Accession Number:

ADA148077

Title:

Artificial Ionospheric Disturbances Caused by Powerful Radio Waves,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

REGIS COLL RESEARCH CENTER WESTON MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-11-19

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

Artificial ionospheric disturbances evidenced as fluctuations in plasma density and geomagnetic field can be caused by powerful radio waves with a broad frequency band ranging from a few KHz to several GHz. The filamentation instability of radio waves can produce both large-scale plasma density fluctuations and large-scale geomagnetic field fluctuations simultaneously. The excitation of this instability is examined in the VLF wave injection experiments, the envisioned MF ionospheric heating experiments, the HF ionospheric heating experiments and the conceptualized Solar Power Satellite project. Significant geomagnetic field fluctuations with magnitudes even comparable to those observed in magnetospheric substorms can be excited in all of the cases investigated. Particle precipitation and airglow enhancement are expected to be the concomitant ionospheric effects associated with the wave-induced geomagnetic field fluctuations.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE