic storm.

  15. Plasma turbulence in the equatorial ionospheric F region

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    McDaniel, Rickey Dale

    Equatorial spread F is a spectacular phenomenon in which the equatorial region ionosphere is reshaped after sunset. The plasma instabilities responsible for equatorial spread F are fascinating since they occur on time scales ranging from seconds to hours and length scales from centimeters to tens of kilometers. The plasma irregularities that occur in the F region also influence the performance and reliability of space borne and ground based electronic systems and may cause the disruption of satellite operations, communications, navigation, and electrical power distribution grids, leading to potentially broad economic losses. The ionospheric model equations that describe these plasma instabilities display different dynamical behavior based on the value of the ion-neutral collision frequency. The transition occurs at the so-called inertial regime of the ionosphere, where the model equations are similar to the Navier Stokes equations except applied to inhomogeneous fluids. A general analytic solution does not exist for these nonlinear equations; however, a numerical model is developed by maintaining charge neutrality in the vicinity of a circular bubble rising from the collisional to the inertial regime. Using this model, we are able to determine the location of the inertial regime as a function of local time, longitude, season, and solar cycle. The model results determine that the regime occurs generally from about 2000 and 2100 local time and 500-900 km apex height. Also, the model predicts that solar minimum periods are generally more conducive for inertial effects than solar maximum periods. Time series analysis performed on Dynamics Explorer II ion density data show that a turbulent cascade form in the inertial regime predicted by the model. Intermediate scale density power spectra all obey k-5/3 spectra scaling when measured in altitude and local time windows predicted by our model as failing within the inertial regime. Meanwhile, density power spectra for data

  16. Applications of numerical codes to space plasma problems

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    Northrop, T. G.; Birmingham, T. J.; Jones, F. C.; Wu, C. S.

    1975-01-01

    Solar wind, earth's bowshock, and magnetospheric convection and substorms were investigated. Topics discussed include computational physics, multifluid codes, ionospheric irregularities, and modeling laser plasmas.

  17. Relationship between the observed and modeled modulation of the dayside ionospheric convection by the IMF B{sub y} component

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    Papitashvili, V.O.; Clauer, C.R.; Levitin, A.E.

    1995-05-01

    The Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radio Wave Propagation (IZMIRAN) electrodynamic model (IZMEM) provides global patterns of polar ionospheric potential and is parameterized by the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). Given IMF conditions measured by an upstream satellite, the model yields a good global approximation to the polar ionospheric convection patterns assuming the proper time delay. While the model assumes static patterns and is based upon statistical regression analysis of high-latitude magnetometer data, it can furnish an appropriate global context within which to examine time-varying phenomena. The authors use the IZMEM model to further develop their understanding of the coordinated analysis of Greenland radar, riometer, and magnetometer data on August 2, 1991, which is one of the geospace environment modeling program intervals. The event is characterized by geomagnetic pulsations observed near local magnetic noon, having a 25-min period and poleward phase propagation. A modulation of the intensity and orientation of the convection electric field is observed by the Sondrestrom incoherent scatter radar. Modeled global convection patterns show striking agreement with observations in the area covered by the radar field of view. The authors interpret observed phenomena as a direct ground-based evidence of the IMF B{sub y} component reconnection at the dayside magnetopause. 31 refs., 6 figs.

  18. High-resolution ionospheric observations and modeling over Belgium during the solar eclipse of 20 March 2015 including first results of ionospheric tilt and plasma drift measurements

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    Verhulst, Tobias G. W.; Sapundjiev, Danislav; Stankov, Stanimir M.

    2016-06-01

    The ionospheric behavior over Belgium during the partial solar eclipse of 20 March 2015 is analyzed based on high-resolution solar radio flux, vertical incidence sounding, and GPS TEC measurements. First results of ionosonde-based ionospheric plasma drift and tilt observations are presented and analyzed, including some traveling ionospheric disturbances caused by the eclipse. Also, collocated ionosonde and GPS measurements are used to reconstruct the time evolution of the vertical electron density distribution using the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) ionospheric specification system, called Local Ionospheric Electron Density profile Reconstruction (LIEDR).

  19. Plasma perturbations HF-induced in the topside ionosphere

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    Zhang, Xuemin; Frolov, Vladimir; Zhou, Chen; Zhao, Shufan; Ruzhin, Yury; Shen, Xuhui; Zhima, Zeren; Liu, Jing

    2016-10-01

    Three plasma perturbations induced by SURA HF (high-frequency) heating have been selected and analyzed in detail with the DEMETER satellite observing data by instruments of Langmuir probe and ion analyzer. Some common features are revealed, such as (1) electron density and electron temperature both increased during the heating period; (2) both O+ density and ion temperature also increased generally, while H+ varied negatively with O+ density; (3) the ions were accelerated in upward and northward directions, resulting from the thermal pressure gradient, which also caused the variations in ULF (ultralow-frequency) electric field due to V>⇀×B>⇀ effects; and (4) the simulation results verify the electron density and temperature enhancement at the topside ionosphere due to the ohmic heating process and thermal self-focusing instability over the heating region, which is consistent with the observing phenomena by the DEMETER satellite.

  20. Cassini observations of ionospheric plasma in Saturn's magnetotail lobes.

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    Felici, M; Arridge, C S; Coates, A J; Badman, S V; Dougherty, M K; Jackman, C M; Kurth, W S; Melin, H; Mitchell, D G; Reisenfeld, D B; Sergis, N

    2016-01-01

    Studies of Saturn's magnetosphere with the Cassini mission have established the importance of Enceladus as the dominant mass source for Saturn's magnetosphere. It is well known that the ionosphere is an important mass source at Earth during periods of intense geomagnetic activity, but lesser attention has been dedicated to study the ionospheric mass source at Saturn. In this paper we describe a case study of data from Saturn's magnetotail, when Cassini was located at ≃ 2200 h Saturn local time at 36 RS from Saturn. During several entries into the magnetotail lobe, tailward flowing cold electrons and a cold ion beam were observed directly adjacent to the plasma sheet and extending deeper into the lobe. The electrons and ions appear to be dispersed, dropping to lower energies with time. The composition of both the plasma sheet and lobe ions show very low fluxes (sometimes zero within measurement error) of water group ions. The magnetic field has a swept-forward configuration which is atypical for this region, and the total magnetic field strength is larger than expected at this distance from the planet. Ultraviolet auroral observations show a dawn brightening, and upstream heliospheric models suggest that the magnetosphere is being compressed by a region of high solar wind ram pressure. We interpret this event as the observation of ionospheric outflow in Saturn's magnetotail. We estimate a number flux between (2.95 ± 0.43) × 10(9) and (1.43 ± 0.21) × 10(10) cm(-2) s(-1), 1 or about 2 orders of magnitude larger than suggested by steady state MHD models, with a mass source between 1.4 ×10(2) and 1.1 ×10(3) kg/s. After considering several configurations for the active atmospheric regions, we consider as most probable the main auroral oval, with associated mass source between 49.7 ±13.4 and 239.8 ±64.8 kg/s for an average auroral oval, and 10 ±4 and 49 ±23 kg/s for the specific auroral oval morphology found during this event. It is not clear how

  1. Toward an integrated view of ionospheric plasma instabilities: Altitudinal transitions and strong gradient case

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    Makarevich, Roman A.

    2016-04-01

    A general dispersion relation is derived that integrates the Farley-Buneman, gradient-drift, and current-convective plasma instabilities (FBI, GDI, and CCI) within the same formalism for an arbitrary altitude, wave propagation vector, and background density gradient. The limiting cases of the FBI/GDI in the E region for nearly field-aligned irregularities, GDI/CCI in the main F region at long wavelengths, and GDI at high altitudes are successfully recovered using analytic analysis. Numerical solutions are found for more general representative cases spanning the entire ionosphere. It is demonstrated that the results are consistent with those obtained using a general FBI/GDI/CCI theory developed previously at and near E region altitudes under most conditions. The most significant differences are obtained for strong gradients (scale lengths of 100 m) at high altitudes such as those that may occur during highly structured soft particle precipitation events. It is shown that the strong gradient case is dominated by inertial effects and, for some scales, surprisingly strong additional damping due to higher-order gradient terms. The growth rate behavior is examined with a particular focus on the range of wave propagations with positive growth (instability cone) and its transitions between altitudinal regions. It is shown that these transitions are largely controlled by the plasma density gradients even when FBI is operational.

  2. The character of drift spreading of artificial plasma clouds in the middle-latitude ionosphere

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    Blaunstein, N.

    1996-02-01

    Nonlinear equations describing the evolution of plasma clouds with real initial sizes, along and across the geomagnetic field B, which drift in the ionosphere in the presence of an ambient electric field and a neutral wind have been solved and analysed. An ionospheric model close to the real conditions of the middle-latitude ionosphere is introduced, taking into account the altitude dependence of the transport coefficients and background ionospheric plasma. The striation of the initial plasma cloud into a cluster of plasmoids, stretched along the field B, is obtained. The process of dispersive splitting of the initial plasma cloud can be understood in terms of gradient drift instability (GDI) as a most probable striation mechanism. The dependence of the characteristic time of dispersive splitting on the value of the ambient electric field, the initial plasma disturbance in the cloud and its initial sizes was investigated. The stretching criterion, necessary for the plasma cloud's striation is obtained. The possibility of the drift stabilization effect arising from azimuthal drift velocity shear, obtained by Drake et al. [1988], is examined for various parameters of the barium cloud and the background ionospheric conditions. A comparison with experimental data on the evolution of barium clouds in rocket experiments at the height of the lower ionosphere is made.

  3. Investigation of plasma motion in the equatorial ionosphere

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    Oyekola, Oyedemi S.

    2016-07-01

    The structure of evening and nighttime F-region vertical drift component of is vital for understanding the physics of the development of the occurrence of equatorial irregularities. In addition, postsunset ionospheric height has also been attributed as one of the most important factors for the occurrence of equatorial irregularities. We report vertical plasma drift velocities derived from the base (h'F) and the peak height (hmF2) of F-layer using 1-year of data obtained at Ibadan (Geog Long 3.9oE) during International Geophysical Year (1957-58) period for geomagnetic quiet-time and high solar activity conditions. We compared our results with International Reference Ionosphere 2012 model (IRI-2012). The results of this investigation include: (a) overall local- time characteristics of vertical drift between 1800 LT and 0600 LT are in good agreement for equinoxes, December, and June; (b) annual vertical drift derived from time variation of h'F and hmF2 and the corresponding annual variation of h'F and hmF2 variation indicate low correlation (R = 0.30), while IRI-2012 model vertical drift and IRI-2012 model of hmF2 show fairly good correlation ( R = 0.67); (c) regression analysis between time variation of h'F and Scherliess / Fejer model demonstrate correlation coefficient of approximately 0.74 (equinox), 0.85 (December), 0.57 (June) and 0.74 (all-year), while that of time variation of hmF2 and IRI-2012 vertical velocities show 0.95 (equinox), 0.74 (December), 0.43 (June), and 0.74 (all-year); (d) plasma motion derived from the time rate of change of h'F and those of hmF2 are correlated at 0.94, 0.88, 0.63, and 0.90 for equinoxes, December, June, and all-year, respectively; (e) the evening prereversal vertical drifts enhancement rage between ~20 - 45 m/s, ~18 - 46 m/s, ~20 - 50 m/s for time variation of h'F, hmF2, and Scherliess / Fejer model, respectively; (f) the corresponding peak altitudes vary between 430 - 540 km (h'F), 560 - 740 km ( hmF2), and 570 - 620 km (IRI

  4. Ionospheric traveling convection vortices observed near the polar cleft - A triggered response to sudden changes in the solar wind

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    Friis-Christensen, E.; Vennerstrom, S.; Mchenry, M. A.; Clauer, C. R.

    1988-01-01

    Analysis of 20-second resolution magnetometer data from an array of temporary stations operated around Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland, during the summer of 1986 shows the signatures of localized ionospheric traveling convection vortices. An example of an isolated event of this kind observed near 08 local time is presented in detail. This event consists of a twin vortex pattern of convection consistent with the presence of two field-aligned current filaments separated by about 600 km in the east-west direction. This system of currents is observed to move westward (tailward) past the array of stations at about 4 km/sec. The event is associated with relative quiet time ionospheric convection and occurs during an interval of northward IMF. It is, however, associated with a large fluctuation in both the Z and Y components of the IMF and with a large sudden decrease in the solar wind number density. The propagation of the system is inconsistent with existing models of FTE current systems, but nevertheless appears to be related to a readjustment of the magnetopause boundary to a sudden change in the solar wind dynamic pressure and/or to a change in reconnection brought about by a sudden reorientation of the IMF.

  5. The outflow of ionospheric nitrogen ions: A possible tracer for the altitude-dependent transport and energization processes of ionospheric plasma

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    Ilie, Raluca; Liemohn, Michael W.

    2016-09-01

    Though limited, the existing observational data set indicates that N+ is a significant ion in the ionosphere, and its concentration varies with season, time of day, solar cycle, latitude, and geomagnetic conditions. Knowledge of the differential transport of heavy versus light ionospheric species can provide the connection between the macroscale dynamics and microscale processes that govern the near-Earth space. The mass distribution of accelerated ionospheric ions reflects the source region of the low-altitude ion composition, and the minor ion component can serve as a tracer of ionospheric processes since they can have a significant influence on the local plasma dynamics.

  6. Grid-Sphere Electrodes for Contact with Ionospheric Plasma

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    Stone, Nobie H.; Poe, Garrett D.

    2010-01-01

    Grid-sphere electrodes have been proposed for use on the positively biased end of electrodynamic space tethers. A grid-sphere electrode is fabricated by embedding a wire mesh in a thin film from which a spherical balloon is formed. The grid-sphere electrode would be deployed from compact stowage by inflating the balloon in space. The thin-film material used to inflate the balloon is formulated to vaporize when exposed to the space environment. This would leave the bare metallic spherical grid electrode attached to the tether, which would present a small cross-sectional area (essentially, the geometric wire shadow area only) to incident neutral atoms and molecules. Most of the neutral particles, which produce dynamic drag when they impact a surface, would pass unimpeded through the open grid spaces. However, partly as a result of buildup of a space charge inside the grid-sphere, and partially, the result of magnetic field effects, the electrode would act almost like a solid surface with respect to the flux of electrons. The net result would be that grid-sphere electrodes would introduce minimal aerodynamic drag, yet have effective electrical-contact surface areas large enough to collect multiampere currents from the ionospheric plasma that are needed for operation of electrodynamic tethers. The vaporizable-balloon concept could also be applied to the deployment of large radio antennas in outer space.

  7. The response of plasma density to breaking inertial gravity wave in the lower regions of ionosphere

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    Tang, Wenbo Mahalov, Alex

    2014-04-15

    We present a three-dimensional numerical study for the E and lower F region ionosphere coupled with the neutral atmosphere dynamics. This model is developed based on a previous ionospheric model that examines the transport patterns of plasma density given a prescribed neutral atmospheric flow. Inclusion of neutral dynamics in the model allows us to examine the charge-neutral interactions over the full evolution cycle of an inertial gravity wave when the background flow spins up from rest, saturates and eventually breaks. Using Lagrangian analyses, we show the mixing patterns of the ionospheric responses and the formation of ionospheric layers. The corresponding plasma density in this flow develops complex wave structures and small-scale patches during the gravity wave breaking event.

  8. Phenomena associated with complex (dusty) plasmas in the ionosphere during high-speed meteor showers

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    Kopnin, S. I.; Popel, S. I.; Yu, M. Y.

    2009-06-15

    Formation of dusty plasmas in the Earth's ionosphere at 80-120 km altitudes during high-speed meteor showers and its detectable manifestations are discussed. Emphasis is given to ground-based observations such as detection of low-frequency (<50 Hz) ionospheric radio noise, ground-based observations of infrasonic waves, and amplification of the intensity of green radiation at 557.7 nm from a layer at the 110-120 km altitude in the lower ionosphere. The physical processes responsible for these manifestations are considered.

  9. Experimental studies of ionospheric irregularities and related plasma processes. Final report, March 1982-December 1992

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    Baker, K.D.

    1992-01-01

    Utah State University (USU) continued its program of measuring and interpreting electron density and its variations in a variety of ionospheric conditions with the Experimental Studies of Ionospheric Irregularities and Related Plasma Processes program. The program represented a nearly ten year effort to provide key measurements of electron density and its fluctuations using sounding rockets. The program also involved the joint interpretation of the results in terms of ionospheric processes. A complete campaign summary and a brief description of the major rocket campaigns are also included.

  10. Modeling of the Convection and Interaction of Ring Current, Plasmaspheric and Plasma Sheet Plasmas in the Inner Magnetosphere

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    Fok, Mei-Ching; Chen, Sheng-Hsien; Buzulukova, Natalia; Glocer, Alex

    2010-01-01

    Distinctive sources of ions reside in the plasmasphere, plasmasheet, and ring current regions at discrete energies constitute the major plasma populations in the inner/middle magnetosphere. They contribute to the electrodynamics of the ionosphere-magnetosphere system as important carriers of the global current system, in triggering; geomagnetic storm and substorms, as well as critical components of plasma instabilities such as reconnection and Kelvin-Helmholtz instability at the magnetospheric boundaries. Our preliminary analysis of in-situ measurements shoves the complexity of the plasmas pitch angle distributions at particularly the cold and warm plasmas, vary dramatically at different local times and radial distances from the Earth in response to changes in solar wind condition and Dst index. Using an MHD-ring current coupled code, we model the convection and interaction of cold, warm and energetic ions of plasmaspheric, plasmasheet, and ring current origins in the inner magnetosphere. We compare our simulation results with in-situ and remotely sensed measurements from recent instrumentation on Geotail, Cluster, THEMIS, and TWINS spacecraft.

  11. The Role of the Ionosphere in Providing Plasma to the Terrestrial Magnetosphere—An Historical Overview

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    Chappell, Charles R.

    2015-10-01

    Through the more than half century of space exploration, the perception and recognition of the fundamental role of the ionospheric plasma in populating the Earth's magnetosphere has evolved dramatically. A brief history of this evolution in thinking is presented. Both theory and measurements have unveiled a surprising new understanding of this important ionosphere-magnetosphere mass coupling process. The highlights of the mystery surrounding the difficulty in measuring this largely invisible low energy plasma are also discussed. This mystery has been solved through the development of instrumentation capable of measuring these low energy positively-charged outflowing ions in the presence of positive spacecraft potentials. This has led to a significant new understanding of the ionospheric plasma as a significant driver of magnetospheric plasma content and dynamics.

  12. SuperDARN-derived plasma convection: Comparison with other data and application to field-aligned current measurements

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    Xu, Liang

    In this thesis, several aspects of the SuperDARN HF radar observations at high latitudes are investigated in cooperation with measurements performed by three other instruments, the Sondrestrom incoherent scatter radar, the ion drift meter onboard of the DMSP satellite and the CADI ionosonde. The first issue under investigation was consistency of plasma convection data provided by these instruments. First, routine measurements by the Goose Bay and Stokkseyri SuperDARN radar pair ("merge" velocity estimates) were compared with the Sondrestrom incoherent scatter radar data. Three different levels of assessment were used; by looking at the line-of-sight velocities, by comparing the SuperDARN vectors and corresponding Sondrestrom line-of-sight velocities and by comparing the end products of the instruments, the convection maps. All three comparisons showed overall reasonable agreement of the convection measurements though the data spread was significant and for some points a strong disagreement was obvious. Importantly, the convection map comparison showed a tendency for the SuperDARN velocities to be often less than the Sondrestrom drifts for strong flows (velocities > 1000 m/s) and larger for weak flows (velocities < 500 m/s). The second issue under investigation was the configuration of the ionospheric plasma convection and field-aligned currents (FACs) in the dayside ionosphere at small IMF B2 and By. By merging SuperDARN convection data for a number of events, it was found that convection tends to be compressed to the poleward edge of the polar cap with a noticeable decrease of the flow velociity inside the central polar cap for this condition. Also, for individual events, existence of three sheets of FACs was illustrated. FACs had similar appearance as region 1, region 2, and region 0 currents known from satellite magnetometer observations for the disturbed magnetosphere. Spatially, sheets of region 1 FACs were co-located with a line separating the plasma flow of

  13. Turbulent convective flows in the solar photospheric plasma

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    Caroli, A.; Giannattasio, F.; Fanfoni, M.; Del Moro, D.; Consolini, G.; Berrilli, F.

    2015-10-01

    > The origin of the 22-year solar magnetic cycle lies below the photosphere where multiscale plasma motions, due to turbulent convection, produce magnetic fields. The most powerful intensity and velocity signals are associated with convection cells, called granules, with a scale of typically 1 Mm and a lifetime of a few minutes. Small-scale magnetic elements (SMEs), ubiquitous on the solar photosphere, are passively transported by associated plasma flows. This advection makes their traces very suitable for defining the convective regime of the photosphere. Therefore the solar photosphere offers an exceptional opportunity to investigate convective motions, associated with compressible, stratified, magnetic, rotating and large Rayleigh number stellar plasmas. The magnetograms used here come from a Hinode/SOT uninterrupted 25-hour sequence of spectropolarimetric images. The mean-square displacement of SMEs has been modelled with a power law with spectral index . We found for times up to and for times up to . An alternative way to investigate the advective-diffusive motion of SMEs is to look at the evolution of the two-dimensional probability distribution function (PDF) for the displacements. Although at very short time scales the PDFs are affected by pixel resolution, for times shorter than the PDFs seem to broaden symmetrically with time. In contrast, at longer times a multi-peaked feature of the PDFs emerges, which suggests the non-trivial nature of the diffusion-advection process of magnetic elements. A Voronoi distribution analysis shows that the observed small-scale distribution of SMEs involves the complex details of highly nonlinear small-scale interactions of turbulent convective flows detected in solar photospheric plasma.

  14. Excitation of the lower oblique resonance by an artificial plasma jet in the ionosphere

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    Thiel, J.; Storey, L. R. O.; Bauer, O. H.; Jones, D.

    1984-04-01

    Aboard the Porcupine rockets, bursts of noise were detected in the electron whistler range during the operation of a xenon plasma gun on a package ejected from the main payload. These observations can be interpreted in terms of excitation of the lower oblique resonance by instabilities associated with the motion of the xenon ion beam through the ionospheric plasma.

  15. On plasma convection in Saturn's magnetosphere

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    Livi, Roberto

    We use CAPS plasma data to derive particle characteristics within Saturn's inner magnetosphere. Our approach is to first develop a forward-modeling program to derive 1-dimensional (1D) isotropic plasma characteristics in Saturn's inner, equatorial magnetosphere using a novel correction for the spacecraft potential and penetrating background radiation. The advantage of this fitting routine is the simultaneous modeling of plasma data and systematic errors when operating on large data sets, which greatly reduces the computation time and accurately quantifies instrument noise. The data set consists of particle measurements from the Electron Spectrometer (ELS) and the Ion Mass Spectrometer (IMS), which are part of the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) instrument suite onboard the Cassini spacecraft. The data is limited to peak ion flux measurements within +/-10° magnetic latitude and 3-15 geocentric equatorial radial distance (RS). Systematic errors such as spacecraft charging and penetrating background radiation are parametrized individually in the modeling and are automatically addressed during the fitting procedure. The resulting values are in turn used as cross-calibration between IMS and ELS, where we show a significant improvement in magnetospheric electron densities and minor changes in the ion characteristics due to the error adjustments. Preliminary results show ion and electron densities in close agreement, consistent with charge neutrality throughout Saturn's inner magnetosphere and confirming the spacecraft potential to be a common influence on IMS and ELS. Comparison of derived plasma parameters with results from previous studies using CAPS data and the Radio And Plasma Wave Science (RPWS) investigation yields good agreement. Using the derived plasma characteristics we focus on the radial transport of hot electrons. We present evidence of loss-free adiabatic transport of equatorially mirroring electrons (100 eV - 10 keV) in Saturn's magnetosphere between

  16. Low and Midlatitude Ionospheric Plasma Density Irregularities and Their Effects on Geomagnetic Field

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    Yokoyama, Tatsuhiro; Stolle, Claudia

    2017-03-01

    Earth's magnetic field results from various internal and external sources. The electric currents in the ionosphere are major external sources of the magnetic field in the daytime. High-resolution magnetometers onboard low-Earth-orbit satellites such as CHAMP and Swarm can detect small-scale currents in the nighttime ionosphere, where plasma density gradients often become unstable and form irregular density structures. The magnetic field variations caused by the ionospheric irregularities are comparable to that of the lithospheric contribution. Two phenomena in the nighttime ionosphere that contribute to the magnetic field variation are presented: equatorial plasma bubble (EPB) and medium-scale traveling ionospheric disturbance (MSTID). EPB is formed by the generalized Rayleigh-Taylor instability over the dip equator and grows nonlinearly to as high as 2000 km apex altitude. It is characterized by deep plasma density depletions along magnetic flux tubes, where the diamagnetic effect produced by a pressure-gradient-driven current enhances the main field intensity. MSTID is a few hundred kilometer-scale disturbance in the midlatitude ionosphere generated by the coupled electrodynamics between the ionospheric E and F regions. The field-aligned currents associated with EPBs and MSTIDs also have significant signatures in the magnetic field perpendicular to the main field direction. The empirical discovery of the variations in the magnetic field due to plasma irregularities has motivated the inclusion of electrodynamics in the physical modeling of these irregularities. Through an effective comparison between the model results and observations, the physical process involved has been largely understood. The prediction of magnetic signatures due to plasma irregularities has been advanced by modeling studies, and will be helpful in interpreting magnetic field observations from satellites.

  17. Low and Midlatitude Ionospheric Plasma Density Irregularities and Their Effects on Geomagnetic Field

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    Yokoyama, Tatsuhiro; Stolle, Claudia

    2016-10-01

    Earth's magnetic field results from various internal and external sources. The electric currents in the ionosphere are major external sources of the magnetic field in the daytime. High-resolution magnetometers onboard low-Earth-orbit satellites such as CHAMP and Swarm can detect small-scale currents in the nighttime ionosphere, where plasma density gradients often become unstable and form irregular density structures. The magnetic field variations caused by the ionospheric irregularities are comparable to that of the lithospheric contribution. Two phenomena in the nighttime ionosphere that contribute to the magnetic field variation are presented: equatorial plasma bubble (EPB) and medium-scale traveling ionospheric disturbance (MSTID). EPB is formed by the generalized Rayleigh-Taylor instability over the dip equator and grows nonlinearly to as high as 2000 km apex altitude. It is characterized by deep plasma density depletions along magnetic flux tubes, where the diamagnetic effect produced by a pressure-gradient-driven current enhances the main field intensity. MSTID is a few hundred kilometer-scale disturbance in the midlatitude ionosphere generated by the coupled electrodynamics between the ionospheric E and F regions. The field-aligned currents associated with EPBs and MSTIDs also have significant signatures in the magnetic field perpendicular to the main field direction. The empirical discovery of the variations in the magnetic field due to plasma irregularities has motivated the inclusion of electrodynamics in the physical modeling of these irregularities. Through an effective comparison between the model results and observations, the physical process involved has been largely understood. The prediction of magnetic signatures due to plasma irregularities has been advanced by modeling studies, and will be helpful in interpreting magnetic field observations from satellites.

  18. Mapping ionospheric convection response to IMF B(sub y) negative and B(sub z) positive conditions

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    Knipp, D. J.; Emery, B. A.; Richmond, A. D.; Hairston, M. R.

    1994-01-01

    We have used the Assimilative Mapping of Ionospheric Electrodynamics (AMIE) procedure to derive electric potential patterns for a period of strong and slowly varying northward Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF). Using these patterns we offer some insight into high-latitude convection response to differing IMF conditions between the hours of 0850 and 1720 UT on 14 January 1988. We introduce a newly assimilated data set, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) ion drift measurements, as a means of mapping electric fields in polar regions. Also, for the first time we map both southern and northern hemisphere convection flows. We show that significantly different convection patterns are simultaneously possible in the two polar caps when B(sub z) is positive and that asymmetries in these patterns are influenced by the strength of B(sub y) and B(sub x). When the ratio absolute value of B(sub y)/B(sub z) exceeds unity the polar cap convection increases and changes from sunward to anti-sunward for B(sub z) positive conditions.

  19. Whistler wave-induced ionospheric plasma turbulence: Source mechanisms and remote sensing

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    Pradipta, R.; Rooker, L. A.; Whitehurst, L. N.; Lee, M. C.; Ross, L. M.; Sulzer, M. P.; Gonzalez, S.; Tepley, C.; Aponte, N.; See, B. Z.; Hu, K. P.

    2013-10-01

    We report a series of experiments conducted at Arecibo Observatory in the past, aimed at the investigation of 40.75 kHz whistler wave interactions with ionospheric plasmas and the inner radiation belts at L=1.35. The whistler waves are launched from a Naval transmitter (code-named NAU) operating in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico at the frequency and power of 40.75 kHz and 100 kW, respectively. Arecibo radar, CADI, and optical instruments were used to monitor the background ionospheric conditions and detect the induced ionospheric plasma effects. Four-wave interaction processes produced by whistler waves in the ionosphere can excite lower hybrid waves, which can accelerate ionospheric electrons. Furthermore, whistler waves propagating into the magnetosphere can trigger precipitation of energetic electrons from the radiation belts. Radar and optical measurements can distinguish wave-wave and wave-particle interaction processes occurring at different altitudes. Electron acceleration by different mechanisms can be verified from the radar measurements of plasma lines. To facilitate the coupling of NAU-launched 40.75 kHz whistler waves into the ionosphere, we can rely on naturally occurring spread F irregularities to serve as ionospheric ducts. We can also use HF wave-created ducts/artificial waveguides, as demonstrated in our earlier Arecibo experiments and recent Gakona experiments at HAARP. The newly constructed Arecibo HF heater will be employed in our future experiments, which can extend the study of whistler wave interactions with the ionosphere and the magnetosphere/radiation belts as well as the whistler wave conjugate propagation between Arecibo and Puerto Madryn, Argentina.

  20. Propagation of Impulse-Like Waveforms Through the Ionosphere Modeled by Cold Plasma

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    Giri, D. V.; Dvorak, S. L.

    In this chapter, we have studied the propagation of short, impulse-like pulses propagating through the ionosphere. The ionosphere is modeled by simple, cold plasma. The impulse response of such a plasma model is known to consist of two terms. The first term is the impulse itself and the second term contains a Bessel function of first order. This means that the impulse propagates as an impulse followed by a long, oscillatory tail. The numerical example studied here is that of the prototype impulse radiating antenna (IRA). Closed-form expressions are developed for the prototype IRA waveform propagation through the cold-plasma model of the ionosphere. The results are cross-checked with numerical evaluation via a convolution process that uses the known impulse response.

  1. Plasma convection and ion beam generation in the plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Moghaddam-Taaheri, E.; Goertz, C. K.; Smith, R. A.

    1991-01-01

    Because of the dawn-dusk electric field E(dd), plasma in the magnetotail convects from the lobe toward the central plasma sheet (CPS). In the absence of space or velocity diffusion due to plasma turbulence, convection would yield a steady state distribution function f = V exp (-2/3) g(v exp 2 V exp 2/3), where V is the flux tube volume. Starting with such a distribution function and a plasma beta which varies from beta greater than 1 in the CPS to beta much smaller than 1 in the lobe, the evolution of the ion distribution function was studied considering the combined effects of ion diffusion by kinetic Alfven waves (KAW) in the ULF frequency range (1-10 mHz) and convection due to E(dd) x B drift in the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL) and outer central plasma sheet (OCPS). The results show that, during the early stages after launching the KAWs, a beamlike ion distribution forms in the PSBL and at the same time the plasma density and temperature decrease in the OCPS. Following this stage, ions in the beams convect toward the CPS resulting in an increase of the plasma temperature in the OCPS.

  2. Interaction of Precipitating Electrons with Ionospheric Plasma: Acceleration of Ionospheric Electrons

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    Galinsky, V. L.; Ride, S. K.; Shevchenko, V. I.

    1997-11-01

    The tail heating of the ionospheric electrons due to Landau resonant interaction with lower hybrid waves in the auroral ionosphere is studied. The waves are excited due to so-called fan instability based on an anomalous Doppler resonance of waves with precipitating electrons^1. A hybrid method of incomplete numerical simulations in concert with the spectral method are used to investigate the dynamics of electron acceleration. Results of modeling are compared with experimental data^2. ^1Yu. A. Omelchenko, V.D. Shapiro, V.I. Shevchenko, M. Ashour-Abdalla and D. Schriver, J. Geophys. Res. 99, 5965 (1994). ^2K.A. Lynch, R.L. Arnoldy, P.M. Kintner and J.L. Vago, J. Geophys. Res. 99, 2227 (1994).

  3. Coherent HF Radar System for the Study of Natural and Heater Induced Ionospheric Irregularities

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1993-06-01

    Services HF Active Auroral Research Program ( HAARP ) in Alaska. The DPS characterizes the bulk parameters of the ionosphere including changes of the...electron density, plasma structure and the plasma convection. In the absence of the HAARP facility at the present time, the high latitude ionosphere at...AD-A273 804 COHERENT HF RADAR SYSTEM FOR THE STUDY OF NATURAL AND HEATER INDUCED IONOSPHERIC IRREGULARITIES Bodo W. Reinisch James L. Scali D. Mark

  4. Dynamic properties of ionospheric plasma turbulence driven by high-power high-frequency radiowaves

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    Grach, S. M.; Sergeev, E. N.; Mishin, E. V.; Shindin, A. V.

    2016-11-01

    A review is given of the current state-of-the-art of experimental studies and the theoretical understanding of nonlinear phenomena that occur in the ionospheric F-layer irradiated by high-power high-frequency ground-based transmitters. The main focus is on the dynamic features of high-frequency turbulence (plasma waves) and low-frequency turbulence (density irregularities of various scales) that have been studied in experiments at the Sura and HAARP heating facilities operated in temporal and frequency regimes specially designed with consideration of the characteristic properties of nonlinear processes in the perturbed ionosphere using modern radio receivers and optical instruments. Experimental results are compared with theoretical turbulence models for a magnetized collisional plasma in a high-frequency electromagnetic field, allowing the identification of the processes responsible for the observed features of artificial ionospheric turbulence.

  5. Remote detection of the maximum altitude of equatorial ionospheric plasma bubbles

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    Benson, R. F.

    1981-01-01

    Nearly 200 post-sunset low-altitude passes of the Alouette 2 and ISIS 1 satellites near the dip equator are studied in order to find the maximum ionospheric plasma bubble altitudes, which are determined by calculating the apex altitude of the magnetic field line passing through the satellite when it is immersed in a bubble. The calculations are made only upon the observation of conjugate hemisphere ionospheric echoes, which result from ducted HF sounder signals that are guided along field-aligned irregularities within the plasma depletion. The maximum bubble altitudes corresponding to the three longitude sectors centered on zero deg, 75 deg W, and 105 deg E, are found to often exceed 1000 km, but seldom 3000 km. The electron density depletions within these field-aligned bubbles, as measured at the point of satellite encounter with the topside ionosphere, are generally less than a factor of two but may exceed a factor of ten.

  6. Dynamic properties of ionospheric plasma turbulence driven by high-power high-frequency radiowaves

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    Grach, S. M.; Sergeev, E. N.; Mishin, E. V.; Shindin, A. V.

    2017-02-01

    A review is given of the current state-of-the-art of experimental studies and the theoretical understanding of nonlinear phenomena that occur in the ionospheric F-layer irradiated by high-power high-frequency ground-based transmitters. The main focus is on the dynamic features of high-frequency turbulence (plasma waves) and low-frequency turbulence (density irregularities of various scales) that have been studied in experiments at the Sura and HAARP heating facilities operated in temporal and frequency regimes specially designed with consideration of the characteristic properties of nonlinear processes in the perturbed ionosphere using modern radio receivers and optical instruments. Experimental results are compared with theoretical turbulence models for a magnetized collisional plasma in a high-frequency electromagnetic field, allowing the identification of the processes responsible for the observed features of artificial ionospheric turbulence.

  7. Application of the coded long-pulse technique to plasma line studies of the ionosphere

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    Djuth, F.T.; Elder, J.H.; Sulzer, M.P.

    1994-12-01

    Recently, the coded long-pulse radar technique was tested at Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico using photoelectron-enhanced plasma lines in the daytime ionosphere. The technique immediately proved to be a powerful diagnostic tool for studying natural ionospheric phenomena. The authors initial observations indicate that extremely accurate measurements of absolute electron density (0.01 to 0.03% error bars) can be achieved with an altitude resolution of 150 m and a temporal resolution of {approximately} 2 s. In addition, the technique provides information about electron density structure within a 150-m altitude cell and yields parameters from which the energy spectrum of suprathermal electrons ({ge} 5 eV) can be deduced. The earliest measurements are used to illustrate applications of the coded long-pulse technique to several aeronomic/ionospheric areas of current interest. These include studies of neutral wave motions in the lower thermosphere, measurements of ion composition in the F{sub 1} region/upper ionosphere, and investigations of electron-gas thermal balance and photoelectron energy loss processes. The technique can be utilized to examine irregularity formation in the F region, probe electron acceleration processes in ionospheric modification experiments, verify the magnetic field dependence of Langmuir wave damping, and more generally test higher order corrections suggested for the Langmuir dispersion relation. It is anticipated that the latter tests will facilitate measurements of ionospheric currents. 14 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Ionosphere Plasma State Determination in Low Earth Orbit from International Space Station Plasma Monitor

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    Kramer, Leonard

    2014-01-01

    A plasma diagnostic package is deployed on the International Space Station (ISS). The system - a Floating Potential Measurement Unit (FPMU) - is used by NASA to monitor the electrical floating potential of the vehicle to assure astronaut safety during extravehicular activity. However, data from the unit also reflects the ionosphere state and seems to represent an unutilized scientific resource in the form of an archive of scientific plasma state data. The unit comprises a Floating Potential probe and two Langmuir probes. There is also an unused but active plasma impedance probe. The data, at one second cadence, are collected, typically for a two week period surrounding extravehicular activity events. Data is also collected any time a visiting vehicle docks with ISS and also when any large solar events occur. The telemetry system is unusual because the package is mounted on a television camera stanchion and its data is impressed on a video signal that is transmitted to the ground and streamed by internet to two off center laboratory locations. The data quality has in the past been challenged by weaknesses in the integrated ground station and distribution systems. These issues, since mid-2010, have been largely resolved and the ground stations have been upgraded. Downstream data reduction has been developed using physics based modeling of the electron and ion collecting character in the plasma. Recursive algorithms determine plasma density and temperature from the raw Langmuir probe current voltage sweeps and this is made available in real time for situational awareness. The purpose of this paper is to describe and record the algorithm for data reduction and to show that the Floating probe and Langmuir probes are capable of providing long term plasma state measurement in the ionosphere. Geophysical features such as the Appleton anomaly and high latitude modulation at the edge of the Auroral zones are regularly observed in the nearly circular, 51 deg inclined, 400 km

  9. Yosemite Conference on Ionospheric Plasma in the Magnetosphere: Sources, Mechanisms and Consequences, meeting report

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    Gallagher, D. L.; Burch, J. L.; Klumpar, D. M.; Moore, T. E.; Waite, J. H., Jr.

    1987-01-01

    The sixth biennial Yosemite topical conference and the first as a Chapman Conference was held on February 3 to 6, 1986. Due to the recent changes in our perception of the dynamics of the ionospheric/magnetospheric system, it was deemed timely to bring researchers together to discuss and contrast the relative importance of solar versus terrestrial sources of magnetospheric plasma. Although the solar wind was once thought to dominate the supply of plasma in the Earth's magnetosphere, it is now thought that the Earth's ionosphere is a significant contributor. Polar wind and other large volume outflows of plasma have been seen at relatively high altitudes over the polar cap and are now being correlated with outflows found in the magnetotail. The auroral ion fountain and cleft ion fountain are examples of ionospheric sources of plasma in the magnetosphere, observed by the Dynamics Explorer 1 (DE 1) spacecraft. The conference was organized into six sessions: four consisting of prepared oral presentations, one poster session, and one session for open forum discussion. The first three oral sessions dealt separately with the three major topics of the conference, i.e., the sources, mechanisms, and consequences of ionospheric plasma in the magnetosphere. A special session of invited oral presentations was held to discuss extraterrestrial ionospheric/magnetospheric plasma processes. The poster session was extended over two evenings during which presenters discussed their papers on a one-on-one basis. The last session of the conferences was reserved for open discussions of those topics or ideas considered most interesting or controversial.

  10. Ionospheric Plasma Response to M w 8.3 Chile Illapel Earthquake on September 16, 2015

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    Reddy, C. D.; Shrivastava, Mahesh N.; Seemala, Gopi K.; González, Gabriel; Baez, Juan Carlos

    2016-05-01

    The lithosphere and the atmosphere/ionosphere continuously exchange energy through various coupling mechanisms. In particular, the earth surface displacement caused by earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis can manifest as ionospheric plasma perturbations. We investigate the coseismic induced ionospheric total electron content (TEC) perturbations following the M w 8.3 Illapel thrust earthquake that occurred on September 16, 2015. The continuous global positioning system (GPS) data at 48 sites from Centro Sismológico Nacional and International GNSS Service GPS networks have been used in this study. The nearest GPS site recorded the ionospheric response 10 min after the occurrence of this earthquake. The maximum vertical coseismic induced TEC amplitude is ~1.4 TECU, and the perturbations are pronounced in the northern region of the epicenter and confined to less than ~1500 km radius. The average horizontal acoustic wave velocity has been determined as ~1260 m/s. We also observed acoustic resonance recorded by PRN 12 at 4.3 mHz corresponding to the first overtone of acoustic mode and lasting for about 30 min. In this study, we present characteristics of GPS derived ionospheric plasma perturbations following Illapel earthquake.

  11. Ionospheric electron acceleration by electromagnetic waves near regions of plasma resonances

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    Villalon, Elena

    1989-03-01

    Electron acceleration by electromagnetic fields propagating in the inhomogeneous ionospheric plasma is investigated. It is found that high-amplitude short wavelength electrostatic waves are generated by the incident electromagnetic fields that penetrate the radio window. These waves can very efficiently transfer their energy to the electrons if the incident frequency is near the second harmonic of the cyclotron frequency.

  12. Ionospheric Plasma Drift Analysis Technique Based On Ray Tracing

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    Ari, Gizem; Toker, Cenk

    2016-07-01

    Ionospheric drift measurements provide important information about the variability in the ionosphere, which can be used to quantify ionospheric disturbances caused by natural phenomena such as solar, geomagnetic, gravitational and seismic activities. One of the prominent ways for drift measurement depends on instrumentation based measurements, e.g. using an ionosonde. The drift estimation of an ionosonde depends on measuring the Doppler shift on the received signal, where the main cause of Doppler shift is the change in the length of the propagation path of the signal between the transmitter and the receiver. Unfortunately, ionosondes are expensive devices and their installation and maintenance require special care. Furthermore, the ionosonde network over the world or even Europe is not dense enough to obtain a global or continental drift map. In order to overcome the difficulties related to an ionosonde, we propose a technique to perform ionospheric drift estimation based on ray tracing. First, a two dimensional TEC map is constructed by using the IONOLAB-MAP tool which spatially interpolates the VTEC estimates obtained from the EUREF CORS network. Next, a three dimensional electron density profile is generated by inputting the TEC estimates to the IRI-2015 model. Eventually, a close-to-real situation electron density profile is obtained in which ray tracing can be performed. These profiles can be constructed periodically with a period of as low as 30 seconds. By processing two consequent snapshots together and calculating the propagation paths, we estimate the drift measurements over any coordinate of concern. We test our technique by comparing the results to the drift measurements taken at the DPS ionosonde at Pruhonice, Czech Republic. This study is supported by TUBITAK 115E915 and Joint TUBITAK 114E092 and AS CR14/001 projects.

  13. IRIS Diagnoses of Man-Made and Naturally-Occurring Ionospheric Plasma Turbulence

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    2005-03-01

    swept-frequency HF radar that operates between 1 and 20 MHz. Output ionograms are plots of radar reflection heights as functions of frequency...corresponding to the local ionospheric plasma density). Diffuse echoes on ionograms called spread F, indicate the presence of plasma turbulence in the... Ionograms were recorded every 5 minutes. The ionosonde and ISR operated simultaneously to monitor the occurrence of spread-F due to bottomside

  14. Comparison of ionospheric plasma drifts obtained by different techniques

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    Kouba, Daniel; Arikan, Feza; Arikan, Orhan; Toker, Cenk; Mosna, Zbysek; Gok, Gokhan; Rejfek, Lubos; Ari, Gizem

    2016-07-01

    Ionospheric observatory in Pruhonice (Czech Republic, 50N, 14.9E) provides regular ionospheric sounding using Digisonde DPS-4D. The paper is focused on F-region vertical drift data. Vertical component of the drift velocity vector can be estimated by several methods. Digisonde DPS-4D allows sounding in drift mode with direct output represented by drift velocity vector. The Digisonde located in Pruhonice provides direct drift measurement routinely once per 15 minutes. However, also other different techniques can be found in the literature, for example the indirect estimation based on the temporal evolution of measured ionospheric characteristics is often used for calculation of the vertical drift component. The vertical velocity is thus estimated according to the change of characteristics scaled from the classical quarter-hour ionograms. In present paper direct drift measurement is compared with technique based on measuring of the virtual height at fixed frequency from the F-layer trace on ionogram, technique based on variation of h`F and hmF. This comparison shows possibility of using different methods for calculating vertical drift velocity and their relationship to the direct measurement used by Digisonde. This study is supported by the Joint TUBITAK 114E092 and AS CR 14/001 projects.

  15. A model of ionospheric image structure underneath a braking, cross-field plasma jet

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    Jacobson, Abram R.; Simons, David J.; Nalesso, Gianfranco

    1987-01-01

    A plasma jetting across the geomagnetic field above the ionosphere tends to brake by ohmic dissipation of Pedersen currents. The braking can affect the ionosphere underneath if the associated Pedersen drifts are intense and prolonged enough to cause cumulative image structuring. Here, such image structuring is studied for the parameter regime of forthcoming releases from the Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite, involving photoionization of kilograms of barium vapor moving at orbital velocity. The resultant structuring in the upper E-region offers possible diagnostic telltales of the braking process.

  16. Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling and scale breaking of a plasma cloud in the magnetosphere

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    Haerendel, Gerhard; Mende, Stephen B.

    2012-09-01

    The goal of this paper is to deliver a long-missing interpretation of a central issue of the NASA-MPE barium injection experiment performed in September 1971. It pertains to the interaction with the ionosphere. Observations of the cloud's motion revealed no obvious sign of such interaction. The barium vapor was released from a Scout rocket at an altitude of 31,000 km above South America during late evening hours and was observed for more than 4000 s. The barium plasma split into several field-parallel streaks which moved for a long time as if subject to constant acceleration as viewed from the inertial frame of the rocket at release. This means that no reflection of energy due to a mismatch of ionospheric conductivity and the characteristic impedance of an impinging Alfvén wave was observed. It is this finding that has never been properly interpreted. Furthermore, after a careful assessment of the barium cloud properties and environmental parameters, we find a theoretical coupling time to the ambient flow which turns out to be substantially longer than observed. Although this appears to indicate that some interaction with the ionosphere occurred, we can rule out multiple wave reflections during the observed acceleration phase. Discarding other possibilities, we interpret the observed motions as sign of perfect matching of the momentum and energy flux into the ionosphere with the rate of dissipation. This is achieved during the initial phase by scale breaking of the cloud into streaks with narrow widths which allow parallel potential drops along the Alfvén wings because of the waves' inertial nature and inside the lower ionosphere owing to the finite parallel resistivity, thereby greatly reducing the effective Pedersen conductivity. The significance of this finding goes beyond understanding the barium injection experiment. It sheds light on how magnetospheric plasma irregularities can share momentum and energy with the ionosphere in an optimized fashion.

  17. Titan's Topside Ionospheric Composition: Cassini Plasma Spectrometer Ion Mass Spectrometer Measurements

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    Sittler, Edward; Hartle, Richard; Ali, Ashraf; Cooper, John; Lipatov, Alexander; Simpson, David; Sarantos, Menelaos; Chornay, Dennis; Smith, Todd

    2017-01-01

    We present ion composition measurements of Titan's topside ionosphere using both T9 and T15 Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) Ion Mass Spectrometer (IMS) measurements. The IMS is able to make measurements of Titan's ionosphere due to ionospheric outflows as originally reported for the T9 flyby. This allows one to take advantage of the unique capabilities of the CAPS IMS which measures both the mass-per-charge (M/Q) of the ions and the fragments of the ions produced inside the sensor such as carbon, nitrogen and oxygen fragments. Specific attention will be given to such ions as NH4 +, N +, O +, CH4 +, CxHy +, and HCNH + ions as examples. The CAPS IMS uses a time-of-flight (TOF) technique which accelerates ions up to 14.6 kV, so they can pass through ultra-thin carbon foils. Neutral fragments are used to measure the ion M/Q and positive fragments to measure the atomic components. We preliminarily find, by using IMS measurements of T9 and T15 ionospheric outflows, evidence for methane group ions, nitrogen ions, ammonium ions, water group ions and CnHm + ions with n = 2, 3, and 4 within Titan's topside ionosphere. E.C. Sittler acknowledges support at Goddard Space Flight Center by the CAPS Cassini Project from JPL funds under contract # NAS703001TONMO711123/1405851.

  18. Application of the coded long-pulse technique to plasma line studies of the ionosphere

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    Djuth, Frank T.; Sulzer, Michael P.; Elder, John H.

    1994-01-01

    Recently, the coded long-pulse radar technique was tested at Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico using photoelectron-enhanced plasma lines in the daytime ionosphere. The technique immediately proved to be a powerful diagnostic tool for studying natural ionospheric phenomena. Our initial observations indicate that extremely accurate measurements of absolute electron density (0.01 to 0.03% error bars) can be achieved with an altitude resolution of 150 m and a temporal resolution of approx. 2 s. In addition, the technique provides information about electron density structure within a 150-m altitude cell and yields parameters from which the energy spectrum of suprathermal electrons (equal to or greater than 5 eV) can be deduced. Our earliest measurements are used to illustrate applications of the coded long-pulse technique to several aeronomic/ionsospheric areas of current interest. These include studies of neutral wave motions in the lower thermosphere, measurements of ion composition in the F(sub 1) region/upper ionosphere, and investigations of electron-gas thermal balance and photoelectron energy loss processes. The technique can be utilized to examine irregularity formation in the F region, probe electron acceleration processes in ionospheric modification experiments, verify the magnetic field dependence of Langmuir wave damping, and more generally test higher order corrections suggested for the Langmuir dispersion relation. It is anticipated that the latter tests will facilitate measurements of ionospheric currents.

  19. Plasma irregularities in the D-region ionosphere in association with sprite streamer initiation.

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    Qin, Jianqi; Pasko, Victor P; McHarg, Matthew G; Stenbaek-Nielsen, Hans C

    2014-05-07

    Sprites are spectacular optical emissions in the mesosphere induced by transient lightning electric fields above thunderstorms. Although the streamer nature of sprites has been generally accepted, how these filamentary plasmas are initiated remains a subject of active research. Here we present observational and modelling results showing solid evidence of pre-existing plasma irregularities in association with streamer initiation in the D-region ionosphere. The video observations show that before streamer initiation, kilometre-scale spatial structures descend rapidly with the overall diffuse emissions of the sprite halo, but slow down and stop to form the stationary glow in the vicinity of the streamer onset, from where streamers suddenly emerge. The modelling results reproduce the sub-millisecond halo dynamics and demonstrate that the descending halo structures are optical manifestations of the pre-existing plasma irregularities, which might have been produced by thunderstorm or meteor effects on the D-region ionosphere.

  20. Linking Plasma Conditions in the Magnetosphere with Ionospheric Signatures

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    Rastaetter, Lutz; Kozyra, Janet; Kuznetsova, Maria M.; Berrios, David H.

    2012-01-01

    Modeling of the full magnetosphere, ring current and ionosphere system has become an indispensable tool in analyzing the series of events that occur during geomagnetic storms. The CCMC has a full model suite available for the magnetosphere, together with visualization tools that allow a user to perform a large variety of analyses. The January, 21, 2005 storm was a moderate-size storm that has been found to feature a large penetration electric field and unusually large polar caps (low-latitude precipitation patterns) that are otherwise found in super storms. Based on simulations runs at CCMC we can outline the likely causes of this behavior. Using visualization tools available to the online user we compare results from different magnetosphere models and present connections found between features in the magnetosphere and the ionosphere that are connected magnetically. The range of magnetic mappings found with different models can be compared with statistical models (Tsyganenko) and the model's fidelity can be verified with observations from low earth orbiting satellites such as DMSP and TIMED.

  1. Does a localized plasma disturbance in the ionosphere evolve to electrostatic equilibrium? Evidence to the contrary

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    Cosgrove, Russell B.

    2016-01-01

    Electrostatic equilibrium must be achieved through electromagnetic evolution. From an initial state with nonzero neutral wind localized along the geomagnetic field, and with all other plasma and electromagnetic perturbations initially zero, evolution progresses from plasma velocity to electric field to magnetic field, where the last step can launch an Alfvén wave that transmits the electromagnetic disturbance along geomagnetic field lines. Without the Alfvén wave the disturbance does not map along geomagnetic field lines, and there is no semblance of electrostatic equilibrium. This paradigm is essentially the traditional magnetosphere/ionosphere coupling paradigm, except addressed to smaller-scale, local ionospheric phenomena. However, Alfvén waves have not been thoroughly studied in the context of the partially ionized, collisional ionospheric plasma, and so the full effects predicted by this modeling paradigm are not known. In this work we adopt the two-fluid equations and investigate whether the ionosphere supports Alfvén-type waves that can transmit disturbances along geomagnetic field lines and perform a wave analysis of the "lumped circuit" parameters normally used to characterize the ionosphere under electrostatic equilibrium. We find that under the wave analysis (1) the Pedersen conductivity is severely modified and has a negative real part at short wavelengths; (2) the mapping distance for electric fields is significantly modified, and there is a nonnegligible wavelength along the geomagnetic field; and (3) the load admittance seen by a localized dynamo is strongly reactive, causing a phase offset between electric field and current, as compared with that when the load is electrostatic.

  2. Boundary location of Mars nightside ionospheric plasma in term of the electron density

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    Morooka, Michiko W.; Andersson, Laila; Ergun, Bob; Fowler, Christopher; Woodson, Adam; Weber, Tristan; Delory, Greg; Andrews, David; Edberg, Niklas; Eriksson, Anders; Michell, David; Connerney, Jack; Gruesbeck, Jacob; Halekas, Jasper

    2015-11-01

    Photo-ionized Mars atmosphere is forming an ionosphere and shielding the solar wind with creating barriers of bow shock. Inside the bow shock ionospheric plasma interact with solar wind plasma and result different boundaries. A question is how far the ionospheric plasma can stand off the solar wind.On the dayside, in-situ data set from Mars magnetosphere missions often observed the sharp gradient of the thermal plasma flux and ion composition change as well as the drop off of the magnetic fluctuation simultaneously as a outer boundary of the ionospheric plasma and an obstacle to the solar wind. Several models have constructed the shape of the boundary based on the statistical observations [e.g., Trotignon et al., 2006; Edberg et al., 2008].On the nightside, plasma instrument onboard Phobos 2 observed the particles and magnetic field characteristics similar to the dayside. However, the number of data is still too few to understand the general location of boundaries. We will present the characteristics of the nightside magnetospheric boundary region in term of the electron density. MAVEN Langmuir probe measurement (LPW) can estimate the electron density using the spacecraft environment. As MAVEN pass from the bow shock and sheath region into the magnetosphere the electron density often show a sharp gradient (the density jumps two orders of magnitudes in a few seconds). Comparing this to the data from particle instrument, the sharp electron density gradient was often associated with the transition of the characteristic energy of ions.Several hundreds of boundaries crossing by MAVEN allow us to investigate the statistical view of the boundary. We searched for a large electron density gradient as an indicator of the plasma boundary to identify the location of the ionospheric/solar wind plasma boundary. The results show that the many of the nightside boundaries locates close to the tail region of Mars forming elliptical shape of boundary. We will provide the empirical

  3. Processes accompanying the charging of dust grains in the ionospheric plasma

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    Kopnin, S. I.; Morzhakova, A. A.; Popel, S. I.; Shukla, P. K.

    2011-08-15

    The influence of the neutral component of the dusty ionospheric plasma on the process of dust grain charging is analyzed. Microscopic ion fluxes onto a dust grain are calculated with allowance for the interaction with the neutral components of the ionospheric plasma for both negatively and positively charged dust grains. For the latter case, which takes place in the presence of intense UV or X-ray solar radiation, the electron heating caused by the photoelectric effect is also investigated. It is found that the efficiency of electron heating depends on the density of neutral particles. The altitudes at which these effects appreciably influence the charging of different types of nano- and microscale dust grains are determined. It is shown that these effects should be taken into account in describing noctilucent clouds, polar mesosphere summer echoes, and physical phenomena involving grains of meteoric origin.

  4. Design and construction of Keda Space Plasma Experiment (KSPEX) for the investigation of the boundary layer processes of ionospheric depletions

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    Liu, Yu; Zhang, Zhongkai; Lei, Jiuhou; Cao, Jinxiang; Yu, Pengcheng; Zhang, Xiao; Xu, Liang; Zhao, Yaodong

    2016-09-01

    In this work, the design and construction of the Keda Space Plasma EXperiment (KSPEX), which aims to study the boundary layer processes of ionospheric depletions, are described in detail. The device is composed of three stainless-steel sections: two source chambers at both ends and an experimental chamber in the center. KSPEX is a steady state experimental device, in which hot filament arrays are used to produce plasmas in the two sources. A Macor-mesh design is adopted to adjust the plasma density and potential difference between the two plasmas, which creates a boundary layer with a controllable electron density gradient and inhomogeneous radial electric field. In addition, attachment chemicals can be released into the plasmas through a tailor-made needle valve which leads to the generation of negative ions plasmas. Ionospheric depletions can be modeled and simulated using KSPEX, and many micro-physical processes of the formation and evolution of an ionospheric depletion can be experimentally studied.

  5. Design and construction of Keda Space Plasma Experiment (KSPEX) for the investigation of the boundary layer processes of ionospheric depletions.

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    Liu, Yu; Zhang, Zhongkai; Lei, Jiuhou; Cao, Jinxiang; Yu, Pengcheng; Zhang, Xiao; Xu, Liang; Zhao, Yaodong

    2016-09-01

    In this work, the design and construction of the Keda Space Plasma EXperiment (KSPEX), which aims to study the boundary layer processes of ionospheric depletions, are described in detail. The device is composed of three stainless-steel sections: two source chambers at both ends and an experimental chamber in the center. KSPEX is a steady state experimental device, in which hot filament arrays are used to produce plasmas in the two sources. A Macor-mesh design is adopted to adjust the plasma density and potential difference between the two plasmas, which creates a boundary layer with a controllable electron density gradient and inhomogeneous radial electric field. In addition, attachment chemicals can be released into the plasmas through a tailor-made needle valve which leads to the generation of negative ions plasmas. Ionospheric depletions can be modeled and simulated using KSPEX, and many micro-physical processes of the formation and evolution of an ionospheric depletion can be experimentally studied.

  6. The Skylab barium plasma injection experiments. I - Convection observations

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    Wescott, E. M.; Stenbaek-Nielsen, H. C.; Davis, T. N.; Peek, H. M.

    1976-01-01

    Two barium-plasma injection experiments were carried out during magnetically active periods in conjunction with the Skylab 3 mission. The high-explosive shaped charges were launched near dawn on November 27 and December 4, 1973, UT. In both cases, the AE index was near 400 gammas, and extensive pulsating auroras covered the sky. The first experiment, Skylab Alpha, occurred in the waning phase of a 1000-gamma substorm, and the second, Skylab Beta, occurred in the expansive phase of an 800-gamma substorm. In both, the convection was generally magnetically eastward, with 100-km-level electric fields near 40 mV/m. However, in the Alpha experiment the observed orientation of the barium flux tube fit theoretical field lines having no parallel current, but the Beta flux-tube orientation indicated a substantial upward parallel sheet current.

  7. Ionospheric Convection in the Postnoon Auroral Oval: SuperDARN and Polar UVI Observations

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    Kozlovsky, A.; Koustov, A.; Lyatsky, W.; Kangas, J.; Parks, G.; Chua, D.

    2002-01-01

    Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) observations, ultraviolet imaging from the Polar satellite (UVI), and particle precipitation data from DMSP satellites have been used to investigate the electrodynamics of the postnoon auroral oval in the Northern hemisphere. We show that: (1) For negative IMF By, the convection reversal (CR) was co-located with the maximum of auroral luminosity, but during positive IMF By the convection reversal was poleward of the auroral oval up to several degrees in latitude; (2) Postnoon auroral oval was associated with a large-scale upward field-aligned current (FAC) of the order of 6x10(exp -7). A m(exp -2) in magnitude (the FAC was inferred from the SuperDARN and UVI data). For negative IMF By, maximum of the auroral intensity coincides in latitude with the maximum of the upward field-aligned current. However, for positive IMF By. the maximum of the upward FAC was shifted to the poleward edge of the auroral oval; (3) In response to the IMF By turning from positive to negative, the maximum of the auroral luminosity did not change its position noticeably, but the position of the convection reversal changed considerably from 80-81 degs to about 76 degs MLAT, and the maximum of FAC moved from 77-78 degs to about 76 degs MLAT. Thus, after IMF By turns negative, both the FAC maximum and CR tend to coincide with the auroral maximum; (4) The IMF Bz positive deflection was followed by a decrease in both field-aligned current intensity and auroral luminosity. However, the decrease in the auroral luminosity lags behind the FAC decrease by about 12 min. Firstly, these observations allow us to suggest that the IMF By-related electric field can penetrate into the closed magnetosphere and produce convection and FAC changes in the region of the postnoon auroral oval. Secondly, we suggest that the interchange instability is a promising mechanism for the postnoon auroras.

  8. Response of High Latitude Birkeland Currents and Ionospheric Convection to Transitions in Solar Wind Forcing

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    Anderson, B. J.; Korth, H.; Merkin, V. G.; Barnes, R. J.; Ruohoniemi, J. M.

    2014-12-01

    Recent results from the Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment (AMPERE) indicate that at least some transitions from northward to southward IMF produce a specific sequence in the development of large-scale Birkeland currents. First, a set of Region 1 and Region 2 currents forms on the dayside restricted to within a few hours of noon. After about 40 minutes, currents strongly intensify on the nightside, first near midnight local time associated with substorm onset, and then progressively further toward the dayside via dawn and dusk. Only after an hour or more after the transition to stronger solar wind forcing, is the complete Region 1, Region 2 current system developed. The results imply that the initial response to a transition from weak to strong forcing is convection into the polar cap and lobes without strong return convection to the dayside from the nightside magnetosphere. Return convection from the nightside begins with substorm onset and progresses to the dayside. This analysis is extended by examining a large number of transitions from prolonged auroral quiescence, associated with northward IMF, to southward IMF and the development of large-scale Region 1/Region 2 Birkeland currents, to assess whether the above progression holds in general. In addition, transition events to particularly intense driving, for example, associated with shocks are examined to assess how this ordering of events may be changed for onsets of particularly intense solar wind forcing.

  9. Modelling of the plasma environment surrounding 67P: the effect of the convective electric field on ion density profiles

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    Beth, Arnaud; Galand, Marina; Schwartz, Steven J.

    2016-04-01

    By following comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko along its orbit, Rosetta during its cruise is offering us the unique opportunity to understand the complex evolution of the comet with its environment. Although the coma is not bound at the surface, its photo-ionisation by solar extreme ultraviolet radiation creates a complex plasma environment which interacts with and is influenced by the solar wind. We consider the critical role played by collisionless processes (e.g. the effect of external electric and magnetic fields) in shaping the resulting ionospheric density profiles. In particular, the photo-ionisation of sublimated water molecules leads to the production of H_2O^+. These new ions are subjected to the electromagnetic environment of the solar wind in which they are born. In particular, the convective electric field Econv associated with the component of the solar wind flow perpendicular to the interplanetary magnetic field (i.e. Econv≈-vSWwedgeB) will strongly influence the dynamics of new ions and electrons and thus their density profiles around the comet. To lowest order that field can be described by the generalized Ohm's law of MHD. However, the small scales associated with 67P must be taken into consideration. We show that the convective electric field plays a key-role in the distribution of ions in the vicinity of the comet and in their transport. In particular, the physical size of the comet should be considered and the comet should not be reduced to a point source in the model. Finally, we will discuss the establishment of an induced ambipolar electric field on the ionospheric plasma to counteract the effect of Econv.

  10. 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.

  11. Properties of the Auroral Zone Ionosphere Inferred Using Plasma Contactor Data From the International Space Station

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    Koontz, S. L.; Bering, E. A.; Evans, D. S.; Katz, I.; Gardner, B. M.; Suggs, R. M.; Minow, J. I.; Dalton, P. J.; Ferguson, D. C.; Hillard, G. B.; Counts, J. L.; Barsamian, H.; Kern, J.; Mikatarian, R.

    2001-12-01

    Comparison of the auroral electron precipitation maps produced by the NOAA POES satellite constellation with the flight path of the International Space Station (ISS) reveals that ISS regularly passes through the southern auroral oval south of Australia. During the first few months of 2001, ISS configuration and flight attitude were such that tensioning rods on the space station solar array masts could collect current from the ionosphere in the same way as a bare wire antenna or electrodynamic tether. The ISS has two plasma contactors that emit the electron currents needed to balance electron collection by surfaces such as the lattice of bare rods on the solar array masts. During this period, these electron currents exceeded 0.1 A at times. The largest currents were observed in the auroral oval south of Australia, often after orbital sunset. On the space station, the solar array 40 m long masts each have over 400 m of stainless steel tensioning rods. When subject to orbital vxBṡl induced potentials, the rods collect substantial currents from the ionosphere. Models of the mast collection processes based upon J. R. Sanmartin's bare wire collection theory have been incorporated into computer codes that integrate models of the station geometry, orbital motion, earth's magnetic field, and ionosphere to obtain plasma contactor emission currents. During the period being analyzed, the station flew in an orientation such that the masts were perpendicular to the orbital velocity vector, and parallel to the earth's surface. Maximum vxBṡl potentials are generated near the magnetic poles. The current drawn by the masts is linearly proportional to the plasma density. The plasma contactor emission current can be converted to an estimate of plasma density. These measurements show that the plasma density in the nighttime auroral ionosphere is frequently several times that predicted by the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI)-90 and IRI-2001 models. We will discuss how the

  12. Ionospheric storm effects and equatorial plasma irregularities during the 17-18 March 2015 event

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    Zhou, Yun-Liang; Lühr, Hermann; Xiong, Chao; Pfaff, Robert F.

    2016-09-01

    The intense magnetic storm on 17-18 March 2015 caused large disturbances of the ionosphere. Based on the plasma density (Ni) observations performed by the Swarm fleet of satellites, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, and the Communications/Navigation Outage Forecasting System satellite, we characterize the storm-related perturbations at low latitudes. All these satellites sampled the ionosphere in morning and evening time sectors where large modifications occurred. Modifications of plasma density are closely related to changes of the solar wind merging electric field (Em). We consider two mechanisms, prompt penetration electric field (PPEF) and disturbance dynamo electric field (DDEF), as the main cause for the Ni redistribution, but effects of meridional wind are also taken into account. At the start of the storm main phase, the PPEF is enhancing plasma density on the dayside and reducing it on the nightside. Later, DDEF takes over and causes the opposite reaction. Unexpectedly, there appears during the recovery phase a strong density enhancement in the morning/prenoon sector and a severe Ni reduction in the afternoon/evening sector, and we suggest a combined effect of vertical plasma drift, and meridional wind is responsible for these ionospheric storm effects. Different from earlier studies about this storm, we also investigate the influence of storm dynamics on the initiation of equatorial plasma irregularities (EPIs). Shortly after the start of the storm main phase, EPIs appear in the postsunset sector. As a response to a short-lived decline of Em, EPI activity appears in the early morning sector. Following the second start of the main phase, EPIs are generated for a few hours in the late evening sector. However, for the rest of the storm main phase, no more EPIs are initiated for more than 12 h. Only after the onset of recovery phase does EPI activity start again in the postmidnight sector, lasting more than 7 h. This comprehensive view of

  13. Titan's plasma environment and ionosphere during the T85/T42/T32 magnetosheath encounters (Invited)

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    Edberg, N. J.; Andrews, D. J.; Shebanits, O.; Agren, K.; Wahlund, J.; Opgenoorth, H. J.; Garnier, P.; Roussos, E.; Cravens, T.; Badman, S. V.; Modolo, R.; Bertucci, C.; Dougherty, M. K.

    2013-12-01

    During the T85 flyby we observe the highest electron number densities ever reported from the ionosphere of Titan as measured by RPWS/LP. The measured density reached 4310 cm-3, which is at least 500 cm-3 higher than ever observed before, and at least 50 % above the average density for similar solar zenith angles. The peak of the ionospheric density is not reached on this flyby, making the maximum measured density a lower limit. Furthermore, we observe that Titan was located in the magnetosheath of Saturn for at least 2 h 45 min before the actual flyby. This long-term exposure to magnetosheath plasma and crossings of the magnetopause and bow shock might be the reason why the peak ionospheric electron density during T85 rise to the maximum recorded. We propose that enhanced fluxes of solar wind protons precipitating and causing particle impact ionoisation is the physical explanation for the extreme densities during T85. Measurements by RPWS/LP indicate from several flybys (T83-T91) that the electron density in the peak region of Titan's ionosphere (950-1100 km) has increased by about 15-30% during the last 2 years. Furthermore, the peak ionospheric density is found at lower altitudes, though the flyby geometry often affords only the inference of an upper-limit. The increase is most likely a response to the rising toward a new solar max with increasing EUV flux. Still, T85 stands out in terms of extreme densities. We compare the ionospheric structure and plasma environment of Titan during the T85 flyby to that of the previous T32/T42 magnetosheath encounter. T32 showed no apparent increased density in the peak region but that flyby occurred during the solar minimum era and close to the terminator plane of Titan. T42 on the other hand showed high electron densities despite the solar minimum conditions, but occurred at low solar zenith angles, where the ionospheric density normally is higher compared to high solar zenith angles. Orbital geometry and Cassini MAG

  14. Magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions: Near Earth manifestations of the plasma universe

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    Faelthammar, Carl-Gunne

    1986-01-01

    As the universe consists almost entirely of plasma, the understanding of astrophysical phenomena must depend critically on the understanding of how matter behaves in the plasma state. In situ observations in the near Earth cosmical plasma offer an excellent opportunity of gaining such understanding. The near Earth cosmical plasma not only covers vast ranges of density and temperature, but is the site of a rich variety of complex plasma physical processes which are activated as a results of the interactions between the magnetosphere and the ionosphere. The geomagnetic field connects the ionosphere, tied by friction to the Earth, and the magnetosphere, dynamically coupled to the solar wind. This causes an exchange of energy an momentum between the two regions. The exchange is executed by magnetic-field-aligned electric currents, the so-called Birkeland currents. Both directly and indirectly (through instabilities and particle acceleration) these also lead to an exchange of plasma, which is selective and therefore causes chemical separation. Another essential aspect of the coupling is the role of electric fields, especially magnetic field aligned (parallel) electric fields, which have important consequences both for the dynamics of the coupling and, especially, for energization of charged particles.

  15. Analysis of Plasma Bubble Signatures in the Ionosphere

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    2011-03-01

    exams forced me to expand the boundaries of my critical thinking skills. I also learned a new way to cut watermelons and even enjoyed a stint of rare...take the form of vertically elongated wedges of depleted plasma resembling upside down watermelon slices with an apex height determined by the 11...farther distances are detected, resulting in lower affected elevation angles. Overall, the upside-down watermelon shape of the plasma bubbles elongated

  16. Generation of large sheet-like ionospheric plasma irregularities at Arecibo

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    Lee, M. C.; Riddolls, R. J.; Burke, W. J.; Sulzer, M. P.; Kuo, S. P.; Klien, E. M. C.

    Large-scale ionospheric plasma irregularities, generated by O-mode heater waves at Arecibo, are shown for the first time to have “sheet-like” structures. The irregularities are aligned with the magnetic meridional plane and have scale sizes ranging from a few hundred meters to a few kilometers. This interpretation is based on detailed considerations of sequential measurements of radar backscatter power, the controlling magnetic field geometry, and the deduced E × B plasma drift. The alignment of O-mode-generated irregularities with the magnetic meridional plane, and their disappearance during X-mode heating intervals are consistent with predictions of the thermal filamentation instability model.

  17. Comparison of the ionospheric plasma turbulence over seismic and equatorial regions.

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    Kosciesza, M.; Blecki, J.; Parrot, M.; Wronowski, R.

    2012-04-01

    Many strong earthquakes which are objects of interest in investigations of the changes registered in the electric field in the ELF frequency range (1 Hz - 1250 Hz) in the ionospheric plasma, occurs in the equatorial region. In order to determine, if the observed disturbances are connected with the coupling between the ground and the ionosphere in the seismic active region, it is necessary to analyse and compare plasma instability phenomena occurring in the equatorial F-region ionosphere and are known as equatorial spread F (ESF) to changes before earthquakes because their character is very similar. The aim of this paper is the analysis of changes in the electromagnetic ELF field, registered by the French micro-satellite DEMETER over epicentres of three selected strong earthquakes with magnitude bigger than 6, which took place in: Sichuan, Chile and Haiti. A comparison between those cases and changes observed by the same satellite over the equatorial region in the similar time of year is presented. The analysis of the data, was conducted with the Fourier, wavelet and bispectral methods. The last one gives answer to question, whether the changes localized with the spectral analysis are nonlinear. Further processing consists the determination of the power spectrum and its slope, which allows to determine the type of turbulence which was inducted by the three wave interaction. The last stage of the presented research, was finding the characteristic remarks of changes, by calculation of the probability density function (PDF) and calculation of its characteristic values such as kurtosis and skewness.

  18. GPS and in situ Swarm observations of the equatorial plasma density irregularities in the topside ionosphere

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    Zakharenkova, Irina; Astafyeva, Elvira; Cherniak, Iurii

    2016-07-01

    Here we study the global distribution of the plasma density irregularities in the topside ionosphere by using the concurrent GPS and Langmuir probe measurements onboard the Swarm satellites. We analyze 18 months (from August 2014 till January 2016) of data from Swarm A and B satellites that flew at 460 and 510 km altitude, respectively. To identify the occurrence of the ionospheric irregularities, we have analyzed behavior of two indices ROTI and RODI based on the change rate of total electron content and electron density, respectively. The obtained results demonstrate a high degree of similarities in the occurrence pattern of the seasonal and longitudinal distribution of the topside ionospheric irregularities derived from both types of the satellite observations. Among the seasons with good data coverage, the maximal occurrence rates for the post-sunset equatorial irregularities reached 35-50 % for the September 2014 and March 2015 equinoxes and only 10-15 % for the June 2015 solstice. For the equinox seasons the intense plasma density irregularities were more frequently observed in the Atlantic sector, for the December solstice in the South American-Atlantic sector. The highest occurrence rates for the post-midnight irregularities were observed in African longitudinal sector during the September 2014 equinox and June 2015 solstice. The observed differences in SWA and SWB results could be explained by the longitude/LT separation between satellites, as SWB crossed the same post-sunset sector increasingly later than the SWA did.

  19. Unfolding plasma density from cylindrical monopole impedance measurements in ionosphere

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    Kiraga, A.

    2003-04-01

    Several common problems occur in measurement techniques and interpretation of plasma natural emissions and impedance data. Antenna characteristics are of prime importance in equivalent circuit analysis. Spacecraft - plasma interaction contributes to variability of equivalent circuit impedances and e.m.f. components and imposes constrains on usefulness of experimental data. In order to have independent, built in estimate of local plasma frequency and to get deeper insight into properties of equivalent circuit for wave diagnostics, impedance measurement was integrated with radio receivers on the ACTIVE, APEX and CORONAS satellites. Impedance measurements of 7.5m long monopole were performed in frequency range .1-10MHz with the frequency step of 50kHz, in voltage divider configuration. Due to high inclination of 82.5deg and altitude range of 500-3000km, data from very different plasmas were collected. Data can be split into quasi normal, disturbed and very disturbed measurements. Equivalent circuit structure evolved in attempt to match even very disturbed measurements. For quasi normal measurements, satisfactory matching is obtained with computed gyrofrequency fc and fitted plasma frequency fn, stray capacitance Cs and capacitance Cv of phenomenological vacuum sheath. With formulas for monopole impedance in cold magnetoplasma, two basic pectral structures are explained. For sufficiently magnetized plasma (roughly fn/fc<2 if Cs=20pF), circuit parallel resonance frequency Fr falls into upper hybrid band (max(fn,fc),fu), resonance amplitude is reduced by high antenna resistance and horn like absolute maximum points fu. For values of fn/fc ratio, greater then critical, Fr is less than fn and broad absolute maximum at Fr follows from low antenna resistance. Further increase of fn/fc results in increasing lag of Fr behind fn. Critical ratio fn/fc increases with decreasing stray capacitance Cs. It follows from data analysis that stray capacitance may change in flight, at

  20. Ionospheric contribution to the plasma environment in near-earth space

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    Sharp, R.D.; Lennartsson, W.; Strangeway, R.J.

    1985-06-01

    SCATHA and ISEE 1 satellite ion mass spectrometer data on ion composition near GEO are reviewed. The data were gathered during and close to magnetic storm activity to assess the characteristics of ion composition variations in order to predict the effects of hot GEO plasma on spacecraft instruments. Attention is given to both substorms and storms, the former being associated, at high latitudes, with auroral activity, the latter with ring currents. The ionosphere was found to supply hot H(+), O(+) and He(+) ions to the GEO magnetosphere, while the solar wind carried H(+) and He(+) ions. The ionosphere was the dominant source in both quiet and storm conditions in the inner magnetosphere. 11 references.

  1. Studies of HF-induced Strong Plasma Turbulence at the HAARP Ionospheric Observatory

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    Sheerin, J. P.; Adham, N.; Roe, R. G. E.; Keith, M. R.; Watkins, B. J.; Bristow, W. A.; Bernhardt, P. A.; Selcher, C. A.

    2010-11-01

    High power HF transmitters may induce a number of plasma instabilities in the interaction region of overdense ionospheric plasma. We report results from our recent experiments using over one gigawatt of HF power (ERP) to generate and study strong Langmuir turbulence (SLT) and particle acceleration at the HAARP Observatory, Gakona, Alaska. Among the effects observed and studied in UHF radar backscatter are: SLT spectra including the outshifted plasma line or free-mode, appearance of a short timescale ponderomotive overshoot effect, collapse, cascade and co-existing spectra, control of artificial field-aligned irregularities (AFAI), the aspect angle dependence of the plasma line spectra, and suprathermal electrons. Mapping the intensity of SLT versus pointing angle, we have discovered a number of regions of strong interaction displaced from the primary HF interaction region. Stimulated electromagnetic emission (SEE) measurements complement radar measurements. Experimental results are compared to previous high latitude experiments and predictions from recent modeling efforts.

  2. Studies of HF-induced Strong Plasma Turbulence at the HAARP Ionospheric Observatory

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    Sheerin, J. P.; Adham, N.; Watanabe, N.; Watkins, B. J.; Bristow, W. A.; Selcher, C. A.; Bernhardt, P. A.

    2011-10-01

    High power HF transmitters may induce a number of plasma instabilities in the interaction region of overdense ionospheric plasma. We report results from our recent experiments using over one gigawatt of HF power (ERP) to generate and study strong Langmuir turbulence (SLT) and particle acceleration at the HAARP Observatory, Gakona, Alaska. Among the effects observed and studied in UHF radar backscatter are: SLT spectra including the outshifted plasma line or free-mode, appearance of a short timescale ponderomotive overshoot effect, collapse, cascade and co-existing spectra, control of artificial field-aligned irregularities (AFAI), the aspect angle dependence of the plasma line spectra, and suprathermal electrons. Mapping the intensity of SLT versus pointing angle, we have discovered a number of regions of strong interaction displaced from the primary HF interaction region. Stimulated electromagnetic emission (SEE) measurements complement radar measurements. Experimental results are compared to previous high latitude experiments and predictions from recent modeling efforts.

  3. August 28, 1978, Storm 1. GEOS 2 observations of the initial magnetopause crossings and STARE observations near the ionospheric convection reversal

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    Sofko, G.J.; Korth, A.; Kremser, G.

    1985-02-01

    During the postdawn period on August 28, 1978, from approx.0750 to 0830 magnetic local time, the magnetopause moved several earth radii inward to less than 6.6 R/sub E/, where it remained until approx.1120 MLT. As the magnetopause approached the earth, the poleward boundary of the westward auroral electrojet moved southward to geomagnetic latitudes less than 66/sup 0/. Fortuitously, the geostationary satellite GEOS 2 was located in this morning sector during this entire period, and experienced a series of magnetopause crossings. In quiet periods GEOS 2 was conjugate to that area of the lower E region which constituted the field-of-view of the Scandinavian Twin Auroral Radar Experiment (STARE) radars. This paper compares the magnetospheric satellite and ionospheric radar observations. The combined observations suggest that, near the dawnside magnetopause, large-scale merging was occurring, while in the ionosphere, the convection reversal region and poleward portion of the auroral zone underwent major equatorward shifts and featured prominent sunward moving ULF pulsations. Between the magnetopause and ionosphere a large increase in the ring current accompanied the equatorward shift of the convection reversal.

  4. Radio Wave Reflections from Magnetized Plasma Bulges in the Martian Ionosphere

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    Zhang, Z.; Nielsen, E.; Xiao, L.; Liang, Y.

    2011-12-01

    In this paper we propose a quantitative explanation of a special type of radio wave reflection phenomena observed by MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding), in light of the cold plasma theory. The phenomena in question appear as a type of traces in the AIS (Active Ionosphere Sounding) ionograms. The traces show the following characteristics: (1) They may appear only when the spacecraft is near to a magnetic cusp region (around 300km altitude) on dayside; (2) They are "C"-shaped curves, with their open ends pointing to the increasing frequency direction. Obviously, these traces represent 'reflection pairs' (two echoes corresponding to one transmission from the antenna). The two echoes of a 'pair' have approximately the same time delay at the lowest propagating frequency, and have increasing time delay separation with increasing wave frequency; (3) Their positions and sizes in ionograms (i.e., their frequency ranges and time delay ranges) change regularly with spacecraft motion; (4) They represent quite rare events, since they are clearly observed only in a few orbit segments among thousands of orbits of Mars Express. In order to investigate the origin of these features, we employ a 2D spatial configuration model of the magnetized plasma bulge to simulate the behavior of the AIS radio waves. In the model the magnetic field is assumed to be a deformed vertical cylinder (corresponding to the patched crustal field of Mars), with its transverse size expanding upward. Magnetic flux density decreases upward and sideward continuously into a low background field value (while the total flux is conserved). Electron density is positively related to the field flux density, meanwhile decreases upward in an exponential manner. Equilibrium between magnetic pressure and plasma pressure is assumed to hold the density bulge. A ray tracing method based on the cold plasma dispersion relation is used to produce artificial ionograms. We find that under some

  5. Ionosphere/thermosphere heating determined from dynamic magnetosphere-ionosphere/thermosphere coupling

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    Tu, Jiannan; Song, Paul; Vasyliūnas, Vytenis M.

    2011-09-01

    Ionosphere/thermosphere heating driven by magnetospheric convection is investigated through a three-fluid inductive (including Faraday's law) approach to describing magnetosphere-ionosphere/thermosphere coupling, for a 1-D stratified ionosphere/thermosphere in this initial study. It is shown that the response of the ionosphere/thermosphere and thus the heating is dynamic and height-dependent. The heating is essentially frictional in nature rather than Joule heating as commonly assumed. The heating rate reaches a quasi-steady state after about 25 Alfvén travel times. During the dynamic period, the heating can be enhanced and displays peaks at multiple times due to wave reflections. The dynamic heating rate can be more than twice greater than the quasi-steady state value. The heating is strongest in the E-layer but the heating rate per unit mass is concentrated around the F-layer peak height. This implies a potential mechanism of driving O+ upflow from O+ rich F-layer. It is shown that the ionosphere/thermosphere heating caused by the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling can be simply evaluated through the relative velocity between the plasma and neutrals without invoking field-aligned currents, ionospheric conductance, and electric field. The present study provides understanding of the dynamic magnetosphere-ionosphere/thermosphere coupling from the ionospheric/thermospheric view in addition to magnetospheric perspectives.

  6. Slow ions in plasma wind tunnels. [satellite-ionosphere interaction

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    Oran, W. A.; Stone, N. H.; Samir, U.

    1976-01-01

    One of the limitations of simulation experiments for the study of interaction between a satellite and its space environment is the background of slow ions in the plasma chamber. These ions appear to be created by charge exchange between the beam ions and residual neutral gas and may affect measurements of the current and potential in the wake. Results are presented for a plasma wind tunnel experiment to study the effect of slow ions on both the ion and electron current distribution and the electron temperature in the wake of a body in a streaming plasma. It is shown that the effect of slow ions for beam ion density not exceeding 3 is not significant for measurements of ion current variations in the wake zone. This is not the case when studies are aimed at the quantitative examination of electron current and temperature variations in the near wake zone. In these instances, the measurements of electron properties in the wake should be done at very low system pressures or over a range of system pressures in order to ascertain the influence of slow ions.

  7. Ionospheric plasma bubble encounters or F region bottomside traversals

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    Benson, R.F.; Brinton, H.C.

    1983-08-01

    In situ AE-C and AE-E ion composition measurements, together with Manila and Huancayo ionosonde electron density profiles, are used in an attempt to distinguish between spacecraft encounters with equatorial plasma bubbles which have been pinched off from below, those still in the formation stage, and spacecraft excursions below the steep ionization gradient at the bottom edge of the postsunset F layer. Such excursions can result from quasi-periodic oscillations of the altitude of the F layer: as deduced from the ion composition measurements during the circular orbit phase of the low-inclination satellite AE-E. It is found that depletion features that appear to be due to topside bubbles which have been pinched off from below seldom have ion concentration reductions as high as a factor of 10/sup 2/; concentration drops associated with bubbles directly connected to bottomside plasma via vertical plasma density contours or those due to bottomside excursions, however, can be nearly a factor of 10/sup 4/. In the former case, O/sup +/ remains the dominant ion; in the latter case NO/sup +/ often becomes dominant. These results have important theoretical implications in that they are consistent with placing the bubble generation region on the steep density gradient of the lower ledge of F region where O/sup +/ is the dominant ion.

  8. Observations of ionospheric electron beams in the plasma sheet.

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    Zheng, H; Fu, S Y; Zong, Q G; Pu, Z Y; Wang, Y F; Parks, G K

    2012-11-16

    Electrons streaming along the magnetic field direction are frequently observed in the plasma sheet of Earth's geomagnetic tail. The impact of these field-aligned electrons on the dynamics of the geomagnetic tail is however not well understood. Here we report the first detection of field-aligned electrons with fluxes increasing at ~1 keV forming a "cool" beam just prior to the dissipation of energy in the current sheet. These field-aligned beams at ~15 R(E) in the plasma sheet are nearly identical to those commonly observed at auroral altitudes, suggesting the beams are auroral electrons accelerated upward by electric fields parallel (E([parallel])) to the geomagnetic field. The density of the beams relative to the ambient electron density is δn(b)/n(e)~5-13% and the current carried by the beams is ~10(-8)-10(-7) A m(-2). These beams in high β plasmas with large density and temperature gradients appear to satisfy the Bohm criteria to initiate current driven instabilities.

  9. Transport processes and distribution of plasma in the ionosphere during total solar eclipses

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    Chukwuma, Victor

    2016-07-01

    The effect of solar eclipse on the ionospheric F2 layer does not appear to depend only on the changes in the electron density. In this regards therefore, we have investigated the transport term process and the distribution F2 plasma during three total solar eclipses (TSE) at low- and mid-latitude. Particularly, the diurnal changes in the NmF2 and hmF2 during these spectacular events, as recorded by the ionosondes situated along the path of solar eclipses, which are within the obscuration percentage of 59-90% were investigated. Presently, our results show that NmF2 decreased during the eclipse window, as a consequence of the variation in the local solar radiation in regions under investigation. However, at mid-latitude, the distribution of F2 plasma was dominated by diffusion mechanisms which determined the height at which the F2 peak formed and were related to the changes in thermospheric composition. While at low-latitude the plasma distribution during TSE appeared to depend on combined effect of solar ionizing radiation (SIR) and the background nighttime ionospheric instabilities/irregularities mechanism. The downward/upward transport processes of the plasma appear to correspond with the drifting of the diffusion mechanisms and suffered a comparable variation with the SIR. Furthermore, at low-latitude ionosphere the transport process is controlled by the equatorial electric field. It is also observed that the eastward/westward movement of the equatorial electric field during the eclipse phase was connected to the upward/downward movement of the vertical transport. In conclusion, our results appear to indicate that eclipse effects increased with increase in latitude and the time lag decreases with increase in latitude.

  10. Ionospheric plasma of comet 67P probed by Rosetta at 3 au from the Sun

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    Galand, M.; Héritier, K. L.; Odelstad, E.; Henri, P.; Broiles, T. W.; Allen, A. J.; Altwegg, K.; Beth, A.; Burch, J. L.; Carr, C. M.; Cupido, E.; Eriksson, A. I.; Glassmeier, K.-H.; Johansson, F. L.; Lebreton, J.-P.; Mandt, K. E.; Nilsson, H.; Richter, I.; Rubin, M.; Sagnières, L. B. M.; Schwartz, S. J.; Sémon, T.; Tzou, C.-Y.; Vallières, X.; Vigren, E.; Wurz, P.

    2016-11-01

    We propose to identify the main sources of ionization of the plasma in the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at different locations in the coma and to quantify their relative importance, for the first time, for close cometocentric distances (<20 km) and large heliocentric distances (>3 au). The ionospheric model proposed is used as an organizing element of a multi-instrument data set from the Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC) plasma and particle sensors, from the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis and from the Microwave Instrument on the Rosetta Orbiter, all on board the ESA/Rosetta spacecraft. The calculated ionospheric density driven by Rosetta observations is compared to the RPC-Langmuir Probe and RPC-Mutual Impedance Probe electron density. The main cometary plasma sources identified are photoionization of solar extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation and energetic electron-impact ionization. Over the northern, summer hemisphere, the solar EUV radiation is found to drive the electron density - with occasional periods when energetic electrons are also significant. Over the southern, winter hemisphere, photoionization alone cannot explain the observed electron density, which reaches sometimes higher values than over the summer hemisphere; electron-impact ionization has to be taken into account. The bulk of the electron population is warm with temperature of the order of 7-10 eV. For increased neutral densities, we show evidence of partial energy degradation of the hot electron energy tail and cooling of the full electron population.

  11. Erosion/redeposition analysis of the ITER first wall with convective and non-convective plasma transport

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    Brooks, J. N.; Allain, J. P.; Rognlien, T. D.

    2006-12-15

    Sputtering erosion/redeposition is analyzed for IAEA [Report GA10FDR1-01-07-13 (2001)] plasma facing components, with scrape-off layer (SOL) plasma convective radial transport and nonconvective (diffusion-only) transport. The analysis uses the UEDGE code [T .D. Rognlien et al., J. Nucl. Mater. 196, 347 (1992)] and DEGAS code [D. P. Stotler et al., Contrib. Plasma Phys. 40, 221 (2000) ] to compute plasma SOL profiles and ion and neutral fluxes to the wall, TRIM-SP code [J. P. Biersack, W. Eckstein, J. Appl. Phys. A34, 73 (1984)] to compute sputter yields, and the REDEP/WBC code package [J. N. Brooks, Fusion Eng. Des. 60, 515 (2002)] for three-dimensional kinetic modeling of sputtered particle transport. Convective transport is modeled for the background plasma by a radially varying outward-flow component of the fluid velocity, and for the impurity ions by three models designed to bracket existing models/data. Results are reported here for the first wall with the reference beryllium coating and an alternative tungsten coating. The analysis shows: (1) sputtering erosion for convective flow is 20-40 times higher than for diffusion-only but acceptably low ({approx}0.3 nm/s) for beryllium, and very low ({approx}0.002 nm/s) for tungsten; (2) plasma contamination by wall sputtering, with convective flow, is of order 1% for beryllium and negligible for tungsten; (3) wall-to-divertor beryllium transport may be significant ({approx}10%-60% of the sputtered Be current); (4) tritium co-deposition in redeposited beryllium may be high ({approx}1-6 gT/400 s pulse)

  12. Ionospheric nf sub H resonances: Frequency shifts versus plasma conditions

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    Benson, R. F.

    1971-01-01

    The Alouette 2 resonances observed near the harmonics of the electron cyclotron frequency f sub H reveal frequency shifts (relative to the n(f sub H) values derived from model field calculations) which can be interpreted in terms of plasma wave dispersion effects. These effects are observed on the 2(f sub H) resonance when it is near the resonance observed close to the upper hybrid frequency f sub T. The observations suggest that an oblique echo model may be required to give a proper interpretation of the 2(f sub H) resonance. Cyclotron damping can be ignored only when the angle between the propagation vector and the direction perpendicular to the earth's magnetic field B is less than a few degrees for the 2(f sub H) wave, and less than a few tenths of a degree for the n(f sub H) waves with n 2. The negative offset of the absolute value of B inferred from the plasma resonance observations is consistent with expectations based on recent OGO 3 and OGO 5 rubidium magnetometer observations at higher altitudes in the equatorial regions.

  13. Characterization of the geometries of the high-latitude ionospheric convection pattern

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    Keating, Christopher Francis

    An investigation of the geometries of the high-latitude convection pattern is conducted using spacecraft observations of the northern hemisphere during conditions when the z-component of the interplanetary magnetic field is negative. In the first part of this investigation we examine the specification of the polar cap boundary as a circle using data from nearly simultaneous satellites to investigate the variation in size and location of the circle and the means by which such variations may be specified. We also investigate the degree to which a circle departs from the instantaneous configuration of the boundary and the effect that such departures may have on the global potential distribution. The DMSP satellites F8 and F9 provide an opportunity to identify the polar cap boundary with four nearly simultaneous points that can be used in a least squares fitting procedure to derive a best fit circle describing the polar cap boundary. The results of this exercise confirmed that the polar cap boundary can be well represented by a circle with the center offset towards the midnight sector with a B(sub y) and seasonal dependence in the radius of the circle and the location of the center point. Our results indicated that departures from a nominally circular boundary occur most frequently on the dayside. These departures led us to conclude that the polar cap boundary can be best represented by two circular segments with a smaller segment on the dawnside for conditions of B(sub y) negative. We also identified localized bulges or depressions as departures from the circle that are consistent with the descriptions of suggested impulsive additions of magnetic flux to the polar cap. In the second part of this investigation we examine the latitude distribution of the potential at latitudes below the polar cap boundary to determine its sensitivity to interplanetary conditions, magnetic activity, and local time. We use a gaussian curve segment to best represent the distribution of the

  14. UCB current detector experiment on Swedish auroral payloads. [ionospheric current and plasma flow measurements

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    Mozer, F.

    1974-01-01

    A split Langmuir probe has been developed to make in situ measurements of ionospheric current density and plasma bulk flow. The probe consists of two conducting elements that are separated by a thin insulator that shield each other over a 2 pi solid angle, and that are simultaneously swept from negative to positive with respect to the plasma. By measuring the current to each plate and the difference current between plates, information is obtained on the plasma's current density, bulk flow, electron temperature, and density. The instrument was successfully flown twice on sounding rockets into auroral events. Measurement data indicate that the total auroral current configuration is composed of several alternating east and west electrojets associated with several alternating up and down Birkeland currents.

  15. Suprathermal plasma analyzer for the measurement of low-energy electron distribution in the ionosphere

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    Shimoyama, M.; Oyama, K.-I.; Abe, T.; Yau, A. W.

    2011-07-01

    It is commonly believed that an energy transfer from thermal to suprathermal electrons (ionosphere. However, observation of electron energy spectrum in this energy range is quite limited because of technical difficulties of measurement. We have developed an instrument to measure electron energy distribution from thermal to suprathermal energy continuously with high-energy resolution of about 0.15 eV. The measurement principle is based on the combination of a retarding potential analyzer with a channel electron multiplier (CEM) and the Druyvesteyn method, which derives energy distribution from the current-voltage characteristics. The capability of detecting plasma space potential enables absolute calibration of electron energy. The instrument with a small vacuum pump, which is required for the CEM to work in low-vacuum region, was first successfully tested by a sounding rocket S-310-37 in the ionospheric E region. The instrument is expected to provide new opportunities to measure energy distribution of thermal and non-thermal electrons in low-density plasma, where a Langmuir probe cannot measure electron temperature because of low plasma density.

  16. Suprathermal plasma analyzer for the measurement of low-energy electron distribution in the ionosphere.

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    Shimoyama, M; Oyama, K-I; Abe, T; Yau, A W

    2011-07-01

    It is commonly believed that an energy transfer from thermal to suprathermal electrons (ionosphere. However, observation of electron energy spectrum in this energy range is quite limited because of technical difficulties of measurement. We have developed an instrument to measure electron energy distribution from thermal to suprathermal energy continuously with high-energy resolution of about 0.15 eV. The measurement principle is based on the combination of a retarding potential analyzer with a channel electron multiplier (CEM) and the Druyvesteyn method, which derives energy distribution from the current-voltage characteristics. The capability of detecting plasma space potential enables absolute calibration of electron energy. The instrument with a small vacuum pump, which is required for the CEM to work in low-vacuum region, was first successfully tested by a sounding rocket S-310-37 in the ionospheric E region. The instrument is expected to provide new opportunities to measure energy distribution of thermal and non-thermal electrons in low-density plasma, where a Langmuir probe cannot measure electron temperature because of low plasma density.

  17. Suprathermal plasma analyzer for the measurement of low-energy electron distribution in the ionosphere

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    Shimoyama, M.; Yau, A. W.; Oyama, K.-I.; Abe, T.

    2011-07-15

    It is commonly believed that an energy transfer from thermal to suprathermal electrons (ionosphere. However, observation of electron energy spectrum in this energy range is quite limited because of technical difficulties of measurement. We have developed an instrument to measure electron energy distribution from thermal to suprathermal energy continuously with high-energy resolution of about 0.15 eV. The measurement principle is based on the combination of a retarding potential analyzer with a channel electron multiplier (CEM) and the Druyvesteyn method, which derives energy distribution from the current-voltage characteristics. The capability of detecting plasma space potential enables absolute calibration of electron energy. The instrument with a small vacuum pump, which is required for the CEM to work in low-vacuum region, was first successfully tested by a sounding rocket S-310-37 in the ionospheric E region. The instrument is expected to provide new opportunities to measure energy distribution of thermal and non-thermal electrons in low-density plasma, where a Langmuir probe cannot measure electron temperature because of low plasma density.

  18. Observations of the plasma environment during an active ionospheric ion beam injection experiment

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

    1990-01-01

    Several sounding rocket flights have been used to clarify the electrodynamics of neutral beam releases of Ar ions in the upper ionosphere, by varying the Ar's point of release with respect to the diagnostic payload. A volume of 10-m radius centered on the Ar release payload is measured for broadband wave activity; the superthermal neutralizing beam electrons become magnetized in this volume for across-field plasma releases, and ambient electrons are accelerated to energies of several hundred eV. This is speculated to be due to wave turbulence rather than payload-neutralization.

  19. Recent observations of beam plasma interactions in the ionosphere and a comparison with laboratory studies of the beam plasma discharge

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    Bernstein, W.; Kellogg, P. J.; Monson, S. J.; Holzworth, R. H.; Whalen, B. A.

    1982-01-01

    Experimental results from an electron beam injection rocket flight (27:010 AE) launched into an active aurora are summarized. The rocket carried an accelerator which injected programmed electron beams of less than 100 ma at 2 and 4 kV into the ionospheric plasma over the altitude range 120-240 km. A major objective of the experiment was the study of beam-plasma interactions and the possible identification of the ignition of the beam-plasma discharge (BPD) which had been intensively studied in the laboratory. A qualitative assessment of the data indicates that BPD ignition was produced by both 10 ma and Im beams at 2 and 4 kV. Many of the observed characteristics are similar to the BPD characteristics observed in the laboratory.

  20. Ionospheric Plasma Outflow Under High Solar Wind Dynamic Pressure Conditions

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    Malingre, M.; Bouhram, M.; Dubouloz, N.; Sauvaud, J. A.; Berthomier, M.; Carlson, C. W.

    The polar cusp is well-known to be one of the most intense source regions of iono- spheric outflow. Since this region is of direct access for solar wind plasma, changes in the interplanetary magnetic field and solar wind dynamic pressure are expected to influence the ion outflow. We report combined observations from the Interball- Auroral in the high-altitude range (10,000-20,000km) and the FAST satellite in the mid-altitude range (4000 km) revealing enhanced ion outflows in association with the passage of an interplanetary shock and CME. Several case studies based on the anal- ysis of ion data recorded from several orbits before and after the pressure impulse are made to investigate how the dynamic pressure affects the amount of outflowing ions. We found a clear relationship between the ion outflow variations and the dy- namic pressure changes when choosing average ion flux and average ion energy flux, inferred from global conservation laws, as parameters to characterize the ion outflow.

  1. Modeling the transition of the inner plasma sheet from weak to enhanced convection

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    Wang, Chih-Ping; Lyons, Larry R.; Chen, Margaret W.; Toffoletto, Frank R.

    2004-12-01

    We seek to determine whether the adiabatic plasma transport and energization resulting from electric and magnetic drift can quantitatively account for the plasma sheet under weak and enhanced convection observed by Geotail presented in the companion paper [, 2004]. We use a modified Magnetospheric Specification Model to simulate the dynamics and distributions of protons originating from the deep tail and low-latitude boundary layer (LLBL) under an assigned, slowly increasing convection electric field. The magnetic field is Tsyganenko 96 model, modified so that force balance is maintained along the midnight meridian. Our simulation results reproduce well the observed radial profiles and magnitudes of pressure and magnetic field. The changes of these parameters with convection strength are also well reproduced, indicating that the electric and magnetic drift control the large-scale structure of the plasma sheet. The plasma flows near midnight are diverted toward dusk by diamagnetic drift. We obtain a steady state plasma sheet under strong and steady convection, showing that magnetic drift and field line stretching bring the plasma sheet away from possible convection disruption. The protons from the LLBL strongly affect the plasma sheet density and temperature during quiet times but not during enhanced convection. For the same cross-polar cap potential, stronger shielding of the convection electric field results in smaller energization. The penetration electric field is important in moving the plasma sheet to smaller geocentric radial distance. Our results suggest that the frozen-in condition E = -v × B is not valid in the inner plasma sheet because of strong diamagnetic drift.

  2. Study of plasma natural convection induced by electron beam in atmosphere [

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    Deng, Yongfeng Han, Xianwei; Tan, Yonghua

    2014-06-15

    Using high-energy electron beams to ionize air is an effective way to produce a large-size plasma in the atmosphere. In particular, with a steady-state high power generator, some unique phenomena can be achieved, including natural convection of the plasma. The characteristics of this convection are studied both experimentally and numerically. The results show that an asymmetrical temperature field develops with magnitudes that vary from 295 K to 389 K at a pressure of 100 Torr. Natural convection is greatly enhanced under 760 Torr. Nevertheless, plasma transport is negligible in this convection flow field and only the plasma core tends to move upward. Parameter analysis is performed to discern influencing factors on this phenomenon. The beam current, reflecting the Rayleigh number Ra effect, correlates with convection intensity, which indicates that energy deposition is the underlying key factor in determining such convections. Finally, natural convection is concluded to be an intrinsic property of the electron beam when focused into dense air, and can be achieved by carefully adjusting equipment operations parameters.

  3. Self-Consistent Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling and Associated Plasma Energization Processes

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    Khazanov, G. V.; Six, N. Frank (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Magnetosphere-Ionosphere (MI) coupling and associated with this process electron and ion energization processes have interested scientists for decades and, in spite of experimental and theoretical research efforts, are still ones of the least well known dynamic processes in space plasma physics. The reason for this is that the numerous physical processes associated with MI coupling occur over multiple spatial lengths and temporal scales. One typical example of MI coupling is large scale ring current (RC) electrodynamic coupling that includes calculation of the magnetospheric electric field that is consistent with the ring current (RC) distribution. A general scheme for numerical simulation of such large-scale magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling processes has been presented earlier in many works. The mathematical formulation of these models are based on "modified frozen-in flux theorem" for an ensemble of adiabatically drifting particles in the magnetosphere. By tracking the flow of particles through the inner magnetosphere, the bounce-averaged phase space density of the hot ions and electrons can be reconstructed and the magnetospheric electric field can be calculated such that it is consistent with the particle distribution in the magnetosphere. The new a self-consistent ring current model has been developed that couples electron and ion magnetospheric dynamics with calculation of electric field. Two new features were taken into account in addition to the RC ions, we solve an electron kinetic equation in our model, self-consistently including these results in the solution. Second, using different analytical relationships, we calculate the height integrated ionospheric conductances as the function of precipitated high energy magnetospheric electrons and ions as produced by our model. This results in fundamental changes to the electric potential pattern in the inner magnetosphere, with a smaller Alfven boundary than previous potential formulations would predict but

  4. Statistics on the parameters of nonisothermal ionospheric plasma in large mesospheric electric fields

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    Martynenko, S.; Rozumenko, V.; Tyrnov, O.; Manson, A.; Meek, C.

    The large V/m electric fields inherent in the mesosphere play an essential role in lower ionospheric electrodynamics. They must be the cause of large variations in the electron temperature and the electron collision frequency at D region altitudes, and consequently the ionospheric plasma in the lower part of the D region undergoes a transition into a nonisothermal state. This study is based on the databases on large mesospheric electric fields collected with the 2.2-MHz radar of the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Canada (52°N geographic latitude, 60.4°N geomagnetic latitude) and with the 2.3-MHz radar of the Kharkiv V. Karazin National University (49.6°N geographic latitude, 45.6°N geomagnetic latitude). The statistical analysis of these data is presented in Meek, C. E., A. H. Manson, S. I. Martynenko, V. T. Rozumenko, O. F. Tyrnov, Remote sensing of mesospheric electric fields using MF radars, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, in press. The large mesospheric electric fields is experimentally established to follow a Rayleigh distribution in the interval 0 ionospheric plasma.

  5. Dynamics of three-dimensional plasma clouds with coupling to the background ionosphere

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    Ma, T.-Z.; Schunk, R. W.

    1994-01-01

    A three-dimensional, time-dependent model with a two-grid system was developed to study the expansion of a plasma cloud in the F region and topside ionosphere. The model maintains an adequate resolution for the released cloud motion and its interaction with the immediate environment, and it includes the effect due to the coupling with the distant part of the ionosphere (i.e., E region). Simulations were performed using realistic background ionospheric density profiles in both the E and F regions. The results show that the cloud coupling to the underlying E region affects the perpendicular cloud motion the most. The distant coupling acts to reduce the perturbation potential and perpendicular velocity and delays or eliminates the striations. These simulation results are consistent with simple analytical approximations. The simulation results also show that the distant coupling has a very small effect on 'localized' phenomena, such as the cloud expansion along the B RIGHT ARROW field and the electrostatic snowplow. The cloud-induced electric potential is attenuated in the lower E region. The electrons flow along the B RIGHT ARROW field, carrying the current to the E region and back to the cloud. The current closure is demonstrated in three dimensions for the first time for such a problem. The perpendicular current flowing through the plasma cloud is closed by the field-aligned electron current and the background perpendicular (mainly Pedersen) current in both the E and F regions. The 'image cloud' formation in t he E region is also clearly demonstrated. The variation of the density change in the 'image cloud' along the B RIGHT ARROW field and the features of the image cloud are shown.

  6. Solar and geomagnetic activity effects on nocturnal zonal velocities of ionospheric plasma depletions.

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    Sobral, J. H. A.; Abdu, M. A.; Takahashi, H.; Sawant, H.; Zamlutti, C. J.; Borba, G. L.

    1999-01-01

    The understanding of postsunset zonal drifts of ionospheric plasma depletions in the equatorial and subequatorial regions are of importance to the knowledge of the electrodynamics of the nocturnal ionosphere. Drifts occurring over the low latitude station Cachoeira Paulista-CP during the October and March time frames are analyzed for the period 1980 - 1992. That analysis is based upon about 650 days of zonal scanning photometer measurements of the nocturnal O I 630 nm airglow. The zonal motions of valleys of the O I 630 nm intensity are used to infer the eastward plasma velocity variations with local time. In this way, the velocity variations with solar activity and magnetic activity are studied. The mean trend in the velocity local time variation is a decrease from early evening to postmidnight hours, as expected in view of the F-region vertical electric fields, naturally decreasing magnitudes after sunset due to recombination. The zonal velocity decay between 21 LT and 02 LT is faster during the period of maximum solar activity than during the solar minimum period.

  7. Turbulent transport and heating in the auroral plasma of the topside ionosphere

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    Ionson, J. A.; Ong, R. S. B.; Fontheim, E. G.

    1979-01-01

    Using plasma parameters from a typical stormtime ionospheric energy balance model, we have investigated the effects of plasma turbulence on the auroral magnetoplasma. The turbulence is assumed to be comprised of electrostatic ion cyclotron waves. These waves have been driven to a nonthermal level by a geomagnetic field-aligned, current-driven instability. The evolution of this instability is shown to proceed in two stages and indicates an anomalous increase in field-aligned electrical resistivity and cross-field ion thermal conductivity as well as a decrease in electron thermal conductivity along the geomagnetic field. In addition, this turbulence heats ions perpendicular to the geomagnetic field and hence leads to a significant ion temperature anisotropy.

  8. Does the Precipitation of Solar Wind Plasma Cause the Ionospheric Upwellings Detected by MARSIS on the Dayside of Mars?

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    Dieval, C.; Morgan, D. D.; Andrews, D. J.; Duru, F.; Gurnett, D. A.

    2014-12-01

    The Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding (MARSIS) onboard the Mars Express spacecraft possesses an ionospheric mode, which is used for local and remote sounding measurements of the Martian topside ionosphere. Ideally, the sounding pulse transmitted by MARSIS gives a vertical reflection from the horizontally stratified ionosphere, down to the ionospheric peak. In practice, this is usually the case, however oblique reflections are also detected. These oblique reflections are often found in regions where the remanent crustal magnetic field is nearly vertical and the sources of reflections are often at a higher apparent altitude than the surrounding ionosphere for the same electron density level. There are recurring observations of such ionospheric upwellings during repeated passes of Mars Express above certain regions over time periods of tens of days. An increased ionospheric scale height seems to create these plasma bulges. A possible cause is a localized heating of the neutral atmosphere due to the entrance of solar wind plasma through the magnetic cusps. We test this explanation by using in situ measurements of electron energy distributions made by the Analyzer of Space Plasmas and Energetic Atoms (ASPERA-3) onboard Mars Express. The statistical study considers dayside oblique echoes (solar zenith angle ≤ 90°) with spacecraft altitude ≤1100 km, for orbits with sufficient MARSIS data coverage and corresponding to a criterion of repetitive passes above a given region. We keep only oblique echoes which are no further below than 10 km in apparent altitude compared to the surrounding ionosphere (most of the cases), to ensure the echoes most likely come from near the vertical direction, at the time of closest approach. Finally we take the oblique echoes with simultaneous ASPERA-3 data, with short time intervals (up to 2 minutes) before and after the time of closest approach. This leaves 761 oblique echoes. The intervals are then manually

  9. New ISTP Solar Max: A Multi-Spacecraft Study of the Flow of Ionospheric Plasma

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    Chappell, Charles R.

    2003-01-01

    The unique instrumentation on the Polar satellite combined with the simultaneous measurement of different parts of the magnetosphere with multiple satellites make possible the study of magnetospheric processes in a special way. In particular, the study of the ionospheric supply of plasma to the magnetosphere can by accomplished to give important results on the plasmas which drive the dynamics of the magnetosphere. This study concentrated on the period of September to December, 2001 in which the Polar orbit had precessed to the point that the line of apsides was near the equatorial plane. This unique orbital configuration enabled the TIDE instrument to measure outflowing ions across the polar cap and then transit the magnetotail lobes and observe the dramatic change in plasma characteristics as the satellite entered the plasma sheet. Contact was made with investigators on the Cluster and Geotail satellite missions and corresponding time frames were studied in the data. There were two approximate conjunctions between Polar and Geotail and data were compared to look for features which might be related. The higher energy concentration of the Geotail instrument made direct comparisons with TIDE difficult, and the Cluster measurements did not surface any cases that corresponded closely in space and time. There were, however, many interesting aspects of the Polar orbits which permitted the observation of the changing ionospheric outflowing plasma characteristics. As in earlier measurements, the ionospheric plasma could be seen flowing up the magnetic field lines out of the northern and southern polar caps. Its energy suggested a polar wind origin energized by the centrifugal acceleration of flow through the polar cusp. The roughly 10eV ions then moved out into the lobes of the magnetotail where they could be seen flowing toward the plasma sheet in both the northern and southern magnetotail lobes. There was also a double field-aligned region of warm ions observed just

  10. Theory and Observations of Plasma Waves Excited Space Shuttle OMS Burns in the Ionosphere

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    Bernhardt, P. A.; Pfaff, R. F.; Schuck, P. W.; Hunton, D. E.; Hairston, M. R.

    2010-12-01

    Measurements of artificial plasma turbulence were obtained during two Shuttle Exhaust Ionospheric Turbulence Experiments (SEITE) conducted during the flights of the Space Shuttle (STS-127 and STS-129). Based on computer modeling at the NRL PPD and Laboratory for Computational Physics & Fluid Dynamics (LCP), two dedicated burns of the Space Shuttle Orbital Maneuver Subsystem (OMS) engines were scheduled to produce 200 to 240 kg exhaust clouds that passed over the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Communications, Navigation, and Outage Forecast System (C/NOFS) satellite. This operation required the coordination by the DoD Space Test Program (STP), the NASA Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO), the C/NOFS payload operations, and the C/NOFS instrument principal investigators. The first SEITE mission used exhaust from a 12 Second OMS burn to deposit 1 Giga-Joules of energy into the upper atmosphere at a range of 230 km from C/NOFS. The burn was timed so C/NOFS could fly though the center of the exhaust cloud at a range of 87 km above the orbit of the Space Shuttle. The first SEITE experiment is important because is provided plume detection by ionospheric plasma and electric field probes for direct sampling of irregularities that can scatter radar signals. Three types of waves were detected by C/NOFS during and after the first SEITE burn. With the ignition and termination of the pair of OMS engines, whistler mode signals were recorded at C/NOFS. Six seconds after ignition, a large amplitude electromagnetic pulse reached the satellite. This has been identified as a fast magnetosonic wave propagating across magnetic field lines to reach the electric field (VEFI) sensors on the satellite. Thirty seconds after the burn, the exhaust cloud reach C/NOFS and engulfed the satellite providing very strong electric field turbulence along with enhancements in electron and ion densities. Kinetic modeling has been used to track the electric field turbulence to an unstable velocity

  11. Convective plasma stability consistent with MHD equilibrium in magnetic confinement systems with a decreasing field

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    Tsventoukh, M. M.

    2010-10-15

    A study is made of the convective (interchange, or flute) plasma stability consistent with equilibrium in magnetic confinement systems with a magnetic field decreasing outward and large curvature of magnetic field lines. Algorithms are developed which calculate convective plasma stability from the Kruskal-Oberman kinetic criterion and in which the convective stability is iteratively consistent with MHD equilibrium for a given pressure and a given type of anisotropy in actual magnetic geometry. Vacuum and equilibrium convectively stable configurations in systems with a decreasing, highly curved magnetic field are calculated. It is shown that, in convectively stable equilibrium, the possibility of achieving high plasma pressures in the central region is restricted either by the expansion of the separatrix (when there are large regions of a weak magnetic field) or by the filamentation of the gradient plasma current (when there are small regions of a weak magnetic field, in which case the pressure drops mainly near the separatrix). It is found that, from the standpoint of equilibrium and of the onset of nonpotential ballooning modes, a kinetic description of convective stability yields better plasma confinement parameters in systems with a decreasing, highly curved magnetic field than a simpler MHD model and makes it possible to substantially improve the confinement parameters for a given type of anisotropy. For the Magnetor experimental compact device, the maximum central pressure consistent with equilibrium and stability is calculated to be as high as {beta} {approx} 30%. It is shown that, for the anisotropy of the distribution function that is typical of a background ECR plasma, the limiting pressure gradient is about two times steeper than that for an isotropic plasma. From a practical point of view, the possibility is demonstrated of achieving better confinement parameters of a hot collisionless plasma in systems with a decreasing, highly curved magnetic field

  12. Magnetospheric convection in the nondipolar magnetic field of Uranus

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    Selesnick, Richard S.

    1988-01-01

    A method for determining the magnetospheric convection electric field, using simple analytic approximations under the assumption of uniform ionospheric conductivity, is described and applied to Uranus. Magnetic field models including quadrupole and octupole moments are used to determine the shape of the polar caps and the mapping of the electric field and parallel currents between ionosphere and magnetosphere. The model predictions are compared with plasma data taken by Voyager 2 in the inner Uranian magnetosphere.

  13. Simulations and observations of plasma depletion, ion composition, and airglow emissions in two auroral ionospheric depletion experiments

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    Yau, A. W.; Whalen, B. A.; Harris, F. R.; Gattinger, R. L.; Pongratz, M. B.

    1985-01-01

    Observations of plasma depletion, ion composition modification, and airglow emissions in the Waterhole experiments are presented. The detailed ion chemistry and airglow emission processes related to the ionospheric hole formation in the experiment are examined, and observations are compared with computer simulation results. The latter indicate that the overall depletion rates in different parts of the depletion region are governed by different parameters.

  14. Convection of Plasmaspheric Plasma into the Outer Magnetosphere and Boundary Layer Region: Initial Results

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    Ober, Daniel M.; Horwitz, J. L.

    1998-01-01

    We present initial results on the modeling of the circulation of plasmaspheric-origin plasma into the outer magnetosphere and low-latitude boundary layer (LLBL), using a dynamic global core plasma model (DGCPM). The DGCPM includes the influences of spatially and temporally varying convection and refilling processes to calculate the equatorial core plasma density distribution throughout the magnetosphere. We have developed an initial description of the electric and magnetic field structures in the outer magnetosphere region. The purpose of this paper is to examine both the losses of plasmaspheric-origin plasma into the magnetopause boundary layer and the convection of this plasma that remains trapped on closed magnetic field lines. For the LLBL electric and magnetic structures we have adopted here, the plasmaspheric plasma reaching the outer magnetosphere is diverted anti-sunward primarily along the dusk flank. These plasmas reach X= -15 R(sub E) in the LLBL approximately 3.2 hours after the initial enhancement of convection and continues to populate the LLBL for 12 hours as the convection electric field diminishes.

  15. Convection of Plasmaspheric Plasma into the Outer Magnetosphere and Boundary Layer Region: Initial Results

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    Ober, Daniel M.; Horwitz, J. L.; Gallagher, D. L.

    1998-01-01

    We present initial results on the modeling of the circulation of plasmaspheric- origin plasma into the outer magnetosphere and low-latitude boundary layer (LLBL), using a dynamic global core plasma model (DGCPM). The DGCPM includes the influences of spatially and temporally varying convection and refilling processes to calculate the equatorial core plasma density distribution throughout the magnetosphere. We have developed an initial description of the electric and magnetic field structures in the outer magnetosphere region. The purpose of this paper is to examine both the losses of plasmaspheric-origin plasma into the magnetopause boundary layer and the convection of this plasma that remains trapped on closed magnetic field lines. For the LLBL electric and magnetic structures we have adopted here, the plasmaspheric plasma reaching the outer magnetosphere is diverted anti-sunward primarily along the dusk flank. These plasmas reach X = -15 R(sub E) in the LLBL approximately 3.2 hours after the initial enhancement of convection and continues to populate the LLBL for 12 hours as the convection electric field diminishes.

  16. Empirical model of plasma convection at latitudes of the main ionization trough

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    Filippov, V. M.

    1984-06-01

    The proposed empirical model is based on measurements of plasma drift velocity using the short-baseline diversity reception technique at Zhigansk (L = 4) and Iakutsk (L = 3). Results obtained with the model indicate that the principal mechanism for the formation of the main trough is weak plasma convection at subauroral latitudes in conditions of the absence of ionization sources and the 'impoverishment' of F-region plasma due to the usual recombination processes.

  17. Energetic O+ and H+ Ions in the Plasma Sheet: Implications for the Transport of Ionospheric Ions

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    Ohtani, S.; Nose, M.; Christon, S. P.; Lui, A. T.

    2011-01-01

    The present study statistically examines the characteristics of energetic ions in the plasma sheet using the Geotail/Energetic Particle and Ion Composition data. An emphasis is placed on the O+ ions, and the characteristics of the H+ ions are used as references. The following is a summary of the results. (1) The average O+ energy is lower during solar maximum and higher during solar minimum. A similar tendency is also found for the average H+ energy, but only for geomagnetically active times; (2) The O+ -to -H+ ratios of number and energy densities are several times higher during solar maximum than during solar minimum; (3) The average H+ and O+ energies and the O+ -to -H+ ratios of number and energy densities all increase with geomagnetic activity. The differences among different solar phases not only persist but also increase with increasing geomagnetic activity; (4) Whereas the average H+ energy increases toward Earth, the average O+ energy decreases toward Earth. The average energy increases toward dusk for both the H+ and O+ ions; (5) The O+ -to -H+ ratios of number and energy densities increase toward Earth during all solar phases, but most clearly during solar maximum. These results suggest that the solar illumination enhances the ionospheric outflow more effectively with increasing geomagnetic activity and that a significant portion of the O+ ions is transported directly from the ionosphere to the near ]Earth region rather than through the distant tail.

  18. Enhanced nonlinear interaction of powerful electromagnetic waves with ionospheric plasma near the second electron gyroharmonic

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    Istomin, Ya. N.; Leyser, T. B.

    2013-05-15

    Plasma experiments in which a powerful electromagnetic pump wave is transmitted into the ionosphere from the ground give access to a rich range of phenomena, including gyroharmonic effects when the pump frequency is near an harmonic of the ionospheric electron gyrofrequency. For pump frequencies close to the second gyroharmonic, experiments show a strong enhancement, as observed in radar scatter from pump-induced geomagnetic field-aligned density striations and optical emissions. This is in contrast to the case at the third harmonic and higher at which most of the effects are instead suppressed. We show theoretically that electrostatic oscillations can be localized in density inhomogeneities associated with small scale striations. The localized field is a mixture of the electron Bernstein and upper hybrid modes when the pump frequency is near the second gyroharmonic. The coupling of the modes is enabled by a symmetry feature of the linear electron Bernstein and upper hybrid dispersion properties that occur only near the second gyroharmonic. Electron acceleration inside the density inhomogeneities by localized azimuthal electrostatic oscillations is more efficient near the second gyroharmonic than at higher frequencies, consistent with the observed enhancements.

  19. Asymmetric Ionospheric Outflow Observed at the Dayside Magnetopause

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    Lee, S. H.; Zhang, H.; Zong, Q.; Sibeck, D. G.; Wang, Y.; Glassmeier, K. H.; Reme, H.

    2014-12-01

    An important source of the terrestrial magnetospheric plasma is cold plasma from the polar ionosphere. The ionospheric ion outflows have been rarely observed at the dayside magnetopause. We investigate the source and the behaviors of the cold ions observed by the Cluster spacecraft measurements. The pitch angle distributions (0°-75°) of the cold ions observed by both C1 and C3 at the dayside magnetopause indicate that these cold ions are ionospheric outflows coming from the southern hemisphere. The cold ions (< 200 eV) fluxes are modulated by the ULF wave electric field. The cold ions move perpendicular to the magnetic field due to the enhanced convection electric field when they are close to the magnetic reconnection region. Two different populations (possibly H+ and He+) were observed in the magnetosphere. Our results suggest that the ionospheric outflows can be transported to the dayside magnetopause and may play an important role in the dynamics of this region.

  20. Spatial Structure of Large-Scale Plasma Density Perturbations HF-Induced in the Ionospheric F 2 Region

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    Frolov, V. L.; Komrakov, G. P.; Glukhov, Ya. V.; Andreeva, E. S.; Kunitsyn, V. E.; Kurbatov, G. A.

    2016-07-01

    We consider the experimental results obtained by studying the large-scale structure of the HF-disturbed ionospheric region. The experiments were performed using the SURA heating facility. The disturbed ionospheric region was sounded by signals radiated by GPS navigation satellite beacons as well as by signals of low-orbit satellites (radio tomography). The results of the experiments show that large-scale plasma density perturbations induced at altitudes higher than the F2 layer maximum can contribute significantly to the measured variations of the total electron density and can, with a certain arrangement of the reception points, be measured by the GPS sounding method.

  1. Modeling the inner plasma sheet pressure and magnetic field under enhanced convection

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    Wang, C.; Lyons, L.; Chen, M.; Wolf, R.

    In order to understand the evolution of the proton pressure and magnetic field in the inner plasma sheet from quiet to disturbed times, we incorporate a modified version of the Magnetospheric Specification Model with a modified version of the Tsyganenko 96 magnetic field model to self-consistently simulate protons and magnetic field under an increasing convection electric field with two-dimensional force balance maintained along the midnight meridian. The local-time dependent proton differential fluxes assigned to the model boundary are mixture of hot plasma from the distant tail and cooler plasma from the low latitude boundary layer and are constructed based on Geotail observations and the results of the finite-tail-width- convection model. We previously used this model to simulate the inner plasma sheet under weak convection corresponding to a cross polar-cap potential drop ( PC) equal to 26 kV and obtained two-dimensional quiet time equilibrium for proton and magnetic field that agrees well with observations both qualitatively and quantitatively. We start our simulation for enhanced convection with this quiet time equilibrium and time independent boundary particle sources and increase thePC steadily from 26 kV to 146 kV in 5 hours. The simulations are also run to steady states separately by keepingP C constant after it is increased to 98 and to 146 kV. The magnitude of the simulated proton pressure and its increase from quiet to moderate activity ( P C = 98 kV) are consistent with most observations. Our results at high activity (P C = 146 kV) underestimate the observed pressure, a disagreement that indicates possible dependence of the boundary particle sources on activity. The pressure equatorial profiles show a dawn dusk asymmetry as a result of stronger enhancement on the dusk side than on the dawn side as convection is increased. The equatorial m gnetic field strength decreases more in the near-Eartha plasma sheet than at larger radial distances as theP C

  2. The 10 sheath-accelerated electrons and ions. [atmospheric models of plasma sheaths and ionospheric electron density

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    Shawhan, S. D.

    1975-01-01

    A model is presented that suggests that plasma sheaths form between the ionospheric plasma moving with Io and the ambient plasma corotating with Jupiter. Potentials across these sheaths could be as high as 580 kV which is the motional emf across Io's ionosphere. Electrons and ions can be accelerated across these sheaths. The sheaths may exist at the top of the Io ionosphere with characteristic thicknesses of 1/4 kilometers. The model is consistent with the Pioneer observations of 0.15 MeV electrons at the inner edge of Io's L-shell and the enhanced number density of low-energy protons at the outer edge. Ion sputtering of the Io surface is discussed and may explain the presence of atomic hydrogen and sodium in the vicinity of Io. Also these accelerated particles may be important to the formation of the Io ionosphere. High electron flux which may lead to decametric radio emissions, Jovian atmospheric heating and optical and X-ray emissions is also discussed.

  3. Numerical Modeling of High Frequency Electromagnetic Wave Propagation through Ionospheric Plasma with Randomly Distributed Flute Vortices

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    Caplinger, J.; Sotnikov, V. I.; Wallerstein, A. J.

    2014-12-01

    A three dimensional numerical ray-tracing algorithm based on a Hamilton-Jacobi geometric optics approximation is used to analyze propagation of high frequency (HF) electromagnetic waves through a plasma with randomly distributed vortex structures having a spatial dependence in the plane perpendicular to earth's magnetic field. This spatial dependence in density is elongated and uniform along the magnetic field lines. Similar vortex structures may appear in the equatorial spread F region and in the Auroral zone of the ionosphere. The diffusion coefficient associated with wave vector deflection from a propagation path can be approximated by measuring the average deflection angle of the beam of rays. Then, the beam broadening can be described statistically using the Fokker-Planck equation. Visualizations of the ray propagation through generated density structures along with estimated and analytically calculated diffusion coefficients will be presented.

  4. Plasma instabilities in the ionosphere at the crest of anomaly region

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    Sarkar, Shivalika; Tiwari, Sunita; Gwal, A. K.

    2015-07-31

    Comparison of the in situ density fluctuations measured by the DEMETER satellite with ground based GPS receiver measurements at the equatorial anomaly station Bhopal [geographic coordinates (23.2°N, 77.6°E); geomagnetic coordinates (14.29° N, 151.12°E)] for the low solar activity year, 2005, are presented in this paper. The Langmuir Probe experiment and Plasma Analyzer onboard DEMETER measure the electron and ion densities respectively. It is interesting to note that in situ density fluctuations observed on magnetic flux tubes that pass over Bhopal can be used as indicator of ionospheric scintillations at that site. Many cases of density fluctuations and associated scintillations have been observed during descending low solar activity period.

  5. Theoretical scaling laws for the spectrum of density irregularities in the high- and low-latitude ionosphere

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    Keskinen, M.J.

    1990-05-03

    Constraints on and scaling laws associated with the spectrum of density irregularities in the high and low latitude ionosphere are derived using conservation laws implied by the fundamental nonlinear plasma fluid equations describing low frequency, long wavelength ionospheric plasma dynamics and structure. For the high latitude case we discuss the spectrum implied by interchange-like plasma instabilities and apply our results to convecting ionospheric plasma enhancements, blobs, patches, and polar cap arcs. For the low latitude ionosphere, we derive scaling laws for the density spectrum associated with the Rayleigh-Taylor instability and make applications to equatorial spread-F. For both the high and low latitude cases, we distinguish the spectral behavior to be expected in both the lower and upper ionosphere.

  6. Influence of Space Plasma and Ionosphere on Interferometer Measurements at Decametre Wavelengths

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    Rashkovskiy, S. L.; Shepelyev, V. A.

    2006-08-01

    Radio astronomical study at low frequencies and interferometer observations especially are exposed to the effect of different phenomena in the space plasma both in the source itself and along the path of radio wave propagation. The space plasma result in various effects, e.g. absorption, scattering, refraction, a delay of the radio sources radiation, and the Faraday rotation. The phenomena are frequency dependent and prove themselves particularly brightly at longer wavelengths. Some of them change apparent structure of the source. Other can restrict the obtainable sensitivity, resolution etc. The experimental data relating to the effect of a scattering on electron density inhomogeneities of the space plasma obtained with decameter range interferometers URAN are presented. The data were obtained both at the time of the study of the angular structure of radio sources and during the special investigations. The scattering on the interstellar plasma inhomogeneities enlarges the apparent angular diameters so the highest resolution obtainable at the decameter wavelengths are limited about 1". Annual interferometer observations of the Crab compact radio source were used to determine the effect of the interplanetary plasma at various elongations. It was found that accessible values of the coherent integration time drop down to value less 1 sec with the elongation decreasing from 180 to 90 degrees. At the lower elongations the scattering becomes strong with the considerable increasing of the diameter of the observed source. Single dish observations of the ionosphere scintillation were carrying out with URAN-1 array. Diurnal and seasonal variations of the scintillation parameters and their effects on the accuracy of the decameter observations have been defined. The space and ionosperic plasma influence is taking into account when studying the angular structure of the radio sources at the decameter wavelengths and can be required in a designing of new low frequency instruments.

  7. Ionospheric electron-content measurements during the second space-plasma negative-ion experiment (SPINEX-2)

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    Fulford, J. A.; Macdougall, J. W.; Forsyth, P. A.; Mendillo, M.; Bernhardt, P. A.

    1987-01-01

    The second space-plasma negative-ion experiment (SPINEX-2), a chemical-release active experiment to investigate negative-ion effects in the ionospheric F region, is described by Mendillo et al. (1982). This paper describes the electron-content measurements in somewhat more detail than would be appropriate there. The circumstances of the experiment, particularly the use of a vehicle with a very high spin rate, presented some unusual challenges during interpretation of the electron-content data. These are described. The resulting profiles show clearly that the chemical release caused a very significant 'hole' in the ionosphere. Under certain fairly realistic assumptions, the actual number of free electrons removed from the region of the peak of the ionospheric F layer is estimated to be about 4 x 10 to the 25th. The same assumptions lead to a simple radial distribution of the depleted region about the rocket trajectory in the neighborhood of the release.

  8. Ionospheric plasma deterioration in the area of enhanced seismic activity as compared to antipodal sites far from seismicity

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    Gulyaeva, Tamara; Arikan, Feza; Poustovalova, Ljubov; Stanislawska, Iwona

    2016-07-01

    The early magnetogram records from two nearly antipodal sites at Greenwich and Melbourne corresponding to the activity level at the invariant magnetic latitude of 50 deg give a long series of geomagnetic aa indices since 1868. The aa index derived from magnetic perturbation values at only two observatories (as distinct from the planetary ap index) experiences larger extreme values if either input site is well situated to the overhead ionospheric and/or field aligned current systems producing the magnetic storm effects. Analysis of the earthquakes catalogues since 1914 has shown the area of the peak global earthquake occurrence in the Pacific Ocean southwards from the magnetic equator, and, in particular, at Australia. In the present study the ionospheric critical frequency, foF2, is analyzed from the ionosonde measurements at the nearby observatories, Canberra and Slough (Chilton), and Moscow (control site) since 1944 to 2015. The daily-hourly-annual percentage occurrence of positive ionospheric W index (pW+) and negative index (pW-) is determined. It is found that the ionospheric plasma depletion pW- of the instant foF2 as compared to the monthly median is well correlated to the aa index at all three sites but the positive storm signatures show drastic difference at Canberra (no correlation of pW+ with aa index) as compared to two other sites where the high correlation is found of the ionospheric plasma density enhancement with the geomagnetic activity. A possible suppression of the enhanced ionospheric variability over the region of intense seismicity is discussed in the paper. This study is supported by TUBITAK EEEAG 115E915.

  9. The flow of plasma in the solar terrestrial environment

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    Schunk, R. W.; Birmingham, T. J.

    1992-01-01

    The scientific goals of the program are outlined, and some of the papers submitted for publication within the last six months are briefly highlighted. Some of the topics covered include ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling, polar cap arcs, polar wind, convection vortices, ionosphere-plasmasphere coupling, and the validity of macroscopic plasma flow models.

  10. Dynamics of plasma density perturbations in the upper ionosphere and the magnetosphere under the action of powerful HF radio waves

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    Borisov, N.; Ryabova, N.; Ruzhin, Yu.

    2015-11-01

    Dynamics of the density perturbations of the main plasma components (electrons, oxygen and hydrogen ions) in the upper ionosphere and the magnetosphere under the action of powerful HF radio waves is discussed theoretically and numerically. For finite heating pulse and different effective powers the variations of the density perturbations in time at various heights are investigated. We argue that due to collisionless damping the magnetospheric duct along the whole field line is not formed. Instead positive and negative perturbations of the main plasma components propagating with the attenuation in the magnetosphere with two different speeds are predicted. Utilization of pulsed heating provides significant information concerning plasma perturbations in the upper ionosphere and the magnetosphere.

  11. Chirped dissipative ion-cyclotron solitons in the Earth's low-altitude ionospheric plasma with two ion species

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    Kovaleva, I. Kh.

    2013-03-15

    Conditions for the excitation of small-scale nonlinear ion-cyclotron gradient-drift dissipative structures in cold ionospheric plasma are considered. The solution for the wave electric field in this structure in the form of a chirped soliton satisfying the equation of the Ginzburg-Landau type is derived in the electrostatic approach. The dissipative structure as a whole represents the chirped soliton accompanied by the comoving quasineutral plasma hump. The possibility of the excitation of two modes of this type (the high- and low-frequency ones) in plasma containing light and heavy ion impurities is considered. The role of electromagnetic corrections and the possible contribution introduced by these structures to the transport processes in the ionosphere are discussed.

  12. Cold streams of ionospheric oxygen in the plasma sheet during the CDAW 6 event of March 22, 1979

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    Orsini, S.; Amata, E.; Candidi, M.; Balsiger, H.; Stokholm, M.; Huang, C.; Lennartsson, W.; Lindqvist, P.-A.

    1985-01-01

    During magnetospheric substorm events, the plasma and ion composition experiments in the ISEE-1 and 2 satellites detected cold ionospheric O+ streams, moving tailwards in the near earth magnetotail. Flow is parallel to the magnetic field lines, with drift velocity in agreement with the electric field topology obtained by mapping the model ionospheric field along the magnetic field lines. Fluctuations of the flow velocity of the streams can be related to magnetotail movements. Oscillations of the flow direction and speed with periods ranging from 5 to 10 min that suggest the presence of waves are observed. The streams are observed at all distances between 15 and 6 Re from the earth. When averaged over 360 deg, the streams show up as a low energy peak, superimposed on the distribution of isotropic plasma sheet ions. This double-peak structure of the energy spectrum seems typical of the disturbed plasma sheet.

  13. Cold streams of ionospheric oxygen in the plasma sheet during the CDAW 6 event of March 22, 1979

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    Orsini, S.; Amata, E.; Candidi, M.; Balsiger, H.; Stokholm, M.; Huang, C.; Lennartsson, W.; Lindqvist, P.A.

    1985-05-01

    During magnetospheric substorm events, the plasma and ion composition experiments in the ISEE-1 and 2 satellites detected cold ionospheric O+ streams, moving tailwards in the near earth magnetotail. Flow is parallel to the magnetic field lines, with drift velocity in agreement with the electric field topology obtained by mapping the model ionospheric field along the magnetic field lines. Fluctuations of the flow velocity of the streams can be related to magnetotail movements. Oscillations of the flow direction and speed with periods ranging from 5 to 10 min that suggest the presence of waves are observed. The streams are observed at all distances between 15 and 6 Re from the earth. When averaged over 360 deg, the streams show up as a low energy peak, superimposed on the distribution of isotropic plasma sheet ions. This double-peak structure of the energy spectrum seems typical of the disturbed plasma sheet. 25 references.

  14. Cold streams of ionospheric oxygen in the plasma sheet during the CDAW-6 event of March 22, 1979

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    Orsini, S.; Amata, E.; Candidi, M.; Balsiger, H.; Stokholm, M.; Huang, C. Y.; Lennartsson, W.; Lindqvist, P. A.

    1983-01-01

    During magnetospheric substorm events, the plasma and ion composition experiments in the ISEE-1 and 2 satellites detected cold ionospheric O+ streams, moving tailwards in the near Earth magnetotail. Flow is parallel to the magnetic field lines, with drift velocity in agreement with the electric field topology obtained by mapping the model ionospheric field along the magnetic field lines. Fluctuations of the flow velocity of the streams can be related to magnetotail movements. Oscillations of the flow direction and speed with periods ranging from 5 to 10 min that suggest the presence of waves are observed. The streams are observed at all distances between 15 and 6 Re from the Earth. When averaged over 360 deg, the streams show up as a low energy peak, superimposed on the distribution of isotropic plasma sheet ions. This double-peak structure of the energy spectrum seems typical of the disturbed plasma sheet.

  15. 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.

  16. Mechanisms of Ionospheric Mass Escape

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    Moore, T. E.; Khazanov, G. V.

    2010-01-01

    The dependence of ionospheric O+ escape flux on electromagnetic energy flux and electron precipitation into the ionosphere is derived for a hypothetical ambipolar pick-up process, powered the relative motion of plasmas and neutral upper atmosphere, and by electron precipitation, at heights where the ions are magnetized but influenced by photo-ionization, collisions with gas atoms, ambipolar and centrifugal acceleration. Ion pick-up by the convection electric field produces "ring-beam" or toroidal velocity distributions, as inferred from direct plasma measurements, from observations of the associated waves, and from the spectra of incoherent radar echoes. Ring-beams are unstable to plasma wave growth, resulting in rapid relaxation via transverse velocity diffusion, into transversely accelerated ion populations. Ion escape is substantially facilitated by the ambipolar potential, but is only weakly affected by centrifugal acceleration. If, as cited simulations suggest, ion ring beams relax into non-thermal velocity distributions with characteristic speed equal to the local ion-neutral flow speed, a generalized "Jeans escape" calculation shows that the escape flux of ionospheric O+ increases with Poynting flux and with precipitating electron density in rough agreement with observations.

  17. Ionosphere plasma electron parameters from radio frequency sweeping impedance probe measurements

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    Spencer, E.; Patra, S.

    2015-09-01

    In this work we will describe the technique of using an RF sweeping impedance probe (SIP) to measure the AC impedance of an electrically short monopole immersed in a plasma. We analyze the SIP measurements which are taken from the payload of the Storms sounding rocket, launched from Wallops Island, Virginia, in 2007. The scientific objective of the Storms mission was to concentrate on whether density irregularities observed in midlatitude spread F could arise from ionospheric coupling to terrestrial weather. As such, independent measurements of the electron density profile are crucial. Since the inherent nature of the SIP technique makes it relatively insensitive to errors introduced through spacecraft charging, probe contamination, and other DC effects, it is an ideal instrument to employ under disturbed plasma conditions. The instrument measures both the magnitude and phase of the AC impedance from 100 kHz to 20 MHz in 128 frequency steps, performing 45,776 sweeps over the entire flight. From these measurements we infer both the absolute electron density ne and the electron neutral collision frequencies νen throughout the flight trajectory. The SIP data can be approximately analyzed using a fluid formulation and thin sheath approximation particularly at altitudes below 200 km, which allows us to match the measurements to quasi-static analytical formulas. At about 265 km on the upleg, the magnitude data transitioned to a highly damped response with increasing altitude. The phase data, on the other hand, continued to indicate increased plasma density and reduced collisionality as expected. For a large portion of the flight, the payload of the Storms mission exhibited an uncontrolled coning motion, making the local magnetic field orientation with respect to the dipole difficult to decipher. Despite these difficulties, we were able to obtain robust estimates of the electron density profile, using the phase information from each sweep. In addition, the electron

  18. A simulation study of radial expansion of an electron beam injected into an ionospheric plasma

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    Koga, J.; Lin, C. S.

    1994-01-01

    Injections of nonrelativistic electron beams from a finite equipotential conductor into an ionospheric plasma have been simulated using a two-dimensional electrostatic particle code. The purpose of the study is to survey the simulation parameters for understanding the dependence of beam radius on physical variables. The conductor is charged to a high potential when the background plasma density is less than the beam density. Beam electrons attracted by the charged conductor are decelerated to zero velocity near the stagnation point, which is at a few Debye lengths from the conductor. The simulations suggest that the beam electrons at the stagnation point receive a large transverse kick and the beam expands radially thereafter. The buildup of beam electrons at the stagnation point produces a large electrostatic force responsible for the transverse kick. However, for the weak charging cases where the background plasma density is larger than the beam density, the radial expansion mechanism is different; the beam plasma instability is found to be responsible for the radial expansion. The simulations show that the electron beam radius for high spacecraft charging cases is of the order of the beam gyroradius, defined as the beam velocity divided by the gyrofrequency. In the weak charging cases, the beam radius is only a fraction of the beam gyroradius. The parameter survey indicates that the beam radius increases with beam density and decreases with magnetic field and beam velocity. The beam radius normalized by the beam gyroradius is found to scale according to the ratio of the beam electron Debye length to the ambient electron Debye length. The parameter dependence deduced would be useful for interpreting the beam radius and beam density of electron beam injection experiments conducted from rockets and the space shuttle.

  19. Modelling of ionospheric Medium Scale Travelling Disturbances and a comparison with simultaneous ground-based TEC measurements and DEMETER plasma observations at 650 kilometres

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    Onishi, Tatsuo; Wang, Xiaoni; Berthelier, Jean-Jacques

    2010-05-01

    Medium-scale Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances (MSTIDs) are quasi periodic ionospheric disturbances with typical periods of 15 to 60 minutes and wavelengths of several hundreds of kilometers. They are triggered by Atmospheric Gravity Waves (AGWs) mostly generated at high latitudes. Simultaneous measurements of the Total Electron Content (TEC) by the US dense GPS receiver network and of the thermal ions by the CNES DEMETER micro-satellite at 650 km altitude have provided several examples of MSTID and shown typical variations of the ion density and velocity component parallel to the Earth's magnetic field during these events. A quantitative interpretation of such ionospheric disturbances has been undertaken by means of the SAMI2 ionospheric model. A representative pattern of an Atmospheric Gravity with a wave velocity toward the equator was developed to infer the variations of the neutral density and of the meridional component of the neutral velocity. These variations are introduced in the model and directly couples with the ionospheric plasma in the collisional region of the ionosphere. At higher altitudes, when the neutral atmosphere is too faint to have a direct effect on the ions, the resulting plasma disturbance propagates along the magnetic field lines. The computed variations of the plasma parameters along the orbit of DEMETER and of the TEC are analyzed for various parameters of the Atmospheric Gravity Wave. They are compared to the GPS-TEC and DEMETER observations in order to retrieve the AGW characteristics and study the propagation mechanism of the ionospheric plasma disturbance.

  20. Divertor E X B Plasma Convection in DIII-D

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    Boedo, J.A.; Schaffer, M.J.; Maingi, M.; Lasnier, C.J.; Watkins, J.G.

    1999-07-01

    Extensive two-dimensional measurements of plasma potential in the DIII-D tokamak divertor region are reported for standard (ion VB{sub T} drift toward divertor X-point) and reversed B{sub T} directions; for low (L) and high (H) confinement modes; and for partially detached divertor mode. The data are consistent with recent computational modeling identifying E x B{sub T} circulation, due to potentials sustained by plasma gradients, as the main cause of divertor plasma sensitivity to B{sub T} direction.

  1. Plasma heating, plasma flow and wave production around an electron beam injected into the ionosphere

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    Winckler, J. R.; Erickson, K. N.

    1986-01-01

    A brief historical summary of the Minnesota ECHO series and other relevant electron beam experiments is given. The primary purpose of the ECHO experiments is the use of conjugate echoes as probes of the magnetosphere, but beam-plasma and wave studies were also made. The measurement of quasi-dc electric fields and ion streaming during the ECHO 6 experiment has given a pattern for the plasma flow in the hot plasma region extending to 60m radius about the ECHO 6 electron beam. The sheath and potential well caused by ion orbits is discussed with the aid of a model which fits the observations. ELF wave production in the plasma sheath around the beam is briefly discussed. The new ECHO 7 mission to be launched from the Poker Flat range in November 1987 is described.

  2. High-latitude ionospheric model - First step towards a predictive capability

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    Schunk, R. W.; Raitt, W. J.; Sojka, J. J.

    1981-01-01

    In order to study the plasma density features associated with both weak and strong convection in the winter high-latitude F-region, a simple plasma convection model was combined with an ionospheric-atmospheric composition model. In a model calculation, a field tube of plasma is followed as it moves along a convection trajectory through a moving, neutral atmosphere. The altitude profiles of the ion densities are obtained by solving the appropriate continuity, momentum and energy equations, including many high-latitude processes. The result of following many such plasma field tubes is a time-dependent, three-dimensional ion density distribution for the ions NO(+), O2(+), O(+), N(+), and He(+). The high-latitude ionosphere is covered over one complete day above 42 deg N magnetic latitude, at altitudes of 160-800 km.

  3. 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.

  4. Investigating Solar Wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling with SuperDARN and AMPERE

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    Milan, S. E.; Coxon, J.; Imber, S. M.; Clausen, L.; Korth, H.; Anderson, B. J.

    2013-12-01

    The dynamics of the Earth's plasma environment are driven by coupling between the solar wind, with its embedded interplanetary magnetic field, and the magnetosphere through magnetic reconnection occurring at the magnetopause. Terrestrial magnetic field lines which are connected to interplanetary space in this way are subsequently released by magnetic reconnection occurring in the magnetotail. These two processes lead to increases and decreases in the proportion of the terrestrial flux that is open, as observed in changes in the latitude of the auroral zones. A circulation of plasma and magnetic flux is effected, the Dungey cycle, with a sympathetic plasma convection signature in the ionosphere. In this talk we review recent advances of our understanding of the coupling process, provided by measurements of ionospheric convection with the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) and the Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment (AMPERE) which measures the coupling currents that transfer stress from the magnetosphere into the ionosphere.

  5. Radar-satellite studies of the high-latitude ionosphere. Annual progress report no. 2, Aug 90-Aug 91

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    Foster, J.C.

    1991-10-09

    During the second year of this research program, work has continued on multi-instrument experiments investigating the effects of the large-scale convection electric field in the auroral and mid-latitude ionosphere. A radar-satellite study of electric field latitude structure during the February 8-9, 1986 great magnetic storm was completed and has provided an excellent example of the application of multi-instrument techniques to the investigation of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling problems. Studies of the high-latitude boundary between auroral and polar cap latitudes have emphasized convection and ionospheric plasma structure near the dayside cusp and the transport of ionospheric plasma into the polar cap during storms. Mesoscale resolution electric field structure was addressed in a multi-instrument study involving the Canadian BARS radar facility and the Millstone Hill incoherent scatter radar.

  6. Drift zonal plasma ionospheric in the Brazilian sector during a period of extreme low solar activity

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    Abalde Guede, Jose Ricardo; Tardelli-Coelho, Flavia Elaine

    2016-07-01

    The zonal drift velocities of the ionospheric plasma irregularities of large scale were analyzed; these irregularities were observed using optical emission techniques OI 630.0 nm obtained by photometers imagers installed in two locations on the campus of Urbanova UNIVAP in São José dos Campos - SP designated SJC and Campus ULBRA in Palmas - TO cited as PAL. Data were collected from five years, from 2006 to 2010, low solar activity period. Of the total of 337 nights in SJC and 329 nights in PAL analyzed were selected a total of 18 nights of significant plasma bubble occurrences, 9 nights in SJC and 9 nights in PAL, and studied under two conditions: considering fixed altitude of 280 km OI emission layer of 630.0 nm and calculating the height of this variable layer over each night analyzed. To find these varying altitudes along each night we were assisted with the analysis of CADI digital ionosonde data operating in conjunction with the imaging photometer in its observatory. The radio data available in digisonde allowed to do the analysis on 12 variables altitudes of 18 nights studied for fixed altitude; this occurred because of scattering present in ionograms for those nights and times, due to the presence of plasma bubbles in the study through the of the observatory zenith. Quantitative analysis determined the drift velocity zone for each of the analyzed bubbles 18 nights during the given fixed height and 12 nights evaluating varying altitudes along each night. The means were obtained nights analyzed in each observatory for both methods; SJC in the average velocities is derived from the plasma zone 9 nights bubbles analyzed in the method is fixed altitude 84 ± 18 m / s in the case of PAL the average velocities found is 87 ± 12 m / s. In the other case with variable altitude emission to SJC 8 nights analyzed, we reached a mean value of 87 ± 12 m / s, and for PAL, 4 of 9 nights initially selected, the average speed of the zonal drift plasma bubbles were found 85

  7. Simulation of Ionospheric E-Region Plasma Turbulence with a Massively Parallel Hybrid PIC/Fluid Code

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    Young, M.; Oppenheim, M. M.; Dimant, Y. S.

    2015-12-01

    The Farley-Buneman (FB) and gradient drift (GD) instabilities are plasma instabilities that occur at roughly 100 km in the equatorial E-region ionosphere. They develop when ion-neutral collisions dominate ion motion while electron motion is affected by both electron-neutral collisions and the background magnetic field. GD drift waves grow when the background density gradient and electric field are aligned; FB waves grow when the background electric field causes electrons to E × B drift with a speed slightly larger than the ion acoustic speed. Theory predicts that FB and GD turbulence should develop in the same plasma volume when GD waves create a perturbation electric field that exceeds the threshold value for FB turbulence. However, ionospheric radars, which regularly observe meter-scale irregularities associated with FB turbulence, must infer kilometer-scale GD dynamics rather than observe them directly. Numerical simulations have been unable to simultaneously resolve GD and FB structure. We present results from a parallelized hybrid simulation that uses a particle-in-cell (PIC) method for ions while modeling electrons as an inertialess, quasi-neutral fluid. This approach allows us to reach length scales of hundreds of meters to kilometers with sub-meter resolution, but requires solving a large linear system derived from an elliptic PDE that depends on plasma density, ion flux, and electron parameters. We solve the resultant linear system at each time step via the Portable Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computing (PETSc). We compare results of simulated FB turbulence from this model to results from a thoroughly tested PIC code and describe progress toward the first simultaneous simulations of FB and GD instabilities. This model has immediate applications to radar observations of the E-region ionosphere, as well as potential applications to the F-region ionosphere and the chromosphere of the Sun.

  8. Acoustic Disturbance of Ionospheric Plasma by a Ground-Based Radiator

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    Koshovyi, V. V.; Soroka, S. O.

    The authors present the first results of experimental testing of the possibilities of acoustic disturbance of the ionosphere by a controllable ground-based low-power radiator. Detection of ionospheric perturbations of this kind by radiophysical complexes based on the decameter radiotelescope URAN-3 is discussed.

  9. A multi-instrument case study of high-latitude ionospheric GNSS scintillation due to drifting plasma irregularities

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    van der Meeren, C.; Oksavik, K.; Moen, J. I.; Romano, V.

    2013-12-01

    For this study, GPS receiver scintillation and Total Electron Content (TEC) data from high-latitude locations on Svalbard have been combined with several other data sets, including the EISCAT Svalbard Radar (ESR) and allsky cameras, to perform a multi-instrument case study of high-latitude GPS ionospheric scintillations in relation to drifting plasma irregularities at night over Svalbard on 31 October 2011. Scintillations are rapid amplitude and phase fluctuations of electromagnetic signals. GNSS-based systems may be disturbed by ionospheric plasma irregularities and structures such as plasma patches (areas of enhanced electron density in the polar cap) and plasma gradients. When the GNSS radio signals propagate through such areas, in particular gradients, the signals experience scintillations that at best increases positioning errors and at worst may break the receiver's signal lock, potentially resulting in the GNSS receiver losing track of its position. Due to the importance of many GNSS applications, it is desirable to study the scintillation environment to understand the limitations of the GNSS systems. We find scintillation mainly localised to plasma gradients, with predominantly phase scintillation at the leading edge of patches and both phase and amplitude scintillation at the trailing edge. A single edge may also contain different scintillation types at different locations.

  10. Variations of ionospheric plasma at different altitudes before the 2005 Sumatra Indonesia Ms 7.2 earthquake

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    Liu, Jing; Zhang, Xuemin; Novikov, Victor; Shen, Xuhui

    2016-09-01

    In recent years, many researchers pay more attention to abnormities before earthquake, and in this study, seismo-ionospheric synchronous disturbances at different altitudes by GPS and satellite observations were first studied around one Sumatra Indonesia Ms 7.2 earthquake that occurred on 5 July 2005. By using the same temporal and spatial methods, data of GPS-total electron content (TEC) from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, electron density (Ne) from Detection of Electro-Magnetic Emissions Transmitted from Earthquake Regions, and ion density (Ni) from Defense Meteorological Satellite Program were deeply analyzed. The ionospheric plasma disturbances in GPS-TEC and increasement of Ne at 710 km were found on 4 July, and plasma density at the three altitudes has all increased on 7 July after the earthquake. All the disturbances were not just above the epicenter. TEC perturbations have happened at the east of the epicenter for the two days, and electron density enhancement at 710 km has moved to west of the TEC perturbations at the same time on 4 July, which may be caused by E × B drift. The moving direction of upgoing plasma was simulated using SAMI2 model. The results have shown that the plasma will move to higher altitude along the geomagnetic force line, which could exactly account for the plasma density enhancement in the northern direction of the geomagnetic south latitude earthquake.

  11. Evidence and effects of the sunrise enhancement of the equatorial vertical plasma drift in the F region ionosphere

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    Zhang, Ruilong; Liu, Libo; Le, Huijun; Chen, Yiding

    2016-05-01

    Recent studies based on the satellite observations demonstrated that the equatorial vertical plasma drift can also enhance near sunrise in a way similar to the prereversal enhancement. However, it is not clear whether the signature of this sunrise enhancement appears in observations with other sounding techniques. In this work, we explore the Jicamarca (12°S, 283.2°E) incoherent scatter radar measurements to present the evidence of sunrise enhancement in vertical plasma drift on 12 May and 10 June 2004, which are under magnetically quiet and solar minimum conditions. The effects of the sunrise enhancement on the ionosphere are, for the first time, investigated by analyzing the ionograms recorded by the Digisonde Portable Sounder at Jicamarca and conducting the Theoretical Ionospheric Model of the Earth in Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The observations showed that, during the sunrise enhancement, the F2 layer peak height is lifted remarkably, and the F2 layer peak density and bottomside electron density tend to decrease compared to the days without sunrise enhancements. The simulations indicated that the sunrise enhancement drift can lift the equatorial ionosphere to higher heights and distort the equatorial electron density profiles. What is more, the simulations display an F3 layer in the equatorial F region during the sunrise enhancement, and a new F2 layer develops at lower altitudes under the jointed control of the usual photochemical and dynamical processes.

  12. Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Magnetosphere Coupling and Mass Outflow - the Magnetosphere/Ionosphere Perspective (Invited)

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    Wiltberger, M. J.

    2010-12-01

    Global scale models of the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction have long established history of including magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling through the electrodynamic coupling. Typically this coupling includes closure of field aligned currents from the magnetosphere in the electrostatic ionosphere with the conductances being modified by particle precipitation processes. Recent advances in simulation technology, namely multi-fluid MHD, allow the scope of MI coupling in simulations to include mass outflows from the thermosphere-ionosphere into the magnetosphere. Multiple approaches to addressing this challenge have been developed. In one approach empirical parametrization of the outflow characteristics, namely velocity and flux, are used to include high intensity sources such as the auroral zone and cusp. Another approach starts by modeling the plasma flow along a single field line and then expands to include multiple field lines convecting over the polar cap. In both approaches the ionospheric outflow has profound effects on the state of the magnetosphere. Generally speaking it improves agreement with Dst observations, alters the cross polar cap potential, and can fundamentally alter the evolution of the modeled magnetospheric state. Initial indications from some of the model efforts show that including this plasma source may also alter the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction. While significant advances on including these effects in global scale models has been accomplished many challenges remain.

  13. Modeling the inner plasma sheet protons and magnetic field under enhanced convection

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    Wang, Chih-Ping; Lyons, Larry R.; Chen, Margaret W.; Wolf, Richard A.; Toffoletto, Frank R.

    2003-02-01

    In order to understand the evolution of the protons and magnetic field in the inner plasma sheet from quiet to disturbed conditions, we incorporate a modified version of the Magnetospheric Specification Model (MSM) with a modified version of the Tsyganenko 96 (T96) magnetic field model to simulate the protons and magnetic field under an increasing convection electric field with two-dimensional (2-D) force balance maintained along the midnight meridian. The local time dependent proton differential fluxes assigned to the model boundary are a mixture of hot plasma from the mantle and cooler plasma from the low latitude boundary layer (LLBL). We previously used this model to simulate the inner plasma sheet under weak convection corresponding to a cross polar cap potential drop (ΔΦPC) equal to 26 kV and obtained 2-D quiet time equilibrium for proton and magnetic field that agrees well with observations. We start our simulation for enhanced convection with this quiet time equilibrium and time-independent boundary particle sources and increase ΔΦPC steadily from 26 to 146 kV in 5 hours. Simulations are also run separately to steady states by keeping ΔΦPC constant after it is increased to 98 and 146 kV. The magnitudes of proton pressure, number density, and temperature and their increase from quiet to moderate activity (ΔΦPC = 98 kV) are consistent with most observations. Our simulation at high activity (ΔΦPC = 146 kV) underestimates the observed pressure and temperature. This disagreement indicates possible dependence of the boundary particle sources on activity and possible effects of solar wind dynamic pressure enhancements that have not yet been included in our simulation. The simulated equatorial pressures and temperatures show stronger enhancement on the dusk side than on the dawn side as convection is increased, while density profiles show an increase on the dawn side and a decrease on the dusk side. The simulated proton flow speed at the equatorial plane

  14. Ionospheric plasma flow over large high-voltage space platforms. I - Ion-plasma-time scale interactions of a plate at zero angle of attack. II - The formation and structure of plasma wake

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    Wang, J.; Hastings, D. E.

    1992-01-01

    The paper presents the theory and particle simulation results for the ionospheric plasma flow over a large high-voltage space platform at a zero angle of attack and at a large angle of attack. Emphasis is placed on the structures in the large, high-voltage regime and the transient plasma response on the ion-plasma time scale. Special consideration is given to the transient formation of the space-charge wake and its steady-state structure.

  15. Inductive-dynamic magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling via MHD waves

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    Tu, Jiannan; Song, Paul; Vasyliūnas, Vytenis M.

    2014-01-01

    In the present study, we investigate magnetosphere-ionosphere/thermosphere (M-IT) coupling via MHD waves by numerically solving time-dependent continuity, momentum, and energy equations for ions and neutrals, together with Maxwell's equations (Ampère's and Faraday's laws) and with photochemistry included. This inductive-dynamic approach we use is fundamentally different from those in previous magnetosphere-ionosphere (M-I) coupling models: all MHD wave modes are retained, and energy and momentum exchange between waves and plasma are incorporated into the governing equations, allowing a self-consistent examination of dynamic M-I coupling. Simulations, using an implicit numerical scheme, of the 1-D ionosphere/thermosphere system responding to an imposed convection velocity at the top boundary are presented to show how magnetosphere and ionosphere are coupled through Alfvén waves during the transient stage when the IT system changes from one quasi steady state to another. Wave reflection from the low-altitude ionosphere plays an essential role, causing overshoots and oscillations of ionospheric perturbations, and the dynamical Hall effect is an inherent aspect of the M-I coupling. The simulations demonstrate that the ionosphere/thermosphere responds to magnetospheric driving forces as a damped oscillator.

  16. Relationship of the interplanetary electric field to the high-latitude ionospheric electric field and currents Observations and model simulation

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    Clauer, C. R.; Banks, P. M.

    1986-01-01

    The electrical coupling between the solar wind, magnetosphere, and ionosphere is studied. The coupling is analyzed using observations of high-latitude ion convection measured by the Sondre Stromfjord radar in Greenland and a computer simulation. The computer simulation calculates the ionospheric electric potential distribution for a given configuration of field-aligned currents and conductivity distribution. The technique for measuring F-region in velocities at high time resolution over a large range of latitudes is described. Variations in the currents on ionospheric plasma convection are examined using a model of field-aligned currents linking the solar wind with the dayside, high-latitude ionosphere. The data reveal that high-latitude ionospheric convection patterns, electric fields, and field-aligned currents are dependent on IMF orientation; it is observed that the electric field, which drives the F-region plasma curve, responds within about 14 minutes to IMF variations in the magnetopause. Comparisons of the simulated plasma convection with the ion velocity measurements reveal good correlation between the data.

  17. On the Relative Importance of Convection and Temperature on the Behavior of the Ionosphere in North American during January 6-12, 1997

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    Richards, P. G.; Buonsanto, M. J.; Reinisch, B. W.; Holt, J.; Fennelly, J. A.; Scali, J. L.; Comfort, R. H.; Germany, G. A.; Spann, J.; Brittnacher, M.

    1999-01-01

    Measurements from a network of digisondes and an incoherent scatter radar In Eastern North American For January 6-12, 1997 have been compared with the Field Line Interhemispheric Plasma (FLIP) model which now includes the effects of electric field convective. With the exception of Bermuda, the model reproduces the daytime electron density very well most of the time. As is typical behavior for winter solar minimum on magnetically undisturbed nights, the measurements at Millstone Hill show high electron temperatures before midnight followed by a rapid decay, which is accompanied by a pronounced density enhancement in the early morning hours. The FLIP model reproduces the nighttime density enhancement well, provided the model is constrained to follow the topside electron temperature and the flux tube is full. Similar density enhancements are seen at Goose Bay, Wallops Island and Bermuda. However, the peak height variation and auroral images indicate the density enhancements at Goose Bay are most likely due to particle precipitation. Contrary to previously published work we find that the nighttime density variation at Millstone Hill is driven by the temperature behavior and not the other way around. Thus, in both the data and model, the overall nighttime density is lowered and the enhancement does not occur if the temperature remains high all night. Our calculations show that convections of plasma from higher magnetic latitudes does not cause the observed density maximum but it may enhance the density maximum if over-full flux tubes are convected over the station. On the other had, convection of flux tubes with high temperatures and depleted densities may prevent the density maximum from occurring. Despite the success in modeling the nighttime density enhancements, there remain two unresolved problems. First, the measured density decays much faster than the modeled density near sunset at Millstone Hill and Goose Bay though not at lower latitude stations. Second, we

  18. The interaction of a magnetic cloud with the Earth - Ionospheric convection in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres for a wide range of quasi-steady interplanetary magnetic field conditions

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    Freeman, M. P.; Farrugia, C. J.; Burlaga, L. F.; Hairston, M. R.; Greenspan, M. E.; Ruohoniemi, J. M.; Lepping, R. P.

    1993-01-01

    Observations are presented of the ionospheric convection in cross sections of the polar cap and auroral zone as part of the study of the interaction of the Earth's magnetosphere with the magnetic cloud of January 13-15, 1988. For strongly northward IMF, the convection in the Southern Hemisphere is characterized by a two-cell convection pattern comfined to high latitudes with sunward flow over the pole. The strength of the flows is comparable to that later seen under southward IMF. Superimposed on this convection pattern there are clear dawn-dusk asymmetries associated with a one-cell convection component whose sense depends on the polarity of the magnetic cloud's large east-west magnetic field component. When the cloud's magnetic field turns southward, the convection is characterized by a two-cell pattern extending to lower latitude with antisunward flow over the pole. There is no evident interhemispheric difference in the structure and strength of the convection. Superimposed dawn-dusk asymmetries in the flow patterns are observed which are only in part attributable to the east-west component of the magnetic field.

  19. IONOSATS - ionospheric satellite cluster

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    Ivchenko, V.; Korepanov, V.; Lizunov, G.; Yampolsky, Yu.

    The IONOSATS project is proposed by National Space Agency of Ukraine for First European Space Program as well as for Space Weather SW Program as a part of GMES As it commonly accepted Space Weather means the changes of the conditions on the Sun in solar wind magnetosphere and ionosphere which may affect the operation and reliability of on-board and ground technological systems and threaten human health In this chain ionosphere is specific and integral part of SW formation Moreover namely in the ionosphere main part of the energy absorption of Sun-activated sporadic corpuscular and radiation fluxes takes places Short-wave part of solar flares radiation ultraviolet and roentgen dissipates mostly at ionospheric regions E and D heights triggering ionospheric storms The corpuscular fluxes energy absorption occurs in the polar parts of the ionosphere as a result in the auroral regions the current system of aurora causes the neutral atmosphere heating at the E and F regions heights In its turn this produces generation of a set of plasma instabilities including equator-spread large-scale ionospheric disturbances and electromagnetic waves emissions In other words the excitation of ionosphere by falling corpuscular and radiation fluxes produces its luminescence in wide frequency band - from radio waves till ultraviolet - and by this ionosphere works as an efficient screen or SW indicator The proposed project goal is long-term spatial-temporal monitoring of main field and plasma parameters of ionosphere with aim to further develop fundamental conceptions

  20. Ionosphere-thermosphere space weather issues.

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

    1996-10-01

    Weather disturbances in the ionosphere-thermosphere system can have a detrimental effect on both ground-based and space-based systems. Because of this impact and because this field has matured, it is now appropriate to develop specification and forecast models, with the aim of eventually predicting the occurrence, duration, and intensity of weather effects. As part of the new National Space Weather Program, the CEDAR community will focus on science issues concerning space weather, and this tutorial/review is an expanded version of a tutorial presentation given at the recent CEDAR annual meeting. The tutorial/review provides a brief discussion of weather disturbances and features, the causes of weather, and the status of weather modeling. The features and disturbances discussed include plasma patches, boundary and auroral blobs, Sun-aligned polar cap arcs, the effects of traveling convection vortices and SAID events, the lifetime of density structures, sporadic-E and intermediate layers, spread F and equatorial plasma bubbles, geomagnetic storms and substorms, traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs), and the effects of tides and gravity waves propagating from the lower atmosphere. The tutorial/review is only intended to provide an overview of some of the important scientific issues concerning ionospheric-thermospheric weather, with the emphasis on the ionosphere. Tutorials on thermospheric and magnetospheric weather issues are given in companion papers.

  1. Electric Field Observations of Plasma Convection, Shear, Alfven Waves, and other Phenomena Observed on Sounding Rockets in the Cusp and Boundary Layer

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    Pfaff, R. F.

    2009-01-01

    On December 14,2002, a NASA Black Brant X sounding rocket was launched equatorward from Ny Alesund, Spitzbergen (79 N) into the dayside cusp and subsequently cut across the open/closed field line boundary, reaching an apogee of771 km. The launch occurred during Bz negative conditions with strong By negative that was changing during the flight. SuperDarn (CUTLASS) radar and subsequent model patterns reveal a strong westward/poleward convection, indicating that the rocket traversed a rotational reversal in the afternoon merging cell. The payload returned DC electric and magnetic fields, plasma waves, energetic particle, suprathermal electron and ion, and thermal plasma data. We provide an overview of the main observations and focus on the DC electric field results, comparing the measured E x B plasma drifts in detail with the CUTLASS radar observations of plasma drifts gathered simultaneously in the same volume. The in situ DC electric fields reveal steady poleward flows within the cusp with strong shears at the interface of the closed/open field lines and within the boundary layer. We use the observations to discuss ionospheric signatures of the open/closed character of the cusp/low latitude boundary layer as a function of the IMF. The electric field and plasma density data also reveal the presence of very strong plasma irregularities with a large range of scales (10 m to 10 km) that exist within the open field line cusp region yet disappear when the payload was equatorward of the cusp on closed field lines. These intense low frequency wave observations are consistent with strong scintillations observed on the ground at Ny Alesund during the flight. We present detailed wave characteristics and discuss them in terms of Alfven waves and static irregularities that pervade the cusp region at all altitudes.

  2. Nonlinear dynamics of 3D beams of fast magnetosonic waves propagating in the ionospheric and magnetospheric plasma

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    Belashov, V. Yu.; Belashova, E. S.

    2016-11-01

    On the basis of the model of the three-dimensional (3D) generalized Kadomtsev-Petviashvili equation for magnetic field h = B / B the formation, stability, and dynamics of 3D soliton-like structures, such as the beams of fast magnetosonic (FMS) waves generated in ionospheric and magnetospheric plasma at a low-frequency branch of oscillations when β = 4 πnT/ B 2 ≪ 1 and β > 1, are studied. The study takes into account the highest dispersion correction determined by values of the plasma parameters and the angle θ = ( B, k), which plays a key role in the FMS beam propagation at those angles to the magnetic field that are close to π/2. The stability of multidimensional solutions is studied by an investigation of the Hamiltonian boundness under its deformations on the basis of solving of the corresponding variational problem. The evolution and dynamics of the 3D FMS wave beam are studied by the numerical integration of equations with the use of specially developed methods. The results can be interpreted in terms of the self-focusing phenomenon, as the formation of a stationary beam and the scattering and self-focusing of the solitary beam of FMS waves. These cases were studied with a detailed investigation of all evolutionary stages of the 3D FMS wave beams in the ionospheric and magnetospheric plasma.

  3. Nonlinear coupling of lower hybrid waves to the kinetic low-frequency plasma response in the auroral ionosphere

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    Sanbonmatsu, K. Y.; Goldman, M. V.; Newman, D. L.

    A hybrid kinetic-fluid model is developed which is relevant to lower hybrid spikelets observed in the topside auroral ionosphere [Vago et al., 1992; Eriksson et al., 1994]. In contrast to previous fluid models [Shapiro et al., 1995; Tam and Chang, 1995; Seyler, 1994; Shapiro et al., 1993] our linear low frequency plasma response is magnetized and kinetic. Fluid theory is used to incorporate the nonlinear wave coupling. Performing a linear stability analysis, we calculate the growth rate for the modulational instability, driven by a lower hybrid wave pump. We find that both the magnetic and kinetic effects inhibit the modulational instability.

  4. Observations of the relationship between ionospheric central polar cap and dayside throat convection velocities, and solar wind/IMF driving

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    Bristow, W. A.; Amata, E.; Spaleta, J.; Marcucci, M. F.

    2015-06-01

    Convection observations from the Southern Hemisphere Super Dual Auroral Radar Network are presented and examined for their relationship to solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) conditions, restricted to periods of steady IMF. Analysis is concentrated on two specific regions, the central polar cap and the dayside throat region. An example time series is discussed in detail with specific examples of apparent direct control of the convection velocity by the solar wind driver. Closer examination, however, shows that there is variability in the flows that cannot be explained by the driving. Scatterplots and histograms of observations from all periods in the year 2013 that met the selection criteria are given and their dependence on solar wind driving is examined. It is found that on average the flow velocity depends on the square root of the rate of flux entry to the polar cap. It is also found that there is a large level of variability that is not strongly related to the solar wind driving.

  5. Current leakage for low altitude satellites - Modeling applications. [simulation of high voltage solar cell array in ionospheric plasma environment

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    Konradi, A.; Mccoy, J. E.; Garriott, O. K.

    1979-01-01

    To simulate the behavior of a high voltage solar cell array in the ionospheric plasma environment, the large (90 ft x 55 ft diameter) vacuum chamber was used to measure the high-voltage plasma interactions of a 3 ft x 30 ft conductive panel. The chamber was filled with Nitrogen and Argon plasma at electron densities of up to 1,000,000 per cu cm. Measurements of current flow to the plasma were made in three configurations: (a) with one end of the panel grounded, (b) with the whole panel floating while a high bias was applied between the ends of the panel, and (c) with the whole panel at high negative voltage with respect to the chamber walls. The results indicate that a simple model with a constant panel conductivity and plasma resistance can adequately describe the voltage distribution along the panel and the plasma current flow. As expected, when a high potential difference is applied to the panel ends more than 95% of the panel floats negative with respect to the plasma.

  6. Structure of the Martian Ionosphere: MAVEN STATIC First Results

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    McFadden, James P.; Livi, Roberto; Luhmann, Janet; Connerney, Jack; Mitchell, David L.; Mazelle, Christian; Andersson, Laila; Jakosky, Bruce

    2015-04-01

    The Suprathermal And Thermal Ion Composition (STATIC) sensor on the MAVEN spacecraft provides the first detailed look at the Martian ionosphere and its interface to the solar wind. STATIC measures ion composition, density, temperature, and flows in the deep ionosphere (<180 km), resolving the cold O2+ dominated plasma whose temperature is often less than 0.02 eV. The nightside ionosphere has shown a remarkable amount of structure with sharp gradients in both density and composition on horizontal scale sizes of ~10 km. During deep-dip excursions to ~125 km in eclipse, STATIC observed tenuous heavy ions in with M/Q of ~55-60 and ~85-90 amu/e. STATIC has captured the transition to a warmer, mixed ionosphere between 200 and 500 km altitudes where comparable amounts of O2+, O+, and H+ are observed. STATIC also resolves more tenuous concentrations of CO2+, H2+, H3+, He+, C+, and O++ at these intermediate altitudes. In addition to measuring cold ionospheric plasma, STATIC measures the heating and acceleration of cold ions to escape velocities at the solar wind interface. Counter-streaming ion beams are observed in these heating regions, along with significant convection flows and velocity-dispersed ion signatures. Draped magnetic field capture of cold ionospheric plasma is directly observed as a loss mechanism where dense beams of ions are accelerated down the magnetotail along the current sheet. This talk will focus on the low and intermediate altitude observations by STATIC which reveal a wealth of ionospheric structure and plasma dynamics that play a role in atmospheric loss.

  7. On plasma instabilities in the high-latitude ionospheric E region

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    Dangelo, N.

    1981-01-01

    The use of the Farley-Buneman instability in the high-latitude E region of the earth's ionosphere as a diagnostic tool for ionospheric and solar wind electric fields, and the effect of Farley-Buneman waves on cosmic radio noise events observed on riometers, are discussed. Data are analyzed and presented in support of the hypothesis, suggested by Olesen (1972), that the Slant E condition in polar cap ionograms is a manifestation of the Farley-Buneman instability in the E region. Detailed descriptions are given of the experimental apparatus employed in these investigations.

  8. A method for determining the drift velocity of plasma depletions in the equatorial ionosphere using far-ultraviolet spacecraft observations

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    Park, S. H.; England, S. L.; Immel, T. J.; Frey, H. U.; Mende, S. B.

    2007-11-01

    The Far-Ultraviolet Imager (IMAGE-FUV) on board the NASA IMAGE satellite has been used to observe plasma depletions in the nightside equatorial ionosphere. Observations from periods around spacecraft apogee, during which equatorial regions are visible for several hours, have allowed the velocity of these plasma depletions to be determined. A new method for determining the velocity of these depletions using an image analysis technique, Tracking Of Airglow Depletions (TOAD), has been developed. TOAD allows the objective identification and tracking of depletions. The automation of this process has also allowed for the tracking of a greater number of depletions than previously achieved without requiring any human input, which shows that TOAD is suitable for use with large data sets and for future routine monitoring of the ionosphere from space. Furthermore, this automation allows the drift velocities of each bubble to be determined as a function of magnetic latitude, which will give us the capability of retrieving geophysically important parameters such as the electric field, which are believed to vary rapidly with magnetic latitude.

  9. Magnetic-Field-Aligned Characteristics of Plasma Bubbles in the Nighttime Equatorial Ionosphere.

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    1979-07-01

    The best evidence published to date is that of Dyson and Benson [19781. Using topside ionograms taken from Alouette II and ISIS I satellites, they...inferred the existence of depleted magnetic flux tubes in the equatorial ionosphere by interpreting anomalous ionogram traces in terms of high-frequency

  10. Postmidnight ionospheric troughs in summer at high latitudes

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    Voiculescu, M.; Nygrén, T.; Aikio, A. T.; Vanhamäki, H.; Pierrard, V.

    2016-12-01

    In this article we identify possible mechanisms for the formation of postmidnight ionospheric troughs during summer, in sunlit plasma. Four events were identified in measurements of European Incoherent Scatter and ESR radars during CP3 experiments, when the ionosphere was scanned in a meridional plan. The spatial and temporal variation of plasma density, ion, and electron temperatures were analyzed for each of the four events. Super Dual Auroral Radar Network plasma velocity measurements were added, when these were available. For all high-latitude troughs the ion temperatures are high at density minima (within the trough), at places where the convection plasma velocity is eastward and high. There is no significant change in electron temperature inside the trough, regardless of its temporal evolution. We find that troughs in sunlit plasma form in two steps: the trough starts to form when energetic electron precipitation leads to faster recombination in the F region, and it deepens when entering a region with high eastward flow, producing frictional heating and further depleting the plasma. The high-latitude plasma convection plays an important role in formation and evolution of troughs in the postmidnight sector in sunlit plasma. During one event a second trough is identified at midlatitudes, with different characteristics, which is most likely produced by a rapid subauroral ion drift in the premidnight sector.

  11. Application of lightning discharge generated radio atmospherics/tweeks in lower ionospheric plasma diagnostics

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    Maurya, A. K.; Singh, R.; Veenadhari, B.; Pant, P.; Singh, A. K.

    2010-02-01

    Lightning discharges during thunderstorm are the significant natural source of electromagnetic waves. They generate electromagnetic pulses, which vary from few Hz to tens of MHz, but the maximum radiated energy is confined in extremely low (ELF: 3-3000Hz) and very low (VLF: 3-30 KHz) frequency band. These pulsed signals with frequency dispersion are known as radio atmospherics or tweeks. These waves propagate through the process of multiple reflections in the earth-ionosphere waveguide over long distances with very low attenuation (2-3 dB/1000km). Since these waves are reflected by lower boundary of ionosphere, these are used extensively for probing the D-region ionosphere. D-region is important to the space weather, as well as the submarine communication and navigational aid. In this perspective the measurement of electron density profiles of the D-region is undoubtedly of great interest to both the development of reliable models and radio wave propagation. Earlier work on the tweeks is mainly focused to the theoretical considerations related to polarization, waveform analysis, and occurrence time and propagation mechanism. In this study we investigate tweeks to determine the equivalent night time electron densities at reflection height of the D-region. Distance traveled by the VLF waves from the causative lightning discharges to the receiving station has also been calculated. Tweeks recorded at a low latitude ground station of Allahabad (Geomag. lat. 16.050 N) during the night of 23 March 2007 have been used in the present analysis. Based on the analysis of the fundamental cut-off frequency of tweeks, the estimated equivalent electron density of the D-region has been found to be in the range of ~20 to 25 el/cm3 at ionospheric reflection height of ~80 to 95 km respectively. Propagation distance in Earth-Ionosphere wave guide (EIWG) from causative lightning source to experimental site varies from ~1500 to 8000 km.

  12. Nonlinear dynamics of the 3D FMS and Alfven wave beams propagating in plasma of ionosphere and magnetosphere

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    Belashov, Vasily

    We study the formation, structure, stability and dynamics of the multidimensional soliton-like beam structures forming on the low-frequency branch of oscillation in the ionospheric and magnetospheric plasma for cases when beta=4pinT/B(2) <<1 and beta>1. In first case with the conditions omega>{k_{yz}}(2,) v_{x}$<plasma parameters and the angle Theta=(B,k) [2]. In another case the dynamics of the finite-amplitude Alfvén waves propagating in the ionosphere and magnetosphere near-to-parallel to the field B is described by the 3D derivative nonlinear Schrödinger (3-DNLS) equation for the magnetic field of the wave h=(B_{y}+iB_{z})/2B/1-beta/ [3]. To study the stability of multidimensional solitons in both cases we use the method developed in [2] and investigated the Hamiltonian bounding with its deformation conserving momentum by solving the corresponding variation problem. To study evolution of solitons and their collision dynamics the proper equations were being integrated numerically using the codes specially developed and described in detail in [3]. As a result, we have obtained that in both cases for a single solitons on a level with wave spreading and collapse the formation of multidimensional solitons can be observed. These results may be interpreted in terms of self-focusing phenomenon for the FMS and Alfvén waves’ beam as stationary beam formation, scattering and self-focusing of wave beam. The soliton collisions on a level with known elastic interaction can lead to formation of complex structures including the multisoliton bound states. For all cases the problem of multidimensional soliton dynamics in the ionospheric and

  13. The Fluxes-1 and -2 active experiments: Investigation of plasma jet dynamics and interactions with the ionosphere

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    Zetzer, J. I.; Gavrilov, B. G.; Kiselev, Yu. N.; Rybakov, V. A.; Gritskiv, V.; Romanovsky, Yu. A.; Erlandson, R. E.; Meng, C. I.; Stoyanov, B. J.

    1998-11-01

    This paper presents an overview of two Russian-American active geophysical rocket experiments, Fluxus-1 and Fluxus-2, designed to study the interaction of plasma jets with the ionosphere and magnetosphere. These active experiments used specially designed explosive type shaped-charge generator (ETG) that produces a 3-MJ aluminum plasma jet without the aid of solar illumination. The jet was injected nearly parallel to the magnetic field at an altitude of 140 km towards an instrumented payload located 130 m away. The plasma jet density exceeded 1 × 109 ions/cm-3 and produced over a 50% reduction in magnetic field strength due to a diamagnetic depression. The experiment was also observed using ground-based visible sensors, and space-based ultraviolet, visible, and infrared sensors on the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX). It was found that the plasma jet was quickly stopped due to collisions with the atmosphere and formed a slowing moving (100 m/s) plasma cloud that was observed for up to 3 minutes using visible sensors.'

  14. Magnetospheric Sawtooth Oscillations Induced by Ionospheric Outflow

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    Brambles, O. J.; Lotko, W.; Zhang, B.; Lyon, J.; Wiltberger, M. J.

    2010-12-01

    This paper aims to address why sawtooth oscillations occur and what factors affect their periodicity. We use a multifluid version of the LFM global simulation model, driven by a steady solar wind to examine the effects of ion outflow on convection in the magnetosphere. In the simulation model, the properties of cusp and auroral region O+ outflow are causally regulated by electron precipitation and electromagnetic power flowing into the ionosphere. It is found that when ion outflow is included in the simulation, the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction can generate periodic substorms which appear as sawtooth-like oscillations in the geostationary magnetic field. The ion outflow enhances plasma pressure in the inner magnetosphere and the associated diamagnetic ring current stretches the field lines throughout the nightside, essentially from dawn to dusk. If the field lines are sufficiently stretched they reconnect and dipolarize, ejecting a plasmoid downtail. This cycle repeats forming multiple sawtooth oscillations. The periodicity of the sawtooth oscillation depends largely upon the strength of the outflow. The strength of outflow is varied in the simulation by changing both the driving conditions (which affects the power flowing into the ionosphere) and through direct modification of the constants in the empirical relationships. Higher outflow fluences produce oscillations with shorter periods. The period of the oscillation is found to vary in the simulations from approximately 2 hours to 6 hours depending upon the strength of the outflow. For a smaller solar wind electric field the outflow fluence is not large enough to stretch the nightside field lines enough for sawtooth oscillations to form and the magnetosphere goes into a steady magnetosphere convection (SMC) mode. As the solar wind electric field increases the outflow fluence becomes sufficiently large to affect the convection in the magnetosphere and generate sawtooth oscillations. The strength

  15. Drifts, boundary conditions and plasma convection on open magnetic field lines

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    Cohen, R. H.

    1998-11-20

    In a number of plasmas of practical interest, including the scrape-off layer of a tokamak with a divertor or toroidal limiter, some gas discharge devices, and in the vicinity of spacecraft, magnetic field lines intersect bounding surfaces at shallow angles. Under these circumstances a number of interesting and important effects arise. Drifts can compete with parallel flows in establishing the boundary conditions for plasma mass-flow and current (sheath current-voltage characteristics). We derive the mass-flow constraints including both poloidal and radial drifts, review the current boundary conditions, and survey the consequences, including along-field density and heat-flux asymmetries, convection created by a wavy surface, generation of electric fields and surface currents associated with shadows from surface structures, and modification of instability growth.

  16. In situ measurements of ionospheric plasma turbulence over five frequency decades: Heritage flight of the Plasma Local Anomalous Noise Experiment (PLANE)

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    Habash Krause, L.; Enloe, C. L.; McHarg, M. G.

    2013-12-01

    Observations of ionospheric plasma density and frequency-dependent broadband plasma turbulence made during the heritage flight of the Plasma Local Anomalous Noise Experiment (PLANE) are presented. Rather than record high frequency time series data, the experiment was designed to record Power Spectral Distributions (PSDs) in five decadal frequency bins with upper limits ranging from 1.0 Hz to 10 kHz. Additionally, PLANE was designed distinguish turbulence in the ambient plasma from that local to the spacecraft. The instrument consists of two retarding potential analyzers (RPAs) connected together via a feedback loop to force one analyzer into the I-V trace retardation region at all times. Fluctuations in this measurement are believed to be ambient only as the RPA's voltage would be too high for locally turbulent plasma to surmount the potential barrier, which is nominally at ram energy. The instrument requires pointing along the spacecraft's ram velocity vector to make this measurement, thus requiring stabilization in pitch and yaw. During PLANE's heritage flight, though the satellite's attitude control system failed early in the mission, plasma data were collected during opportune times in which the instrument rotated into and out of the ram. Observations of plasma density and PSDs of high frequency plasma turbulence were recorded on several occasions. Additionally, a plasma source onboard the satellite was used to generate artificial plasma turbulence, and the PLANE data observed periodic structure presumably associated with the rotation of the spacecraft during these source firings. A brief comparison with other high frequency in situ plasma instruments is presented.

  17. Excitation of strong Langmuir turbulence in plasmas near critical density: Application to HF heating of the ionosphere

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    DuBois, D.F.; Rose H.A.; Russell, D. )

    1990-12-01

    Results are presented for an extensive study of strong Langmuir turbulence (SLT) in plasmas excited near the critical density by intense coherent radiation beams. The nominal parameters for HF heating experiments imply that the ionospheric plasma is in such a state. Long-time simulations of Zakharov's model of SLT and related theoretical arguments have led to new conclusions and insights: (1) linear parametric instabilities may play a role only during the first few milliseconds after heater turn-on in a quiescent ionosphere, but there is also the possibility of direct nucleation of cavitons in preexisting density fluctuations; (2) both possibilities lead to Langmuir collapse; (3) the turbulence is sustained by nucleation of trapped electric fields in burnt-out density-cavities from previous collapses; (4) the nucleation-collapse-burnout scenario explains several features of the observed ISR plasma line power spectra in early-time, low-duty cycle experiments and predicts new features; (5) ISR spectra obtained at early times in low-duty cycle heating experiments are consistent with the spectra of uncorrelated caviton events; (6) these spectra contain a free mode peak which is due to the radiation of free Langmuir waves by collapsing cavitons; this peak has recently been observed; (7) sharp spectral peaks observed in strong spectra in longer-time, high-duty cycle or CW heating can arise in the SLT model from spatio-temporal caviton correlations, provided overdense domains exist and a Bragg resonance condition is satisfied; (8) correlation models can explain all the sharp features including the decay line, the cascade, the narrow oscillating two-stream instability line, and the anti-Stokes line; these models do not involve parametric instabilities; (9) the characteristic structure of the ISR spectrum is maintained over a much wider range of angles relative to the geomagnetic field than is the case for weak turbulence predictions.

  18. Subgrid modeling of convective turbulence in weakly ionized collisional plasma by renormalization group analysis

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    Hamza, A.M.; Sudan, R.N.

    1995-03-01

    The equations governing the nonlinear evolution of density fluctuations in a low-pressure weakly ionized plasma driven unstable by the ExB or gradient-drift instability were derived by Sudan and Keskinen for addressing the electrostatic turbulence in the E and F regions of the Earth`s ionosphere. The authors have developed a subgrid model suitable for the numerical simulation of these equations which is closely related to renormalized diffusion caused by small-scale fluctuation spectrum. {open_quotes}Dynamical Renormalization Group{close_quotes} (RNG) methods are employed to obtain the renormalized diffusion. This procedure computes the long-wavelength, long-time behavior of density correlations generated by the evolution equation for the plasma stirred by a Gaussian random force characterized by a correlation function {proportional_to} k{sup m} where k is the wavenumber of the forcing function. The effect of small scales on the large-scale dynamics in the limit k{yields}0 and infinite Reynolds number can be expressed in the form of renormalized coefficients; in this case, renormalized diffusion. If one assumes the power spectra to be given by the Kolmogorov argument of cascading of energy through k space then one can derive a subgrid model based on the results of RNG. 27 refs.

  19. Magnetospheric Convection as a Global Force Phenomenon

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    Siscoe, G.

    2007-12-01

    Since 1959 when Thomas Gold showed that motions in the magnetosphere were possible despite plasma being frozen to the magnetic field, magnetospheric convection as a subject of study has gone through several stages (to be reviewed) leading to a recent one that integrates convection into a global system of balance of forces. This area of research has opened by focusing on the region 1 current system as a carrier of force between the solar wind and the ionosphere/thermosphere fluid. An important result to emerge from it is the realization that the force that the solar wind delivers to the magnetosphere in being transferred by the region 1 current system to the ionosphere/thermosphere fluid is amplified by about an order of magnitude. (Vasyliunas refers to this as "leveraging.") The apparent violation of Newton's Third Law results from the main participants in the force balance being not the solar wind force but the JxB force on the ionosphere/thermosphere fluid and the mu-dot-grad-B force on the Earth's dipole. This talk extends the study by considering the global force-balance problem separately for the Pedersen current (a completion of the region 1 problem), the Hall current (thus introducing the region 2 current system), and the Cowling current (bringing in the substorm current wedge). The approach is through representing the ionosphere/thermosphere fluid by the shallow water equations. Novelties that result include force balance by means of tidal bulges and tidal bores.

  20. 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

  1. Modification of electron concentration in the ionosphere in the pump-wave plasma resonance region

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    Istomin, Ya. N.; Kim, V. Yu.

    2017-01-01

    We discuss the propagation of sounding radio waves in the inhomogeneous ionosphere, in the reflection area of which there are small-scale artificial magnetically-positioned irregularities. The propagation of radio waves in such an area, where the lateral dimensions of strongly elongated artificial irregularities are smaller than the wavelength, has a diffraction nature. It is shown that the calculation of diffraction parameters makes it possible to derive the amplitude of density irregularities and their relative area perpendicular to the magnetic field direction. Comparison of theoretical calculations with experimental studies on modification of the electron density altitude profile by heating of the ionosphere with midlatitude stand Sura showed that the relative area of the negative density perturbations can reach several percent.

  2. In situ ionospheric observations of severe weather-related gravity waves and associated small-scale plasma structure

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    Kelley, Michael C.

    1997-01-01

    On July 27, 1988, two sounding rockets were launched over a small thunderstorm cell which constituted the remnants of a large frontal event which had lasted for several hours over the eastern seaboard. One of the rockets was instrumented for detection of the electromagnetic impulse from lightning strikes and its subsequent interaction with the ionospheric plasma [Kelley et al., 1990]. The second had on board an absolute electron density probe, the results from which we report here. We present evidence that a gravity wave was spawned by the front and propagated nearly to the F peak in the ionosphere, where it steepened and created structure in the medium at scales much less than the vertical wavenumber of the major disturbance. The fluctuation spectrum along the rocket path was elevated for scales from 25 km down to less than 10 m. At scales between 10 km and just under 100 m, characterization of the spectrum by a power law yields a spectral index less than that displayed by such well-studied processes as bottomside spread F and barium cloud striations. Similar results have been reported for gravity wave induced intermediate scale structures at midlatitudes [Wernik et al., 1986]. The mixing theory described by Fridman [1990] may be relevant to these observations.

  3. Spectral fluctuation analysis of ionospheric inhomogeneities over Brazilian territory. Part I: Equatorial F-region plasma bubbles

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    Fornari, G.; Rosa, R. R.; de Meneses, F. C.; Muralikrishna, P.

    2016-11-01

    In this Part I of a more general paper on the analysis of ionospheric irregularities over Brazilian territory, we apply the Detrended Fluctuation Analysis (DFA) method to evaluate in situ equatorial F-region plasma bubbles events carried out with a sounding rocket over equatorial region in Brazil. The range of scaling exponents derived from the DFA technique are compared to previous results obtained using Power Spectral Density (PSD) technique (which is widely used in this area despite its recognized inaccuracy to analyze short series). The results obtained in this first part of our investigation, using DFA, also show a wide range of spectral index variation with standard deviation of the same order found from the previous application using PSD (σm ≫ 10 %). Therefore, since the dependence of the technique are disregarded, our findings also supports that the observed lack of a universality class characterized by the nonexistence of a single spectral index (with σm ≈ 2 %) may be due to non-homogeneity energy cascades that can appear in the incoherent ionospheric turbulent process.

  4. Electric Field and Plasma Density Observations of Irregularities and Plasma Instabilities in the Low Latitude Ionosphere Gathered by the C/NOFS Satellite

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    Pfaff, Robert F.; Freudenreich, H.; Rowland, D.; Klenzing, J.; Liebrecht, C.

    2012-01-01

    The Vector Electric Field Investigation (VEFI) on the C/NOFS equatorial satellite provides a unique data set which includes detailed measurements of irregularities associated with the equatorial ionosphere and in particular with spread-F depletions. We present vector AC electric field observations gathered on C/NOFS that address a variety of key questions regarding how plasma irregularities, from meter to kilometer scales, are created and evolve. The talk focuses on occasions where the ionosphere F-peak has been elevated above the C/NOFS satellite perigee of 400 km as solar activity has increased. In particular, during the equinox periods of 2011, the satellite consistently journeyed below the F-peak whenever the orbit was in the region of the South Atlantic anomaly after sunset. During these passes, data from the electric field and plasma density probes on the satellite have revealed two types of instabilities which had not previously been observed in the C/NOFS data set: The first is evidence for 400-500km-scale bottomside "undulations" that appear in the density and electric field data. In one case, these large scale waves are associated with a strong shear in the zonal E x B flow, as evidenced by variations in the meridional (outward) electric fields observed above and below the F-peak. These undulations are devoid of smaller scale structures in the early evening, yet appear at later local times along the same orbit associated with fully-developed spread-F with smaller scale structures. This suggests that they may be precursor waves for spread-F, driven by a collisional shear instability, following ideas advanced previously by researchers using data from the Jicamarca radar. A second result is the appearance of km-scale irregularities that are a common feature in the electric field and plasma density data that also appear when the satellite is near or below the F-peak at night. The vector electric field instrument on C/NOFS clearly shows that the electric field

  5. Ionospheric Plasma Drift and Structure Studies at High and Mid- Latitudes. Volume 1

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1993-12-01

    oblique ionograms measured at Goose Bay for propagation path from Argentia to Goose Bay. On this day a trough developed and moved over both stations...1993). At high latitudes the magnetospheric solar wind induced electric fields map into the ionosphere along the open and dosed field lines driving the...and Winter velocities for these high latitude stations has not been investigated. The seasonal variation at first suggests that neutral winds may be

  6. Innovative Development and Application of Models for Weakly Ionized Ionospheric Plasmas

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    1993-11-01

    corna discharges, IEEE Transactions on Flecrcal Insulation, 25, 75, 1990. Viggiano, A.A., ILA. Morris, F . Dale, and J.F. Paulson, Production of...been reviewed and is approved for publication" (XQA MI MNJOHN F . PAULSON ntract Manager Branch Chief WIE IAM K.IMR Division Director This report has been...the E and F region mre examined through modeling of energy deposition and resulting chemistry. N%. production in a IHF Ionospheric heater beam is

  7. Simulations of the Solar Wind Interaction with the Atmosphere/Ionosphere of Venus

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    Ledvina, Stephen; Brecht, Stephen H.; Bougher, Stephen W.

    2016-10-01

    The latest results of high resolution 3-D hybrid particle code simulations of the solar wind interacting with the atmosphere/ionosphere of Venus will be presented. The research is focused on understanding the how the solar wind interaction with Venus results in the subsequent ionospheric losses. In addition, the simulations focus on structures caused by the interaction particularly on the pole of the planet where the convection electric field points. A variety of simulation results will be presented each with varying solar wind parameters. The hybrid particle code HALFSHEL contains a variety of physical and chemical models which will also be discussed. These include a chemistry package that produces the ionosphere on grid resolution of 10 km altitude, atmospheric densities and dynamics from the VTGCM code and the Hall and Pedersen conductivities associated with plasma neutral collisions. The specific simulations to be presented trace solar wind protons, and ionospheric O+ and O2+.

  8. The COMPASS-2 satellite and the ground-based LOIS vector sensing radar facility as novel tools for ionospheric plasma diagnostics

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    Rothkaehl, H.; Bergman, J. E. S.; Thidé, B.; Klos, Z.

    2008-04-01

    To give a more detailed and complete understanding of physical plasma processes that govern the solar-terrestrial space, and to develop qualitative and quantitative models of the magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling, it is necessary to design and build the next generation of instruments for space diagnostics and monitoring. Novel ground-based wide-area sensor networks, such as the LOFAR Outrigger In Scandinavia (LOIS, LOFAR: Low Frequency Array) radar facility, comprising wide band, and vector-sensing radio receivers with full three-dimensional polarization coverage, and multi-spacecraft plasma diagnostics should help solve outstanding problems of space physics and describe long-term environmental changes. The new digital radio frequency analyzer (RFA) on board the low-orbiting COMPASS-2 satellite was designed to monitor and investigate the ionospheric plasma properties. This two-point ground-based and topside ionosphere-located space plasma diagnostic can be a useful new tool for monitoring and diagnosing turbulent plasma properties. The RFA on board the COMPASS-2 satellite is the first in a series of experiments which is planned to be launched into the near-Earth environment. The main purpose of this presentation is to describe new advanced diagnostic techniques of the near-Earth space plasma and point out the scientific challenges of the COMPASS-2 and LOIS experiments.

  9. The Polar BEAR ionospheric experiments: A pre-launch overview

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    Fremouw, Edward J.

    1986-05-01

    Polar BEAR (Polar BEacon and Auroral Research) will carry three ionospheric experiments: (1) a beacon functionally identical to that on HiLat, (2) a three-axis vector magnetometer for detecting the satellite's attitude, and (3) an improved imager, the Auroral/Ionospheric Remote Sensor (AIRS). In addition to providing images of the aurora and airglow at four visual and vacuum ultraviolet wavelengths, AIRS will function as an ultraviolet spectrophotometer. Using AIRS in its imaging mode and receiving stations it will be possible to obtain images of essentially the entire auroral oval in broad daylight as well as in darkness. Polar BEAR is scheduled for launch into a nearly circular orbit near 1000 km altitude and an 82 deg inclination, which orbit will afford a broad view for AIRS and many opportunities for coordinated observations of: (1) scintillation using the beacons on both HiLat and Polar BEAR, (2) major current systems flowing between the ionosphere and magnetosphere using the magnetometers on both satellites, and (3) energetic electron precipitation and ambient plasma convection at 800 km altitude as recorded with HiLat's electron spectrometer and thermal plasma monitor. These observations should contribute to further understanding of plasma instrumental to the development of density irregularities in the highly dynamic high latitude ionosphere.

  10. A two-dimensional global simulation study of inductive-dynamic magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling

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    Tu, Jiannan; Song, Paul

    2016-12-01

    We present the numerical methods and results of a global two-dimensional multifluid-collisional-Hall magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulation model of the ionosphere-thermosphere system, an extension of our one-dimensional three-fluid MHD model. The model solves, self-consistently, Maxwell's equations, continuity, momentum, and energy equations for multiple ion and neutral species incorporating photochemistry, collisions among the electron, ion and neutral species, and various heating sources in the energy equations. The inductive-dynamic approach (solving self-consistently Faraday's law and retaining inertia terms in the plasma momentum equations) used in the model retains all possible MHD waves, thus providing faithful physical explanation (not merely description) of the magnetosphere-ionosphere/thermosphere (M-IT) coupling. In the present study, we simulate the dawn-dusk cross-polar cap dynamic responses of the ionosphere to imposed magnetospheric convection. It is shown that the convection velocity at the top boundary launches velocity, magnetic, and electric perturbations propagating with the Alfvén speed toward the bottom of the ionosphere. Within the system, the waves experience reflection, penetration, and rereflection because of the inhomogeneity of the plasma conditions. The reflection of the Alfvén waves may cause overshoot (stronger than the imposed magnetospheric convection) of the plasma velocity in some regions. The simulation demonstrates dynamic propagation of the field-aligned currents and ionospheric electric field carried by the Alfvén waves, as well as formation of closure horizontal currents (Pedersen currents in the E region), indicating that in the dynamic stage the M-I coupling is via the Alfvén waves instead of field-aligned currents or electric field mapping as described in convectional M-I coupling models.

  11. Features of the Electromagnetic and Plasma Disturbances Induced at the Altitudes of the Earth's Outer Ionosphere by Modification of the Ionospheric F 2 Region Using High-Power Radio Waves Radiated by the SURA Heating Facility

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    Frolov, V. L.; Rapoport, V. O.; Schorokhova, E. A.; Belov, A. S.; Parrot, M.; Rauch, J.-L.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper we systematize the results of studying the characteristics of the plasma-density ducts, which was conducted in 2005-2010 during the DEMETER-satellite operation. The ducts are formed at altitudes of about 700 km as a result of the ionospheric F 2 region modification by high-power high-frequency radio waves radiated by the midlatitude SURA heating facility. All the performed measurements are used as the basis for determining the formation conditions for such ducts, the duct characteristics are studied, and the opportunities for the duct influence on the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling and propagation of radio waves of various frequency ranges are demonstrated. The results of numerical simulation of the formation of such ducts are presented.

  12. Topside ionosphere bubbles, seen as He+ density depletions: connection with ESF, vertical plasma drift, thermosphere wind and solar activity

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    Sidorova, Larissa

    He+ density depletions, considered as originating from equatorial plasma bubbles (PB), or as possible fossil bubble signatures, were involved in this study. He+ density depletions were observed during a high solar activity (1978-79, F10.7 200) at the topside ionosphere altitudes deeply inside the plasmasphere (L 1.3-3) (Karpachev and Sidorova, ASR, 2002; Sidorova, ASR, 2004, 2007). It is suggested that the equatorial F region irregularities, their post sunset development, evolution, and decay processes are controlled by the sunset electrodynamics of the equatorial region. The He+ density depletion peculiarities were considered in connection with equatorial F-spread (ESF) and vertical plasma drift. The depletion values as function of local time (evening-night hours) were compared with the vertical plasma drift velocity variations, obtained for the same periods (1978-79, F10.7 200; AE-E, IS radar, Jicamarca). Striking similarity in development dynamics was revealed for the different seasons. The monthly mean PB occurrence probability, plotted in local time versus month, was compared with the similar plots for global ESF occurrence probability, derived from ISS-b data (1978-79). Good seasonal correlation (R=0.6) was obtained. Moreover, the comparison of the regional maps, derived from ground-based ionograms, obtained over Brazilian regions (Abdu et al., ASR, 2000) for period with the similar solar activity (1980-81, F10.7 230), shows very well correlation (R=0.67). It is also suggested, that the PBs, produced by Rayleigh-Taylor (R-T) instability at the bottomside of ionosphere and transported up to the topside ionosphere/plasmasphere, could be strong affected by meridional wind during a generation due to inhibiting the growth of R-T instability and flux tube integrated conductivity. For better understanding competing/complementary roles of thermospheric winds in the development of PBs, seen as He+ density depletions, the evaluation of the possible influence of the

  13. Mapping Ionospheric Electrodynamics with SuperDARN Data: An Assimilative Technique

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    Cousins, E. D.; Matsuo, T.; Richmond, A. D.

    2013-12-01

    Mapping of electrodynamic parameters in Earth's high-latitude ionosphere has been performed widely for many years. Knowledge of the complete pattern of ionospheric plasma convection enables studies of solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, allows for the placing of localized observations in a larger context, and can be used to drive coupled ionosphere-thermosphere first-principles models. In the past, an assimilative procedure has been developed to map ionospheric electrodynamics based on combining various types of observations (e.g., magnetometers, satellites, and incoherent or coherent scatter radars) [Richmond and Kamide, 1988], and a simple regression technique has been developed to use exclusively data from the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) coherent backscatter radars [Ruohoniemi and Baker, 1998; Shepherd and Ruohoniemi, 2000]. In this study, an assimilative procedure is developed to combine exclusively SuperDARN data with the empirical plasma convection model of Cousins and Shepherd [2010] (CS10, also based on SuperDARN data). The statistical properties of the CS10 model errors are investigated using the method of empirical orthogonal functions (EOFs) applied to an ~2 yr data set, and a parameterization of the CS10 model error covariance matrix is obtained. The new SuperDARN assimilative procedure, which takes into account realistic error covariances, is shown to significantly improve the mapping of electrodynamic parameters (as compared to the existing regression-based SuperDARN mapping procedure). The application of this assimilative procedure is demonstrated for a geomagnetic storm.

  14. Theory Issues for Induced Plasma Convection Experiments in the Divertor of the MAST Spherical Tokamak

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    Cohen, R H; Fielding, S; Helander, P; Ryutov, D D

    2001-09-05

    This paper surveys theory issues associated with inducing convective cells through divertor tile biasing in a tokamak to broaden the scrape-off layer (SOL). The theory is applied to the Mega-Ampere Spherical Tokamak (MAST), where such experiments are planned in the near future. Criteria are presented for achieving strong broadening and for exciting shear-flow turbulence in the SOL; these criteria are shown to be attainable in practice. It is also shown that the magnetic shear present in the vicinity of the X-point is likely to confine the potential perturbations to the divertor region below the X-point, leaving the part of the SOL that is in direct contact with the core plasma intact. The current created by the biasing and the associated heating power are found to be modest.

  15. On the possibility of inducing strong plasma convection in the divertor of MAST

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    Ryutov, D. D.; Helander, P.; Cohen, R. H.

    2001-10-01

    In this paper, a theory is developed to describe scrape-off layer (SOL) broadening by inducing convective cells through divertor plate biasing in a tokamak. The theory is applied to the Mega-Ampere Spherical Tokamak, where such experiments are planned in the near future. Criteria are derived for achieving strong broadening and for exciting shear-flow turbulence in the SOL, and these criteria are shown to be attainable in practice. It is also shown that the magnetic shear present in the vicinity of the X-point is likely to confine the potential perturbations to the divertor region below the X-point, leaving the part of the SOL that is in direct contact with the core plasma intact. The current created in the SOL by the biasing and the associated heating power are also calculated and are found to be modest.

  16. Plasma Density and Electro-Magnetic Field Perturbations Hf-Induced in the Outer Ionosphere: Review of Experimental Results

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    Frolov, Vladimir; Rauch, Jean-Louis; Parrot, Michel; Rapoport, Victor; Shorokhova, Elena

    In the report we consider features of plasma density and electro-magnetic field perturbations induced in the Earth’s outer ionosphere by modification of F _{2} region by O-mode powerful HF radio waves radiated by the SURA heating facility. Experiments presented were carried out in 2005 - 2010. Plasma density perturbations were detected at altitudes of about of 700 km by instruments onboard the French DEMETER satellite when it intersected the disturbed magnetic flux tube. The formation of artificial HF-induced plasma density ducts in the outer ionosphere is a central discovery, which was made during the SURA-DEMETER experiments [1,2]. Analysis of experimental data available makes it possible to formulate ducts features and point out the conditions under which the formation of such ducts takes place. 1. Under night conditions ducts are characterized by the increased plasma density in the range from 20% to 80% relatively to its background value. As this takes place, the excess in the plasma ion component is due to O (+) ions dominating at altitudes of about 700 km, whereas the densities of lower mass H (+) and He ({+) } ions typically decrease by a percentage amount that is much more the relative increase in the density of O (+) ions. The duct formation was never observed under daytime conditions. According to [3] the HF-induced ducts were observed by ionosphere pumping in morning and evening hours but in these cases their intensity was no more than a few percentages. 2. The size of the ducts along the satellite orbits is of about 80 - 100 km. It is a reason why such ducts can be observed only if the minimal distance between the satellite and the center of the heated flux tube is less than 50 km. 3. The formation of ducts is observed only if the effective radiated power is more than 40 MW. For the SURA facility, to heat the ionosphere at higher efficiency due to the “magnetic-zenith effect”, the HF beam is often inclined by 12 - 16(°) southward. 4. The pump

  17. Low latitude ionospheric scintillation and zonal plasma irregularity drifts climatology around the equatorial anomaly crest over Kenya

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    Olwendo, O. J.; Baki, P.; Cilliers, P. J.; Doherty, P.; Radicella, S.

    2016-02-01

    In this study we have used a VHF and GPS-SCINDA receiver located at Nairobi (36.8°E, 1.3°S, dip -24.1°) in Kenya to investigate the climatology of ionospheric L-band scintillation occurrences for the period 2009 to 2012; and seasonal variation of the zonal plasma drift irregularities derived from a VHF receiver for the period 2011. The annual and diurnal variations of L-band scintillation indicate occurrence at post sunset hours and peaks in the equinoctial months. However VHF scintillation occurs at all seasons around the year and is characterized by longer duration of activity and a slow fading that continues till early morning hours unlike in the L-band where they cease after midnight hours. A directional analysis has shown that the spatial distribution of scintillation events is mainly on the Southern and Western part of the sky over Nairobi station closer to the edges of the crest of the Equatorial Ionization Anomaly. The distribution of zonal drift velocities of the VHF related scintillation structures indicates that they move at velocities in the range of 20-160 m/s and their dimension in the East-West direction is in the range of 100-00 km. The December solstice is associated with the largest plasma bubbles in the range of 600-900 km. The most significant observation from this study is the occurrence of post-midnight scintillation without pre-midnight scintillations during magnetically quiet periods. The mechanism leading to the formation of the plasma density irregularity causing scintillation is believed to be via the Rayleigh Tailor Instability; it is however not clear whether we can also attribute the post-midnight plasma bubbles during magnetic quiet times to the same mechanism. From our observations in this study, we suggest that a more likely cause of the east ward zonal electric fields at post-midnight hours is the coupling of the ionosphere with the lower atmosphere during nighttime. This however needs a further investigation based on relevant

  18. C/NOFS satellite observations of equatorial ionospheric plasma structures supported by multiple ground-based diagnostics in October 2008

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    Nishioka, M.; Basu, Su.; Basu, S.; Valladares, C. E.; Sheehan, R. E.; Roddy, P. A.; Groves, K. M.

    2011-10-01

    In early October 2008, the C/NOFS satellite orbited near the magnetic equator at its perigee altitude of ˜400 km at dusk in the Peruvian sector. This provided an ideal opportunity for a comparison, under the current very low solar flux condition, of equatorial ionospheric disturbances observed with the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) in situ measurements and ground-based observations available near Jicamarca Observatory. The primary objective was the comparison of plasma density disturbances measured by a Planar Langmuir Probe (PLP) instrument on the C/NOFS satellite with VHF scintillation activity at Ancon near Jicamarca for this period. Here we discuss in detail two extreme cases: one in which severe in situ disturbances were accompanied by mild scintillation on a particular day, namely, 10 October while there was little in situ disturbance with strong scintillation on 5 October. This apparent contradiction was diagnosed further by a latitudinal ground-based GPS network at Peruvian longitudes, a Digisonde, and the incoherent scatter radar (ISR) at Jicamarca. The crucial distinction was provided by the behavior of the equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA). The EIA was well-developed on the day having severe in situ disturbances (10 Oct). This led to lower equatorial plasma density and total electron content (TEC) at the equator and consequently reduced the scintillations detected at Ancon. On the other hand, on the day with severe scintillations (5 Oct), the EIA was not so well developed as on 10 October, leading to relatively higher equatorial plasma density and TEC. Consequently the severe scintillations at Ancon were likely caused by ionospheric structure located below the altitude of C/NOFS. The NRL SAMI2 model was utilized to gain a greater understanding of the role of neutral winds and electric fields in reproducing the TEC as a function of latitude for both classes of irregularities. Spectral studies with high resolution in situ

  19. Ionospheric plasma disturbances generated by naturally occurring large-scale anomalous heat sources

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    Pradipta, Rezy; Lee, Min-Chang; Coster, Anthea J.; Tepley, Craig A.; Sulzer, Michael P.; Gonzalez, Sixto A.

    2017-04-01

    We report the findings from our investigation on the possibility of large-scale anomalous thermal gradients to generate acoustic-gravity waves (AGWs) and traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs). In particular, here we consider the case of summer 2006 North American heat wave event as a concrete example of such large-scale natural thermal gradients. This special scenario of AGW/TID generation was formulated based on the results of our experiments at the Arecibo Observatory in July 2006, followed by a systematic monitoring/surveillance of total electron content (TEC) fluctuations over North America in 2005-2007 using the MIT Haystack Observatory's Madrigal database. The data from our Arecibo experiments indicate a continual occurrence of intense AGW/TID over the Caribbean on 21-24 July 2006, and the Madrigal TEC data analysis shows that the overall level of TID activity over North America had increased by ∼0.2 TECU during the summer 2006 heat wave event. Our proposed scenario is in agreement with these empirical observations, and is generally consistent with a number of past ionospheric HF heating experiments related to AGW/TID generation.

  20. Measurements And Particle In Cell vs. Fluid Simulations Of A New Time Domain Impedance Probe For Ionospheric Plasma Characterization

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    Spencer, E. A.; Russ, S.; Kerrigan, B.; Leggett, K.; Mullins, J.; Clark, D. C.; Mizell, J.; Gollapalli, R.; Vassiliadis, D.; Lusk, G. D.

    2015-12-01

    A plasma impedance probe is used to obtain plasma parameters in the ionosphere by measuring the magnitude, shape and location of resonances in the frequency spectrum when a probe structure is driven with RF excitation. The measured magnitude and phase response with respect to frequency can be analyzed via analytical and simulational means. We have designed and developed a new Time Domain Impedance Probe capable of making measurements of absolute electron density and electron neutral collision frequency at temporal and spatial resolutions not previously attained. A single measurement can be made in a time as short as 50 microseconds, which yields a spatial resolution of 0.35 meters for a satellite orbital velocity of 7 km/s. The method essentially consists of applying a small amplitude time limited voltage signal into a probe and measuring the resulting current response. The frequency bandwidth of the voltage signal is selected in order that the electron plasma resonances are observable. A prototype of the instrument will be flown in October 2015 on a NASA Undergraduate Student Instrument Progam (USIP) sounding rocket launched out of Wallops Flight Facility. To analyze the measurements, we use a Particle In Cell (PIC) kinetic simulation to calculate the impedance of a dipole antenna immersed in a plasma. The electromagnetic solver utilizes the Finite Difference Time Domain method, while the particle to grid and grid to particle interpolation schemes are standard. The plasma sheath formation electron flux into the dipole surface is not included. The bulk velocity of the plasma around the dipole is assumed to be zero. For completeness, the hot plasma and nonlinear effects of probe plasma interaction are explored, including the appearance of cyclotron harmonics. In this work the electron neutral collisions are simulated via a Poisson process approximation. Our results are compared to sounding rocket data from the NASA Tropical Storms mission in 2007, as well as the

  1. The effect of longitudinal conductance variations on the ionospheric prompt penetration electric fields

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    Sazykin, S.; Wolf, R.; Spiro, R.; Fejer, B.

    Ionospheric prompt penetration electric fields of magnetospheric origin, together with the atmospheric disturbance dynamo, represent the most important parameters controlling the storm-time dynamics of the low and mid-latitude ionosphere. These prompt penetration fields result from the disruption of region-2 field-aligned shielding currents during geomagnetically disturbed conditions. Penetration electric fields con- trol, to a large extent, the generation and development of equatorial spread-F plasma instabilities as well as other dynamic space weather phenomena in the ionosphere equatorward of the auroral zone. While modeling studies typically agree with average patterns of prompt penetration fields, experimental results suggest that longitudinal variations of the ionospheric con- ductivities play a non-negligible role in controlling spread-F phenomena, an effect that has not previously been modeled. We present first results of modeling prompt pene- tration electric fields using a version of the Rice Convection Model (RCM) that allows for longitudinal variations in the ionospheric conductance tensor. The RCM is a first- principles numerical ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling model that solves for the electric fields, field-aligned currents, and particle distributions in the ionosphere and inner/middle magnetosphere. We compare these new theoretical results with electric field observations.

  2. Ionosphere data assimilation modeling of 2015 St. Patrick's Day geomagnetic storm

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    Chen, C. H.; Lin, C. H.; Matsuo, T.; Chen, W. H.

    2016-11-01

    The ionospheric plasma disturbances during a severe storm can affect human activities and systems, such as navigation and HF communication systems. Therefore, the forecast of ionospheric electron density is becoming an important topic recently. This study is conducted with the ionospheric assimilation model by assimilating the total electron content observations into the thermosphere-ionosphere coupling model with different high-latitude ionospheric convection models, Heelis and Weimer, and further to forecast the variations of ionospheric electron density during the 2015 St. Patrick's Day geomagnetic storm. The forecast capabilities of these two assimilation models are evaluated by the root-mean-square error values in different regions to discuss its latitudinal effects. Results show the better forecast in the electron density at the low-latitude region during the storm main phase and the recovery phase. The well reproduced eastward electric field at the low-latitude region by the assimilation model reveals that the electric fields may be an important factor to have the contributions on the accuracy of ionospheric forecast.

  3. Equatorial ionospheric plasma drifts and O+ concentration enhancements associated with disturbance dynamo during the 2015 St. Patrick's Day magnetic storm

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    Huang, Chao-Song; Wilson, Gordon R.; Hairston, Marc R.; Zhang, Yongliang; Wang, Wenbin; Liu, Jing

    2016-08-01

    Disturbance dynamo is an important dynamic process during magnetic storms. However, very few direct observations of dynamo-induced plasma drifts and ion composition changes in the equatorial ionosphere are available. In this study, we use measurements of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellites to identify the characteristics of the disturbance dynamo process in the topside equatorial ionosphere near dawn during the magnetic storm with a minimum Dst of -223 nT on 17 March 2015. Data from four DMSP satellites with equatorial crossings at 0245, 0430, 0630, and 0730 LT are available for this case. The dynamo process was first observed in the postmidnight sector 3-4.7 h after the beginning of the storm main phase and lasted for 31 h, covering the second storm intensification and the initial 20 h of the recovery phase. The dynamo vertical ion drift was upward (up to 150-200 m s-1) in the postmidnight sector and downward (up to ~80 m s-1) in the early morning sector. The dynamo zonal ion drift was westward at these locations and reached ~100 m s-1. The dynamo process caused large enhancements of the O+ concentration (the ratio of the oxygen ion density to the total ion density) at the altitude of 840 km near dawn. The O+ concentration increased from below 60% during the prestorm period to 80-90% during the storm time. More specifically, the O+ density was increased, and the H+ density was decreased. The variations of the O+ concentration were well correlated with the vertical ion drift.

  4. Radiotomographic observations of corpuscular ionization in the ionosphere

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    Andreeva, E. S.; Kunitsyn, V. E.; Tereshchenko, E. D.; Krysanov, B. Yu.; Nazarenko, M. O.

    2012-04-01

    Along with the antisunward cross-polar convection of the ionospheric plasma and the field-aligned electric currents, the corpuscular fluxes play an important role in the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. Being more tightly coupled with the magnetosphere, the subauroral and auroral ionosphere noticeably differs from the midlatitude ionosphere. It experiences much stronger and faster variations in space and time. The particle fluxes and the electric fields of magnetospheric origin penetrate into the ionosphere and substantially affect the production, loss and transport of charged particles. The rate of ionization in the midlatitude ionosphere is controlled almost solely by the X-ray and UV/EUV solar radiation, whereas in high latitudes the fluxes of particles precipitating from the magnetosphere are significant sources of ionization. Moreover, they are probably the single source during the polar night. Typically, the contribution of the magnetospheric corpuscular fluxes into the ionization is small compared to the contribution of electromagnetic radiation; however, during the geomagnetic storms, it may prove significant, especially if these fluxes are sufficiently strong and act in the nighttime when the solar electromagnetic radiation is absent. The present work is devoted to radio tomographic imaging of the ionospheric effects of particle precipitation using the data from low-orbital navigational satellite systems. The ionospheric radio tomography is actively developed during the past two decades. It provides images of the 2D distribution of electron density in the vertical plane (latitude-altitude cross-sections) (averaged over an interval of 10-15 minutes) for the spatial sector covering several thousand kilometers. The horizontal and vertical resolution of the RT method is 20-30 km and 30-40 km, respectively. In the present work, the particle precipitation events are identified from the particle flux measurements onboard DMSP satellites. We present and discuss

  5. Measurements and simulations of ICRF induced plasma convection in front of the 3-strap antennas in ASDEX Upgrade

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    Zhang, Wei; ASDEX Upgrade Team; Eurofusion MST1 Team

    2016-10-01

    Plasma heating with waves in the Ion Cyclotron Range of Frequency (ICRF) is one of the standard heating methods in tokamaks. The parallel (to the magnetic field) component of the electric field of the waves enhances the edge plasma potential nonlinearly through radio-frequency-sheath (rf-sheath) rectification. The gradient of this potential across magnetic field drives plasma convection in the Scrape-Off Layer. To reduce the rf-sheath driven close to ICRF antennas, the parallel electric near-field has to be decreased. This can be achieved by minimization of undesired parasitic currents induced in the antenna box by the antenna currents. New antennas with a novel approach to reduce those undesired currents through the proper phase and amplitude of the current in 3-straps have been installed and validated on ASDEX Upgrade. With reflectometers embedded in one 3-strap antenna at different poloidal locations, the density profiles in front of the antenna can be measured in when the antenna is either active or passive. The ICRF induced edge plasma convection in different antenna feeding configurations (different phasing, different power ratio between the central and the side straps) has thus been studied. Also we have carried out comprehensive simulations by running the EMC3EIRENE, RAPLICASOL and SSWICH codes in an iterative and quasi self-consistent way. The steadystate ICRF induced plasma density convection can clearly be reproduced in the models and compared with the ones measured in experiments.

  6. High latitude field aligned light ion flows in the topside ionosphere deduced from ion composition and plasma temperatures

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    Grebowsky, J. M.; Hoegy, W. R.; Chen, T. C.

    1993-01-01

    Using a comprehensive ionospheric data set comprised of all available ion composition and plasma temperature measurements from satellites, the vertical distributions of ion composition and plasma temperatures are defined from middle latitudes up into the polar cap for summer conditions for altitudes below about 1200 km. These data are sufficient to allow a numerical estimation of the latitudinal variation of the light ion outflows from within the plasmasphere to the polar wind regions. The altitude at which significant light ion outflow begins is found to be lower during solar minimum conditions than during solar maximum. The H(+) outward speeds are of the order of 1 km/s near 1100 km during solar maximum but attain several km/s speeds for solar minimum. He(+) shows a similar altitude development of flow but attains polar cap speeds much less than 1 km/s at altitudes below 1100 km, particularly under solar maximum conditions. Outward flows are also found in the topside F-region for noontime magnetic flux tubes within the plasmasphere.

  7. An investigation of mechanisms other than lightning to explain certain wideband plasma wave bursts detected in the Venusian nightside ionosphere

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    Carpenter, D. L.

    1992-01-01

    Several related topics are briefly discussed. Reviewed here is work on an investigation of plasma wave phenomena associated with the question of lightning on Venus. The work supported the contention that lightning is at least a candidate explanation for many of the 100 Hz-only Pioneer Venus orbital electric field detector (OEFD) signals. A review of the work on the investigation of mechanisms other than lightning to explain certain wideband plasma wave bursts detected in the Venusian nightside ionosphere is given. A summary is given of our analysis of data from 23 OEFD observing periods as well as a discussion of the properties of specifically multifrequency events. Our opportunity to work on this topic was not sufficient to draw any firm conclusions about the origins of the multifrequency bursts, but we call attention to what we consider to be several candidate sources. Also discussed are case studies to test for evidence of whistler mode propagation from subionospheric sources, results of a search for dispersive effects in the OEFD data, the results for a search for simultaneous 100 Hz and 730 Hz observations at altitudes below 150 km, changes with altitude in dispersive broadening effects in the time signatures of 100 Hz bursts, and a survey of activity at altitudes above 1000 km.

  8. Planetary waves in rotating ionosphere

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    Khantadze, A. G.; Jandieri, V. G.; Jandieri, G. V.

    2008-06-15

    The problem of propagation of ultralong planetary waves in the Earth's upper atmosphere is considered. A new exact solution to the MHD equations for the ionosphere is obtained in spherical coordinates with allowance for the geomagnetic field and Earth's rotation. A general dispersion relation is derived for planetary waves in the ionospheric E and F regions, and the characteristic features of their propagation in a weakly ionized ionospheric plasma are discussed.

  9. Electromechanical feedback processes in the ionosphere. Final technical report, 1 December 1984-31 May 1988

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    Forbes, J.M.

    1988-08-31

    The general goals were to provide a better understanding of observed neutral and plasma structures in the upper atmosphere, and to define appropriate parameterizations for the neutral-plasma interactions governing these structures in comprehensive numerical models of the thermosphere and ionosphere. A convection model was utilized to investigate the electrodynamic coupling between the magnetosphere and thermosphere including the effects of neutral winds, and noting the change in electric fields penetrating to low latitudes due to the wind effects. A unique aspect of the study is that the high-latitude convection-driven winds are included self-consistently and interactively; that is, a steady-state wind parameterization was derived analytically in terms of the electric potential, which is in turn included in a closed-loop calculation for the electric potential itself. An analogous study was performed for the thermosphere-ionosphere system, wherein the balance height of the F layer was expressed analytically in terms of the meridional neutral wind, and the two parameters allowed to evolve self-consistently within dynamical calculations representing magnetically disturbed and quiet conditions in the thermosphere. In another series of calculations, plasma structures unique to the equatorial ionosphere were modeled analytically and incorporated into a numerical solution of the neutral dynamics to demonstrate the controlling influence of the ionosphere on the equatorial thermosphere.

  10. A high-latitude, low-latitude boundary layer model of the convection current system

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    Siscoe, G.L. ); Lotko, W.; Sonnerup, B.U.O. )

    1991-03-01

    Observations suggest that both the high- and low-latitude boundary layers contribute to magnetospheric convection, and that their contributions are linked. In the interpretation pursued here, the high-latitude boundary layer (HBL) generates the voltage while the low-latitude boundary layer (LBL) generates the current for the part of the convection electric circuit that closes through the ionosphere. This paper gives a model that joins the high- and low-latitude boundary layers consistently with the ionospheric Ohm's law. It describes an electric circuit linking both boundary layers, the region 1 Birkeland currents, and the ionospheric Pedersen closure currents. The model works by using the convection electric field that the ionosphere receives from the HBL to determine two boundary conditions to the equations that govern viscous LBL-ionosphere coupling. The result provides the needed self-consistent coupling between the two boundary layers and fully specifies the solution for the viscous LBL-ionosphere coupling equations. The solution shows that in providing the current required by the ionospheric Ohm's law, the LBL needs only a tenth of the voltage that spans the HBL. The solution also gives the latitude profiles of the ionospheric electric field, parallel currents, and parallel potential. It predicts that the plasma in the inner part of the LBL moves sunward instead of antisunward and that, as the transpolar potential decreases below about 40 kV, reverse polarity (region 0) currents appear at the poleward border of the region 1 currents. A possible problem with the model is its prediction of a thin boundary layer ({approximately}1000 km), whereas thicknesses inferred from satellite data tend to be greater.

  11. Plasma modifications induced by an X-mode HF heater wave in the high latitude F region of the ionosphere

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

    2013-12-01

    We presented experimental results of strong plasma modifications induced by X-mode powerful HF radio waves injected towards the magnetic zenith into the high latitude F region of the ionosphere. The experiments were conducted in 2009-2011 using the EISCAT Heating facility, UHF incoherent scatter radar and the EISCAT ionosonde at Tromsø, Norway; and the CUTLASS SuperDARN HF coherent radar at Hankasalmi, Finland. The results showed that the X-mode HF pump wave can generate strong small-scale artificial field aligned irregularities (AFAIs) in the F region of the high-latitude ionosphere. These irregularities, with spatial scales across the geomagnetic field of the order of 9-15 m, were excited when the heater frequency (fH) was above the ordinary-mode critical frequency (foF2) by 0.1-1.2 MHz. It was found that the X-mode AFAIs appeared between 10 s and 4 min after the heater is turned on. Their decay time varied over a wide range between 3 min and 30 min. The excitation of X-mode AFAIs was accompanied by electron temperature (Te) enhancements and an increase in the electron density (Ne) depending on the effective radiated power (ERP). Under ERPs of about 75-180 MW the Te enhances up to 50% above the background level and an increase in Ne of up to 30% were observed. Dramatic changes in the Te and Ne behavior occurred at effective radiated powers of about 370-840 MW, when the Ne and Te values increased up to 100% above the background ones. It was found that AFAIs, Ne and Te enhancements occurred, when the extraordinary-mode critical frequency (fxF2) lied in the frequency range fH-fce/2≤fxF2≤fH+fce/2, where fce is the electron gyrofrequency. The strong Ne enhancements were observed only in the magnetic field-aligned direction in a wide altitude range up to the upper limit of the UHF radar measurements. In addition, the maximum value of Ne is about 50 km higher than the Te enhancement peak. Such electron density enhancements (artificial ducts) cannot be explained by

  12. Coordinated observations of F region 3 m field-aligned plasma irregularities associated with medium-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances

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    Lin, F. F.; Wang, C. Y.; Su, C. L.; Shiokawa, K.; Saito, S.; Chu, Y. H.

    2016-04-01

    Three meter field-aligned irregularities (3 m FAIs) associated with medium-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances (MSTIDs) that occurred on 5 February 2008 were observed by using the Chung-Li 52 MHz coherent scatter radar. Interferometry measurements show that the plasma structures responsible for the 3 m FAI echoes are in a clumpy shape with a horizontal dimension of about 10-78 km in a height range of 220-300 km. In order to investigate the dynamic behaviors of the plasma irregularities at different scales in the bottomside of F region, the VHF radar echo structures from the 3 m FAIs combined with the 630 nm airglow images provided by the Yonaguni all-sky imager are compared and analyzed. The results show that the radar echoes were located at the west edge of the depletion zones of the 630 nm airglow image of the MSTIDs. The bulk echo structures of the 3 m FAIs drifted eastward at a mean trace velocity of about 30 m/s that is in general agreement with the zonal trace velocity of the MSTIDs shown in the 630 nm airglow images. These results suggest that the observed F region 3 m FAIs for the present case can be regarded as the targets that are frozen in the local region of the MSTIDs. In addition, the radar-observed 3 m FAI echo intensity and spectral width bear high correlations to the percentage variations of the 630 nm emission intensity. These results seem to suggest that through the nonlinear turbulence cascade process, the MSTID-associated 3 m FAIs are very likely generated from the kilometer-scale plasma irregularities with large amplitude excited by the gradient drift instability.

  13. IONOSAT Ionospheric satellite cluster

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    Korepanov, V.; Lizunov, G.; Fedorov, O.; Yampolsky, Yu.; Ivchenko, V.

    2008-11-01

    The IONOSAT project (from IONOspheric SATellites) is proposed by National Space Agency of Ukraine for First European Space Program as a part of Space Weather (SW) Program. As it is commonly accepted, Space Weather means the changes of the conditions on the Sun, in solar wind, magnetosphere and ionosphere which may affect the operation and reliability of on-board and ground technological systems and threaten human health. In this chain ionosphere is specific and integral part of SW formation. Moreover, namely in the ionosphere main part of the energy absorption of Sun-activated sporadic corpuscular and radiation fluxes takes places. The excitation of ionosphere by falling fluxes produces its "luminescence" in wide frequency band - from ULF waves till ultraviolet - and by this ionosphere works as an efficient "screen" or SW indicator. A goal of the proposed project is long-term spatial-temporal monitoring of main field and plasma parameters of ionosphere with aim to further develop fundamental conceptions of solar-terrestrial connections physics, nowcasting and forecast of SW, and diagnostics of natural and technogenic hazards with the help of scientific payload installed on-board a cluster of 3 low-Earth orbit (LEO) microsatellites (tentative launch date - 2012 year). The state of the project proposal and realization plans are discussed.

  14. Space weather and the Earth ionosphere from auroral zone to equator

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    Biktash, L.

    2007-08-01

    , and the physical processes involved in the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction. Ionosphere effects of the solar wind is much complex. It is very difficult to separate the agents forming ionospheric disturbances during geomagnetic storms. It is considered that the storm wind driven electric fields are responsible for the larger amplitudes and longer lifetimes of the drift perturbations following sudden decreases in convection compared to those associated with sudden convection enhancements. In addition to these reasons we suppose that day-time and night-time equatorial ionosphere have to respond to westward and eastward auroral electrojets and the field-aligned currents by the different way while large-scale internal gravity waves and changes in neutral composition and in neutral wind system have to show the same effect in sign and there are problems to explain positive ionospheric storms. Furthermore, from the presented geomagnetic storms which AU and AL indices have very different amplitudes (nighttime auroral electrojets are much stronger daytime ones AL/AU˜5) and yet it is impossible from models to take account theses effects from termospheric models. It should be noted that amplitudes of AU and AL very variable during different storms, so there are different the IMF Bz and By patterns of auroral electrojets and related the field-aligned currents. Numerical modeling of auroral electrojets during geomagnetic disturbances effects of FAC as well as the polar cap potential drop difference in the auroral electrojet distribution and precipitation of high-energy auroral particles are considered. We suppose to explain of substorm effects in foF2 it is not enough to involve local processes but it is necessary to consider existential distribution of all parameters of near-Earth plasma. In our cases the IMF Bz and Joule heating can show the same effect to decrease of foF2 variations but quick foF2 depression and its correlation the negative the IMF Bz duration seems to show

  15. On the expansion of ionospheric plasma into the near-wake of the Space Shuttle Orbiter

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    Stone, N. H.; Wright, K. H., Jr.; Samir, U.; Hwang, K. S.

    1988-01-01

    During the Spacelab 2 mission, while the Plasma Diagnostics Package was attached to the Remote Manipulator System, differential ion vector measurements were obtained in the near wake at a distance of 4-5 Shuttle radii. The Orbiter's wake was found to fill in at a much faster rate than can be explained by simple thermal motion. The measurements strongly suggest that filling of the Orbiter's wake is produced by the process of 'collisionless plasma expansion into a vacuum' and that, for oblique angles of the magnetic field and velocity vectors, the near wake plasma depletion a few radii downstream is not sensitive to the body scale size.

  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. Gyrokinetic study of turbulent convection of heavy impurities in tokamak plasmas at comparable ion and electron heat fluxes

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    Angioni, C.; Bilato, R.; Casson, F. J.; Fable, E.; Mantica, P.; Odstrcil, T.; Valisa, M.; ASDEX Upgrade Team; Contributors, JET

    2017-02-01

    In tokamaks, the role of turbulent transport of heavy impurities, relative to that of neoclassical transport, increases with increasing size of the plasma, as clarified by means of general scalings, which use the ITER standard scenario parameters as reference, and by actual results from a selection of discharges from ASDEX Upgrade and JET. This motivates the theoretical investigation of the properties of the turbulent convection of heavy impurities by nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations in the experimentally relevant conditions of comparable ion and electron heat fluxes. These conditions also correspond to an intermediate regime between dominant ion temperature gradient turbulence and trapped electron mode turbulence. At moderate plasma toroidal rotation, the turbulent convection of heavy impurities, computed with nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations, is found to be directed outward, in contrast to that obtained by quasi-linear calculations based on the most unstable linear mode, which is directed inward. In this mixed turbulence regime, with comparable electron and ion heat fluxes, the nonlinear results of the impurity transport can be explained by the coexistence of both ion temperature gradient and trapped electron modes in the turbulent state, both contributing to the turbulent convection and diffusion of the impurity. The impact of toroidal rotation on the turbulent convection is also clarified.

  18. Macroscopic time and altitude distribution of plasma turbulence induced in ionospheric modification experiments

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    Rose, H.; Dubois, D.; Russell, D.; Hanssen, A.

    1996-03-01

    This is the final report of a three-year Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This research concentrated on the time dependence of the heater, induced-turbulence, and electron-density profiles excited in the ionosphere by a powerful radio-frequency heater wave. The macroscopic density is driven by the ponderomotive pressure and the density self-consistently determines the heater propagation. For typical parameters of the current Arecibo heater, a dramatic quasi-periodic behavior was found. For about 50 ms after turn-on of the heater wave, the turbulence is concentrated at the first standing-wave maximum of the heater near reflection altitude. From 50--100 ms the standing-wave pattern drops by about 1--2 km in altitude and the quasi-periodicity reappears at the higher altitudes with a period of roughly 50 ms. This behavior is due to the half-wavelength density depletion grating that is set up by the ponderomotive pressure at the maxima of the heater standing-wave pattern. Once the grating is established the heater can no longer propagate to higher altitudes. The grating is then unsupported by the heater at these altitudes and decays, allowing the heater to propagate again and initiate another cycle. For stronger heater powers, corresponding to the Arecibo upgrade and the HAARP heater now under construction, the effects are much more dramatic.

  19. Branches of electrostatic turbulence inside solitary plasma structures in the auroral ionosphere

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    Golovchanskaya, Irina V.; Kozelov, Boris V.; Chernyshov, Alexander A.; Mogilevsky, Mikhail M.; Ilyasov, Askar A.

    2014-08-15

    The excitation of electrostatic turbulence inside space-observed solitary structures is a central topic of this exposition. Three representative solitary structures observed in the topside auroral ionosphere as large-amplitude nonlinear signatures in the electric field and magnetic-field-aligned current on the transverse scales of ∼10{sup 2}–10{sup 3} m are evaluated by the theories of electrostatic wave generation in inhomogeneous background configurations. A quantitative analysis shows that the structures are, in general, effective in destabilizing the inhomogeneous energy-density-driven (IEDD) waves, as well as of the ion acoustic waves modified by a shear in the parallel drift of ions. It is demonstrated that the dominating branch of the electrostatic turbulence is determined by the interplay of various driving sources inside a particular solitary structure. The sources do not generally act in unison, so that their common effect may be inhibiting for excitation of electrostatic waves of a certain type. In the presence of large magnetic-field-aligned current, which is not correlated to the inhomogeneous electric field inside the structure, the ion-acoustic branch becomes dominating. In other cases, the IEDD instability is more central.

  20. Observed and modelled effects of auroral precipitation on the thermal ionospheric plasma: comparing the MICA and Cascades2 sounding rocket events

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    Lynch, K. A.; Gayetsky, L.; Fernandes, P. A.; Zettergren, M. D.; Lessard, M.; Cohen, I. J.; Hampton, D. L.; Ahrns, J.; Hysell, D. L.; Powell, S.; Miceli, R. J.; Moen, J. I.; Bekkeng, T.

    2012-12-01

    Auroral precipitation can modify the ionospheric thermal plasma through a variety of processes. We examine and compare the events seen by two recent auroral sounding rockets carrying in situ thermal plasma instrumentation. The Cascades2 sounding rocket (March 2009, Poker Flat Research Range) traversed a pre-midnight poleward boundary intensification (PBI) event distinguished by a stationary Alfvenic curtain of field-aligned precipitation. The MICA sounding rocket (February 2012, Poker Flat Research Range) traveled through irregular precipitation following the passage of a strong westward-travelling surge. Previous modelling of the ionospheric effects of auroral precipitation used a one-dimensional model, TRANSCAR, which had a simplified treatment of electric fields and did not have the benefit of in situ thermal plasma data. This new study uses a new two-dimensional model which self-consistently calculates electric fields to explore both spatial and temporal effects, and compares to thermal plasma observations. A rigorous understanding of the ambient thermal plasma parameters and their effects on the local spacecraft sheath and charging, is required for quantitative interpretation of in situ thermal plasma observations. To complement this TRANSCAR analysis we therefore require a reliable means of interpreting in situ thermal plasma observation. This interpretation depends upon a rigorous plasma sheath model since the ambient ion energy is on the order of the spacecraft's sheath energy. A self-consistent PIC model is used to model the spacecraft sheath, and a test-particle approach then predicts the detector response for a given plasma environment. The model parameters are then modified until agreement is found with the in situ data. We find that for some situations, the thermal plasma parameters are strongly driven by the precipitation at the observation time. For other situations, the previous history of the precipitation at that position can have a stronger

  1. Validation of GRACE electron densities by incoherent scatter radar data and estimation of plasma scale height in the topside ionosphere

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    Xiong, Chao; Lühr, Hermann; Ma, ShuYing; Schlegel, Kristian

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents an effort of using incoherent scatter radar data for validating electron density (Ne) measurements performed by the GRACE satellites from year 2002 to 2012. For adjusting the bias of GRACE Ne data, the observations at high latitudes from EISCAT at Tromsø and Svalbard, as well as two incoherent scatter radars (ISR) at mid- and low latitudes, Millstone Hill and Arecibo, are used. The adjusted GRACE Ne data are further compared with the observations from the four ISRs. For EISCAT observations at Tromsø and Svalbard the comparison results are quite consistent, yielding correlation coefficients as high as 0.92, and an average bias value of about 3 · 1010 m-3 is obtained. For the radars at Millstone Hill and Arecibo the results show excellent agreement, yielding correlation coefficients as high as 0.97 and an average bias of 1 · 1010 m-3. The scale factor of adjusted GRACE Ne data is lower by 1% and 5% compared to Millstone Hill and Arecibo readings, respectively. We consider these differences as within the uncertainty of radar measurements. Using the adjusted GRACE Ne as well as CHAMP observations during four periods of coplanar orbits between 2003 and 2008, the plasma scale heights of the topside ionosphere are determined and further compared with IRI model predictions. We find significantly larger scale heights in particular at middle and high latitudes than expected from IRI. Outstanding are the regions of the mid-latitude electron density trough.

  2. Empirical models for the plasma convection at high latitudes from Millstone Hill observations

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    Holt, J. M.; Wand, R. H.; Evans, J. V.; Oliver, W. L.

    1987-01-01

    Since 1978, radar observations of F region electric fields within the region of Lambda between 55 and 75 deg have been made from Millstone Hill (42.6 deg N, 71.5 deg W). Average convection patterns have been calculated from the ion drift data gathered in 109 of these experiments conducted between January 1978 and August 1981. Most of the experiments lasted between 24 and 48 hours, and over 3,700,000 values of the line-of-sight velocity were determined and included in the averages. The observed velocities were sorted into 'bins' of 1/2-hour intervals of magnetic local time and 2-deg intervals of apex latitude. Each of these cells had been viewed by the radar over a wide range of aspect angles in the course of the 109 experiments, allowing the average vector velocity to be determined. The data were separated further into three levels of Kp, according to whether the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) was 'toward' or 'away' from the sun, and by season. The average patterns are discussed and compared with earlier models based on satellite and incoherent scatter data. There is an expansion and intensification of the pattern with Kp for all seasons and IMF orientations. The polar cap entry and exit points of the plasma, the center of the cells, and the polar cap boundary all depend on the IMF. The Harang discontinuity, which can be seen clearly on individual days, is largely lost in the averages.

  3. Adiabatic Betatron deceleration of ionospheric charged particles: a new explanation for (i) the rapid outflow of ionospheric O ions, and for (ii) the increase of plasma mass density observed in magnetospheric flux tubes during main phases of geomagnetic s

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    Lemaire, Joseph; Pierrard, Viviane; Darrouzet, Fabien

    2013-04-01

    Using European arrays of magnetometers and the cross-phase analysis to determine magnetic field line resonance frequencies, it has been found by Kale et al. (2009) that the plasma mass density within plasmaspheric flux tubes increased rapidly after the SSC of the Hallowe'en 2003 geomagnetic storms. These observations tend to confirm other independent experimental results, suggesting that heavy ion up-flow from the ionosphere is responsible for the observed plasma density increases during main phases of geomagnetic storms. The aim of our contribution is to point out that, during main phases, reversible Betatron effect induced by the increase of the southward Dst-magnetic field component (|Δ Bz|), diminishes slightly the perpendicular kinetic energy (W?) of charged particles spiraling along field lines. Furthermore, due to the conservation of the first adiabatic invariant (μ = Wm/ Bm) the mirror points of all ionospheric ions and electrons are lifted up to higher altitudes i.e. where the mirror point magnetic field (Bm) is slightly smaller. Note that the change of the mirror point altitude is given by: Δ hm = -1/3 (RE + hm) Δ Bm / Bm. It is independent of the ion species and it does not depend of their kinetic energy. The change of kinetic energy is determined by: Δ Wm = Wm Δ Bm / Bm. Both of these equations have been verified numerically by Lemaire et al. (2005; doi: 10.1016/S0273-1177(03)00099-1) using trajectory calculations in a simple time-dependant B-field model: i.e. the Earth's magnetic dipole, plus an increasing southward B-field component: i.e. the Dst magnetic field whose intensity becomes more and more negative during the main phase of magnetic storms. They showed that a variation of Bz (or Dst) by more than - 50 nT significantly increases the mirror point altitudes by more than 100 km which is about equal to scale height of the plasma density in the topside ionosphere where particles are almost collisionless (see Fig. 2 in Lemaire et al., 2005

  4. Early-time plasma expansion characteristics of ionized clouds in the ionosphere

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    Schunk, R. W.; Szuszczewicz, E. P.

    1988-01-01

    A series of Vlasov-Poisson simulations were conducted with barium and lithium gas mixtures expanding into an O(+) background plasma, with the values for the Ba(+)/Li(+) composition ratios and the cloud/background density ratios based on anticipated release values in the upcoming Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES) experiment. The results obtained on the early-time expansion of high-density Ba(+), Li(+), and Ba(+)-Li(+) plasma clouds into low-density O(+) background plasma complement the H(+)-O(+) expansions of Gurevich et al. (1973) and Singh and Schunk (1982, 1983), and the characteristic features observed apply to the very-early-time expansion phase of the CRRES releases.

  5. Characterizing ISS Charging Environments with On-Board Ionospheric Plasma Measurements

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    Minow, Jospeh I.; Craven, Paul D.; Coffey, Victoria N.; Schneider, Todd A.; Vaughn, Jason A.; Wright Jr, Kenneth; Parker, Paul D.; Mikatarian, Ronald R.; Kramer, Leonard; Hartman, William A.; Alred, John W.; Koontz, Steven L.

    2008-01-01

    Charging of the International Space Station (ISS) is dominated by interactions of the biased United States (US) 160 volt solar arrays with the relatively high density, low temperature plasma environment in low Earth orbit. Conducting surfaces on the vehicle structure charge negative relative to the ambient plasma environment because ISS structure is grounded to the negative end of the US solar arrays. Transient charging peaks reaching potentials of some tens of volts negative controlled by photovoltaic array current collection typically occur at orbital sunrise and sunset as well as near orbital noon. In addition, surface potentials across the vehicle structure vary due to an induced v x B (dot) L voltage generated by the high speed motion of the conducting structure across the Earth's magnetic field. Induced voltages in low Earth orbit are typically only approx.0.4 volts/meter but the approx.100 meter scale dimensions of the ISS yield maximum induced potential variations ofapprox.40 volts across the vehicle. Induced voltages are variable due to the orientation of the vehicle structure and orbital velocity vector with respect to the orientation of the Earth's magnetic field along the ISS orbit. In order to address the need to better understand the ISS spacecraft potential and plasma environments, NASA funded development and construction of the Floating Potential Measurement Unit (FPMU) which was deployed on an ISS starboard truss arm in August 2006. The suite of FPMU instruments includes two Langmuir probes, a plasma impedance probe, and a potential probe for use in in-situ monitoring of electron temperatures and densities and the vehicle potential relative to the plasma environment. This presentation will describe the use of the FPMU to better characterize interactions of the ISS with the space environment, changes in ISS charging as the vehicle configuration is modified during ISS construction, and contributions of FPMU vehicle potential and plasma environment

  6. Comment on 'Mapping the dayside ionosphere to the magnetosphere according to particle precipitation characteristics' by Newell and Meng

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    Lockwood, M.; Smith, M. F.

    1993-01-01

    Newell and Meng (1992) present maps of the occurrence probability of various classifications of particle precipitation as seen in the dayside topside ionosphere. It is argued that these are maps of the magnetospheric regions, a contention with which their critics disagree. The latter conclude that, because of convection, any one population of particles seen at low altitudes will have originated from a wide variety of locations, and particle characteristics cannot be mapped back to those in the magnetosphere without detailed knowledge of both the convection and magnetic field. Steplike boundaries between the regions will arise from nonsteady-state conditions and cannot be envisaged as steady-state magnetospheric boundaries between two plasma populations. In their reply Newell and Meng contend that convection does not move plasma from the LLBL into the cusp. Most of the LLBL plasma comes from the magnetosheath, so the direction of plasma transfer is in the other direction.

  7. Characteristics of ionospheric plasma drifts as obtained from Doppler ionosonde measurements at magnetic equator over Indian sector

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    Samireddipalle, Sripathi; Banola, Sridhar; Singh, Ram

    2016-07-01

    We present equatorial plasma drifts over Tirunelveli (8.73°N, 77.70°E; Dip 0.5°N), an equatorial site over Indian region using Doppler interferometry technique of Canadian Advanced Digital Ionosonde (CADI) system. In the Doppler interferometry technique, it is possible to infer three dimensional bulk motion of the scatterers as reflected from the ionosphere at selected frequencies using spaced receivers arranged in mag. east-west, north-south directions. Spectral phases and amplitudes are calculated using FFT to identify the Doppler frequencies and their drifts. This technique produces reliable drifts when sharp refractive index gradients exists which produces higher scattering sources. The vertical drifts so obtained are compared with same drifts from Digisonde at Trivandrum. After having compared with Digisonde drifts, we studied the temporal and seasonal variability of these drifts during quiet periods for the year 2012. It is seen that vertical drifts exhibited equinoctial maximum in the Pre-Reversal-Enhancement (PRE) followed by winter and summer respectively. A comparison of these vertical drifts is made with drifts obtained from (a) virtual height measured at 4 MHz and (b) Fejer drift model. The comparison suggests that Doppler vertical drifts are relatively higher as compared to the drifts obtained from model and virtual height. However, the correlation seems to be good around evening PRE times. The zonal drifts, on the other hand, showed westward drifts during daytime with mean drifts of ~250 m/s, while they are eastward during nighttime with mean drifts of ~150 m/s. These drifts seems to be higher as compared to zonal drifts obtained in the South American sector. However, the zonal drifts so obtained showed good correlation with Equatorial Electrojet (EEJ) strength suggesting zonal drifts are influenced by E region drifts during daytime in agreement with Woodman et al., 2013 paper. The magnitude of these drifts are comparable to other independent

  8. Longitudinal and Seasonal Variations in Nighttime Plasma Temperatures in the Equatorial Topside Ionosphere During Solar Maximum

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    Venkatraman, Sarita; Heelis, Rod

    1999-01-01

    Latitude profiles of the ion and electron temperatures and total ion concentration across the equatorial region near 800 km altitude are routinely obtained from Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft. We have examined these profiles at 2100 hours local time to discover the influences of field-aligned plasma transport induced by F region neutral winds. Such dependencies are readily seen by contrasting observations at different seasons and different longitudes distinguished by different magnetic declinations. These data show strong evidence for adiabatic heating produced by interhemispheric plasma transport. This heating manifests itself as a local temperature maximum that appears in the winter hemisphere during the solstices and is generally absent during equinox. A longitudinal variation in the appearance of this maximum is consistent with the roles of meridional and zonal winds in modulating the field-aligned plasma velocities. The data also show a local temperature minimum near the dip equator. However, it is not so easy to attribute this minimum to adiabatic cooling since transport of plasma from below and the latitude variation in the flux tube content may also produce such a minimum.

  9. Equivalent circuit simulation of cylindrical monopole impedance measurements in ionospheric electron plasma

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    Kiraga, A.

    Several common problems occur in measurement techniques and interpretation of plasma natural emissions and impedance data. Antenna characteristics are of prime importance in equivalent circuit analysis. Spacecraft - plasma interaction contributes to variability of equivalent circuit impedances and e.m.f. components and imposes constrains on usefulness of experimental data. In order to have independent, built in estimate of local plasma frequency and to get deeper insight into properties of equivalent circuit for wave diagnostics, impedance measurement was integrated with radio receivers on the ACTIVE, APEX and CORONAS satellites. Impedance measurements of 7.5m long monopole were performed in frequency range .1-10MHz with the frequency step of 50kHz, in voltage divider configuration. Due to high inclination of 82.5deg and altitude range of 500-3000km, data from very different plasmas were collected. Data can be split into quasi normal, disturbed and very disturbed measurements. Equivalent circuit structure evolved in attempt to m tcha even very disturbed measurements. For quasi normal measurements, satisfactory matching is obtained with computed gyrofrequency fc and fitted plasma frequency fn, stray capacitance Cs and capacitance Cv of phenomenological vacuum sheath. With Balmain formula for monopole impedance in cold magnetoplasma, two basic spectral structures are explained. For sufficiently magnetized plasma (roughly fn/fc<2 if Cs=20pF), circuit parallel resonance frequency Fr falls into upper hybrid band (max(fn,fc),fu), resonance amplitude is reduced by high antenna resistance and horn like absolute maximum points fu. For values of fn/fc ratio, greater then critical, Fr is less than fn and broad absolute maximum at Fr follows from low antenna resistance. Further increase of fn/fc results in increasing lag of Fr behind fn. Critical rati o fn/fc increases with decreasing stray capacitance Cs. It follows from data analysis that stray capacitance may change in

  10. A study of the cleft region using synoptic ionospheric plasma data obtained by the polar orbiting satellites Aeros-B and Isis-2

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    Kist, R.; Klumpar, D.

    1980-01-01

    The concentrations of O(+) and NO(+) in the dayside high-latitude cleft region of the ionosphere are investigated based on synoptic particle and plasma measurements obtained by the polar orbiting Aeros-B and Isis-2 satellites. At a time when the orbital planes of the satellites are almost at right angles to each other, three maxima in ion temperature are observed, with two of them accompanied by an increased electron temperature and electron density irregularities, and the density of the molecular ions NO(+) and O2(+) is found to increase at the expense of O(+) density. Results are discussed in terms of a theory relating perpendicular electric fields to oxygen atom reaction rates. Systematic analysis of the Aeros data base reveals 14 additional instances of O(+) to NO(+) conversion, with a large variety of forms and structures reflecting the complex structure and dynamics of the high-latitude dayside ionosphere.

  11. Electron content of the ionosphere and the plasma sphere on the basis of ATS-6-Data, NNSS-data, and ionograms. [Navy Navigation Satellite System

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    Leitinger, R.; Hartmann, G. K.; Davies, K.

    1976-01-01

    The reported investigation takes into account data obtained with the aid of the geostationary satellite ATS-6, the satellites of the U.S. navy navigation system (NNSS) at an altitude between 900 and 1200 km, and the satellites ISIS 1 and ISIS 2. The altitude range between ground and ATS-6 is divided into two regions, including the 'ionosphere', involving the region with an upper limit of 2000 km, and the 'plasma sphere', involving the region above an altitude of 2000 km. Data concerning the electron content obtained from different sources are compared, taking into account discrepancies between ionogram-derived values and values computed on the basis of satellite measurements. Attention is also given to the vertical electron content of the ionosphere on the basis of a combination of data obtained with the aid of the ATS-6 and the NNSS.

  12. Cross-B convection of artificially created, negative-ion clouds and plasma depressions - Low-speed flow

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    Bernhardt, Paul A.

    1988-01-01

    A negative-ion, positive-ion plasma produced by the release of an electron attachment chemical into the F region becomes electrically polarized by collisions with neutrals moving across magnetic field lines. The resulting electric field causes E x B drift of the two ion species and the residual electrons. The cross-field flow of the modified ionosphere is computed using a two-dimensional numerical simulation which includes electron attachment and mutual neutralization chemistry, self-consistent electric fields, and three-species plasma transport. The velocity of the plasma is initially in the direction of the neutral wind because the negative-ion cloud is a Pedersen conductivity enhancement. As the positive and negative ions react, the Pedersen conductivity becomes depressed below the ambient value and the velocity of the plasma reverses direction. A plasma hole remains after the positive and negative ions have mutually neutralized. The E x B gradient drift instability produces irregularities on the upwind edge of the hole.

  13. Real-Time Ionospheric Plasma Density Estimates in the Polar Cap using Simultaneous Dual Frequency Doppler Measurements at the SuperDARN McMurdo Radar

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    Spaleta, J.; Bristow, W. A.

    2012-12-01

    SuperDARN radars estimate plasma drift velocities from the Doppler shift observed on signals scattered from field-aligned density irregularities. The radars operate in the range of 8 MHz to 20 MHz and have ray paths covering a wide range of elevation angles, in order to maximize the range over which the scattering conditions are satisfied. Upward-propagating electromagnetic signals in this frequency range can be significantly refracted by the ionospheric plasma. The propagation paths of the refracted signals are bent earthward and at some point along this refracted path propagate perpendicular to the local magnetic field and scatter on the field-aligned density irregularities. The refraction results from gradients of the index of refraction in the ionospheric plasma. The index inside the ionosphere is lower than its free-space value, which depresses the measured line of sight velocity relative to the actual velocity of the plasma. One way to account for the depression of the measured velocity is to estimate the index of refraction in the scattering region by making multiple velocities measurements at different operating frequencies. Together with the appropriate plasma dispersion relations, multiple frequency measurements can be used to construct relations for the index of refraction, plasma density and the line of sight velocity correction factor as functions of frequency weighted measured velocity differences. Recent studies have used frequency-switching events spanning many days during traditional SuperDARN radar operation to build a statistical estimate for index of refraction, which is insensitive to the real-time spatial dynamics of the ionosphere. This statistical approach has motivated the development of a new mode of radar operation that provides simultaneous dual frequency measurements in order to resolve the temporal and spatial dynamics of the index of refraction calculations. Newly-developed multi-channel capabilities available in the SuperDARN radar

  14. Mesospheric gravity waves and ionospheric plasma bubbles observed during the COPEX campaign

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    Paulino, I.; Takahashi, H.; Medeiros, A. F.; Wrasse, C. M.; Buriti, R. A.; Sobral, J. H. A.; Gobbi, D.

    2011-07-01

    During the Conjugate Point Experiment (COPEX) campaign performed at Boa Vista (2.80∘N;60.70∘W, dip angle21.7∘N) from October to December 2002, 15 medium-scale gravity waves in the OHNIR airglow images were observed. Using a Keogram image analysis, we estimate their parameters. Most of the waves propagate to Northwest, indicating that their main sources are Southeast of Boa Vista. Quasi-simultaneous plasma bubble activities in the OI 630 nm images were observed in seven cases. The distances between the bubble depletions have a linear relationship with the wavelengths of the gravity waves observed in the mesosphere, which suggests a direct contribution of the mesospheric medium-scale gravity waves in seeding the equatorial plasma bubbles.

  15. In situ measurements of plasma irregularity growth in the cusp ionosphere

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    Oksavik, K.; Moen, J.; Lester, M.; Bekkeng, T. A.; Bekkeng, J. K.

    2012-11-01

    The Investigation of Cusp Irregularities (ICI-2) sounding rocket was launched on 5 December 2008 from Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. The high-resolution rocket data are combined with data from an all-sky camera, the EISCAT Svalbard Radar, and the SuperDARN Hankasalmi radar. These data sets are used to characterize the spatial structure of F region irregularities in the dayside cusp region. We use the data set to test two key mechanisms for irregularity growth; the Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) and gradient drift (GD) instabilities. Except for a promising interval of 4-6 km irregularities, the KH growth rate was found to be too slow to explain the observed plasma irregularities. The time history of the plasma gives further support that structured particle precipitation could be an important source of kilometer- to hectometer-scale “seed” irregularities, which are then efficiently broken down into decameter-scale irregularities by the GD mechanism.

  16. Ion-neutral momentum coupling near discrete high-latitude ionospheric features

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    St-Maurice, J.-P.; Schunk, R. W.

    1981-01-01

    A two-dimensional numerical model is developed to study the momentum coupling between the ionosphere and neutral atmosphere in the vicinity of discrete high-latitude features, such as convection channels and plasma density troughs. Based on generalized magnetohydrodynamic equations the model takes account of global pressure gradients, viscous dissipation, ion drag, the Coriolis force, and electrodynamic drifts. Among the findings of an initial steady state investigation are the following: (1) in convection channels, significant shears and rotations of the thermospheric flow can occur below 200 km if a minimum in the electron density profile is present between the E and F regions; (2) in convection channels, the thermospheric wind decreases with height in the F region owing to the effects of horizontal viscosity; and (3) at low altitudes, the boundaries of convection channels may produce Ekman spirals.

  17. Semiannual and solar activity variations of daytime plasma observed by DEMETER in the ionosphere-plasmasphere transition region

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    Li, L. Y.; Cao, J. B.; Yang, J. Y.; Berthelier, J. J.; Lebreton, J.-P.

    2015-12-01

    Using the plasma data of Detection of Electro-Magnetic Emissions Transmitted from Earthquake Regions (DEMETER) satellite and the NRLMSISE-00 atmospheric model, we examined the semiannual and solar activity variations of the daytime plasma and neutral composition densities in the ionosphere-plasmasphere transition region (~670-710 km). The results demonstrate that the semiannually latitudinal variation of the daytime oxygen ions (O+) is basically controlled by that of neutral atomic oxygen (O), whereas the latitude distributions of the helium and hydrogen ions (He+ and H+) do not fully depend on the neutral atomic helium (He) and hydrogen (H). The summer enhancement of the heavy oxygen ions is consistent with the neutral O enhancement in the summer hemisphere, and the oxygen ion density has significantly the summer-dense and winter-tenuous hemispheric asymmetry with respect to the dip equator. Although the winter enhancements of the lighter He+ and H+ ions are also associated with the neutral He and H enhancements in the winter hemisphere, the high-density light ions (He+ and H+) and electrons (e-) mainly appear at the low and middle magnetic latitudes (|λ| < 50°). The equatorial accumulations of the light plasma species indicate that the light charged particles (He+, H+, and e-) are easily transported by some equatorward forces (e.g., the magnetic mirror force and centrifugal force). The frequent Coulomb collisions between the charged particles probably lead to the particle trappings at different latitudes. Moreover, the neutral composition densities also influence their ion concentrations during different solar activities. From the low-F10.7 year (2007-2008) to the high-F10.7 year (2004-2005), the daytime oxygen ions and electrons increase with the increasing neutral atomic oxygen, whereas the daytime hydrogen ions tend to decrease with the decreasing neutral atomic hydrogen. The helium ion density has no obvious solar activity variation, suggesting that the

  18. Kinetic simulation of plasma flows in the inner magnetosphere

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    Miller, Ronald H.; Rasmussen, Craig E.; Gombosi, Tamas I.; Khazanov, Georgi V.; Winske, Dan

    1993-01-01

    A one-dimensional hybrid particle code is used to study the interactions between upflowing thermal ions from conjugate ionospheres. The simulation model allows for multiple species, convection of plasmaspheric flux tubes, and Coulomb self-collisions which conserve momentum and energy locally. The model incorporates a variable-flux boundary condition where the flux, at the boundaries, approaches zero as the plasmasphere fills and equilibrium conditions are reached. The effects of two important processes on plasmaspheric refilling have been considered. The first includes convection of the plasmaspheric flux tube. The second is the interaction of ionospheric thermal plasma and particle injection from an external source. Particle injection seems to play an important role in the evolution of the total particle distribution on the early timescales (t less than 1 hour); however, for late timescales (t larger than 8 days) the thermal plasma from the ionosphere dominates the particle distribution.

  19. Investigation of Plasma Phenomena in the Ionosphere Under Natural Conditions and Under Conditions Artificially Perturbed by HAARP

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    2008-08-31

    times the ionograms were made for the different foF2 estimates. 2.1.2. GPS Data Sets NWRA operated an Ashtech Z-FX Continuously Operating Reference...matching ionosphere model was obtained. Figure E5 displays the WARF Wide Sweep Backscatter Ionogram (WSBI). Overlain are the leading edges of major...Incidence (VI) and Wide-Sweep Backscatter Ionograms (WSBIs) were collected by WARF to assist in modeling the ionosphere. These were unavailable

  20. Extreme solar EUV flares and ICMEs and resultant extreme ionospheric effects: Comparison of the Halloween 2003 and the Bastille Day events

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    Tsurutani, B. T.; Guarnieri, F. L.; Fuller-Rowell, T.; Mannucci, A. J.; Iijima, B.; Gonzalez, W. D.; Judge, D. L.; Gangopadhyay, P.; Saito, A.; Tsuda, T.; Verkhoglyadova, O. P.; Zambon, G. A.

    2006-06-01

    Extreme solar flares can cause extreme ionospheric effects. The 28 October 2003 flare caused a ~25 total electron content units (TECU = 1016 el/m2 column density), or a ~30%, increase in the local noon equatorial ionospheric column density. The rise in the TEC enhancement occurred in ~5 min. This TEC increase was ~5 times the TEC increases detected for the 29 October and the 4 November 2003 flares and the 14 July 2000 (Bastille Day) flare. In the 260-340 Å EUV wavelength range, the 28 October flare peak count rate was more than twice as large as for the other three flares. Another strong ionospheric effect is the delayed influence of the interplanetary coronal mass ejection (ICME) electric fields on the ionosphere. For the 28 and 29 October flares, the associated ICMEs propagated from the Sun to the Earth at particularly high speeds. The prompt penetration of the interplanetary electric fields (IEFs) caused the dayside near-equatorial ionosphere to be strongly uplifted by E × B convection. Consequential diffusion of the uplifted plasma down the Earth's magnetic field lines to higher magnetic latitudes is a major plasma transport process during these IEF (superstorm) events. Such diffusion should lead to inverted midlatitude ionospheres (oxygen ions at higher altitudes than protons). The energy input into the midlatitude ionospheres by this superfountain phenomenon could lead to local dayside midlatitude disturbance dynamos, features which cannot propagate from the nightside auroral zones.

  1. Electron thermal effect on linear and nonlinear coupled Shukla-Varma and convective cell modes in dust-contaminated magnetoplasma

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    Masood, W.; Mirza, Arshad M.

    2010-11-01

    Linear and nonlinear properties of coupled Shukla-Varma (SV) and convective cell modes in the presence of electron thermal effects are studied in a nonuniform magnetoplasma composed of electrons, ions, and extremely massive and negatively charged immobile dust grains. In the linear case, the modified dispersion relation is given and, in the nonlinear case, stationary solutions of the nonlinear equations that govern the dynamics of coupled SV and convective cell modes are obtained. It is found that electrostatic dipolar and vortex street type solutions can appear in such a plasma. The relevance of the present investigation with regard to the Earth's mesosphere as well as in ionospheric plasmas is also pointed out.

  2. Comparative ionospheres

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    Cravens, T.

    2003-04-01

    Ionospheres are created as a consequence of the ionization of the neutral atoms and molecules in a planet’s upper atmosphere either by solar radiation or by fast charged particles. Ionospheres have been detected at all the planets except for Mercury and Pluto, either remotely or by in situ instruments. Active comets have ionospheres as do many planetary satellites, including Io, Europa, Ganymede, Titan, and Triton. A comparative review of ionospheres throughout the solar system will be given in this paper. Observations and theoretical models will be included in the review.

  3. A Modeling Study of the Latitudinal Variations in the Nighttime Plasma Temperatures of the Equatorial Topside Ionosphere During Northern Winter at Solar Maximum

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    Bailey, G. J.; Denton, M. H.; Heelis, R. A.; Venkatraman, S.

    2000-01-01

    Latitudinal variations in the nighttime plasma temperatures of the equatorial topside ionosphere during northern winter at solar maximum have been examined by using values modelled by SUPIM (Sheffield University Plasmasphere Ionosphere Model) and observations made by the DMSP F10 satellite at 21.00 LT near 800 km altitude. The modelled values confirm that the crests observed near 15 deg latitude in the winter hemisphere are due to adiabatic heating and the troughs observed near the magnetic equator are due to adiabatic cooling as plasma is transported along the magnetic field lines from the summer hemisphere to the winter hemisphere. The modelled values also confirm that the interhemispheric plasma transport needed to produce the required adiabatic heating/cooling can be induced by F-region neutral winds. It is shown that the longitudinal variations in the observed troughs and crests arise mainly from the longitudinal variations in the magnetic meridional wind. At longitudes where the magnetic declination angle is positive the eastward geographic zonal wind combines with the northward (summer hemisphere to winter hemisphere) geographic meridional wind to enhance the northward magnetic meridional wind. This leads to deeper troughs and enhanced crests. At longitudes where the magnetic declination angle is negative the eastward geographic zonal wind opposes the northward geographic meridional wind and the trough depth and crest values are reduced. The characteristic features of the troughs and crests depend, in a complicated manner, on the field-aligned flow of plasma, thermal conduction, and inter-gas heat transfer. At the latitudes of the troughs/crests, the low/high plasma temperatures lead to increased/decreased plasma concentrations.

  4. Radar soundings of the ionosphere of Mars.

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    Gurnett, D A; Kirchner, D L; Huff, R L; Morgan, D D; Persoon, A M; Averkamp, T F; Duru, F; Nielsen, E; Safaeinili, A; Plaut, J J; Picardi, G

    2005-12-23

    We report the first radar soundings of the ionosphere of Mars with the MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding) instrument on board the orbiting Mars Express spacecraft. Several types of ionospheric echoes are observed, ranging from vertical echoes caused by specular reflection from the horizontally stratified ionosphere to a wide variety of oblique and diffuse echoes. The oblique echoes are believed to arise mainly from ionospheric structures associated with the complex crustal magnetic fields of Mars. Echoes at the electron plasma frequency and the cyclotron period also provide measurements of the local electron density and magnetic field strength.

  5. Dissociative Recombination of FeO(+) with Electrons: Implications for Plasma Layers in the Ionosphere.

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    Bones, D L; Plane, J M C; Feng, W

    2016-03-10

    The dissociative recombination (DR) of FeO(+) ions with electrons has been studied in a flowing afterglow reactor. FeO(+) was generated by the pulsed laser ablation of a solid Fe target, and then entrained in an Ar(+) ion/electron plasma where the absolute electron density was measured using a Langmuir probe. A kinetic model describing gas-phase chemistry and diffusion to the reactor walls was fitted to the experimental data, yielding a DR rate coefficient at 298 K of k(FeO(+) + e(-)) = (5.5 ± 1.0) × 10(-7) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1), where the quoted uncertainty is at the 2σ level. Fe(+) ions in the lower thermosphere are oxidized by O3 to FeO(+), and this DR reaction is shown to provide a more important route for neutralizing Fe(+) below 110 km than the radiative/dielectronic recombination of Fe(+) with electrons. The experimental system was first validated by measuring two other DR reaction rate coefficients: k(O2(+) + e(-)) = (2.0 ± 0.4) × 10(-7) and k(N2O(+) + e(-)) = (3.3 ± 0.8) × 10(-7) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1), which are in good agreement with the recent literature.

  6. Waves generated in the vicinity of an argon plasma gun in the ionosphere

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    Cahill, L. J., Jr.; Arnoldy, R. L.; Lysak, R. L.; Peria, W.; Lynch, K. A.

    1993-01-01

    Wave and particle observations were made in the close vicinity of an argon plasma gun carned to over 600 km altitude on a sounding rocket. The gun was carned on a subpayload, separated from the main payload early in the flight. Twelve-second argon ion ejections were energized alternately with a peak energy of 100 or 200 eV. They produced waves, with multiple harmonics, in the range of ion cyclotron waves, 10 to 1000 Hz at rocket altitudes. Many of these waves could not be identified as corresponding to the cyclotron frequencies of any of the ions, argon or ambient, known to be present. In addition, the wave frequencies were observed to rise and fall and to change abruptly during a 12-s gun operation. The wave amplitudes, near a few hundred Hertz, were of the order of O. 1 V/m. Some of the waves may be ion-ion hybrid waves. Changes in ion populations were observed at the main payload and at the subpayload during gun operations. A gun-related, field-aligned, electron population also appeared.

  7. Assessing Locations of Energy Transfer/Deposit in the Ionosphere-Thermosphere System

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    Tu, J.; Song, P.

    2014-12-01

    It has long been believed that most of energy transferred from the magnetosphere and deposited in the ionosphere-thermosphere system occurs in the auroral zone, the region of strong field-aligned current density. Recent observations of the Poynting flux to the ionosphere and theoretical investigations of the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling show that the strongest energy transfer may be in the polar cap proper where the plasma flow speed is high and not where the flow reverses. This implies that the field-aligned current is not the primary agent of the energy transfer into the ionosphere-thermosphere system and that other physical progresses are at play. Recent simulation studies using an inductive-dynamic approach (including self-consistent solutions of Faraday's law and retaining inertia terms in the ion momentum equations) on the magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling indicate that the energy transfer is through Alfven waves propagating to the ionosphere/thermosphere and the energy deposition is via the frictional heating caused by relative motion between ions and neutrals. In this study we assess the locations of the energy transfer and deposition by employing a self-consistent inductive-dynamic ionosphere-thermosphere model. In a 2-D numerical simulation (dawn-dusk meridian plane), we solve the continuity, momentum, and energy equations for multiple species of ions and neutrals including photochemistry and Maxwell's equations. By simulating responses of the ionosphere-thermosphere system to enhanced magnetosphere convection, we show that the strongest energy transfer occurs in the polar cap proper instead of the auroral zone.

  8. Kinetic and thermodynamic properties of a convecting plasma in a two-dimensional dipole field

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    Huang, T. S.; Birmingham, T. J.

    1994-01-01

    Charged particle guiding center motion is considered in the magnetic field of a two-dimensional ('line') dipole on which is superimposed a small, static, perpendicular electric field. The parallel equation of motion is that of a simple harmonic oscillator for cos theta, the cosine of magnetic colatitude theta. Equations for the perpendicular electric and magnetic drifts are derived as well as their bounce-averaged forms. The latter are solved to yield a bounce-averaged guiding center trajectory, which is the same as that obtained from conversation of magnetic moment mu, longitudinal invariant J, and total (kinetic plus electrostatic) energy K. The algebraic simplicity of the trajectory equations is also manifest in the forms of the invariants. An interesting result is that guiding centers drift in such a way that they preserve the values of their equatorial pitch angles and (equivalently) mirror latitudes. The most general Maxwellian form of the equilibrium one-particle distribution function f is constructed from the invariants, and spatially varying density and pressure moments, parallel and perpendicular to the magnetic field, are identified. Much of the paper deals with the more restricted problem in which f is specified as a bi-Maxwellian over a straight line of finite length in the equatorial plane of the dipole and perpendicular to field lines. This might be thought of as specifying a cross-tail ion injection source; our formalism then describes the subsequent spatial development. The distribution away from the source is a scaled bi-Maxwellian but one that is cut off at large and small kinetic energies, which depend on position. Density and pressure components are reduced from the values they would have if the total content of individual flux tubes convected intact. The equatorial and meridional variations of density and pressure components are examined and compared systematically for the isotropic and highly anisotropic situations. There appears to be little

  9. Magnetospheric Convection near a Drainage Plume

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    Lin, Chin S.; Yeh, Huey-Ching; Sandel, Bill R.; Goldstein, J.; Rich, Frederick J.; Burke, William J.; Foster, J. C.

    2007-05-01

    We report on equatorial convection associated with a plasmaspheric drainage plume using simultaneous observations from five satellites. During the early recovery phase of the July 2000 Bastille Day magnetic storm, the Extreme Ultraviolet sensor on the Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration satellite detected the plume near 16:00-17:00 magnetic local time extending outward to L ≈ 2.8. The plasmaspheric boundary was near L = 2 at other local times. We mapped simultaneously measured ionospheric plasma drifts from ROCSAT-1 and three Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft along magnetic field lines to infer equatorial convection velocities in the inner magnetosphere. The zonal component of convection derived from ROCSAT-1 ion-drift measurements had a sharp, positive azimuthal gradient near the plume's boundaries, reversing direction from westward to eastward. The meridional profile of horizontal velocities deduced from DMSP measurements shows a large, westward-flowing subauroral polarization stream (SAPS) located outside the plasmapause. The peak velocity of the SAPS centered at a radial distance of L ≈ 2.8 with a full width of ˜1 RE. In the inertial frame of reference, equatorial plasmas flowed toward the plume from both its day and evening sides, suggesting a negative gradient in the equatorial azimuthal velocity that was largest near the plume's outermost boundary. These observations provide new evidence about diversion of SAPS plasma flows and distinctive azimuthal velocity patterns in the vicinity of plasmaspheric plumes.

  10. Momentum, heat, and neutral mass transport in convective atmospheric pressure plasma-liquid systems and implications for aqueous targets

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    Lindsay, Alexander; Anderson, Carly; Slikboer, Elmar; Shannon, Steven; Graves, David

    2015-10-01

    There is a growing interest in the study of plasma-liquid interactions with application to biomedicine, chemical disinfection, agriculture, and other fields. This work models the momentum, heat, and neutral species mass transfer between gas and aqueous phases in the context of a streamer discharge; the qualitative conclusions are generally applicable to plasma-liquid systems. The problem domain is discretized using the finite element method. The most interesting and relevant model result for application purposes is the steep gradients in reactive species at the interface. At the center of where the reactive gas stream impinges on the water surface, the aqueous concentrations of OH and ONOOH decrease by roughly 9 and 4 orders of magnitude respectively within 50 μ m of the interface. Recognizing the limited penetration of reactive plasma species into the aqueous phase is critical to discussions about the therapeutic mechanisms for direct plasma treatment of biological solutions. Other interesting results from this study include the presence of a 10 K temperature drop in the gas boundary layer adjacent to the interface that arises from convective cooling. Though the temperature magnitudes may vary among atmospheric discharge types (different amounts of plasma-gas heating), this relative difference between gas and liquid bulk temperatures is expected to be present for any system in which convection is significant. Accounting for the resulting difference between gas and liquid bulk temperatures has a significant impact on reaction kinetics; factor of two changes in terminal aqueous species concentrations like H2O2, NO2- , and NO3- are observed in this study if the effect of evaporative cooling is not included.

  11. Venus ionosphere: photochemical and thermal diffusion control of ion composition.

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    Bauer, S J; Donahue, T M; Hartle, R E; Taylor, H A

    1979-07-06

    The major photochemical sources and sinks for ten of the ions measured by the ion mass spectrometer on the Pioneer Venus bus and orbiter spacecraft that are consistent with the neutral gas composition measured on the same spacecraft have been identified. The neutral gas temperature (Tn) as a function of solar zenith angle (chi) derived from measured ion distributions in photochemical equilibrium is given by Tn (K) = 323 cos(1/5)chi. Above 200 kilometers, the altitude behavior of ions is generally controlled by plasma diffusion, with important modifications for minor ions due to thermal diffusion resulting from the observed gradients of plasma temperatures. The dayside equilibrium distributions of ions are sometimes perturbed by plasma convection, while lateral transport of ions from the dayside seems to be a major source of the nightside ionosphere.

  12. 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.

  13. Multi-instrument investigation of troposphere-ionosphere coupling through gravity waves and the role of gravity waves in the formation of equatorial plasma bubbles (EPBs)

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    Sivakandan, Mani; Patra, Amit; Sripathi, Samireddipelle; Thokuluwa, Ramkumar; Paulino, Igo; Taori, Alok; Kandula, Niranjan

    2016-07-01

    Equatorial plasma bubble (EPB) occurs in the equatorial ionosphere in pre-mid night (most of the time) as well as post-midnight (rarely) hours. The generation of EPBs by Rayleigh-Taylor Instability (RTI) due to seeding of gravity wave perturbation (polarization electric field) have well been explained theoretically by several authors but experimental evidence supporting this hypothesis is very limited. Using co-located observations from Gadanki (13.5oN, 79.2o E) using an all sky airglow imager and Gadanki Ionospheric Radar Interferometer (GIRI) and Ionosonde observations from Tirunelveli (8.7o N, 77.8o E), we investigate the role of gravity waves in the generation EPB during geomagnetic quiet conditions. To avoid any changes occurring in the background ionosphere owing to the large scale features (e.g., seasonal variation), we use four consecutive nights (03-06, February, 2014). Out of these four nights on two nights we have noted very strong plasma depletions in the OI 630 nm airglow emission and radar plumes. We analyse data to identify cases where, 1) EPBs occurred with large amplitudes of mesospheric gravity waves, 2) Occurrence of EPBs without large amplitudes of mesospheric gravity waves, and 3) identifiable mesospheric gravity waves without occurrence of EPBs. In order to calculate the mesospheric gravity wave parameter we used mesospheric OH airglow emission imager data, to identify their propagation to the E-region, we used E-region observations made using the MST radar which resembled the gravity wave signatures. Together with these, by using ray tracing techniques, we have identified the source region of the noted gravity wave events also. These results are discussed in detail in the present study.

  14. CRRES and DMSP Observations of Wave and Plasma Disturbances Associated with the Stormtime Ring Current in the Plasmasphere and Topside Ionosphere

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    Mishin, E. V.; Burke, W. J.

    2004-12-01

    We report on wave and plasma disturbances observed by Combined Release and Radiation Effects (CRRES) and Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellites during the magnetic storm of June 5, 1991 in the region of ring current/plasmasphere overlap and the conjugate topside ionosphere During three ring current nose encounters near L = 2.4, the plasmasphere was highly-structured. A rich variety of wave phenomena were observed simultaneous with enhanced fluxes of low-energy (< ˜ 1 keV) electrons and ions, indicating the wave heating/acceleration source. Earthward of the plasma sheet boundary, which was near L = 5.5, wave-like structures in the dawn-to-dusk electric field with spatial wave-lengths from about 300 to 1000 km and magnitudes of ~1-3 mV/m were apparent. Mapped to ionospheric altitudes, these fields should produce broad irregular SAPS with average sunward velocities ~ 1 km/s. At about the same time DMSP F8, F9, and F10 indeed observed highly-structured SAPS in the topside ionosphere coincident with precipitating ring current ions, enhanced fluxes of suprathermal electrons and ions, elevated electron temperatures, and deep highly-irregular density troughs. Overall, these events represent the so-called strong wave-SAPS phenomenon [Mishin et al., JGR (2003), 108, 1309, 10.1029/2002JA009793]. Their importance for Space Weather is indicated by strong GPS phase and amplitude scintillations observed over the continental US [Basu et al., JGR, 106, 30389, 2001; Ledvina et al., GRL, 29, 10.1029/2002GL014770] coincident with similar events.

  15. Polar BEAR ionospheric experiments - a pre-launch overview. Technical report, 1 March-31 October 1985

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    Fremouw, E.J.

    1986-05-09

    Polar BEAR (Polar BEacon and Auroral Research) will carry three ionospheric experiments: (1) a beacon functionally identical to that on HiLat, (2) a three-axis vector magnetometer for detecting the satellite's attitude, and (3) an improved imager, the Auroral/Ionospheric Remote Sensor (AIRS). In addition to providing images of the aurorae and airglow at four visual and vacuum-ultraviolet wavelengths, AIRS will function as an ultraviolet spectrophotometer. Using AIRS in its imaging mode and receiving stations it will be possible to obtain images of essentially the entire auroral oval in broad daylight as well as in darkness. Polar BEAR is scheduled for launch into a nearly circular orbit near 1000-km altitude and 82 inclination. That orbit will afford a broad view for AIRS and many opportunities for coordinated observations of (1) scintillation using the beacons on both HiLat and Polar BEAR, (2) major current systems flowing between the ionosphere and magnetosphere using the magnetometers on both satellites, and (3) energetic electron precipitation and ambient plasma convection at 800 km altitude as recorded with HiLat's electron spectrometer and thermal-plasma monitor. These observations should contribute to further understanding of plasma instrumental to the development of density irregularities in the highly dynamic high-latitude ionosphere.

  16. 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

  17. A method for determining the drift velocity of plasma depletions in the equatorial ionosphere using far-ultraviolet spacecraft observations: initial results

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    England, S. L.; Immel, T. J.; Park, S. H.; Frey, H. U.; Mende, S. B.

    2007-12-01

    The Far-Ultraviolet Imager (IMAGE-FUV) on-board the NASA IMAGE satellite has been used to observe plasma depletions in the nightside equatorial ionosphere. Observations from periods around spacecraft apogee, during which equatorial regions are visible for several hours, have allowed the velocity of these plasma depletions to be determined. A new method for determining the velocity of these depletions using an image analysis technique, Tracking Of Airglow Depletions (TOAD), has been developed. TOAD allows the objective identification and tracking of depletions. The automation of this process has also allowed for the tracking of a greater number of depletions than previously achieved without requiring any human input, which shows that TOAD is suitable for use with large data sets and for future routine monitoring of the ionosphere from space. Furthermore, this allows the drift velocities of each depletion to be determined as a function of magnetic latitude as well as local time. Previous ground-based airglow observations from a small number of locations have indicated that the drift velocities of depletions may vary rapidly with magnetic latitude. Here we shall present the first results from TOAD of this shear in drift velocities from our global sample of depletion drift velocities.

  18. Impact of ns-DBD plasma actuation on the boundary layer transition using convective heat transfer measurements

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    Ullmer, Dirk; Peschke, Philip; Terzis, Alexandros; Ott, Peter; Weigand, Bernhard

    2015-09-01

    This paper demonstrates that the impact of nanosecond pulsed dielectric barrier discharge (ns-DBD) actuators on the structure of the boundary layer can be investigated using quantitative convective heat transfer measurements. For the experiments, the flow over a flat plate with a C4 leading edge thickness distribution was examined at low speed incompressible flow (6.6-11.5 m s-1). An ns-DBD plasma actuator was mounted 5 mm downstream of the leading edge and several experiments were conducted giving particular emphasis on the effect of actuation frequency and the freestream velocity. Local heat transfer distributions were measured using the transient liquid crystal technique with and without plasma activated. As a result, any effect of plasma on the structure of the boundary layer is interpreted by local heat transfer coefficient distributions which are compared with laminar and turbulent boundary layer correlations. The heat transfer results, which are also confirmed by hot-wire measurements, show the considerable effect of the actuation frequency on the location of the transition point elucidating that liquid crystal thermography is a promising method for investigating plasma-flow interactions very close to the wall. Additionally, the hot-wire measurements indicate possible velocity oscillations in the near wall flow due to plasma activation.

  19. Bands of ions and angular V's - A conjugate manifestation of ionospheric ion acceleration

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    Winningham, J. D.; Burch, J. L.; Frahm, R. A.

    1984-01-01

    Data from the hot plasma instruments on Dynamics Explorer 1 and 2 spacecraft have been used to study the injection, drift, and subsequent precipitation of suprathermal positive ions in the auroral zone. The observation at both high and low altitudes of electron inverted 'V' events in the boundary plasma sheet (BPS) and of ion 'bands' (energy decreasing with decreasing latitude) in the adjacent central plasma sheet (CPS) leads to the following ion injection model: upward-moving energetic ion beams are injected onto BPS magnetic field lines by the electrostatic potential drops associated with electron inverted V's. As the ion beams move toward the equator and into the conjugate hemisphere they are convected to lower latitudes and into the CPS. The energy-latitude dependence of the ion bands, coupled with concurrent ion convection measurements, indicate that the ion distributions are primarily O(+), in agreement with their postulated ionospheric source.

  20. LOFAR as an ionospheric probe

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    Gaussiran, T. L., II; Bust, G. S.; Garner, T. W.

    2004-12-01

    At the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR)(Planet. Space Sci. (2004) these proceedings) frequencies (HF/VHF), extraterrestrial radiation experiences substantial propagation delay as it passes through the ionosphere. The adaptive calibration technique to be employed by LOFAR will use signals from many known bright radio sources in the sky to estimate and remove the effects of this delay. This technique will operate along many simultaneous lines of sight for each of the stations. Measurements will be made on time scales of seconds or shorter, and with accuracies corresponding to path length variations of 1 cm or less. Tomographic techniques can be used to invert the thousands of changing and independent total electron content (TEC) measurements produced by LOFAR into three-dimensional electron density specifications above the array. These specifications will measure spatial and time scales significantly smaller and faster than anything currently available. These specifications will be used to investigate small-scale ionospheric irregularities, equatorial plasma structures, and ionospheric waves. In addition, LOFAR will improve the understanding of the solar drivers of the ionosphere by simultaneously measuring the solar radio bursts and the TEC. Finally, LOFAR, which will be situated to observed the galactic plane, will make continuous, high-resolution observations of the low-latitude ionosphere, an important but under-observed region. This paper will look at LOFAR as an ionospheric probe including comparisons to other ionospheric probes as well as possible methods of operation to optimize ionospheric measurements.

  1. Characterising the Ionosphere (La caracterisation de l’ionosphere)

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    2009-01-01

    Conclusions: Space weather storms have induced power cuts in the U.S.A., Europe and South Africa. Such events demand a regional and global risk analysis , a...region in particular. By the same token, the ionospheric plasma can escape to space (polar wind and auroral bulk upflows of ions with energy of a...ionospheric currents to which they connect. While most of the energy dissipated though Joule heating is associated with the large scale slowly varying

  2. Sounding rockets explore the ionosphere

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    Mendillo, M. )

    1990-08-01

    It is suggested that small, expendable, solid-fuel rockets used to explore ionospheric plasma can offer insight into all the processes and complexities common to space plasma. NASA's sounding rocket program for ionospheric research focuses on the flight of instruments to measure parameters governing the natural state of the ionosphere. Parameters include input functions, such as photons, particles, and composition of the neutral atmosphere; resultant structures, such as electron and ion densities, temperatures and drifts; and emerging signals such as photons and electric and magnetic fields. Systematic study of the aurora is also conducted by these rockets, allowing sampling at relatively high spatial and temporal rates as well as investigation of parameters, such as energetic particle fluxes, not accessible to ground based systems. Recent active experiments in the ionosphere are discussed, and future sounding rocket missions are cited.

  3. Ionosphere of venus: first observations of the effects of dynamics on the dayside ion composition.

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    Taylor, H A; Brinton, H C; Bauer, S J; Hartle, R E; Cloutier, P A; Michel, F C; Daniell, R E; Donahue, T M; Maehl, R C

    1979-02-23

    Bennett radio-frequency ion mass spectrometers have returned the first in situ measurements of the Venus dayside ion composition, including evidence of pronounced structural variability resulting from a dynamic interaction with the solar wind. The ionospheric envelope, dominated above 200 kilometers by O(+), responds dramatically to variations in the solar wind pressure, Which is observed to compress the thermal ion distributions from heights as great as 1800 kilometers inward to 280 kilometers. At the thermal ion boundary, or ionopause, the ambient ions are swept away by the solar wind, such that a zone of accelerated suprathermnal plasma is encountered. At higher altitudes, extending outward on some orbits for thousands of kilometers to the bows shock, energetic ion currents are detected, apparently originating from the shocked solar wind plasma. Within the ionosphere, observations of pass-to-pass differences in the ion scale heights are indicative of the effects of ion convection stimlulated by the solar wind interaction.

  4. Ion densities in Titan's ionosphere, multi-instrument case study

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    Shebanits, O.; Wahlund, J.-E.; Edberg, N. J. T.; Crary, F. J.; Wellbrock, A.; Coates, A. J.; Andrews, D. J.; Vigren, E.; Mandt, K. E.; Waite, J. H., Jr.

    2015-10-01

    The Cassini s/c in-situ plasma measurements of Titan's ionosphere by Radio and Plasma Wave Science (RPWS) Langmuir Probe (LP), Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) Electron (ELS) and Ion Beam (IBS) are combined for selected flybys (T16, T29, T40& T56) to further constrain plasma parameters of ionosphere at altitudes 880-1400 km.

  5. Persistent Longitudinal Variations of Plasma Density and DC Electric Fields in the Low Latitude Ionosphere Observed with Probes on the C/NOFS Satellite

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    Pfaff, R.; Freudenreich, H.; Klenzing, J.; Rowland, D.; Liebrecht, C.; Bromund, K.; Roddy, P.

    2010-01-01

    Continuous measurements using in situ probes on consecutive orbits of the C/N0FS satellite reveal that the plasma density is persistently organized by longitude, in both day and night conditions and at all locations within the satellite orbit, defined by its perigee and apogee of 401 km and 867 km, respectively, and its inclination of 13 degrees. Typical variations are a factor of 2 or 3 compared to mean values. Furthermore, simultaneous observations of DC electric fields and their associated E x B drifts in the low latitude ionosphere also reveal that their amplitudes are also strongly organized by longitude in a similar fashion. The drift variations with longitude are particularly pronounced in the meridional component perpendicular to the magnetic field although they are also present in the zonal component as well. The longitudes of the peak meridional drift and density values are significantly out of phase with respect to each other. Time constants for the plasma accumulation at higher altitudes with respect to the vertical drift velocity must be taken into account in order to properly interpret the detailed comparisons of the phase relationship of the plasma density and plasma velocity variations. Although for a given period corresponding to that of several days, typically one longitude region dominates the structuring of the plasma density and plasma drift data, there is also evidence for variations organized about multiple longitudes at the same time. Statistical averages will be shown that suggest a tidal "wave 4" structuring is present in both the plasma drift and plasma density data. We interpret the apparent association of the modulation of the E x B drifts with longitude as well as that of the ambient plasma density as a manifestation of tidal forces at work in the low latitude upper atmosphere. The observations demonstrate how the high duty cycle of the C/NOFS observations and its unique orbit expose fundamental processes at work in the low latitude

  6. A Review of Ionospheric Scintillation Models.

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    Priyadarshi, S

    This is a general review of the existing climatological models of ionospheric radio scintillation for high and equatorial latitudes. Trans-ionospheric communication of radio waves from transmitter to user is affected by the ionosphere which is highly variable and dynamic in both time and space. Scintillation is the term given to irregular amplitude and phase fluctuations of the received signals and related to the electron density irregularities in the ionosphere. Key sources of ionospheric irregularities are plasma instabilities; every irregularities model is based on the theory of radio wave propagation in random media. It is important to understand scintillation phenomena and the approach of different theories. Therefore, we have briefly discussed the theories that are used to interpret ionospheric scintillation data. The global morphology of ionospheric scintillation is also discussed briefly. The most important (in our opinion) analytical and physical models of scintillation are reviewed here.

  7. Magnetospheric convection strength inferred from inner edge of the electron plasma sheet and its relation to the polar cap potential drop

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    Jiang, F.; Kivelson, M. G.; Walker, R. J.; Khurana, K. K.; Angelopoulos, V.

    2010-12-01

    The sharp inner edge of the nightside electron plasma sheet observed by the THEMIS spacecraft is shown to provide a measure of the effective convection strength that transports plasma sheet plasma into the inner magnetosphere. The effective convection strength is characterized by the difference of potential between the magnetopause terminators at dawn and at dusk. We have surveyed inner boundary crossings of the electron plasma sheet measured by three THEMIS probes on orbits from Nov. 2007 to Apr. 2009. The values of the convection electric potential are inferred from the locations of the inner edge for different energy channels using a steady-state drift boundary model with a dipole magnetic field and a Volland-Stern electric field. When plotted against the solar wind electric field ( ), the convection electric potential is found to have a quasi-linear relationship with the driving solar wind electric field for the range of values tested (meaningful statistics only for Esw < 1.5 mV/m). Reasonably good agreement is found between the convection electric potential and the polar-cap potential drop calculated from model of Boyle et al. [1997] when the degree of shielding in the Volland-Stern potential is selected as gamma=1.5.

  8. Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling During the June 22-24, 2015 Magnetic Storm

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    Sazykin, S. Y.; Coffey, V. N.; Reiff, P. H.; Chandler, M. O.; Minow, J. I.; Huba, J.; Anderson, B. J.; Wolf, R.; Hairston, M. R.; Gershman, D. J.

    2015-12-01

    The magnetic storm that commenced on June 22, 2015 was one of the largest storms in the current solar cycle. During this event, ionospheric density measurements from the Floating Potential Measurement Unit (FPMU) on board the International Space Station (ISS) show dramatic depletions in the post-sunset (nighttime) local time sector at equatorial latitudes starting in the main phase of the storm and persisting on several subsequent orbits. Near the same time, the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) Fast Plasma Investigation (FPI) instrument suite data show ion and electron particle flux dropouts coincident in time with the density depletions seen in the ISS data. Both phenomena seem to follow northward turnings of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) z-component. We present simulations of this event with the SAMI3-RCM numerical model, which is a coupled ionosphere-magnetosphere model with self-consistent large-scale electrodynamics. We will investigate the role of transient changes in the global convection electric field driven by variations in the IMF Bz in connection with observations of the ionospheric depletions. Simulation results will be compared to the ISS FPMU densities, AMPERE Birkeland currents, DMSP ion drift velocities, MMS FPI particle data, as well as the location of the auroral oval and other available multi-instrument observations, in an attempt to understand the details of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling during this event and characterize the fidelity of the simulation electrodynamic inputs to the ionosphere model.

  9. Plasma structuring by the gradient drift instability at high latitudes and comparison with velocity shear driven processes

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    Basu, Sunanda; Mackenzie, E.; Basu, S.; Coley, W. R.; Sharber, J. R.; Hoegy, W. R.

    1990-01-01

    Using results of the in situ measurements made by the DE 2 satellite, the nature of plasma structuring at high latitudes, caused by the gradient drift instability process, is described. Using noon-midnight and dawn-dusk orbits of the DE 2 satellite, it was possible to examine the simultaneous density and electric field spectra of convecting large-scale plasma density enhancements in the polar cap known as 'patches', in directions parallel and perpendicular to their antisunward convection. The results provide evidence for the existence of at least two generic classes of instabilities operating in the high-latitude ionosphere: one driven by large-scale density gradients in a homogeneous convection field with respect to the neutrals, and the other driven by the structured convection field itself in an ambient ionosphere where density fluctuations are ubiquitous.

  10. ESPERIA: an Equatorial Magnetic, Plasma and Particle Mission for Monitoring Perturbations in the Topside Ionosphere and for Defining the Near-Earth Magnetic Environment.

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    Sgrigna, V.; Console, R.; Buzzi, A.; Conti, L.; Galper, A. M.; Malvezzi, V.; Parrot, M.; Picozza, P.; Scrimaglio, R.; Spillantini, P.; Zilpimiani, D.

    2004-05-01

    ESPERIA is an equatorial space mission planned with a LEO small-satellite and a multi-instrument payload. The project has been ideally conceived to define the near-Earth electromagnetic, plasma, and particle environment, both in steady-state and perturbed-state conditions. In recent times has been observed that either Earth's interior processes or near-Earth space phenomena have a privileged and sensitive zone of investigation constituted by the ionosphere-magnetosphere transition region, at altitudes ranging around 500 / 1000 km. In fact, sun and cosmic rays as well as, seismic, anthropogenic and thunderstorm activities, influence the structure and dynamics of the zone. These external and internal contributions play an important role in defining the particle and electromagnetic field character of the region, both in steady-state and perturbed-state conditions. So, a suitable monitoring of the topside ionosphere may give an help in studying many important physical phenomena as pre-earthquake and anthropogenic electromagnetic emissions, solar wind and flares, as well as in mapping the geomagnetic field. Concerning the Earth's magnetic field mapping, ESPERIA can be seen as an equatorial coordinated and simultaneous complement to polar missions, like SWARM. The first step in realizing the project was an opportunity given by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) for a Phase A Study, concerned with detecting any tectonic and preseismic related signals, and studying seismo-associated perturbations and instabilities in the topside ionosphere. The study has been performed by an International Consortium lead by the University Roma Tre, and the ESPERIA Phase A report is now available. The ASI constrains restricted the scientific objectives of the above-mentioned ideally conceived project, but recent contacts with other missions and science teams give indications to reconcile the project to its original aims.

  11. Ionosphere research

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    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.

  12. Ionospheric research

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    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.

  13. On the Symmetry of Ionospheric Polar Cap Patch Exits Around Magnetic Midnight

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    Moen, J. I.; Hosokawa, K.; Gulbrandsen, N.; Clausen, L.

    2014-12-01

    We present continuous observations of polar cap patches exiting the polar cap ionosphere into the night time auoral oval. Satellite images of the auroral oval and all-sky camera observations of 630.0 nm airglow patches superimposed onto SuperDARN convection maps, reveals a detailed picture on how patches exiting the polar cap and return to the dayside at night, on both the dusk convection cell and the dawn convection cell. We also present eight years of statistics demonstrating that the MLT distribution of patch exits are marginally affected by the IMF BY polarity 3-4 hours around midnight. Synthesizing our observations with previous results there are two, possibly related, explanations to why patches populate both convection cells almost symmetrically. i) Intake of patch material occur on both convection cells for both IMF BY polarities. ii) According to the patch formation model by Lockwood and Carlson et al. [1992] the excitation of flow associated with transient dayside reconnection produces cigar-shaped patches stretching across both the morning and the evening convection cells. Applying the dynamic polar cap flow model by Cowley and Lockwood [1992], we suggest that dawn-dusk elongated patches may be torn apart at night when they are grabbed by transient tail reconnection. The associated twin cell flow disturbance expanding from the reconnection region will divert plasma towards dawn and dusk. This may explain the observed exits on both convection cells.

  14. Bimodal Solar Wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling

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    Siscoe, G.

    2005-05-01

    Regarding its coupling to the solar wind, the magnetosphere-ionosphere system appears to be schizophrenic. That is, it seems to manifest two modes with contradictory qualities, modes that alternate depending on solar wind conditions. Normal conditions elicit the normal mode (aka the solar wind-dominated mode). But extreme conditions bring out the un-normal mode (aka the ionosphere-dominated mode). This talk emphasizes the un-normal, ionosphere-dominated mode, which makes its presence during great magnetic storms. Then the magnetosphere-confining Chapman-Ferraro current system fades away to be replaced by the region 1 currents system which links the now dominant ionosphere to the whole of geospace out to and including the bow shock. Dst no longer responds to the ram pressure of the solar wind. The electrical potential across the polar cap stops growing as solar wind driving strengthens. Instead, it becomes bound to ionospheric conductance, which as the storm intensifies transforms under local instability. The ionosphere appears to lose its grip on magnetospheric convection, although this is not certain. The plasmasphere is stripped away, most likely to feed (by global circulation) an intensifying ring current. The outer magnetosphere begins a series of slow, macroscale convulsions. Huge parallel potentials possibly develop in the magnetosphere's outer regions, reacting against the ionosphere's domination. Compared to the solar wind-dominated magnetosphere, the ionosphere-dominated magnetosphere is comparatively unknown and, so, provides opportunities for significantly advancing our understanding of the coupled solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere system.

  15. The Response of the Thermosphere and Ionosphere to Magnetospheric Forcing

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    Rees, D.; Fuller-Rowell, T. J.

    1989-06-01

    During the past six years, rapid advances in three observational techniques (ground-based radars, optical interferometers and satellite-borne instruments) have provided a means of observing a wide range of spectacular interactions between the coupled magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere system. Perhaps the most fundamental gain has come from the combined data-sets from the NASA Dynamics Explorer (DE) Satellites. These have unambiguously described the global nature of thermospheric flows, and their response to magnetospheric forcing. The DE spacecraft have also described, at the same time, the magnetospheric particle precipitation and convective electric fields which force the polar thermosphere and ionosphere. The response of the thermosphere to magnetospheric forcing is far more complex than merely the rare excitation of 1 km s-1 wind speeds and strong heating; the heating causes large-scale convection and advection within the thermosphere. These large winds grossly change the compositional structure of the upper thermosphere at high and middle latitudes during major geomagnetic disturbances. Some of the major seasonal and geomagnetic storm-related anomalies of the ionosphere are directly attributable to the gross wind-induced changes of thermospheric composition; the mid-latitude ionospheric storm `negative phase', however, is yet to be fully understood. The combination of very strong polar wind velocities and rapid plasma convection forced by magnetospheric electric fields strongly and rapidly modify F-region plasma distributions generated by the combination of local solar and auroral ionization sources. Until recently, however, it has been difficult to interpret the observed complex spatial and time-dependent structures and motions of the thermosphere and ionosphere because of their strong and nonlinear coupling. It has recently been possible to complete a numerical and computational merging of the University College London (UCL) global thermospheric

  16. A test of the magnetospheric source of traveling convection vortices

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    Lam, M. M.; Rodger, A. S.

    2004-02-01

    Traveling convection vortices (TCVs) are a powerful tool for probing the nature of the coupling between the solar wind, the magnetosphere, and the ionosphere. There is no reliable model of the plasma concentration in the magnetosphere, resulting in uncertainties about the factors controlling the scale size, the motion, and the numbers of field-aligned currents associated with TCV events. There is also uncertainty about whether TCV generation is current driven, voltage driven, or even driven by some more complex source. We use conjugate ground-based magnetometer data from the Greenland magnetometer chain and Antarctica to test the nature of the magnetospheric source of 18 TCV events associated with changes in the magnetopause dynamic pressure. This is achieved by statistically comparing two groups of TCV events: for one group the conjugate ionospheres are of similar conductivity, and for the other group the conductivities of the conjugate ionospheres differ by an order of magnitude. Statistically, we find that conjugate TCV events are of similar intensity in both hemispheres regardless of any difference in conductivity between the two hemispheres. We propose that this is evidence in favor of a constant current source for TCVs where the amplitude of a TCV is controlled by the local plasma concentration, the magnetic field strength, and the acceleration of the plasma.

  17. Experimentally investigate ionospheric depletion chemicals in artificially created ionosphere

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    Liu Yu; Cao Jinxiang; Wang Jian; Zheng Zhe; Xu Liang; Du Yinchang

    2012-09-15

    A new approach for investigating ionosphere chemical depletion in the laboratory is introduced. Air glow discharge plasma closely resembling the ionosphere in both composition and chemical reactions is used as the artificially created ionosphere. The ionospheric depletion experiment is accomplished by releasing chemicals such as SF{sub 6}, CCl{sub 2}F{sub 2}, and CO{sub 2} into the model discharge. The evolution of the electron density is investigated by varying the plasma pressure and input power. It is found that the negative ion (SF{sub 6}{sup -}, CCl{sub 2}F{sub 2}{sup -}) intermediary species provide larger reduction of the electron density than the positive ion (CO{sub 2}{sup +}) intermediary species. The negative ion intermediary species are also more efficient in producing ionospheric holes because of their fast reaction rates. Airglow enhancement attributed to SF{sub 6} and CO{sub 2} releases agrees well with the published data. Compared to the traditional methods, the new scheme is simpler to use, both in the release of chemicals and in the electron density measurements. It is therefore more efficient for investigating the release of chemicals in the ionosphere.

  18. New evidence of dayside plasma transportation over the polar cap to the prevailing dawn sector in the polar upper atmosphere for solar-maximum winter

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    Yang, Sheng-Gao; Zhang, Bei-Chen; Fang, Han-Xian; Kamide, Y.; Li, Chong-Yin; Liu, Jun-Ming; Zhang, Shun-Rong; Liu, Rui-Yuan; Zhang, Qing-He; Hu, Hong-Qiao

    2016-06-01

    It is well known that owing to the transport of high-density sunlit plasma from dayside to nightside primarily by convection, polar cap tongue of ionization (TOI), polar cap patches, and blobs are common features in the polar ionosphere. The steep density gradients at the edges of these structures lead to severe problems in applications involving radio waves traversing the ionosphere. To better understand the evolution of TOI/patches/blobs, it is essential to examine how the transported sunlit plasma is distributed. Through averaging the hourly total electron content in solar-maximum winter, we present complete distribution of polar ionospheric plasma and find that the dayside plasma can be transported through cusp, over polar cap, and eventually to the prevailing dawnside, showing asymmetric distribution around magnetic midnight. The negative interplanetary magnetic field By or Bz component is favored for the plasma transportation from dayside to the prevailing dawn sector. This provides direct evidence for the plasma source of the dawnside high-density plasma structure. The same corotating convection direction as convection at auroral dawnside is responsible for the prevailing dawn sector transportation. This finding is significant for forecasting TOI/patches/blobs in conducting space weather in the polar ionosphere.

  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. Ionospheric Analysis and Ionospheric Modeling

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1975-07-01

    ionospheric data by numerical methods, ITU Tellecomm. Jour. 29, 129-149 4. Edwards, W. R., Rush, C. M. and Miller, D. C. (1975) Studies on the...data including 1958 and 1964 vertical incidence ionosonde measurements, and optical and satellite observations. The repre- sentation of the different...2) Jones, W. B,., and Gallet, R. M. (1962) Representation of divinaland geographic. variatioms of ionospheric data by numerical methods, ITU TeUeconrm

  1. Physical Processes for Driving Ionospheric Outflows in Global Simulations

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    Moore, Thomas Earle; Strangeway, Robert J.

    2009-01-01

    We review and assess the importance of processes thought to drive ionospheric outflows, linking them as appropriate to the solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field, and to the spatial and temporal distribution of their magnetospheric internal responses. 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 precipitating particles. Observations and simulations show that solar wind energy dissipation into the atmosphere 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, neutral gas and by extension, the entire body " 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 multispecies global simulation codes. We complete 'he survey with an assessment of outstanding obstacles to this objective.

  2. High-latitude F region large-scale ionospheric irregularities under different solar wind and zenith angle conditions

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    Lukianova, R. Yu.; Uvarov, V. M.; Coïsson, P.

    2017-01-01

    A numerical model is used to study systematically the evolution of large scale irregularities depending on the IMF Bz and By components, solar zenith angle (seasonal and daily variation), solar and geomagnetic activity. The model enables to reproduce the 3-D distribution of electron density over the high-latitude F region ionosphere in the altitude range between 130 and 640 km. Since the convection electric field driven by changes in solar wind conditions has an important effect on the high-latitude ionosphere, the rotation of the IMF vector in the Y-Z plane causes a significant redistribution of the ionospheric plasma. Under the southward IMF conditions the plasma density is enhanced over a large portion of the near-pole ionosphere as a tongue of ionization, while the northward IMF leads to a considerable depletion and occurrence of the polar hole. The IMF By polarity is crucial for the shift and extension of the tongue of ionization to the dusk or dawn side. Particle precipitation also plays a role through a localized increase of the electron density mostly within the auroral oval and more pronounced auroral peak. The solar zenith angle, especially its seasonal variation, is the strongest regular factor influencing the electron density magnitude and spatial distribution. In winter, when the polar ionosphere is in darkness, large variations associated with different solar wind condition are more prominent. The daily variation of the zenith angle considerably modifies the Ne within a particular pattern. At a given time, the combined action of the IMF, solar zenith angle, level of solar and geomagnetic activity produces a complicated ionospheric response which can be considered as a superposition of different effects. Quantitative estimates of the ionospheric response to each factor are presented.

  3. Formation and dynamics of large-scale magnetic structures in the ionosphere of Venus

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    Cloutier, P. A.

    1984-01-01

    The formation and dynamics of large-scale magnetic structures in the ionosphere of Venus are examined. It is shown that such structures must be the result of steady state convection of interplanetary field lines into the ionosphere by the small amount of solar wind plasma (less than or approximately equal to 1-5 percent) absorbed by the planetary atmosphere below the ionopause, rather than isolated remnants of large fields persisting for long periods without connection to the solar wind induced current and convection pattern. In particular, it is demonstrated that the magnetic diffusion of such structures would result in their dissipation with time scales of 1-10 min, if they were not steady state structures in convective and diffusive equilibriuim. It is shown that the equations governing the diffusion of these magnetic structures are similar to those governing diffusion of a gas out of an enclosed chamber with a porous wall, and a simple analog is illustrated. The application of these results to magnetic fields of astrophysical plasmas is discussed.

  4. Magnetosheath-ionspheric plasma interactions in the cusp/cleft. 2: Mesoscale particle simulations

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    Winglee, R. M.; Menietti, J. D.; Lin, C. S.

    1993-01-01

    Ionospheric plasma flowing out from the cusp can be an important source of plasma to the magnetosphere. One source of free energy that can drive this outflow is the injection of magnetosheath plasma into the cusp. Two-dimensional (three velocity) mesoscale particle simulations are used to investigate the particle dynamics in the cusp during southward interplanetary magnetic field. This mesoscale model self-consistently incorporates (1) global influences such as the convection of plasma across the cusp, the action of the mirror force, and the injection of the magnetosheath plasma, and (2) wave-particle interactions which produce the actual coupling between the magnetosheath and ionospheric plasmas. It is shown that, because the thermal speed of the electrons is higher than the bulk motion of the magnetosheath plasma, an upward current is formed on the equatorward edge of the injection region with return currents on either side. However, the poleward return currents are the stronger due to the convection and mirroring of many of the magnetosheath electrons. The electron distribution in this latter region evolves from upward directed streams to single-sided loss cones or possibly electron conics. The ion distribution also shows a variety of distinct features that are produced by spatial and/or temporal effects associated with varying convection patterns and wave-particle interactions. On the equatorward edge the distribution has a downflowing magnetosheath component and an upflowing cold ionospheric component due to continuous convection of ionospheric plasma into the region. In the center of the magnetosheath region, heating from the development of an ion-ion streaming instability causes the suppression of the cold ionospheric component and the formation of downward ionospheric streams. Further poleward there is velocity filtering of ions with low pitch angles, so that the magnetosheath ions develop a ring-beam distribution and the ensuing wave instabilities generate

  5. Computer study of convection of weakly ionized plasma in a nonuniform magnetic field.

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    Shiau, J. N.

    1972-01-01

    A weakly ionized plasma in a strong and nonuniform magnetic field exhibits an instability analogous to the flute instability in a fully ionized plasma. The instability sets in at a critical magnetic field. To study the final state of the plasma after the onset of the instability, the plasma equations are integrated numerically assuming a certain initial spectrum of small disturbances. In the regime studied, numerical results indicate a final steadily oscillating state consisting of a single finite amplitude mode together with a time-independent modification of the original equilibrium. These results agree with the analytic results obtained by Simon in the slightly supercritical regime. As the magnetic field is increased further, the wavelength of the final oscillation becomes nonunique. There exists a subinterval in the unstable wave band. Final stable oscillation with a wavelength in this subinterval can be established if the initial disturbance has a sufficiently strong component at the particular wavelength.

  6. Evidence for Corotating Convection in Saturn's Magnetosphere

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    Kivelson, M. G.; Southwood, D. J.; Dougherty, M. K.

    2006-05-01

    Saturn's magnetic field exhibits a high degree of azimuthal symmetry, yet the field and plasma signatures of the magnetosphere are modulated at a period close to that of planetary rotation. How, then, is a clear periodicity imposed on the magnetic field and plasma of the planetary magnetosphere? In this talk, Cassini magnetometer data are used to develop a scenario for the dynamics of the Saturn magnetosphere. The proposal is that mass transport, accomplished in the inner magnetosphere by interchange motion, feeds into the outer magnetosphere where ballooning driven by centrifugal stress leads to outward transport, field reconnection and plasma loss in a favored local time sector; flux is transported inward in other regions. The model is closely related to the concept of corotating convection proposed by Dessler, Hill, and co-workers for Jupiter. The proposed mechanism can be consistent with aspects of the empirical camshaft model introduced by Espinosa et al., 2003 to explain Pioneer and Voyager magnetometer data. Anomalous transport here proposed could originate from a localized ionospheric conductivity anomaly. The resulting cyclic stress modulates the current in the current sheet and can account for its north-south excursions. The convection patterns proposed also imply that corotating, field-aligned currents would be a basic feature of the Saturn system.

  7. The Four-Part Field-Aligned Current System in the Ionosphere at Substorm Onset

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    McWilliams, K. A.; Sofko, G. J.; Bristow, W. A.; Hussey, G. C.

    2015-12-01

    Whereas the plasma circulation in the ionosphere is driven by convective drift which is the same for ions and electrons, the magnetospheric plasma circulation includes curvature and gradient drifts, which are charge-dependent. There is even a region of the Neutral Sheet in which the ions, but not the electrons, are "unmagnetized" and where charge separation can occur even for convective drift, which the electrons execute but the ions do not. Due to the charge separations in the magnetosphere, field-aligned currents are generated. The FACs and the associated electric fields play an important role in producing the convection pattern in the ionosphere. Here we argue that there are two pairs of FACs near substorm onset. One pair involves the auroral zone portion of the convection. There, a downward D FAC occurs in the poleward part of the auroral zone and an upward U FAC occurs in the equatorward part. We show that the D-U auroral FAC pair results from the odd situation in the INSh, where the electrons can convect earthward while the unmagnetized ions do not and so remain further tailward of the electrons. The equatorward edge of the auroral zone is marked by a convection reversal, because the auroral zone flows have an eastward velocity component, whereas subauroral flows have a westward component. At the convection reversal, the flow is strictly southward and the electric field strictly westward. The subauroral zone maps out to the outer radiation belt, where the high-energy electrons precipitate tailward of the energetic electron trapping boundary,and high-energy ions precipitate tailward of the energetic ion trapping boundary, the latter being earthward of the former. As a result, another FAC pair forms on field lines in the ORB/subauroral regions. The U FAC of the latter region is adjacent but earthward of the U FAC of the auroral zone pair. The D-U auroral zone pair is poleward of the U-D subauroral (Radiation Belt) pair. Finally, we note that the electric field

  8. Evolution of magnetic configurations in the plasma sheet during a substorm on March 19, 1978

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    Sun, W.; Kan, J.R.; Akasofu, S.I. )

    1991-09-01

    Evolution of the magnetic field configuration in the plasma sheet is modeled for an intense substorm event on March 19, 1978. The model is based on the idea that the substorm enhanced field-aligned currents are initiated in the ionosphere in response to an enhanced magnetospheric convection. The field-aligned currents in the model are determined from the ground-based magnetometer data with a time resolution of 5 min. The substorm field-aligned currents are assumed to close in the plasma sheet to complete the substorm current circuit. It is shown that the magnetic field produced by the substorm current system in the model can reproduce several important substorm signatures observed in the plasma sheet. These signatures include the taillike reconfiguration in the plasma sheet during the growth phase, the dipolarization of the plasma sheet associated with the substorm expansion onset, and the formation of a new X line. A shortcoming of the model is that the plasma dynamics in the plasma sheet have been ignored. In spite of this shortcoming, however, the model demonstrates that the ionosphere, in response to an enhanced magnetospheric convection, can cause the plasma sheet to change its magnetic configuration to result in the substorm signatures observed in the plasma sheet. The present study shows that it is possible for the ionosphere to play an active role in causing the observed reconfigurations of the plasma sheet during substorms.

  9. MarsCAT: Mars Array of ionospheric Research Satellites using the CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster

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    Bering, Edgar Andrew; Pinsky, Lawrence S.; Li, Liming; Jackson, David; Chen, Ji; Reed, Helen; Moldwin, Mark; Kasper, Justin; Sheehan, J. P.; Forbes, James Richard; Heine, Thomas; Case, Anthony; Stevens, Michael; Sibeck, David G.

    2015-11-01

    The MarsCAT (Mars Array of ionospheric Research Satellites using the CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster) Mission is a two 6U CubeSat mission to study the ionosphere of Mars proposed for the NASA SIMPLeX opportunity. The mission will investigate the plasma and magnetic structure of the Martian ionosphere, including transient plasma structures, magnetic field structure and dynamics, and energetic particle activity. The transit plan calls for a piggy back ride with Mars 2020 using a CAT burn for MOI, the first demonstration of CubeSat propulsion for interplanetary travel. MarsCAT will make correlated multipoint studies of the ionosphere and magnetic field of Mars. Specifically, the two spacecraft will make in situ observations of the plasma density, temperature, and convection in the ionosphere of Mars. They will also make total electron content measurements along the line of sight between the two spacecraft and simultaneous 3-axis local magnetic field measurements in two locations. Additionally, MarsCAT will demonstrate the performance of new CubeSat telemetry antennas designed at the University of Houston that are designed to be low profile, rugged, and with a higher gain than conventional monopole (whip) antennas. The two MarsCAT CubeSats will have five science instruments: a 3-axis DC magnetometer, adouble-Langmuir probe, a Faraday cup, a solid state energetic particle detector (Science Enhancement Option), and interspacecraft total electron content radio occulation experiment. The MarsCAT spacecraft will be solar powered and equipped with a CAT thruster that can provide up to 4.8 km/s of delta-V, which is sufficient to achieve Mars orbit using the Mars 2020 piggyback. They have an active attitude control system, using a sun sensor and flight-proven star tracker for determination, and momentum wheels for 3-axis attitude control.

  10. MarsCAT: Mars Array of ionospheric Research Satellites using the CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster

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    Bering, E. A., III; Pinsky, L.; Li, L.; Jackson, D. R.; Chen, J.; Reed, H.; Moldwin, M.; Kasper, J. C.; Sheehan, J. P.; Forbes, J.; Heine, T.; Case, A. W.; Stevens, M. L.; Sibeck, D. G.

    2015-12-01

    The MarsCAT (Mars Array of ionospheric Research Satellites using the CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster) Mission is a two 6U CubeSat mission to study the ionosphere of Mars proposed for the NASA SIMPLeX opportunity. The mission will investigate the plasma and magnetic structure of the Martian ionosphere, including transient plasma structures, magnetic field structure and dynamics, and energetic particle activity. The transit plan calls for a piggy back ride with Mars 2020 using a CAT burn for MOI, the first demonstration of CubeSat propulsion for interplanetary travel. MarsCAT will make correlated multipoint studies of the ionosphere and magnetic field of Mars. Specifically, the two spacecraft will make in situ observations of the plasma density, temperature, and convection in the ionosphere of Mars. They will also make total electron content measurements along the line of sight between the two spacecraft and simultaneous 3-axis local magnetic field measurements in two locations. Additionally, MarsCAT will demonstrate the performance of new CubeSat telemetry antennas designed at the University of Houston that are designed to be low profile, rugged, and with a higher gain than conventional monopole (whip) antennas. The two MarsCAT CubeSats will have five science instruments: a 3-axis DC magnetometer, adouble-Langmuir probe, a Faraday cup, a solid state energetic particle detector (Science Enhancement Option), and interspacecraft total electron content radio occulation experiment. The MarsCAT spacecraft will be solar powered and equipped with a CAT thruster that can provide up to 4.8 km/s of delta-V, which is sufficient to achieve Mars orbit using the Mars 2020 piggyback. They have an active attitude control system, using a sun sensor and flight-proven star tracker for determination, and momentum wheels for 3-axis attitude control.

  11. Interaction of reflected ions with the firehose marginally stable current sheet - Implications for plasma sheet convection

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    Pritchett, P. L.; Coroniti, F. V.

    1992-01-01

    The firehose marginally stable current sheet, which may model the flow away from the distant reconnection neutral line, assumes that the accelerated particles escape and never return to re-encounter the current region. This assumption fails on the earthward side where the accelerated ions mirror in the geomagnetic dipole field and return to the current sheet at distances up to about 30 R(E) down the tail. Two-dimensional particle simulations are used to demonstrate that the reflected ions drive a 'shock-like' structure in which the incoming flow is decelerated and the Bz field is highly compressed. These effects are similar to those produced by adiabatic choking of steady convection. Possible implications of this interaction for the dynamics of the tail are considered.

  12. Role of stochasticity in turbulence and convective intermittent transport at the scrape off layer of Ohmic plasma in QUEST

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    Banerjee, Santanu Ishiguro, M.; Tashima, S.; Mishra, K.; Zushi, H.; Hanada, K.; Nakamura, K.; Idei, H.; Hasegawa, M.; Fujisawa, A.; Nagashima, Y.; Matsuoka, K.; Nishino, N.; Liu, H. Q.

    2014-07-15

    Statistical features of fluctuations are investigated using the fast camera imaging technique in the scrape of layer (SOL) of electron cyclotron resonance heated Ohmic plasma. Fluctuations in the SOL towards low field side are dominated by coherent convective structures (blobs). Two dimensional structures of the higher order moments (skewness s and kurtosis k) representing the shape of probability density function (PDF) are studied. s and k are seen to be functions of the magnetic field lines. s and k are consistently higher towards the bottom half of the vessel in the SOL showing the blob trajectory along the field lines from the top towards bottom of the vessel. Parabolic relation (k=As{sup 2}+C) is observed between s and k near the plasma boundary, featuring steep density gradient region and at the far SOL. The coefficient A, obtained experimentally, indicates a shift of prominence from pure drift-wave instabilities towards fully developed turbulence. Numerical coefficients characterizing the Pearson system are derived which demonstrates the progressive deviation of the PDF from Gaussian towards gamma from the density gradient region, towards the far SOL. Based on a simple stochastic differential equation, a direct correspondence between the multiplicative noise amplitude, increased intermittency, and hence change in PDF is discussed.

  13. Role of stochasticity in turbulence and convective intermittent transport at the scrape off layer of Ohmic plasma in QUEST

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    Banerjee, Santanu; Zushi, H.; Nishino, N.; Hanada, K.; Ishiguro, M.; Tashima, S.; Liu, H. Q.; Mishra, K.; Nakamura, K.; Idei, H.; Hasegawa, M.; Fujisawa, A.; Nagashima, Y.; Matsuoka, K.

    2014-07-01

    Statistical features of fluctuations are investigated using the fast camera imaging technique in the scrape of layer (SOL) of electron cyclotron resonance heated Ohmic plasma. Fluctuations in the SOL towards low field side are dominated by coherent convective structures (blobs). Two dimensional structures of the higher order moments (skewness s and kurtosis k) representing the shape of probability density function (PDF) are studied. s and k are seen to be functions of the magnetic field lines. s and k are consistently higher towards the bottom half of the vessel in the SOL showing the blob trajectory along the field lines from the top towards bottom of the vessel. Parabolic relation ( k = A s 2 + C) is observed between s and k near the plasma boundary, featuring steep density gradient region and at the far SOL. The coefficient A, obtained experimentally, indicates a shift of prominence from pure drift-wave instabilities towards fully developed turbulence. Numerical coefficients characterizing the Pearson system are derived which demonstrates the progressive deviation of the PDF from Gaussian towards gamma from the density gradient region, towards the far SOL. Based on a simple stochastic differential equation, a direct correspondence between the multiplicative noise amplitude, increased intermittency, and hence change in PDF is discussed.

  14. Low- and mid-latitude ionospheric electric fields during the January 1984 GISMOS campaign

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    Fejer, B. G.; Kelley, M. C.; Senior, C.; De La Beaujardiere, O.; Lepping, R.

    1990-01-01

    The electrical coupling between the high-, middle-, and low-latitude ionospheres during January 17-19, 1984 is examined, using interplanetary and high-latitude magnetic field data together with F region plasma drift measurements from the EISCAT, Sondre Stromfjord, Millstone Hill, Saint-Santin, Arecibo, and Jicamarca incoherent scatter radars. The penetration both the zonal and meridional electric field components of high-latitude origin into the low-latitude and the equatorial ionospheres are studied. The observations in the postmidnight sector are used to compare the longitudinal variations of the zonal perturbation electric field with predictions made from global convection models. The results show that the meridional electric field perturbations are considerably more attenuated with decreasing latitude than the zonal fluctuations. It is concluded that variations in the meridional electric field at low latitudes are largely due to dynamo effects.

  15. Electrodynamics of convection in the inner magnetosphere

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    Spiro, R. W.; Wolf, R. A.

    1984-01-01

    During the past ten years, substantial progress has been made in the development of quantitative models of convection in the magnetosphere and of the electrodynamic processes that couple that magnetosphere and ionosphere. Using a computational scheme first proposed by Vasyliunas, the convection models under consideration separate the three-dimensional problem of convection in the inner magnetosphere/ionosphere into a pair of two-dimensional problems coupled by Birkeland currents flowing between the two regions. The logic, development, and major results of the inner magnetosphere convection model are reviewed with emphasis on ionospheric and magnetospheric currents. A major theoretical result of the models has been the clarification of the relationship between the region 1/region 2 picture of field-aligned currents and the older partial ring current/tail current interruption picture of substorm dynamics.

  16. TOMOGRAPHY OF PLASMA FLOWS IN THE UPPER SOLAR CONVECTION ZONE USING TIME-DISTANCE INVERSION COMBINING RIDGE AND PHASE-SPEED FILTERING

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    Svanda, Michal

    2013-09-20

    The consistency of time-distance inversions for horizontal components of the plasma flow on supergranular scales in the upper solar convection zone is checked by comparing the results derived using two k-{omega} filtering procedures-ridge filtering and phase-speed filtering-commonly used in time-distance helioseismology. I show that both approaches result in similar flow estimates when finite-frequency sensitivity kernels are used. I further demonstrate that the performance of the inversion improves (in terms of a simultaneously better averaging kernel and a lower noise level) when the two approaches are combined together in one inversion. Using the combined inversion, I invert for horizontal flows in the upper 10 Mm of the solar convection zone. The flows connected with supergranulation seem to be coherent only for the top {approx}5 Mm; deeper down there is a hint of change of the convection scales toward structures larger than supergranules.

  17. Studies of a turbulent plasma environmental near an electron beam emitting rocket in the polar ionosphere using electric probes: Echo 6

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    Abe, Y.

    1986-01-01

    The Echo 6 electron beam experiment was launched from the Poker Flat Range in Alaska on 30 March 1983 on a large sounding rocket. ELF turbulent electric fields during energetic beam injections in the auroral ionosphere were studied using orthogonal electric double provides on a free-flying plasma diagnostic payload. The construction and calibration of the electric probe experiment are described as well as the Echo 6 and its launch details. The vector electric fields perpendicular to B were obtained every 0.4 ms, and were used to calculate frequency-power spectra for two different polarization directions as a function of the probe gun payload distance. Lower hybrid and whistler waves, and quasi-DC fields averaged over 50 ms gun pulses were also measured as well as an electron temperature variation with the distance. Large turbulent electric fields were observed during the first 1 to 10 ms of the gun pulse followed by steadier fields. The amplitudes of the steadier fields often exceeded 100 mV/m when they were measured within the probe gun payload distance (perpendicular to B) of 50 m. Most of such large fields were directed westward of the injected beams and the gun payload. Neutralization processes of the beam emitting payload and a heating of the ambient plasma are discussed, and a model of the currents and potentials around the system is proposed.

  18. Parametric instabilities as a reason of VLF/ELF plasma turbulence excited in the upper ionosphere by ground based VLF transmitters

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    Kotik, Dmitry

    Recently Parrot et al. (2007) reported the results of the DEMETER satellite observations of strong plasma density and temperature perturbations simultaneously with different events in VLF/ELF electrostatic emissions when the satellite orbit crossed the region about 500 km in the diameter above the ground-based VLF transmitters at the height about 800 km. We have shown that during the night estimated electric field (of the transmitter radiated whistler mode (˜ 0.02-0.05 V/m) in the height region ˜ 500-1000 km exceeds the thresholds of the parametric instabilities responsible for excitation pf the lower hybrid waves, particularly three wave decay of the whistler to ion sound and/or lower hybrid/whistler waves, or induced scattering of whistlers to lower hybrid/whistler waves on thermal ions. To our opinion latter processes are responsible for the phenomena observed by the DEMETER satellite. The work is supported by the RFBR grant 06-02-17334. 1. M. Parrot, J.A. Sauvaud, J.J. Berthelier, J.P. Lebreton Strong ionospheric perturbations generated by powerful VLF ground-based transmitters, X International Seminar on "Low frequency processes in the space plasma", Moscow, November, 2007.

  19. An automated analysis of DEMETER ionospheric plasma waves observations and its application to the search for anomalous emissions over the Great Sichuan EQ region

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    Onishi, Tatsuo; Berthelier, Jean-Jacques

    2010-05-01

    Electric field observations in the VLF range from the ICE experiment onboard the CNES DEMETER micro-satellite have been analyzed to search for anomalies possibly related to the Great Sichuan Earthquake of May 12, 2008. This work was undertaken using results from a dedicated data processing that has been recently developed at LATMOS to perform an automated recognition and characterization of the various wave emissions that are regularly detected along the orbit of DEMETER. The data processing method and the associated algorithms will be first presented and a few typical results will be shown in order to provide a detailed understanding of the algorithm capabilities. As a first full-scale application of this method, a statistical study was conducted to analyze the plasma waves observed in day-time half orbits over a region of ~1000 kilometres extent centred on the Sichuan EQ epicentre and during a period of 20 days encompassing the day of the EQ. 5 years of observations have been used to derive the statistical distribution of various types of ionospheric plasma waves that can be compared to the signals detected during the seismic active period. The first outcome of our study was the detection of a localized variation in the characteristics of the electrostatic turbulence 6 days before the EQ that appears to be unique in the whole 5 year reference observations data base. We will discuss this result and its possible interpretations.

  20. Dayside midlatitude ionospheric response to storm time electric fields: A case study for 7 September 2002

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    David, M.; Sojka, J. J.; Schunk, R. W.; Liemohn, M. W.; Coster, A. J.

    2011-12-01

    With the storm of 7-8 September 2002 as a study case, we demonstrate that an ionospheric model driven by a suitable storm time convection electric field can reproduce the F region dayside density enhancements associated with the ionospheric storm positive phase. The ionospheric model in this case is the Utah State University Time Dependent Ionospheric Model (TDIM); the electric field model is the University of Michigan's Hot Electron and Ion Drift Integrator (HEIDI). Extensive ground truth is available throughout the study period from two independent sources: ground-based vertical TEC and ionosonde stations; our simulation results are in good agreement with these observations. We address the question of what is the source of the high-density plasma that is seen during the positive storm phase and show that in this case a magnetospheric electric field with an eastward component that penetrates to midlatitudes increases local production on the dayside to a degree that is sufficient to account for the storm time density increases that have been observed.

  1. Effects of an atmospheric gravity wave on the midlatitude ionospheric F layer

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    Millward, G.H.; Moffett, R.J.; Quegan, S.; Fuller-Rowell, T.J. |

    1993-11-01

    A modeling study of the atmospheric response to a single short burst of enhanced ion convection at high latitudes, undertaken using the Sheffield/University College London/Space Environment Laboratory coupled ionosphere/thermosphere model, has revealed a large-scale atmospheric gravity wave (AGW) moving equatorward from a source in the dawn sector auroral zone. The wave propagates to midlatitude, perturbing the ionosphere and creating a traveling ionospheric disturbance. Analysis of the interaction between the thermosphere and ionosphere during the passage of the AGW at midlatitudes is undertaken and reveals a complex height-dependent response. At lower altitudes the field-aligned velocity of the ions follows closely the field-aligned wind. Above the F peak, diffusion processes become important and the field-aligned ion velocity shows fluctuations which exceded those in the wind. Changes in N{sub m}F{sub 2} and h{sub m} F{sub 2}, during the interaction, are due to redistribution of plasma alone with changes in production and loss insignificant. As the F layer is lifted by the positive surge in the gravity wave, N{sub m}F{sub 2} decreases, due to a divergence in the ion flux, itself caused by the combination of a divergent neutral wind and an increase in the effects of diffusion with altitude. The slab thickness also increases. Subsequently, the opposite happens as h{sub m}F{sub 2} falls below its equilibrium value. 14 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Inductive-Dynamic Simulation on Locations of Energy Input to and Deposition in the Ionosphere-Thermospher

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    Tu, J.

    2015-12-01

    Recent observations of the net Poynting flux deposition to the ionosphere showed that the strongest energy input from the magnetosphere is in the polar cap where the plasma flow speed is high and not where the flow reverses, implying that the field-aligned current is not the primary agent of the energy transfer and that other physical progresses are at play. In this study we assess locations of the energy transfer and deposition by a simulation conducted with a self-consistent inductive-dynamic (including self-consistent solutions of Faraday's law and retaining inertia terms in the plasma momentum equations) ionosphere-thermosphere model. In a 2-D global geometry (dawn-dusk meridian plane), we solve the multifluid-collisional-Hall MHD equations including photochemistry. The preliminary simulation results demonstrate propagation and evolution of the field-aligned currents and the dynamic processes of the formation of the ionospheric Pedersen currents. By comparing locations of the field-aligned currents and ionosphere/thermosphere heating driven by the magnetospheric convection we show that the energy input to the IT system and the energy dissipation occurs in the polar cap instead of regions where the field-aligned currents reside. The implication of these results is that the field-aligned currents are not the primary agent of the energy transfer from the magnetosphere to the IT system.

  3. Ionospheric disturbance dynamo

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    Blanc, M.; Richmond, A.D.

    1980-04-01

    A numerical simulation study of the thermospheric winds produced by auroral heating during magnetic storms, and of their global dynamo effects, establishes the main features of the ionospheric disturbanc dynamo. Driven by auroral heating, a Hadley cell is created with equatorward winds blowing above about 120 km at mid-latitudes. The transport of angular momentum by these winds produces a subrotation of the midlatitude thermosphere, or westward motion with respect to the earth. The westward winds in turn drive equatorward Pedersen currents which accumulate charge toward the equator, resulting in the generation of a poleward electric field, a westward E x B drift, and an eastward current. When realistic local time conductivity variations are simulated, the eastward mid-latitude current is found to close partly via lower latitudes, resulting in an 'anti-Sq' type of current vortex. Both electric field and current at low latitudes thus vary in opposition to their normal quiet-day behavior. This total pattern of distrubance winds, electric fields, and currents is superimposed upon the background quiet-day pattern. When the neutral winds are artificially confined on the nightside, the basic pattern of predominantly westward E x B plasma drifts still prevails on the nightside but no longer extends into the dayside. Considerable observational evidence exists, suggesting that the ionospheric disturbance dynamo has an appreciable influence on storm-time ionospheric electric fields at middle and low latitudes.

  4. Large plasma density enhancements occurring in the northern polar region during the 6 April 2000 superstorm

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    Horvath, Ildiko; Lovell, Brian C.

    2014-06-01

    We focus on the ionospheric response of northern high-latitude region to the 6 April 2000 superstorm and aim to investigate how the storm-enhanced density (SED) plume plasma became distributed in the regions of auroral zone and polar cap plus to study the resultant ionospheric features and their development. Multi-instrument observational results combined with model-generated, two-cell convection maps permitted identifying the high-density plasma's origin and the underlying plasma transportation processes. Results show the plasma density feature of polar cap enhancement (PCE; ~600 × 103 i+/cm3) appearing for 7 h during the main phase and characterized by increases reaching up to 6 times of the quiet time values. Meanwhile, strong westward convections (~17,500 m/s) created low plasma densities in a wider region of the dusk cell. Oppositely, small (~750 m/s) but rigorous westward drifts drove the SED plume plasma through the auroral zone, wherein plasma densities doubled. As the SED plume plasma traveled along the convection streamlines and entered the polar cap, a continuous enhancement of the tongue of ionization (TOI) developed under steady convection conditions. However, convection changes caused slow convections and flow stagnations and thus segmented the TOI feature by locally depleting the plasma in the affected regions of the auroral zone and polar cap. From the strong correspondence of polar cap potential drop and subauroral polarization stream (SAPS), we conclude that the SAPS E-field strength remained strong, and under its prolonged influence, the SED plume provided a continuous supply of downward flowing high-density plasma for the development and maintenance of PCEs.

  5. A mathematical model of the middle and high latitude ionosphere

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    Schunk, R. W.

    1988-01-01

    A time-dependent three-dimensional model of the middle and high latitude ionosphere is described. The density distributions of six ion species NO(+), O(2+), N(2+), O(+), N(+), He(+), and the electron and ion temperatures are obtained from a numerical solution of the appropriate continuity, momentum, and energy equations. The equations are solved as a function of height for an inclined magnetic field at E and F region altitudes. The three-dimensional nature of the model is obtained by following flux tubes of plasma as they convect or corotate through a moving neutral atmosphere. The model takes account of field-aligned diffusion, cross-field electrodynamic drifts, thermospheric winds, polar wind escape, energy-dependent chemical reactions, neutral composition changes, ion production due to solar EUV radiation and auroral precipitation, thermal conduction, diffusion-thermal heat flow and local heating and cooling processes. The model also takes account of the offset between the geomagnetic and geographic poles.

  6. Ionospheric Physics.

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    1982-10-07

    system design and ionospheric modification and con- ~trol. In this report, the S3-4 satellite data analyses is summarized. D, JAN73 1473 EDITION OF INOV ...wavelength distribution of solar radiation and the time variations of such emissions as well as the resonant scattering of solar radiation by...ratio square (Ie/I1) 2), is more inside the depletions in most of the depletions suggesting more molecular ions inside the depletions. o The power

  7. Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling during plasmoid evolution: First results

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    Hesse, M.; Birn, J. )

    1991-07-01

    The influence of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling on the dynamic evolution of the magnetotail is investigated by a three-dimensional resistive MHD code that includes the effects of the closure of field-aligned currents in a simple resistive model ionosphere. Particular emphasis is on the role of this coupling during substorm evolution and the modification of the latter by the convection driven by the ionospheric electric fields. For comparison, the authors present results from a simulation which uses an infinitely conducting ionosphere but is otherwise identical. Comparison of the two simulations shows that the major impact of magnetosphere-ionosphere communication is an acceleration of magnetotail evolution. Otherwise, phenomena in the two models are qualitatively similar. They conclude that ionospheric effects do not significantly affect substorm associated magnetotail dynamics.

  8. Ionospheric redistribution during geomagnetic storms.

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    Immel, T J; Mannucci, A J

    2013-12-01

    [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.

  9. An MHD simulation of By-dependent magnetospheric convection and field-aligned currents during northward IMF

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    Ogino, T.; Walker, R. J.; Ashour-Abdalla, M.; Dawson, J. M.

    1985-01-01

    A three-dimensional MHD simulation code is used to model the magnetospheric configuration when the IMF has both a northward B(z) component and a B(y) component in the east-west direction. Projections of the plasma pressure, the field-aligned velocity, the field-aligned vorticity, and the field-aligned current along the magnetic field lines into the northern ionosphere are shown and discussed. Cross-sectional patterns of these parameters are shown. The results demonstrate that the B(y) component of the IMF strongly influences the plasma sheet configuration and the magnetospheric convection pattern.

  10. MLT Asymmetries in the Magnetospheric Wave Distribution and Their Effect on Ionospheric Conductivity and Global Transport

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    Thorne, R. M.; Li, W.; Bortnik, J.; Ni, B.; Jordanova, V.; Kletzing, C.; Kurth, W. S.; Hospodarsky, G. B.; Angelopoulos, V.

    2014-12-01

    Diffuse auroral precipitation is the major source of ionospheric conductivity at high latitudes, and the resulting global distribution of enhanced conductivity affects the penetration of magnetospheric electric fields and plasma transport into the inner magnetosphere. Recent work has demonstrated that diffuse auroral precipitation is caused by resonant scattering of plasma sheet electrons due to a combination of both electrostatic electron cyclotron harmonic waves and electromagnetic whistler mode chorus emissions. Each class of wave is excited, predominantly on the dawn side of the magnetosphere, following the convective injection and gradient drifting of plasma sheet electrons into the inner magnetosphere. During geomagnetically active periods, the resultant electron scattering can approach the limit of strong diffusion, and the timescale for scattering loss into the atmosphere becomes shorter than the time for transport of plasma to the dayside. This leads to a pronounced day/night asymmetry in the diffuse auroral precipitation and a localized enhancement in conductivity in the post midnight sector. Quantifying the rate of diffuse auroral scattering by each class of wave is therefore imperative for understanding the global distribution of enhanced ionospheric conductivity and its non-linear feedback on plasma transport in the inner magnetosphere. Recent attempts to model the observed global distribution of waves and the associated pattern of electron precipitation will be discussed.

  11. First Satellite Observation Results of Equatorial Convective Velocity in the Inner Magnetosphere in Association with Plasmaspheric Plume

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    Lin, C. S.; Yeh, H.; Sandel, B. R.; Goldstein, J.; Rich, F. J.; Burke, W. J.

    2005-12-01

    Equatorial ion convective velocity in the inner magnetosphere has been deduced from ROCSAT-1 and DMSP measurements of ion drift velocity in the ionosphere. Convective velocities are mapped from the ionosphere to the equatorial plane based on the equipotential assumption along magnetic field lines. We report here for the first time signatures of equatorial convective velocity in association with the plasmaspheric drainage plume, which was observed by IMAGE EUV instrument during the recovery phase of the 2000 Bastille Day magnetic storm. The azimuthal profile of the zonal convective velocity deduced from the ROCSAT-1 data indicates a sharp azimuthal gradient at the sunward edge of the plasmaspheric plume as the zonal velocity changes from sunward to anti-sunward direction. Thus the plasmaspheric plasma in the inertial frame was sub-corotational before reaching the longitude of the plasmaspheric plume and became supra-corotational after passing the longitude of the plasmaspheric plume. The radial profile of the zonal convective velocity near the plume deduced from the DMSP data indicates an increase of strong sunward zonal velocity with radial distance. These results imply complicated electric field structures for producing plasmaspheric plumes.

  12. Low-Frequency Waves in HF Heating of the Ionosphere

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    Sharma, A. S.; Eliasson, B.; Milikh, G. M.; Najmi, A.; Papadopoulos, K.; Shao, X.; Vartanyan, A.

    2016-02-01

    Ionospheric heating experiments have enabled an exploration of the ionosphere as a large-scale natural laboratory for the study of many plasma processes. These experiments inject high-frequency (HF) radio waves using high-power transmitters and an array of ground- and space-based diagnostics. This chapter discusses the excitation and propagation of low-frequency waves in HF heating of the ionosphere. The theoretical aspects and the associated models and simulations, and the results from experiments, mostly from the HAARP facility, are presented together to provide a comprehensive interpretation of the relevant plasma processes. The chapter presents the plasma model of the ionosphere for describing the physical processes during HF heating, the numerical code, and the simulations of the excitation of low-frequency waves by HF heating. It then gives the simulations of the high-latitude ionosphere and mid-latitude ionosphere. The chapter also briefly discusses the role of kinetic processes associated with wave generation.

  13. Interactions between the polar ionosphere and thermosphere

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    Schunk, R. W.

    1987-01-01

    The temperature, composition and circulation of the ionosphere and thermosphere in the polar regions are closely coupled and display a marked variation with altitude, latitude, longitude, universal time, season, solar cycle, and geomagnetic activity. To a large degree, this variation is a consequence of the effect that magnetospheric electric fields, particle precipitation, and heat flows have on the ionosphere-thermosphere system. These magnetospheric processes act to produce ionospheric hot spots, plasma blobs, localized ionization troughs, extended tongues of ionization and ion composition changes. These ionospheric features then affect the thermosphere because of ion-neutral momentum and energy coupling. The resulting interactions act to modify the thermospheric circulation, composition, and temperature, and this, in turn, affects the ionosphere. However, there are significant time delays associated with the various interactions. These and other results are reviewed.

  14. Approaches to ionospheric modelling, simulation and prediction

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

    1992-08-01

    The ionosphere is a complex, multispecies, anisotropic medium that exhibits a significant variation with time, space, season, solar cycle, and geomagnetic activity. In recent years, a wide range of models have been developed in an effort to describe ionospheric behavior. The modeling efforts include: (1) empirical models based on extensive worldwide data sets; (2) simple analytical models for a restricted number of ionospheric parameters; (3) comprehensive, 3D, time-dependent models that require supercomputers; (4) spherical harmonic models based on fits to output obtained from comprehensive numerical models; and (5) ionospheric models driven by real-time magnetospheric inputs. In an effort to achieve simplicity, some of the models have been restricted to certain altitude or latitude domains, while others have been restricted to certain ionospheric parameters, such as the F-region peak density, the auroral conductivity, and the plasma temperatures. The current status of the modeling efforts is reviewed.

  15. 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.

  16. Ionosphere-magnetosphere structure during a geomagnetic storm based on measurements in the morning auroral zone

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    Denig, W.F.; Rich, F.J.

    1986-01-01

    Measurements of field-aligned currents (FAC's), convection electric fields, and precipitating electrons were made by the S3 2 satellite in the midmorning time sectors of both the northern and southern high-latitude ionospheres before and during a geomagnetic storm. The patterns of electric fields and FAC's did not match the standard configuration of two-cell convection and the region 1/region 2 FAC's. In particular, near the beginning of the main phase of the storm an intense (242 m V/m) convection electric field and an extra FAC were observed just poleward of the region 1 current in the southern hemisphere. The observations, made over a period of at least 3 hours, were consistent with a quasi-steady three-cell convection pattern with stresses from a strong B/sub y/ component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). An analysis of the particle and field data from within the region of the intense convection electric field is in sharp disagreement with the single particle motion model of Lyons (1980) and implies that a significant portion of the measured FAC was from ionospheric ions. Finally, large-amplitude AC electric waves from broadband electrostatic noise (BEN) were present in the high-altitude southern (or winter) passes but not in the northern passes at lower altitudes. In general, BEN was observed occasionally by S3 2 within the high-altitude (1000-1500 km) winter auroral regions but not detected during other seasons or at lower altitudes. The implication of these measurements is that the low-altitude limit for the region of field aligned potentials is determined by the local plasma density.

  17. Ionospheric Drivers of ISS Charging

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    Minow, J. I.; Willis, E. M.

    2015-12-01

    Severe spacecraft surface charging in terrestrial environments typically results from exposure to energetic electrons at some 10's of keV within auroral environments at high latitudes in low Earth orbit or hot thermal plasma in geostationary orbit. Predicting surface charging of a vehicle in these environments depends on our ability to specify and forecast auroral acceleration events and geomagnetic storms. Measurements of ISS frame charging to date, in contrast, are dominated by US 160V solar array interactions with the ionospheric plasma environment with little evidence for strong charging during geomagnetic storms. Predicting ISS charging, therefore, requires an ability to specify and forecast components of ionospheric variability of importance to high voltage solar array interactions with the plasma environment. This presentation provides examples of the ionospheric conditions responsible for typical and extreme ISS charging and discusses current capabilities to forecast these events. Specific examples are given for ISS frame charging observed when the vehicle passes through low latitude dawn density depletions, high latitude plasma troughs, and plasma depletions associated with equatorial spread-f conditions.

  18. By-controlled convection and field-aligned currents near midnight auroral oval for northward interplanetary magnetic field

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    Taguchi, S.; Sugiura, M.; Iyemori, T.; Winningham, J. D.; Slavin, J. A.

    1994-01-01

    Using the Dynamics Explorer (DE) 2 magnetic and electric field and plasma data, B(sub y)- controlled convection and field-aligned currents in the midnight sector for northward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) are examined. The results of an analysis of the electric field data show that when IMF is stable and when its magnitude is large, a coherent B(sub y)-controlled convection exists near the midnight auroral oval in the ionosphere having adequate conductivities. When B(sub y) is negative, the convection consists of a westward (eastward) plasma flow at the lower latitudes and an eastward (westward) plasma flow at the higher latitudes in the midnight sector in the northern (southern) ionosphere. When B(sub y) is positive, the flow directions are reversed. The distribution of the field-aligned currents associated with the B(sub y)-controlled convection, in most cases, shows a three-sheet structure. In accordance with the convection the directions of the three sheets are dependent on the sign of B(sub y). The location of disappearance of the precipitating intense electrons having energies of a few keV is close to the convection reversal surface. However, the more detailed relationship between the electron precipitation boundary and the convection reversal surface depends on the case. In some cases the precipitating electrons extend beyond the convection reversal surface, and in others the poleward boundary terminates at a latitude lower than the reversal surface. Previous studies suggest that the poleward boundary of the electrons having energies of a few keV is not necessarily coincident with an open/closed bounary. Thus the open/closed boundary may be at a latitude higher than the poleward boundary of the electron precipitation, or it may be at a latitude lower than the poleward boundary of the electron precipitation. We discuss relationships between the open/closed boundary and the convection reversal surface. When as a possible choice we adopt a view that the

  19. On ionospheric aerodynamics. [of rapidly moving charged bodies

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    Liu, V. C.

    1975-01-01

    This paper presents theoretical methods to determine the gas dynamic and the electrostatic effects due to the interaction caused by a rapidly moving body in the ionosphere. The principles of the methods are derived from the kinetic theory of collision-free plasma. It is shown that the collective behavior of the collision-free plasma makes it possible to use the fluid approach to treat the problems of ionospheric aerodynamics. Various solutions to the system of fluid and field equations that have direct bearing on the ionospheric aerodynamics are presented and discussed. Physical significances of the mathematical results are stressed. Some outstanding unsolved problems in ionospheric aerodynamics are elaborated and discussed.

  20. Relative importance of horizontal and vertical transports to the formation of ionospheric storm-enhanced density and polar tongue of ionization

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    Liu, Jing; Wang, Wenbin; Burns, Alan; Solomon, Stanley C.; Zhang, Shunrong; Zhang, Yongliang; Huang, Chaosong

    2016-08-01

    There are still uncertainties regarding the formation mechanisms for storm-enhanced density (SED) in the high and subauroral latitude ionosphere. In this work, we deploy the Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamic General Circulation Model (TIEGCM) and GPS total electron content (TEC) observations to identify the principle mechanisms for SED and the tongue of ionization (TOI) through term-by-term analysis of the ion continuity equation and also identify the advantages and deficiencies of the TIEGCM in capturing high-latitude and subauroral latitude ionospheric fine structures for the two geomagnetic storm events occurring on 17 March 2013 and 2015. Our results show that in the topside ionosphere, upward E × B ion drifts are most important in SED formation and are offset by antisunward neutral winds and downward ambipolar diffusion effects. In the bottomside F region ionosphere, neutral winds play a major role in generating SEDs. SED signature in TEC is mainly caused by upward E × B ion drifts that lift the ionosphere to higher altitudes where chemical recombination is slower. Horizontal E × B ion drifts play an essential role in transporting plasma from the dayside convection throat region to the polar cap to form TOIs. Inconsistencies between model results and GPS TEC data were found: (1) GPS relative TEC difference between storm time and quiet time has "holes" in the dayside ion convection entrance region, which do not appear in the model results. (2) The model tends to overestimate electron density enhancements in the polar region. Possible causes for these inconsistencies are discussed in this article.

  1. Ionospheric plasma flow about a system of electrically biased flat plates. M.S. Thesis - Cleveland State Univ. Final Report

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    Herr, Joel L.

    1993-01-01

    The steady state interaction of two electrically biased parallel plates immersed in a flowing plasma characteristic of low earth orbit is studied numerically. Fluid equations are developed to describe the motion of the cold positively charged plasma ions, and are solved using finite-differences in two dimensions on a Cartesian grid. The behavior of the plasma electrons is assumed to be described by the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. Results are compared to an analytical and a particle simulation technique for a simplified flow geometry consisting of a single semi-infinite negatively biased plate. Comparison of the extent of the electrical disturbance into the flowing plasma and the magnitude of the current collected by the plate is very good. The interaction of two equally biased parallel plates is studied as a function of applied potential. The separation distance at which the current collected by either plate decreases by five and twenty percent is determined as a function of applied potential. The percent decreases were based on a non-interacting case. The decrease in overall current is caused by a decrease in ionic density in the region between the plates. As the separation between the plates decreases, the plates collect the ions at a faster rate than they are supplied to the middle region by the oncoming plasma flow. The docking of spacecraft in orbit is simulated by moving two plates of unequal potential toward one another in a quasi-static manner. One plate is held at a large negative potential while the other floats electrically in the resulting potential field. It is found that the floating plate does not charge continuously negative as it approaches the other more negatively biased plate. Instead, it charges more and then less negative as ionic current decreases and then increases respectively upon approach. When the two plates come into contact, it is expected that the electrically floating plate will charge rapidly negative to a potential near that of

  2. Temperature anisotropies in the terrestrial ionosphere and plasmasphere

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    Demars, H.G.; Schunk, R.W.

    1987-11-01

    The available theoretical and experimental evidence for ion and electron temperature anisotropies in the terrestrial ionosphere-plasmasphere system is reviewed. The review is concerned only with temperature anisotropies in the thermal (less than 1 eV) populations and does not cover energized auroral populations, such as ion beams, conics, and bowl distributions. Currently, the bulk of the work dealing with temperature anisotropies has been theoretical. Various models have been used to predict ion and electron temperature anisotropies, including kinetic, semikinetic, hydromagnetic and generalized transport models. Temperature anisotropies have been predicted in the polar wind, along plasmapause field lines, during the refilling of the outer plasmasphere after depletion by a magnetic storm, and at F region altitudes in regions of rapid plasma convection. The experimental evidence for temperature anisotropies, on the other hand, is limited. Some of the observations support the theoretical predictions, while other observations indicate the presence of temperature anisotropies in regions where the models predict isotropic temperature distributions. More extensive observations are needed in order to elucidate the underlying processes controlling the thermal structure in the ionosphere-plasmasphere system.

  3. Negative ion and dust grain charge in Titan's ionosphere: multi-instrument case study

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    Shebanits, O.; Wahlund, J.-E.; Edberg, N. J. T.; Wellbrock, A.; Coates, A. J.; Crary, F.; Andrews, D.

    2014-04-01

    The Cassini s/c in-situ plasma measurements of Titan's ionosphere by Radio and Plasma Wave Science (RPWS) Langmuir Probe (LP), Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) Electron (ELS) and Ion Beam (IBS) spectrometers are combined for selected flybys (T16, T20, T29, T40 and T56) to further constrain plasma parameters of ionosphere below 1400 km.

  4. Electron temperature and heat flow in the nightside Venus ionosphere

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    Hoegy, W. R.; Brace, L. H.; Theis, R. F.; Mayr, H. G.

    1980-01-01

    A steady-state two-dimensional heat balance model is used to analyze the night side Venusian ionospheric electron temperatures given by the Pioneer Venus orbiter electron temperature probe. The energy calculation includes the solar EUV heating at the terminator, electron cooling to ions and neutrals, and heat conduction within the ionospheric plasma. An optimum magnetic field is derived by solving for the heat flux directions which force energy conservation while constrained by the observed temperatures within the range of 80-170 deg solar zenith angle and 160-170 km. The heat flux vectors indicate a magnetic field that connects the lower night side ionosphere to the day side ionosphere, and connects the upper ionosphere to the ionosheath. The lower ionosphere is heated through conduction of heat from the dayside, and the upper ionosphere is heated by the solar wind in the ionosheath with heat flowing downward and from the nightside to the day side.

  5. Thermocapillary convection of melts and its role in laser-plasma synthesis and laser-induced amorphism

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    Uglov, A. A.; Smurov, I. Iu.; Gus'kov, A. G.; Semakhin, S. A.

    1987-06-01

    The role of thermocapillary convection in mass transfer processes in melts is investigated analytically and experimentally using vacuum-arc melted Ni63-Ta37 and Cu50-Zr50 alloys. It is shown that thermocapillary convection not only leads to the transfer of alloying components to the deeper layers of the melt but also may produce, in certain cases, a significant temperature redistribution in the liquid phase. Convective transfer dominates over conduction when the product of Re and Pr is greater than 1. In the experiments, the structure of the amorphous and crystalline layers in the solidified alloys is found to be in qualitative agreement with the structure of a thermocapillary vortex.

  6. HF-induced parametric decay in presence of field-aligned irregularities. [Landau damped plasma waves in ionosphere

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    Rypdal, K.; Cragin, B. L.

    1979-01-01

    A nonlinear theory for the saturation of the HF-induced parametric decay instability is formulated in terms of the normal modes of a field-aligned plasma wave duct. Coupling coefficients between modes are derived, and a saturation spectrum is computed numerically for a typical irregularity. The computed spectrum shows that unstable waves may propagate at larger angles to the magnetic field than would be the case in a regular medium. The relevance of this work to the experiment of Muldrew and Showen (1977), concerning the height of the HF-induced plasma line at Arecibo, is discussed. A possible explanation is also found for the 'decay line' feature in comparison with the 'broad bump' in the observed backscatter spectrum.

  7. Simulating Storm Enhanced Densities (SEDs) Using Ionosphere-Plasmasphere-Electrodynamics (IPE) Model

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    Fedrizzi, M.; Maruyama, N.; Fuller-Rowell, T. J.; Richards, P. G.; Fang, T. W.; Codrescu, M.

    2015-12-01

    Storm-enhanced densities (SEDs) are increased ion concentrations seen in longitudinally narrow regions extending from middle latitudes to the polar cusp region. Signatures of SEDs have been observed in total electron content measurements obtained from networks of GPS receivers. They have also been observed as plasmaspheric plumes by the extreme ultraviolet imager onboard IMAGE spacecraft, and more recently by the Van Allen Probes. Various mechanisms have been suggested to explain these density enhancements. In order to assess these theories and advance the understanding of the processes causing the dynamical evolution of SEDs in the ionosphere, a global ionosphere-plasmasphere model with a realistic specification of storm time dependent electric field and neutral atmosphere is required. In this study, the recently developed Ionosphere-Plasmasphere-Electrodynamics (IPE) model is used to simulate the SED observed during the March 17th, 2013 geomagnetic storm event. The IPE model provides time dependent, global, three dimensional plasma densities for nine ion species, electron and ion temperatures, parallel and perpendicular velocities of ionosphere and plasmasphere. The geomagnetic storm high latitude drivers rely on the empirical models of the time-dependent Weimer magnetospheric convection and TIROS/NOAA auroral precipitation patterns. The neutral atmosphere composition and winds come from either empirical the MSIS and HWM models, or the Coupled model of the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Plasmasphere and electrodynamics (CTIPe). The simulations are used to evaluate the relative importance between electric field, neutral wind and neutral composition in reproducing the SEDs. Furthermore, observations from ground and space are used to validate the model results.

  8. On the Spatial Power Spectrum of the E x B Gradient Drift Instability in Ionospheric Plasma Clouds.

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    1981-04-14

    Haerendel, 1971; Perkins et al., 1973] . More recently Chaturvedi and Ossakow [1979] has presented arguments based on the nonlinear two-dimensional...coherent mode coupling of two Fourier modes of plasma cloud density, following the work of Rognlien and Weinstock [ 1975 ], to explain the nonlinear ...evaluate the second term on the left hand side. Since we are considering only quadratic nonlinearities only a linear relation of &V k to 61 k is needed and

  9. Magnetospheric convection at Uranus

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    Selesnick, R. S.

    1987-01-01

    The unusual configuration of the Uranian magnetosphere leads to differences in the relative effects of solar wind induced magnetospheric convection and plasma corotation from those at the other planets. At the present epoch the orientation of the rotation axis of Uranus with respect to the solar wind flow direction leads to a decoupling of the convective and corotational flows, allowing plasma from the tail to move unimpeded through the inner magnetosphere. As Uranus progresses in its orbit around the sun, corotation plays a gradually more important role and the plasma residence times within the magnetosphere increase. When the rotation axis finally becomes perpendicular to the solar wind flow, corotation is dominant.

  10. Polar Cap Potential Saturation during the Bastille Day Storm using Next Generation Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling Global MHD Simulation

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    Kubota, Y.; Nagatsuma, T.; Den, M.; Tanaka, T.; Fujita, S.

    2015-12-01

    We are developing a real-time numerical simulator for the solar-wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling system using next generation magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling global MHD simulation called REPPU (REProduce Plasma Universe) code. The feature of simulation has an advanced robustness to strong solar wind case because a triangular grid is used, which is able to calculate in the uniform accuracy over the whole region. Therefore we can simulate extreme event such as the Bastille day storm. The resolution is 7682 grids in the horizontal direction and 240 grids in the radial direction. The inner boundary of the simulation box is set at 2.6 Re. We investigate the reproduction of the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling simulation in strong solar wind case. Therefore we compared the simulation results with the observation of the Bastille day storm event (2000/7/15), in which the solar wind velocity is above 1000 km/s and the value of Bz reached -60 nT. Especially, we focus the cross polar cap potential (CPCP) saturation and time variation because the CPCP represents the value of magnetospheric - ionospheric convection strength via region 1 current. The CPCP depends on solar wind electric field, dynamic pressure and ionospheric conductivity [Siscoe et al., 2002; Kivelson et al., 2008]. The model of Kivelson et al. [2008] shows a good reproduction to the CPCP variation. However their study assumes that the ionospheric conductivity is constant. The conductivity in our simulation of the Bastille day event is varied by the auroral activity. In this lecture, we discuss the effect of both the auroral conductance and solar EUV-driven conductance to CPCP saturation.

  11. Plasma transport driven by the Rayleigh-Taylor instability

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    Ma, X.; Delamere, P. A.; Otto, A.

    2016-06-01

    Two important differences between the giant magnetospheres (i.e., Jupiter's and Saturn's magnetospheres) and the terrestrial magnetosphere are the internal plasma sources and the fast planetary rotation. Thus, there must be a radially outward flow to transport the plasma to avoid infinite accumulation of plasma. This radial outflow also carries the magnetic flux away from the inner magnetosphere due to the frozen-in condition. As such, there also must be a radial inward flow to refill the magnetic flux in the inner magnetosphere. Due to the similarity between Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instability and the centrifugal instability, we use a three-dimensional RT instability to demonstrate that an interchange instability can form a convection flow pattern, locally twisting the magnetic flux, consequently forming a pair of high-latitude reconnection sites. This process exchanges a part of the flux tube, thereby transporting the plasma radially outward without requiring significant latitudinal convection of magnetic flux in the ionosphere.

  12. Lobe cell convection and field-aligned currents poleward of the region 1 current system

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    Eriksson, S.; Bonnell, J. W.; Blomberg, L. G.; Ergun, R. E.; Marklund, G. T.; Carlson, C. W.

    2002-08-01

    We present a case and statistical study of plasma convection in the Northern Hemisphere during summer conditions using electric field, magnetic field, and particle data taken during dawn-dusk directed orbits of the FAST satellite. To our knowledge, this set provides the most comprehensive combination of data as yet presented in support of lobe cell convection from an ionospheric perspective this far from the noon sector. In particular, we study the current systems and convection patterns for all passes in July 1997 that show evidence for six large-scale field-aligned currents (FACs) rather than the usual system of four FACs associated with the region 1/region 2 current systems. A total of 71 passes out of 232 in the study had the extra pair of FACs. The extra pair of FACs in 30 of the 71 cases lies either on the dawnside or on the duskside of the noon-midnight meridian, and their position is strongly correlated with the polarity of the IMF By (negative and positive, respectively). This is consistent with the IMF dependence of a three-cell convection pattern of coexisting merging, viscous, and lobe-type convection cells. The occurrence of the asymmetric FAC pair was also strongly linked to conditions of IMF |By/Bz| > 1. The extra pair of FACs in these cases was clearly associated with the lobe cell of the three-cell convection system. The remaining 41 cases had the pair of FACs straddling the noon-midnight meridian. The extra pair of FACs was often (20 cases out of 30) observed at magnetic local times more than three hours away from noon, rather than being confined to regions near noon and the typical location of the cusp. Such a current system consisting of a pair of FACs poleward of the nearest region 1 current is consistent with the IMF By-dependent global MHD model developed by Ogino et al. [1986] for southward IMF conditions, as well as with other magnetospheric and ionospheric convection models that include the effects of merging occuring simultaneously at

  13. Formation of polar ionospheric tongue of ionization during minor geomagnetic disturbed conditions

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    Liu, Jing; Nakamura, Takuji; Liu, Libo; Wang, Wenbin; Balan, Nanan; Nishiyama, Takanori; Hairston, Marc R.; Thomas, E. G.

    2015-08-01

    Previous investigations of ionospheric storm-enhanced density (SED) and tongue of ionization (TOI) focused mostly on the behavior of TOI during intense geomagnetic storms. Little attention has been paid to the spatial and temporal variations of TOI during weak to moderate geomagnetic disturbed conditions. In this paper we investigate the source and development of TOI during a moderate geomagnetic storm on 14 October 2012. Multi-instrumental observations including GPS total electron content (TEC), Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) in situ measured total ion concentration and ion drift velocity, SuperDARN measured polar ion convection patterns, and electron density profiles from the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar (PFISR) have been utilized in the current analysis. GPS TEC maps show salient TOI structures persisting for about 5 h over high latitudes of North America on 14 October 2012 in the later recovery phase of the storm when the magnitudes of IMF By and Bz were less than 5 nT. The PFISR electron density profiles indicate that the extra ionization for TEC enhancements mainly occurred in the topside ionosphere with no obvious changes in the bottomside ionosphere and vertical plasma drifts. Additionally, there were no signatures of penetration electric fields in the equatorial electrojet data and upward ion drifts at high latitudes. At the same time, strong subauroral polarization streams with ion drift speeds exceeding 2.5 km/s carried sunward fluxes and migrated toward lower latitudes for about 5° based on the DMSP cross-track drift measurements. Based on those measurements, we postulate that the combined effects of initial build-up of ionization at midlatitudes through daytime production of ionization and equatorward (or less poleward than normal daytime) neutral wind reducing downward diffusion along the inclined filed lines, and an expanded polar ion convection pattern and its associated horizontal plasma transport are important in the

  14. Electron Gyro-Harmonic Effects on Ionospheric Stimulated Brillouin Scatter

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    2014-08-21

    power high-frequency (HF) radio waves may now produce stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in the ionospheric plasma. The sensitivity of the...distribution is unlimited. Electron gyro-harmonic effects on ionospheric stimulated Brillouin scatter The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this...Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Bayamon P.O. Box 363255 San Juan, PR 00936 -3255 ABSTRACT Electron gyro-harmonic effects on ionospheric

  15. Three-Dimensional Particle-in-Cell Simulations of Wave Excitation by Conventional and Parametric Antennas in the Ionospheric Plasma

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    Main, Daniel; Kim, Tony; Caplinger, James; Sotnokiv, Vladimir; Paraschiv, I.; Rose, David

    2015-11-01

    Conventional antennas immersed in a cold, magnetized plasma (CMP) and operating in the very low frequency (VLF) range (e.g. loop and dipole antennas) excite predominately the electrostatic part of the wave spectrum. For example, loop antennas excited in the frequency range ωLH < ω <ωce produce electrostatic lower oblique resonance (LOR) waves. The goal of our research is to increase power radiated into the electromagnetic part of the VLF wave spectrum. Electromagnetic whistler waves are generated due to a nonlinear coupling of LOR and ion acoustic (IA) waves inside a plasma volume around two conventional antennas. Ion acoustic type density perturbations can be excited by a conventional dipole antenna with frequencies in the range ωci < ω <ωLH . In this poster we show three-dimensional electric field patterns from the loop and dipole antennas and the EM spectrum excited due to the parametric interaction. (NOTE: LH = lower hybrid, ce = electron cyclotron,ci=ion cyclotron).

  16. Seasonal and geomagnetic response of the thermosphere and ionosphere

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    Rees, D.; Fuller-Rowell, T. J.

    1989-04-01

    A self-consistent coupled thermospheric/ionospheric model, a valuable diagnostic tool for examining thermospheric/ionospheric interactions was produced. The neutral thermospheric wind velocity, composition, density, and energy budget are computed, including their full interactions with the high-latitude ion drift and the evolution of the plasma density. A series of simulations was performed at high solar activity, for a level of moderate geomagnetic activity, for each of the June and December solstices, and positive and negative values of the IMF-BY component. In the winter polar region, ion transport and the dirunal migration of the polar convection pattern into and out of sunlight play a major role in the plasma density structure at F-region altitudes. In the summer polar region, an increase in the proportion of molecular to atomic species, created by the global seasonal thermospheric circulation and augmented by the geomagnetic forcing, controls the plasma densities at all Universal Times. The increased destruction of F-region ions in the summer polar region reduces the mean level of solar insolation. In the winter polar region at 300 km the dominant ion is O(+); in summer molecular and O(+) ions are of similar number densities. The summer ion temperature at 300 km exceeds the winter values by 500 K, due to change in neutral temperature. In the lower thermosphere auroral oval the ion density is dominated by auroral precipitation in both seasons, resulting in only a small seasonal dependence in the height-integrated Joule heating rate and field-aligned currents (FAC). Within the polar cap, solar ionization generates a large seasonal variation of conductivity, producing a threefold increase in peak Joule heating rates, changing the balance of FAC. Neglect of neutral winds increases dusk sector Joule heating. Most of the neutral and electrodynamic parameters considered also have strong IMF-BY dependence.

  17. Equatorial ionosphere 'fountain- effect' above imminent earthquake epicenter

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    Ruzhin, Yu.; Depueva, A. H.; Devi, M.

    2003-04-01

    Existence of lithosphere-ionosphere interaction is known for a long time, but it does not mean that the ionospheric morphology above areas of earthquakes preparation is investigated sufficiently well. It was shown that seismo-precursor variations of the atmosphere electricity cause appropriate electric field at the ionospheric heights, which being added to existing natural field may both increase or decrease its action on the ionospheric plasma characteristics: drifts, aeronomy, plasma chemistry, ion composition etc. Anomalous variations appear inside whole ionosphere volume from the lowest boundary of Earth's plasma shell (100 km) up to 1000km and higher. Under fortunate coincidence seismo-precursor electric field can generate natural ionosphere phenomena, 'fountain- effect', leading to Appleton anomaly in the equatorial ionosphere over future earthquake position. Our basic idea is to take into account dependence of the observable effects on a geographical position of the earthquake epicenter. As for low latitudes it is proved by specificity of formation and dynamics of equatorial ionosphere (seismogenic ""fountain" effect , first of all), and also by features of earth crust structure close to the equator (mainly meridionally alongated tectonic faults). Ionospheric effects of low-latitude earthquakes were not investigated separately so far though rather semo-active zones are located namely at low latitudes: India, Peru, Oceania. We used the data of topside sounding of ALOUETTE-1 and ISS-b satellites, and also data of ground-based vertical sounding stationary stations Kodaikanal, Huancayo, Djibouti etc. and records of the total electron content (TEC).

  18. A statistical study of the inner edge of the electron plasma sheet and the net convection potential as a function of geomagnetic activity

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    Jiang, F.; Kivelson, M. G.; Walker, R. J.; Khurana, K. K.; Angelopoulos, V.; Hsu, T.

    2011-06-01

    A widely accepted explanation of the location of the inner edge of the electron plasma sheet and its dependence on electron energy is based on drift motions of individual particles. The boundary is identified as the separatrix between drift trajectories linking the tail to the dayside magnetopause (open paths) and trajectories closed around the Earth. A statistical study of the inner edge of the electron plasma sheet using THEMIS Electrostatic Analyzer plasma data from November 2007 to April 2009 enabled us to examine this model. Using a dipole magnetic field and a Volland-Stern electric field with shielding, we find that a steady state drift boundary model represents the average location of the electron plasma sheet boundary and reflects its variation with the solar wind electric field in the local time region between 21:00 and 06:00, except at high activity levels. However, the model does not reproduce the observed energy dispersion of the boundaries. We have also used the location of the inner edge of the electron plasma sheet to parameterize the potential drop of the tail convection electric field as a function of solar wind electric field (Esw) and geomagnetic activity. The range of Esw examined is small because the data were acquired near solar minimum. For the range of values tested (meaningful statistics only for Esw < 2 mV/m), reasonably good agreement is found between the potential drop of the tail convection electric field inferred from the location of the inner edge and the polar cap potential drop calculated from the model of Boyle et al. (1997).

  19. Storm time plasma transport at middle and high latitudes

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    Foster, J.C. )

    1993-02-01

    Associated with the large-scale enhancement of the ionospheric convection electric field during disturbed geomagnetic conditions, solar-produced F region plasma is transported to and through the noontime cleft from a source region at middle and low latitudes in the afternoon sector. As a result of the offset between the geomagnetic and geographic poles, the afternoon sector region of strong sunward convection is shifted to increasingly lower geographic latitude throughout the interval between 12 UT and 24 UT. A snowplow effect occurs in which the convection cell continually encounters fresh corotating ionospheric plasma along its equatorward edge, producing a latitudinally narrow region of storm-enhanced plasma density (SED) and increased total electron content which is advected toward higher latitudes in the noon sector. The Millstone Hill incoherent scatter radar regularly observes SED as a spatially continuous, large-scale feature spanning local times between noon and midnight and at latitudes between the polar cap and its mid- or low-latitude source region. For local times away from noon, the latitude of most probable SED occurrence moves equatorward by 6[degrees] for an increase of 2 in the Kp index. During strong disturbances the topside SED is observed to be convecting sunward at [approximately]750 m s[sup [minus]1] with a flux of 10[sup 14] m[sup [minus]2] s[sup [minus]1]. This feature accounts for the pronounced enhancement of ionospheric density near dusk at middle latitudes observed during the early stages of magnetic storms (called the dusk effect) and constitutes a source for the enhanced F region plasma observed in the polar cap during disturbed conditions. 34 refs., 13 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Soviet ionospheric modification research

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    Duncan, L.M.; Carlson, H.C.; Djuth, F.T.; Fejer, J.A.; Gerson, N.C.; Hagfors, T.; Newman, D.B. Jr.; Showen, R.L.

    1988-07-01

    Soviet published literature in ionospheric modification research by high-power radio waves is assessed, including an evaluation of its impact on and applications to future remote-sensing and telecommunications systems. This assessment is organized to place equal emphasis on basic research activities, designed to investigate both the natural geophysical environment and fundamental plasma physics; advanced research programs, such as those studying artificial ionization processes and oblique high-power radio propagation and practical system applications and operational limitations addressed by this research. The assessment indicates that the Soviet Union sustains high-quality theoretical and experimental research programs in ionospheric modification, with a breadth and level of effort greatly exceeding comparable Western programs. Soviet theoretical research tends to be analytical and intuitive, as compared to the Western emphasis on numerical simulation techniques. The Soviet experimental approach is less exploratory, designed principally to confirm theoretical predictions. Although limited by inferior diagnostic capabilities, Soviet experimental facilities are more numerous, operate on a more regular basis, and transmit radio wave powers exceeding those os Western facilities. Because of its broad scope of activity, the Soviet Union is better poised to quickly exploit new technologies and system applications as they are developed. This panel has identified several key areas of Soviet research activity and emerging technology that may offer long-term opportunities for remote-sensing and telecommunications advantages. However, we have found no results that suggest imminent breakthrough discoveries in these fields.

  1. Magnetosphere sawtooth oscillations induced by ionospheric outflow.

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    Brambles, O J; Lotko, W; Zhang, B; Wiltberger, M; Lyon, J; Strangeway, R J

    2011-06-03

    The sawtooth mode of convection of Earth's magnetosphere is a 2- to 4-hour planetary-scale oscillation powered by the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere (SW-M-I) interaction. Using global simulations of geospace, we have shown that ionospheric O(+) outflows can generate sawtooth oscillations. As the outflowing ions fill the inner magnetosphere, their pressure distends the nightside magnetic field. When the outflow fluence exceeds a threshold, magnetic field tension cannot confine the accumulating fluid; an O(+)-rich plasmoid is ejected, and the field dipolarizes. Below the threshold, the magnetosphere undergoes quasi-steady convection. Repetition and the sawtooth period are controlled by the strength of the SW-M-I interaction, which regulates the outflow fluence.

  2. Development of two new ionospheric indices

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    Noguera D., Cesar O.

    The solar terrestrial environment presently is characterized by a suite of indices that represent the system dynamics and indicate the degree of space weather effects. These indices have extended heritage based on measurements that are well calibrated and readily available. Examples of these are the solar radio flux at 10.7 cm (F10.7), magnetospheric currents inferred from ground-based magnetographs (Dst), and auroral electrojet also based on ground-based magnetograms (AE family of indices). At the present time, the ionosphere dynamics and response to space weather are not characterized by a "true" ionosphere index. However, because ionospheric plasma variability is a major adverse effect on makind's space technologies, the creation of such an index may be appropriate. The major adverse effects are associated with radio wave propagation, either communication or navigation, through the ionosphere. Over the past decade, thousands of ground-based dual frequency GPS receivers have been deployed, each of which measures ionospheric total electron content (TEC) continuously in multiple directions. Hence, with the standardized formatting of these measurements and their relatively real-time nature, a unique ionospheric data stream exists from which indices can, in principle, be developed. This study is an initial exploration of how purely an ionospheric index could be derived from these GPS-TEC data. Regional versus global issues are addressed, as well as diurnal issues.

  3. Ionospheric Indices Based on GPS TEC

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    Noguera, C.; Sojka, J. J.; Thompson, D. C.; Schunk, R. W.

    2005-12-01

    The solar terrestrial environment is presently characterized by a suite of indices that represent the system's dynamics and indicate the degree of space weather effects. These indices an have extended heritage based on measurements that are well calibrated and readily available. Examples of these are the solar radio flux at 10.7 cm (F10.7), magnetospheric currents inferred from ground-based magnetographs (Dst), and auroral electrojet also based on ground-based magnetograms (AE family of indices). At the present time, the ionosphere's dynamics and response to space weather are not characterized by a "true" ionosphere index. However, since ionospheric plasma variability has a major adverse effect on human space technologies, the creation of such an index may be appropriate. The major adverse effects are associated with radio wave propagation through the ionosphere either communications or navigation. Over the past decade thousands of ground-based dual frequency GPS receivers have been deployed. Each of these measures ionospheric total electron content (TEC) continuously in multiple directions. Hence, with the standardized formatting of these measurements and their near real-time nature, a unique ionospheric data stream exists from which indices can, in principle, be developed. This study is an initial exploration of how a purely ionospheric index could be derived from these GPS TEC data. Regional versus global issues are addressed, as well as diurnal issues.

  4. Whistlers. [in earth ionosphere and magnetosphere

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    Park, C. G.

    1982-01-01

    Theoretical models of ionospheric whistler phenomena are reviewed and compared with experimental data. Whistlers were characterized as lightning discharges through a dispersive medium in 1919, with the first observed appearance of whistler noises detected in telephone communications. Magneto-ionic theory is used to characterize whistlers, with the Appleton-Hartree equations applied to the wave fields arising from lightning interactions with ionospheric plasma. Large values of the refractive index or slow propagation speeds give rise to the whistler mode, i.e., propagation of the wave through plasmas of any density. Propagation through the ionosphere is examined with the Snell's law, and account is taken of absorption and the necessity of obtaining full-wave solutions. Finally, theories are under development to explain the occurrence of ducting, i.e., guiding of the whistler wave by field-aligned plasma density irregularities.

  5. The plasma environment of Uranus

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    Belcher, J. W.; Mcnutt, R. L., Jr.; Richardson, J. D.; Selesnick, R. S.; Sittler, E. C., Jr.; Bagenal, F.

    1991-01-01

    An overview of the observational results on the plasma environment at Uranus is given, and the implications of these observations for magnetospheric physics at Uranus are discussed. During the Voyager 2 encounter with Uranus, an extended magnetosphere filled with a tenuous plasma was detected. This low-energy plasma was found to consist of protons and electrons, with no significant heavy ion contribution, and with a density in the regions sampled by the spacecraft of at most three electrons per cubic centimeter. The plasma electrons and ions exhibit both a thermal component (with temperatures of tens of eV) and a hot component (with temperatures of a few keV). The thermal ion component is observed both inside and outside an L-shell value near 5, whereas the hot ion and electron component is excluded from the region inside of that L-shell. The source of the thermal component of the plasma is either the planetary ionosphere or the neutral hydrogen corona surrounding Uranus, whereas the hot component is convected in from the magnetotail, with probably an ionospheric source.

  6. Ionospheric Challenges for GNSS Based Augmentation Systems

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    Doherty, P.; Valladares, C. E.

    2007-12-01

    The ionosphere is a highly dynamic physical phenomenon that presents a variable source of error for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals and GNSS based operational systems. The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS) was designed to enhance the GNSS standard positioning service by providing additional accuracy, availability and integrity that is sufficient for use in commercial aviation. It is the first of a number of planned regional Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS). Other systems in development include the European EGNOS system, the MSAS system in Japan and the GAGAN system in India. In addition, the South American countries are investigating the feasibility of operating an SBAS system in this region. Much of the WAAS ionospheric research and development focused on defining and mitigating ionospheric challenges characteristic of the mid-latitude regions, where the ionosphere is well studied and relatively quiescent. The EGNOS and MSAS systems will primarily operate under a similarly quiescent mid-latitude ionosphere. SBAS system development in South America, India and other low-latitude regions, however, will have to contend with much more extreme conditions. These conditions include strong spatial and temporal gradients, plasma depletions and scintillation. All of these conditions have a potential to limit SBAS performance in the low latitude regions. This presentation will review the effects that the ionosphere has on the mid-latitude WAAS system. It will present the techniques that are used to mitigate ionospheric disturbances induced on the system during severe geomagnetic activity and it will quantify the effect that this activity has on system performance. The presentation will then present data from the South American Low-latitude Ionospheric Sensor Network (LISN) that can be used to infer the ionospheric effects on SBAS performance in the most challenging low-latitude ionospheric environment

  7. Plasma drifts and polarization electric fields associated with TID-like disturbances in the low-latitude ionosphere: C/NOFS observations

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    Huang, Chao-Song

    2016-02-01

    Medium-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances are often observed at the magnetically conjugate points in the nighttime midlatitude ionosphere. It has been suggested that gravity waves disturb the ionosphere and induce electric fields in one hemisphere and that the electric fields are amplified by the Perkins instability and transmitted along the geomagnetic field lines to the conjugate ionosphere, creating similar disturbances there. However, direct observations of electric fields associated with traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs) are very few. In this study, we present low-latitude TID-like disturbances observed by the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite. It is found that ion velocity perturbations are generated in the directions parallel and perpendicular to the geomagnetic field within TIDs. Both the parallel and perpendicular ion velocity perturbations show an in-phase correlation with the ion density perturbations. For nighttime TIDs, the amplitude of both the parallel and meridional ion velocity perturbations increases almost linearly with the amplitude of the ion density perturbations, and the meridional ion drift is proportional to the parallel ion velocity. For daytime TIDs, the parallel ion velocity perturbation increases with the ion density perturbation, but the meridional ion velocity perturbation does not change much. The observations provide evidence that polarization electric field is generated within TIDs at low latitudes and maps along the geomagnetic field lines over a large distance.

  8. Characteristics of E-region background ionosphere and plasma waves measured over the dip equator during total solar eclipse campaign

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    Sekar, R.; Gupta, S. P.; Chakrabarty, D.

    2014-07-01

    A unique set of rocket flight measurements of plasma parameters from the dip equator (Thumba; 8.5°N, 76.5°E, dip 0.5°S) was carried out at two obscuration levels (40% and 72%) on a total solar eclipse day (16 February 1980) which was also under a moderately disturbed geomagnetic condition. The path of totality was 400 km north of Thumba. Another rocket flight was conducted on 17 February 1980 to obtain the control day measurement at the same local time. As expected, the electron densities are found to be less throughout the measured altitude region on a solar eclipse day with the 72% obscuration level compared to the control day at the same local time (same solar zenith angle). In the presence of average electron density scale length of 10 and 9 km in the altitude region of 88-100 km, the initiation of the gradient drift waves is observed at altitudes of 91 and 93 km during 40% and 72% obscuration levels respectively on a solar eclipse day. However, on a control day, in the presence of average electron density scale length of 9 km, these waves are found at altitude as low as 88 km. In addition, the amplitude of the gradient drift waves is found to be the largest during the 72% obscuration level compared to those during the 40% obscuration level and control day. In the absence of electric field measurements, the magnetometer observations are used to infer an increase in the polarization electric field when the obscuration level is around 72%. This along with steeper gradient can account for the increase in the amplitude of gradient drift waves during 72% obscuration compared to 40% obscuration. The relative role of the growth and decay of the gradient drift waves is discussed in the context of these observations.

  9. Ionospheric Cubeswarm Concept Study: using low-resource instrumentation for truly multipoint in situ ionospheric observations

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    Hampton, D.; Lynch, K. A.; Earle, G. D.; Mannucci, A. J.; Clayton, R.; Fisher, L. E.; Fernandes, P. A.; Roberts, M.; Zettergren, M. D.

    2015-12-01

    Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling currents close in the nightside lower ionosphere. These spatially inhomogeneous and time varying volume currents are difficult to capture with in situ observations. Our understanding of M-I coupling systems is limited by our understanding of the actual structure of ionospheric current closure. A path forward includes assimilation of a variety of data sets into increasingly capable ionospheric models. While each data set provides only a piece of the picture, the assimilation process allows optimal use of each piece.An important development for the necessary in situ observations involves making them truly multi-point, and therefore, low-resource. For thermal particle observations, the high densities of the lower ionosphere allow the use of low-gain (current-sensing rather than particle-counting) particle sensors. One observational goal is the definition of the actual structure of ionospheric closure currents. This can be approached with a number of different measurement techniques, in tandem with an ionospheric model, since the closure currents need to follow the rules of electrodynamics and current continuity. Low resource thermal plasma sensors such as retarding potential analyzers and drift meters can provide valuable measurements of plasma parameters, including density and plasma flow, without the need for high voltages or deployable boom systems. These low-resource measurements, which can be reproduced on arrays of in situ observation platforms, used in tandem with proper plasma physics interpretation of their signatures in the disturbed observing environment, and as part of an assimilated data set into an ionospheric model, can allow us to progress in our understanding of ionospheric structuring and its effects on auroral coupling. Now, with increasingly capable multipoint arrays of spacecraft, and quantitative 2D-with-time context from cameras and imagery, we are moving toward truly multipoint studies of the system

  10. Variations of the ionospheric plasma concentration in the region of the main ionospheric trough during the magnetic storm of December 18-19, 1978, in connection with measurements of the interplanetary magnetic field

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    Gdalevich, G.L.; Afonin, V.V.; Eliseev, A.Y.; Kolomiitsev, O.P.; Ozerov, V.D.; Soboleva, T.N.

    1986-07-01

    Data from the Kosmos-900 satellite are used to examine variations of the ion concentration in the region of the main ionospheric trough at altitudes of about 500 km during the storm of December 18-19, 1978. These variations of ion densities are compared with the variations of the parameters of the interplanetary medium, in particular, with the E /sub y/ = -VB /sub z/ component of the interplanetary electric field. The results of the comparison are discussed. A scheme is proposed for the formation and motion of the trough during magnetic disturbances.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Photochemistry of planetary ionospheres

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    Nagy, Andrew F.

    1987-01-01

    The dominant photochemical reactions taking place in the ionospheres of Venus, Saturn, and Comet P/Halley are presented. It is shown that the differences in the ionospheres of these celestial bodies result from the different chemistry, energetics, and dynamics of the respective atmospheres. The role of photochemistry in the formation of the individual ionospheres is discussed.

  14. Frequency characteristics of the action of powerful radio-frequency radiation on the ionospheric F layer

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    Erukhimov, L.M.; Ivanov, V.A.; Mityakov, N.A.; Uryadov, V.P.; Frolov, V.A.; Shumaev, V.V.

    1988-03-01

    The results of an investigation of the effect of artificial ionospheric nonuniformities on the characteristics of LFM signals with vertical and oblique sounding of the ionosphere are presented. A classification of the effects observed on ionograms from vertical and oblique-sounding LFM ionosonde, owing to the effect of artificial nonuniformities of different scale, is given. It was found that powerful beams of radio waves have a characteristic effect on the ionospheric plasma under conditions when moving ionospheric disturbances appear.

  15. Toward storm-time ionosphere forecast using GNSS observations

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    Lin, Charles; Chen, Chia-Hung; Liu, Tiger J. Y.; Chen, Wei-Han

    2016-04-01

    Previous theoretical simulations of the mid- and low-latitude ionospheric responses to space weather events have indicated general features of electron density disturbances. The magnetic storm produced penetration electric field and neutral wind disturbances lead to formation of various storm-time ionospheric electron density structures, such as super plasma fountain, equatorial electron density trough and F3 layer, as well as long-lasting global ionosphere suppression. We attempt to model these storm-related ionospheric electron density structures using the global assimilative ionospheric model that assimilates electron densities taken from FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC and TEC from ground-based GNSS receivers. Using the ensemble Kalman filter with consideration of ion densities, electric potential, thermospheric neutral wind and compositions as update variables, we study the performance and forecast capability of the assimilative model. The assimilative model could be utilized for ionosphere forecast in near future.

  16. Modeling polar cap F-region patches using time varying convection

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    Sojka, J.J.; Bowline, M.D.; Schunk, R.W.; Decker, D.T.; Valladares, C.E.; Sheehan, R.; Anderson, D.N.; Heelis, R.A.

    1993-09-03

    Here the authors present the results of computerized simulations of the polar cap regions which were able to model the formation of polar cap patches. They used the Utah State University Time-Dependent Ionospheric Model (TDIM) and the Phillips Laboratory (PL) F-region models in this work. By allowing a time varying magnetospheric electric field in the models, they were able to generate the patches. This time varying field generates a convection in the ionosphere. This convection is similar to convective changes observed in the ionosphere at times of southward pointing interplanetary magnetic field, due to changes in the B[sub y] component of the IMF.

  17. Global Dayside Ionospheric Uplift and Enhancement Associated with Interplanetary Electric Fields

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    Tsurutani, Bruce; Mannucci, Anthony; Iijima, Byron; Abdu, Mangalathayil Ali; Sobral, Jose Humberto A.; Gonzalez, Walter; Guarnieri, Fernando; Tsuda, Toshitaka; Saito, Akinori; Yumoto, Kiyohumi; Fejer, Bela; Fuller-Rowell, Timothy J.; Kozyra, Janet; Foster, John C.; Coster, Anthea; Vasyliunas, Vytenis M.

    2004-01-01

    The interplanetary shock/electric field event of 5-6 November 2001 is analyzed using ACE interplanetary data. The consequential ionospheric effects are studied using GPS receiver data from the CHAMP and SAC-C satellites and altimeter data from the TOPEX/ Poseidon satellite. Data from 100 ground-based GPS receivers as well as Brazilian Digisonde and Pacific sector magnetometer data are also used. The dawn-to-dusk interplanetary electric field was initially 33 mV/m just after the forward shock (IMF BZ = -48 nT) and later reached a peak value of 54 mV/m 1 hour and 40 min later (BZ = -78 nT). The electric field was 45 mV/m (BZ = -65 nT) 2 hours after the shock. This electric field generated a magnetic storm of intensity DST = -275 nT. The dayside satellite GPS receiver data plus ground-based GPS data indicate that the entire equatorial and midlatitude (up to +/-50(deg) magnetic latitude (MLAT)) dayside ionosphere was uplifted, significantly increasing the electron content (and densities) at altitudes greater than 430 km (CHAMP orbital altitude). This uplift peaked 2 1/2 hours after the shock passage. The effect of the uplift on the ionospheric total electron content (TEC) lasted for 4 to 5 hours. Our hypothesis is that the interplanetary electric field ''promptly penetrated'' to the ionosphere, and the dayside plasma was convected (by E x B) to higher altitudes. Plasma upward transport/convergence led to a 55-60% increase in equatorial ionospheric TEC to values above 430 km (at 1930 LT). This transport/convergence plus photoionization of atmospheric neutrals at lower altitudes caused a 21% TEC increase in equatorial ionospheric TEC at 1400 LT (from ground-based measurements). During the intense electric field interval, there was a sharp plasma ''shoulder'' detected at midlatitudes by the GPS receiver and altimeter satellites. This shoulder moves equatorward from -54(deg) to -37(deg) MLAT during the development of the main phase of the magnetic storm. We presume this to

  18. HAARP-Induced Ionospheric Ducts

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    Milikh, Gennady; Vartanyan, Aram

    2011-01-04

    It is well known that strong electron heating by a powerful HF-facility can lead to the formation of electron and ion density perturbations that stretch along the magnetic field line. Those density perturbations can serve as ducts for ELF waves, both of natural and artificial origin. This paper presents observations of the plasma density perturbations caused by the HF-heating of the ionosphere by the HAARP facility. The low orbit satellite DEMETER was used as a diagnostic tool to measure the electron and ion temperature and density along the satellite orbit overflying close to the magnetic zenith of the HF-heater. Those observations will be then checked against the theoretical model of duct formation due to HF-heating of the ionosphere. The model is based on the modified SAMI2 code, and is validated by comparison with well documented experiments.

  19. IFM-Modeled Response of the High-Latitude Ionosphere to Auroral Dynamics Based on Auroral Observations Acquired with the Visible Imaging System(VIS) on the Polar Spacecraft

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    Bekerat, H.; Sigwarth, J.; Schunk, R.; Eccles, V.

    2007-12-01

    Global physics-based models for the high-latitude ionosphere have been developed to such an extent that the large and small ionospheric features during magnetic storms and substorms can be studied. These models, however, require inputs for the magnetospheric forcing, i.e. Magnetospheric convection and particle precipitation. More specifically, for these models to yield reliable results during magnetic storms and substorms, reliable global maps for the high-latitude magnetospheric convection and auroral electron particle precipitation patterns as a function of time are needed. Over the last decades several statistical models for the high-latitude convection and particle precipitation have been developed and used to drive ionospheric models. However, due to the statistical nature of these models, they represent the average characteristics of the true convection and precipitation patten and they are very limited to simulate the effect of magnetic storms and substorms. Recently, with the realization of the Visible Imaging System (VIS) on the Polar Spacecraft, auroral images that yield information of auroral dynamics on a global scale with a spatial resolution of less than 100 km and temporal resolution of ~ 1 minute have become available. These images can be used to calculate reliable global maps for the particle precipitation parameters, electron energy flux and average energies, as a function of time. In this poster we present the preliminary results of our attempt to drive the Ionosphere Forecast Model (IFM) using global maps for the electron precipitation parameters calculated from the corresponding VIS images. In order to elucidate the effect of auroral dynamics on the high-latitude ionosphere, a one-day data set of VIS images during which the aurora was highly active is selected for this study. Then, these images are used to calculate global maps for the electron precipitation parameters using the Lumerzheim model. Next, the maps obtained in the previous step are

  20. Theoretical studies on ionospheric irregularities and ion diode performance

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    Sudan, R. N.

    1993-08-01

    Work accomplished is divided into three parts: ionospheric physics; ion diodes, magnetic insulation, and plasma opening switches; and subgrid modeling in numerical computations and other research. Abstracts of published and conference papers are presented.

  1. Kinetic Framework for the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Plasmasphere-Polar Wind System: A UnifiedApproach for Studying Hot and Cold Plasma Interactions

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    Karimabadi, H.; Omelchenko, Y.; Schunk, R. W.; Barakat, A. R.; Gardner, L. C.; Khazanov, G. V.; Glocer, A.; Kistler, L. M.

    2013-12-01

    The Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Plasmasphere-Polar Wind System is complex; it varies on a wide range in spatial and temporal scales, exhibits relatively thin ion-scale boundaries (e.g., bow shock, magnetopause, magnetotail), contains hot and cold particle populations, and the particle distribution functions are typically non-Maxwellian. The existing space weather frameworks are based on global fluid models and therefore cannot address many important issues concerning particle, momentum, and energy coupling in the system. To remedy this situation, we have formed a multi-disciplinary team to create a new kinetic modeling framework. The new framework will include kinetic electron and ion formulations for the ionosphere, plasmasphere, and polar wind domains, and kinetic ions and fluid electrons for the magnetosphere. The proposed methodology is expected to lead to breakthroughs in studying numerous problems/issues, including the self-consistent formation of the ring current, the self-consistent formation of ion scale turbulence and waves, the calculation of appropriate reconnection rates, the effect that multiple species and ion outflows from the ionosphere have on the development and evolution of storms/substorms, among others. The presentation will focus on the current state and capabilities of the global kinetic models that form the framework for the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Plasmasphere-Polar Wind Model.

  2. Modeling storm-time electrodynamics of the low-latitude ionosphere thermosphere system: Can long lasting disturbance electric fields be accounted for?

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    Maruyama, Naomi; Sazykin, Stanislav; Spiro, Robert W.; Anderson, David; Anghel, Adela; Wolf, Richard A.; Toffoletto, Frank R.; Fuller-Rowell, Timothy J.; Codrescu, Mihail V.; Richmond, Arthur D.; Millward, George H.

    2007-07-01

    Storm-time ionospheric disturbance electric fields are studied for two large geomagnetic storms, March 31, 2001 and April 17 18, 2002, by comparing low-latitude observations of ionospheric plasma drifts with results from numerical simulations based on a combination of first-principles models. The simulation machinery combines the Rice convection model (RCM), used to calculate inner magnetospheric electric fields, and the coupled thermosphere ionosphere plasmasphere electrodynamics (CTIPe) model, driven, in part, by RCM-computed electric fields. Comparison of model results with measured or estimated low-latitude vertical drift velocities (zonal electric fields) shows that the coupled model is capable of reproducing measurements under a variety of conditions. In particular, our model results suggest, from theoretical grounds, a possibility of long-lasting penetration of magnetospheric electric fields to low latitudes during prolonged periods of enhanced convection associated with southward-directed interplanetary magnetic field, although the model probably overestimates the magnitude and duration of such penetration during extremely disturbed conditions. During periods of moderate disturbance, we found surprisingly good overall agreement between model predictions and data, with penetration electric fields accounting for early main phase changes and oscillations in low-latitude vertical drift, while the disturbance dynamo mechanism becomes increasingly important later in the modeled events. Discrepancies between the model results and the observations indicate some of the difficulties in validating these combined numerical models, and the limitations of the available experimental data.

  3. Multi-instrument observations of plasma features in the Arctic ionosphere during the main phase of a geomagnetic storm in December 2006

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    Wu, Ye-wen; Liu, Rui-yuan; Zhang, Bei-chen; Wu, Zhen-sen; Hu, Hong-qiao; Zhang, Shun-rong; Zhang, Qing-he; Liu, Jun-ming; Honary, F.

    2013-12-01

    Arctic ionospheric variations during the main phase of a magnetic storm on 14-15 December, 2006 were investigated to characterize the high energy particle precipitation caused effects, based on multi-instrument observations. These include electron density observations provided by the Global Positioning System (GPS) total electron content (TEC) measurements, European Incoherent Scatter (EISCAT) radar, the radio occultation (RO) from both the CHAMP satellite and the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC) satellite, as well as the ionospheric absorption of cosmic radio noise measured by the Imaging Riometer for Ionospheric Studies (IRIS) at Kilpisjärvi in the northern Finland (69.05°N, 20.79°E). Significant increases in the electron density for these different observations were found in the Arctic ionosphere during the main phase of the magnetic storm. These increase occurred in Scandinavian, Northwest part of Russia and Svalbard (SNRS) region, primarily at an altitude of about 110 km. These results are first reported for the SNRS region, and our study contributes to a more complete description of this space weather event during 14-15 December, 2006. Our observations also provide direct evidence that the stormtime E-layer electron density enhancement (e.g., the sporadic E) can form a nearly dominant portion in the observed TEC increase. These increases were accompanied by the ionospheric absorption enhancement at the altitude of about 90 km. The Y-component of magnetic field to the south of SNRS decreased, indicating strong upward field aligned electric current in the Arctic ionosphere. These features are interpreted as the effect of the high energy electron precipitation during the magnetic storm, which is caused by the sub-storm reflected on AL index and the measurements of IMAGE (International Monitor for Auroral Geomagnetic Effects) chain. The average energy of the precipitation electrons reached to about 10 keV and the

  4. Convective radial energy flux due to resonant magnetic perturbations and magnetic curvature at the tokamak plasma edge

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    Marcus, F. A.; Beyer, P.; Fuhr, G.; Monnier, A.; Benkadda, S.

    2014-08-15

    With the resonant magnetic perturbations (RMPs) consolidating as an important tool to control the transport barrier relaxation, the mechanism on how they work is still a subject to be clearly understood. In this work, we investigate the equilibrium states in the presence of RMPs for a reduced MHD model using 3D electromagnetic fluid numerical code with a single harmonic RMP (single magnetic island chain) and multiple harmonics RMPs in cylindrical and toroidal geometry. Two different equilibrium states were found in the presence of the RMPs with different characteristics for each of the geometries used. For the cylindrical geometry in the presence of a single RMP, the equilibrium state is characterized by a strong convective radial thermal flux and the generation of a mean poloidal velocity shear. In contrast, for toroidal geometry, the thermal flux is dominated by the magnetic flutter. For multiple RMPs, the high amplitude of the convective flux and poloidal rotation are basically the same in cylindrical geometry, but in toroidal geometry the convective thermal flux and the poloidal rotation appear only with the islands overlapping of the linear coupling between neighbouring poloidal wavenumbers m, m – 1, and m + 1.

  5. Coupled response of the inner magnetosphere and ionosphere on 17 April 2002

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    Goldstein, J.; Burch, J. L.; Sandel, B. R.; Mende, S. B.; C:Son Brandt, P.; Hairston, M. R.

    2005-03-01

    We present an observational study of the global dynamics of the plasmasphere, aurora, ring current, and subauroral ionosphere on 17 April 2002 during a substorm. Global observations by the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) and in situ observations by DMSP F13 provide a comprehensive view of the coupled response of the inner magnetosphere and ionosphere. At 1900 UT a substorm onset initiated a sunward convective impulse, which caused a ring current injection. The motion of this impulse past the plasmasphere caused ripples to propagate along the plasmapause, eastward and westward from premidnight magnetic local time (MLT). The motion of the ripples agrees exceptionally well with the motion of the aurora and the ring current, implying strong coupling. The westward moving ripple (on the duskside) participated in a two-phase plasmapause undulation effect. In the first phase (1915 UT to 1936 UT), a mild 0.4-0.5 RE bulge formed near 2000 MLT, probably caused by an E-field induced by local reduction of the magnetic field by the ring current pressure increase. In the second phase (1936 UT to 2037 UT) this mild bulge was removed by a subauroral polarization stream (SAPS) westward flow that stripped away the outer 1 RE of the duskside plasmasphere. The SAPS effect was observed in the ionosphere by DMSP between about 1930 UT and 2000 UT and is evident in vector E-fields inferred from plasmapause motion. All the observations of this event suggest strong coupling among the plasma populations of the magnetosphere-ionosphere system. This event represents the first identification of the directly observed global plasmaspheric effects of a substorm-driven impulse, the SAPS flow channel, and the ring-current magnetic field reduction.

  6. Tropical Cyclone - Equatorial Ionosphere Coupling: A Statistical Study

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    Bhagavathiammal, G. J.

    2016-07-01

    This paper describes the equatorial ionosphere response to tropical cyclone events which was observed over the Indian Ocean. This statistical study tries to reveal the possible Tropical Cyclone (TC) - Ionosphere coupling. Tropical cyclone track and data can be obtained from the India Meteorological Department, New Delhi. Digisonde/Ionosonde data for the equatorial latitudes can be obtained from Global Ionospheric Radio Observatory. It is believed that TC induced convection as the driving agent for the increased gravity wave activity in the lower atmosphere and these propagating gravity waves deposit their energy and momentum into the upper atmosphere as Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances (TIDs). The convective regions are identified with the help of Outgoing Long wave radiation (OLR) data from NOAA Climate Data Center/ Precipitation data from TRMM Statellite. The variability of ionospheric parameter like Total Electron Content (TEC), foF2, h'F2 and Drift velocity are examined during TC periods. This study will report the possibility of TC-Ionosphere Coupling in equatorial atmosphere.

  7. Pre-onset auroral signatures and subsequent development of substorm auroras: a development of ionospheric loop currents at the onset latitudes

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    Saka, O.; Hayashi, K.; Thomsen, M.

    2014-08-01

    Substorm auroras observed on 17 January 1994 were localized within the field of view of an all-sky imager installed at Dawson City (DWS, 65.7° ILAT). In association with the enhancement of the anti-sunward convection in the polar cap and the ion flux enhancement in 1-6 keV at geosynchronous altitudes, a wave-like structure propagating equatorward to the onset latitudes with a high wave number in azimuth (m ~ 76, T ~ 120 s) was observed 30 min prior to the activation in the equatorward latitudes. The activation of the auroras in the equatorward latitudes and the subsequent poleward expansion lasted for approximately 6 min until a diffuse aurora formed. The auroras in the last 6 min were isolated and localized within the field of view of DWS, from 400 km west to 400 km east, and accompanied the magnetic pulse at the optical station. The magnetic pulse is interpreted by the propagating ionospheric current loop with a size comparable to the isolated auroras (~ 1000 km). We conclude that the wave-like structures in the pre-onset interval relate to the intrusion of the plasma-sheet plasmas from the tail by the convection. The plasmas from the tail eventually developed the ionospheric loop currents at the onset latitudes, in association with the triggering of the bead-like rippling of auroras and subsequent breaking out from the onset latitudes.

  8. Ionospheric holes - A review of theory and recent experiments

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    Mendillo, Michael

    1988-01-01

    Artificially induced ionospheric holes result from in situ injections of highly reactive molecules, which greatly enhance the chemical recombination rates between the ions and electrons found in the upper atmosphere. During the past decade, experiment-of-opportunity observations, theory and computer simulations have succeeded in establishing plasma-depletion experiments as a useful tool for probing the normal and disturbed behavior of the ionosphere. Ionospheric-hole experiments now focus on applications of the technique to laboratory-in-space investigations of various space plasma processes.

  9. Theory of large-scale HF heating processes in the unstructured and structured ionosphere

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

    1990-10-01

    Theoretical aspects of large-scale HF heating processes in the unstructured and structured ionosphere have been studied. For the unstructured case, we present an analytical model for the generation, convection, and steepening of HF-induced density cavities. We discuss the nonlinear propagation of high power HF in steepened cavities. Properties of thermal self-focusing instabilities in the presence of a convecting and steepened cavity is studied. For the structured ionosphere, we discuss parametric coupling processes of a large amplitude HF pump wave with both F-region, i.e., interchange, current-convective, and ion cyclotron and E-region, i.e., two-stream and gradient-drift ionospheric instabilities which instabilities have been proposed to account, in part, for naturally occurring ionospheric irregularities. We show that these instabilities may be stabilized or destabilized using high power HF heaters.

  10. Solar flare soft-X-ray spectra from Very Low Frequency observations of ionospheric modulations: Possibility of uninterrupted observation of non-thermal electron-plasma interaction in solar atmosphere.

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    Palit, Sourav; Chakrabarti, Sandip Kumar; Ray, Suman

    2016-07-01

    The hard and soft X-ray regions of a solar flare spectrum are the manifestation of interaction, namely of bremsstrahlung radiation of the non-thermal electrons moving inward in the denser part of the solar atmosphere with the plasma heated by those energetic electrons. The continuous and uninterrupted knowledge of X-ray photon spectra of flares are of great importance to derive information on the electron acceleration and hence time-evolution of energy transport and physics during solar flares. Satellite observations of solar X-ray spectrum are often limited by the restricted windows in each duty cycle to avoid the interaction of detectors and instruments with harmful energetic charge particles. In this work we have tried to tackle the problem by examining the possibility of using Earth's ionosphere and atmosphere as the detector of such transient events. Earth's lower ionosphere and upper atmosphere are the places where the X-rays and gamma-rays from such astronomical sources are absorbed. The electron-ion production rates due to the ionization of such energetic photons at different heights depend on the intensity and wavelength of the injected spectra and hence vary from one source to another. Obviously the electron and ion density vs. altitude profile has the imprint of the incident photon spectrum. As a preliminary exercise we developed a novel deconvolution method to extract the soft X-ray part of spectra of some solar flares of different classes from the electron density profiles obtained from Very Low Frequency (VLF) observation of lower ionosphere during those events. The method presented here is useful to carry out a similar exercise to infer the higher energy part of solar flare spectra and spectra of more energetic events such as the GRBs, SGRs etc. with the possibilities of probing even lower parts of the atmosphere.

  11. Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling Processes in the Ionospheric Trough Region During Substorms

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    Zou, S.; Moldwin, M.; Nicolls, M. J.; Ridley, A. J.; Coster, A. J.; Yizengaw, E.; Lyons, L. R.; Donovan, E.

    2013-12-01

    The ionospheric troughs are regions of remarkable electron density depression at the subauroral and auroral latitudes, and are categorized into the mid-latitude trough or high-latitude trough, depending on their relative location to the auroral oval. Substorms are one fundamental element of geomagnetic activity, during which structured field-aligned currents (FACs) and convection flows develop in the subauroral and auroral ionosphere. The auroral/trough region is expected to experience severe electron density variations during substorms. Accurate specification of the trough dynamics during substorms and understanding its relationship with the structured FACs and convection flows are of important practical purpose, including providing observational foundations for assessing the attendant impact on navigation and communication. In addition, troughs are important since they map to magnetospheric boundaries allowing the remote sensing of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling processes. In this talk, we discuss the dynamics of the mid-latitude and high-latitude troughs during substorms based on multi-instrument observations. Using GPS total electron content (TEC) data, we characterize the location and width of the mid-latitude trough through the substorm lifecycle and compare them with existing trough empirical models. Using a combination of incoherent scattering radar (ISR), GPS TEC, auroral imager and a data assimilative model, we investigate the relationship between the high-latitude trough and FACs as well as convection flows. The high-latitude trough is found to be collocated with a counter-clockwise convection flow vortex east of the Harang reversal region, and downward FACs as part of the substorm current system are suggested to be responsible for the high-latitude trough formation. In addition, complex ionospheric electron temperature within the high-latitude trough is found, i.e., increase in the E region while decrease in the F region. We discuss possible

  12. Low Frequency Rada Sounding Through Martian Ionosphere

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    Safaeinili, A.; Jordan, R.

    2000-01-01

    In remote radar sounding, it is highly desirable to operate at low frequencies to improve depth of penetration. For spaceborne sounders, the lowest operating frequency is limited by the effect of the ionosphere due to significant dispersion of the radar waves at near plasma frequency.

  13. Observational Evidence that Magnetosheath Plasma Parameters are Prominent in Determining Cross Polar Cap Potential Saturation

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    Clauer, Robert; Xu, Zhonghua; Hartinger, Michael; Ruohoniemi, Michael; Scales, Wayne; Maimaiti, Maimaitirebike; Nicolls, Michael; Wilder, Rick; Lopez, Ramon

    2016-04-01

    A variety of statistical studies have shown that the ionospheric polar potential produced by solar wind - magnetosphere - ionosphere coupling is linear for weak to moderate solar wind driving, but becomes non-linear during periods of very strong driving. It has been shown that this applies to the two-cell convection potential that develops during southward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) and also to the reverse convection cells that develop during northward IMF. This has been described as polar potential saturation and it appears to begin when the driving solar wind electric field becomes greater than 3 mV/m. It has also been shown that the summer ionospheric electric field saturates at about the same value (20 mV/m) for both northward or southward IMF. Recent measurements of the high latitude convection on September 12 - 13, 2014 using the Resolute Incoherent Scatter Radar during periods of large northward IMF show ionospheric electric fields varying between 56 mV/m and 156 mV/m within the dayside reverse convection cells. There is no indication of saturation during these periods of very strong driving. We believe that the extremely rare conditions in the solar wind that produce extreme driving while also producing a high plasma beta in the magnetosheath provide the best explanation for the lack of potential saturation of the reverse convection cells. That is to say, the conditions in the magnetosheath that contribute to enhancing or limiting reconnection are most important in determining cross polar cap potential saturation. This research was supported at Virginia Tech by National Science Foundation Grant AGS-1216373.

  14. Ionospheric studies using a low-latitude ionospheric model (LION-model) and ground-based ionosonde observations.

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    Pillat, V. G.; Bittencourt, J. A.; Fagundes, P. R.

    Ionospheric observations made with ionosondes of the type CADI at S a o Jos e dos Campos 23 2 o S 45 9 o W dip latitude 17 6 o S and at Palmas 10 2 S 48 2 W dip latitude 5 7 S Brazil under conditions of high and low solar activity are presented and compared with ionospheric results obtained from a realistic fully time-dependent Low-Latitude Ionosphere Model denominated LION model which simulates the dynamic behavior of the low-latitude ionosphere In the LION model the time evolution and spatial distribution of the ionospheric particle densities and velocities are computed by numerically solving the time-dependent coupled nonlinear system of continuity and momentum equations for the ions O O 2 NO N 2 and N taking into account photoionization of the atmospheric species by the solar extreme ultraviolet radiation chemical and ionic production and loss reactions and plasma transport processes including the ionospheric effects of thermospheric neutral winds plasma diffusion and electromagnetic E x B plasma drift The Earth s magnetic field is represented by a tilted centered magnetic dipole This set of coupled nonlinear equations is solved along a given magnetic field line in a frame of reference moving vertically in the magnetic meridian plane with the electromagnetic plasma drift velocity The model results reproduce adequately the main characteristics and dynamic behavior of the low-latitude ionosphere under quiet

  15. Magnetospheric Control of Density and Composition in the Polar Ionosphere

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-06-24

    structuring of convecting plasma patches [Dahlgren et al., 2013], 4) Quantitative description of electrodynamic coupling within polar auroral arcs...of the observing flexibility of electronically steerable ISR to perform signal integration in the rest frame of a convecting plasma patch [Swoboda et...al., 2015]. 3) Discovery of direct evidence for internal structuring of convecting polar plasma patches [Dahlgren et al., 2012a]. 4) Quantitative

  16. Ionospheric acoustic and gravity waves associated with midlatitude thunderstorms

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    Lay, Erin H.; Shao, Xuan -Min; Kendrick, Alexander K.; Carrano, Charles S.

    2015-07-30

    Acoustic waves with periods of 2–4 min and gravity waves with periods of 6–16 min have been detected at ionospheric heights (25–350 km) using GPS total electron content measurements. The area disturbed by these waves and the wave amplitudes have been associated with underlying thunderstorm activity. A statistical study comparing Next Generation Weather Radar thunderstorm measurements with ionospheric acoustic and gravity waves in the midlatitude U.S. Great Plains region was performed for the time period of May–July 2005. An increase of ionospheric acoustic wave disturbed area and amplitude is primarily associated with large thunderstorms (mesoscale convective systems). Ionospheric gravity wave disturbed area and amplitude scale with thunderstorm activity, with even small storms (i.e., individual storm cells) producing an increase of gravity waves.

  17. Ionospheric acoustic and gravity waves associated with midlatitude thunderstorms

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    Lay, Erin H.; Shao, Xuan-Min; Kendrick, Alexander K.; Carrano, Charles S.

    2015-07-01

    Acoustic waves with periods of 2-4 min and gravity waves with periods of 6-16 min have been detected at ionospheric heights (250-350 km) using GPS total electron content measurements. The area disturbed by these waves and the wave amplitudes have been associated with underlying thunderstorm activity. A statistical study comparing Next Generation Weather Radar thunderstorm measurements with ionospheric acoustic and gravity waves in the midlatitude U.S. Great Plains region was performed for the time period of May-July 2005. An increase of ionospheric acoustic wave disturbed area and amplitude is primarily associated with large thunderstorms (mesoscale convective systems). Ionospheric gravity wave disturbed area and amplitude scale with thunderstorm activity, with even small storms (i.e., individual storm cells) producing an increase of gravity waves.

  18. Ionospheric acoustic and gravity waves associated with midlatitude thunderstorms

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    Lay, Erin H.; Shao, Xuan -Min; Kendrick, Alexander K.; ...

    2015-07-30

    Acoustic waves with periods of 2–4 min and gravity waves with periods of 6–16 min have been detected at ionospheric heights (25–350 km) using GPS total electron content measurements. The area disturbed by these waves and the wave amplitudes have been associated with underlying thunderstorm activity. A statistical study comparing Next Generation Weather Radar thunderstorm measurements with ionospheric acoustic and gravity waves in the midlatitude U.S. Great Plains region was performed for the time period of May–July 2005. An increase of ionospheric acoustic wave disturbed area and amplitude is primarily associated with large thunderstorms (mesoscale convective systems). Ionospheric gravity wavemore » disturbed area and amplitude scale with thunderstorm activity, with even small storms (i.e., individual storm cells) producing an increase of gravity waves.« less

  19. Effects of auroral potential drops on plasma sheet dynamics

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    Xi, Sheng; Lotko, William; Zhang, Binzheng; Wiltberger, Michael; Lyon, John

    2016-11-01

    The reaction of the magnetosphere-ionosphere system to dynamic auroral potential drops is investigated using the Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry global model including, for the first time in a global simulation, the dissipative load of field-aligned potential drops in the low-altitude boundary condition. This extra load reduces the field-aligned current (j||) supplied by nightside reconnection dynamos. The system adapts by forcing the nightside X line closer to Earth, with a corresponding reduction in current lensing (j||/B = constant) at the ionosphere and additional contraction of the plasma sheet during substorm recovery and steady magnetospheric convection. For steady and moderate solar wind driving and with constant ionospheric conductance, the cross polar cap potential and hemispheric field-aligned current are lower by approximately the ratio of the peak field-aligned potential drop to the cross polar cap potential (10-15%) when potential drops are included. Hemispheric ionospheric Joule dissipation is less by 8%, while the area-integrated, average work done on the fluid by the reconnecting magnetotail field increases by 50% within |y| < 8 RE. Effects on the nightside plasma sheet include (1) an average X line 4 RE closer to Earth; (2) a 12% higher mean reconnection rate; and (3) dawn-dusk asymmetry in reconnection with a 17% higher rate in the premidnight sector.

  20. Challenges in Solar System Ionospheres

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    Mendillo, M.

    2001-12-01

    The solar system contains a robust set of ionospheres among its nine planets, many moons and comets. If one sets aside the transient atmospheres/ionospheres of comets, and those of larger bodies with tenuous surface-boundary-exospheres (e.g., Mercury, Moon, Europa, etc.), plus the under-sampled Pluto, then 10 case studies exist for detailed study and comparison (Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter & Io, Saturn & Titan, Uranus, and Neptune & Triton). The ionospheres of these bodies define the full range of natural processes that govern plasma environments in our solar system, and indeed for extra-solar-system planets: (a) photo-chemical mechanisms, (b) energetic (auroral) ionization sources, (c) mesospheric/thermospheric tides, winds and waves, (d) electrodynamics, and (e) solar wind impact and/or shielding by a magnetosphere. This brief review will summarize and compare the dominant production, loss and transport mechanisms thought to occur at each site. Major uncertainties are, surprisingly, not due entirely to remoteness of the bodies being studied.

  1. Dynamic Ionosphere Cubesat Experiment (DICE)

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    Crowley, G.; Fish, C. S.; Bust, G. S.; Swenson, C.; Barjatya, A.; Larsen, M. F.

    2009-12-01

    The Dynamic Ionosphere Cubesat Experiment (DICE) mission has been selected for flight under the NSF "CubeSat-based Science Mission for Space Weather and Atmospheric Research" program. The mission has three scientific objectives: (1) Investigate the physical processes responsible for formation of the midlatitude ionospheric Storm Enhanced Density (SED) bulge in the noon to post-noon sector during magnetic storms; (2) Investigate the physical processes responsible for the formation of the SED plume at the base of the SED bulge and the transport of the high density SED plume across the magnetic pole; (3) Investigate the relationship between penetration electric fields and the formation and evolution of SED. The mission consists of two identical Cubesats launched simultaneously. Each satellite carries a fixed-bias DC Langmuir Probe (DCP) to measure in-situ ionospheric plasma densities, and an Electric Field Probe (EFP) to measure DC and AC electric fields. These measurements will permit accurate identification of storm-time features such as the SED bulge and plume, together with simultaneous co-located electric field measurements which have previously been missing. The mission team combines expertise from ASTRA, Utah State University/Space Dynamics Laboratory (USU/SDL), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Clemson University.

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

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    Pérez-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.

  3. Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model for the Ionospheric Connection Explorer: TIEGCM-ICON

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    Maute, Astrid

    2017-04-01

    The NASA Ionospheric Connection explorer (ICON) will study the coupling between the thermosphere and ionosphere at low- and mid-latitudes by measuring the key parameters. The ICON mission will also employ numerical modeling to support the interpretation of the observations, and examine the importance of different vertical coupling mechanisms by conducting numerical experiments. One of these models is the Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model-ICON (TIEGCM-ICON) which will be driven by tidal perturbations derived from ICON observations using the Hough Mode Extension method (HME) and at high latitude by ion convection and auroral particle precipitation patterns from the Assimilative Mapping of Ionospheric Electrodynamics (AMIE). The TIEGCM-ICON will simulate the thermosphere-ionosphere (TI) system during the period of the ICON mission. In this report the TIEGCM-ICON is introduced, and the focus is on examining the effect of the lower boundary on the TI-system to provide some guidance for interpreting future ICON model results.

  4. A clear link connecting the troposphere and ionosphere: ionospheric reponses to the 2015 Typhoon Dujuan

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    Kong, Jian; Yao, Yibin; Xu, Yahui; Kuo, Chungyen; Zhang, Liang; Liu, Lei; Zhai, Changzhi

    2017-03-01

    The global navigation satellite system (GNSS) total electron content (TEC) sequences were used to capture the arrival time and location of the ionosphere disturbances in response to the 2015 Typhoon Dujuan. After removing the de-trended TEC variation, the clear ionosphere disturbances on the typhoon landing day could be distinguished, and these disturbances disappeared from the TEC sequences before and after the typhoon landing day. The foF2 data observed by Xiamen ionosonde station also show ionosphere disturbances. Based on the advantages of GNSS multi-point observations, the disturbances horizontal velocity in the ionosphere were estimated according to the linear theory for a dispersion relation of acoustic gravity waves (AGWs) in an isothermal atmosphere. The average horizontal velocity (˜ 240 m/s) and the radial velocity (˜ 287 m/s) were used in the two-dimensional grid search for the origin point on the Earth's surface. The origin area was determined to be on the eastern side of Taiwan. Lastly, a possible physical mechanism is discussed in this study. When typhoons land on Taiwan, the severe convective storms and the drag effect from the Central Mountains create an ideal location for development of AGWs. Topographic conditions, like the high lapse rate, contribute to the formation of AGWs, which then propagates into the ionosphere altitude.

  5. Identification of rocket-induced acoustic waves in the ionosphere

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    Mabie, Justin; Bullett, Terence; Moore, Prentiss; Vieira, Gerald

    2016-10-01

    Acoustic waves can create plasma disturbances in the ionosphere, but the number of observations is limited. Large-amplitude acoustic waves generated by energetic sources like large earthquakes and tsunamis are more readily observed than acoustic waves generated by weaker sources. New observations of plasma displacements caused by rocket-generated acoustic waves were made using the Vertically Incident Pulsed Ionospheric Radar (VIPIR), an advanced high-frequency radar. Rocket-induced acoustic waves which are characterized by low amplitudes relative to those induced by more energetic sources can be detected in the ionosphere using the phase data from fixed frequency radar observations of a plasma layer. This work is important for increasing the number and quality of observations of acoustic waves in the ionosphere and could help improve the understanding of energy transport from the lower atmosphere to the thermosphere.

  6. Ionospheric Modeling: Development, Verification and Validation

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    2005-09-01

    Frequency Profiles Derived from Vertical Incidence Ionograms (August 2004) 3. Plasma Frequency Error Bars as a Function of Altitude for Profiles Deduced...from ARTIST Autoscaled Ionograms (August 2004) 4. Procedures for Identifying Physically Unreasonable N(h) profiles of the Ionosphere Generated by...November 2004) 10. QualScan - A Fortran Program for post-processing autoscaled ionograms (December 2004) 11. Sanity Checking if GAIM and PRISM Plasma

  7. Modeling ionospheric electron precipitation due to wave particle scattering in the magnetosphere and the feedback effect on the magnetospheric dynamics

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    Yu, Y.; Jordanova, V.; Ridley, A. J.; Albert, J.; Horne, R. B.; Jeffery, C. A.

    2015-12-01

    Electron precipitation down to the atmosphere caused by wave-particle scattering in the magnetosphere contribute significantly to the enhancement of auroral ionospheric conductivity. Global MHD models that are incapable of capturing kinetic physics in the inner magnetosphere usually adopt MHD parameters to specify the precipitation flux to estimate auroral conductivity, hence losing self-consistency in the global circulation of the magnetosphere-ionosphere system. In this study we improve the coupling structure in global models by connecting the physics-based (wave-particle scattering) electron precipitation with the ionospheric electrodynamics and investigate the feedback effect on the magnetospheric dynamics. We use BATS-R-US coupled with a kinetic ring current model RAM-SCB that solves pitch angle dependent particle distributions to study the global circulation dynamics during the Jan 25-26, 2013 storm event. Following tail injections, we found enhanced precipitation number and energy fluxes of tens of keV electrons being scattered into loss cone due to interactions with enhanced chorus and hiss waves in the magnetosphere. This results in a more profound auroral conductance and larger electric field imposing on the plasma transport in the magnetosphere. We also compared our results with previous methods in specifying the auroral conductance, such as empirical relation used in Ridley et al. (2004). It is found that our physics-based method develops a larger convection electric field in the near-Earth region and therefore leads to a more intense ring current.

  8. Formation of Polar Ionospheric Tongue of Ionization during Minor Geomagnetic Disturbed Conditions

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    Liu, J.; Wang, W.; Burns, A. G.; Yue, X.; Zhang, S.; Zhang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    Previous investigations of ionospheric storm-enhanced density (SED) and tongue of ionization (TOI) focused mostly on the behavior of TOI during intense geomagnetic storms. Little attention has been paid to the spatial and temporal variations of TOI during weak to moderate geomagnetic disturbed conditions. we investigate the source and development of TOI during a moderate geomagnetic storm on 14 October 2012.Multi-instrumental observations including GPS total electron content (TEC), Defense Meteorological SatelliteProgram(DMSP) in situ measured total ion concentration and ion drift velocity, SuperDARN measured polar ionconvection patterns, and electron density profiles from the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar (PFISR) have been utilized in the current analysis. GPS TEC maps show salient TOI structures persisting for about 5 h over high latitudes of North America on 14 October 2012 in the later recovery phase of the storm when the magnitudes of IMF By and Bz were less than 5 nT. The PFISR electron density profiles indicate that the extra ionization for TEC enhancements mainly occurred in the topside ionosphere with no obvious changes in the bottom side ionosphere and vertical plasma drifts. Additionally, there were no signatures of penetration electric fields in the equatorial electrojet data and upward ion drifts at high latitudes. At the same time, strong subauroral polarization streams with ion drift speeds exceeding 2.5 km/s carried sunward fluxes and migrated toward lower latitudes for about 5° based on the DMSP cross-track driftmeasurements. Based on those measurements,we postulate that the combined effects of initial build-up of ionization at midlatitudes through daytime production of ionization and equatorward (or less poleward than normal daytime) neutral wind reducing downward diffusion along the inclined filed lines, and an expanded polar ion convection pattern and its associated horizontal plasma transport are important in the formation of the TOI.

  9. Saturn: atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere.

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    Gombosi, Tamas I; Ingersoll, Andrew P

    2010-03-19

    The Cassini spacecraft has been in orbit around Saturn since 30 June 2004, yielding a wealth of data about the Saturn system. This review focuses on the atmosphere and magnetosphere and briefly outlines the state of our knowledge after the Cassini prime mission. The mission has addressed a host of fundamental questions: What processes control the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere? Where does the magnetospheric plasma come from? What are the physical processes coupling the ionosphere and magnetosphere? And, what are the rotation rates of Saturn's atmosphere and magnetosphere?

  10. Uplift of Ionospheric Oxygen Ions During Extreme Magnetic Storms

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    Tsurutani, Bruce T.; Mannucci, Anthony J.; Verkhoglyadova, Olga P.; Huba, Joseph; Lakhina, Gurbax S.

    2013-01-01

    Research reported earlier in literature was conducted relating to estimation of the ionospheric electrical field, which may have occurred during the September 1859 Carrington geomagnetic storm event, with regard to modern-day consequences. In this research, the NRL SAMI2 ionospheric code has been modified and applied the estimated electric field to the dayside ionosphere. The modeling was done at 15-minute time increments to track the general ionospheric changes. Although it has been known that magnetospheric electric fields get down into the ionosphere, it has been only in the last ten years that scientists have discovered that intense magnetic storm electric fields do also. On the dayside, these dawn-to-dusk directed electric fields lift the plasma (electrons and ions) up to higher altitudes and latitudes. As plasma is removed from lower altitudes, solar UV creates new plasma, so the total plasma in the ionosphere i