Interrelationships between the Ionosphere and Fluxes of Energetic Heavy Ions.
Final rept. 1 Apr 73-31 Mar 75,
LOCKHEED MISSILES AND SPACE CO INC PALO ALTO CALIF PALO ALTO RESEARCH LAB
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The Lockheed energetic ion mass spectrometer experiment on the polar-orbiting satellite S71-2 made the discovery of large fluxes of O ions with energies of up to 12 keV within the magnetosphere during magnetic storms. The O ions are almost certainly of ionospheric origin and signify that there exists a dramatic ionospheric acceleration process which has previously gone undetected. This research is on a program for the analysis of the O data from the experiment emphasizing the interrelationships between the morphology of these energetic ions and the ionosphere.
- Atmospheric Physics