Accession Number : ADA288677

Title :   A Study of Magnetic Activity Effects on the Thermospheric Winds in the Low Ionosphere.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Davila, Ricardo C.

PDF Url : ADA288677

Report Date : SEP 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 196

Abstract : The purpose of this thesis is to examine the effects of magnetic activity on the low latitude F-region thermospheric winds. The F-region (120-1600 km) is a partially ionized medium where 0+ and 0 are the major ion and neutral species, respectively. The thermospheric winds at these altitudes are driven primarily by pressure gradient forces resulting from the solar heating during the day and cooling at night. For this study, we use measured Fabry-Perot Interferometer (FPI) winds at Arequipa (16.5 deg S, 71.5 deg W) and measured FPI and incoherent Scatter Radar (ISR) winds at Arecibo (18.6 deg N, 66.8 deg W).

Descriptors :   *IONOSPHERE, *MAGNETIC FIELDS, *WIND, PRESSURE GRADIENTS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, THERMOSPHERE, MAGNETIC PROPERTIES, ELECTRON DENSITY, COMPARISON, THESES, OXYGEN, SEASONAL VARIATIONS, MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION, INTERPOLATION, FABRY PEROT INTERFEROMETERS, IONIZATION, WIND VELOCITY, INCOHERENT SCATTERING, F REGION, SOLAR HEATING, SOLAR CYCLE, ATMOSPHERE MODELS, AIRGLOW.

Subject Categories : Numerical Mathematics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE