Accession Number:

ADA053232

Title:

Effects of Non-Thermal Electrons on the Morphology of the Top-Side Ionosphere.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Dec 76-30 Nov 77,

Corporate Author:

LOWELL UNIV RESEARCH FOUNDATION MASS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

35.0

Abstract:

This report contains a summary of the study of hyperthermal electron transport in the temperate, the precipitation and the polar regions of the top-side ionosphere. It accounts for the electron energy loss to the neutral atmospheric species and the continuous loss to the ambient thermal plasma. The pitch angle scattering of hyperthermal electrons by the neutral species and ambient plasma is taken into account. A basic equation of transport, analogous to the Boltzmanns type of an equation, was derived to obtain the distribution function. A discovery of a variational principle was made to deal with the empirically fitted data of the scattering experiments. A complete set of models was arrived at to treat the aforementioned three regions of the top-side ionosphere. Auhtor

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE