THE DISTRIBUTION OF IONS AND ELECTRONS IN THE EARTH'S EXOSPHERE
Technical rept. no. 4
STANFORD UNIV CA STANFORD ELECTRONICS LABS
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The factors which govern the distribution of electrons and ions in the earths exosphere are discussed. The theory takes into account the effect of the electric field which arises from charge separation, the centrifugal force arising from the rotation of the earth and the effect of the earths gravitational field. It is assumed that the charged particles are constrained to move only along the direction of the earths magnetic lines of force. The modifications that result in the electron and ion distributions when a temperature variation is assumed along a line of force are also considered. The results predicted by the theory are compared with actual experimental observations of the exospheric plasma which have been obtained in recent years using whistlers and using topside ionograms made by the Alouette satellite.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics