Accession Number:

ADA148628

Title:

X Rays from the Aurora.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA SPACE SCIENCES LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

Data from the x-ray instrument flown aboard the the polar orbiting DMSP-F2 satellite are used to calculate electron distributions as inputs to energy deposition, electron density, and ionospheric conductivity computer codes. The calculated electron distributions are compared with those measured by the J-package instrument also aboard the satellite. A dawn-to-dusk auroral crossing during January 31, 1978 is used to provide the data from which the ionospheric parameters are calculated. The agreement between the two data sets is excellent and suggests that bremsstrahlung x rays can be used to remotely monitor ionospheric perturbations. Originator-supplied keywords include Auroral remote sensing, and Ionospheric density.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE