Accession Number : ADA185998

Title :   EISCAT (European Incoherent Scatter Radar) Electron Density Studies.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 17 Aug 86-17 Aug 87,

Corporate Author : LANCASTER UNIV BAILRIGG (ENGLAND) DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Personal Author(s) : Burns, Christopher J ; Hargreaves, John K

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Report Date : 08 Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : The study of F-region electron density irregularities has continued and further runs of the Special Program have been scheduled to coincide with overpasses of the HILAT satellite. Programming improvements have led to more effective analysis of the data from both EISCAT and HILAT observations. Major variations in electrons in electron content are shown to be related to well defined enhancements of electron density. Typical periods range between 35 and 200 seconds, imply spatial structures of 12 to 70 km. These variations would have significant effects on transionospheric radio propagation. Preliminary comparisons have been made between EISCAT and HILAT measurements of total electron content. A significant difference between the measurements is observed, the HILAT observations being 2.2 times larger than those derived from EISCAT. The HILAT measurements from the December 1985 appear to be too large. A brief description is given of the first run of the Special Program on the VHF radar. Keywords: Incoherent scatter radar; Plasma structure; Ionospheric F region; Auroral Zone electron content.

Descriptors :   *F REGION, *RADAR REFLECTIONS, *ELECTROMAGNETIC SCATTERING, ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE PROPAGATION, ELECTRON DENSITY, ELECTRONS, EUROPE, INCOHERENT SCATTERING, IONOSPHERE, IONOSPHERIC PROPAGATION, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), RADAR, RADIO TRANSMISSION, SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION, STRUCTURES, VERY HIGH FREQUENCY, AURORAE

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE