Accession Number : ADA338006

Title :   Frontier Geoplasma Research Ionosphere, Polar, Auroral, Coupling Processes

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Apr 93-30 Jun 96

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE CENTER FOR SPACE RESEARCH

Personal Author(s) : Chang, Tom T.

PDF Url : ADA338006

Report Date : 16 NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : The Center for Theoretical Geoplasma Physics was established at MIT through an AFOSR University Research Initiative grant. The goal of the Center since its inception has been to develop and maintain a program of excellence in interdisciplinary geoplasma research involving the mutual interaction of ionospheric scientists, aeronomists, plasma physicists and numerical analysts. During the past three years under the current research Grant 'Frontier Geoplasma Research', members of the center have made seminal contributions to a number of definitive research findings in the fundamental understanding of the polar wind, the black aurorae curls, ionospheric turbulence, particle acceleration, and the phenomenon of coupling between the ionosphere and magnetosphere. Some of the results of these research activities have already found practical applications toward the mission of the Air Force by scientists at the Geophysics Directorate of the Phillips Laboratory, particularly those affiliated with the research group headed by Dr. J.R. Jasperse of the Ionospheric Effects Branch.

Descriptors :   *IONOSPHERE, *MAGNETOSPHERE, POLAR REGIONS, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), AURORAE, GEOPHYSICS, PARTICLE ACCELERATORS.

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE