Accession Number:

ADA179910

Title:

A Study of Plasma Irregularities in the High-Latitude Region.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 19 Jun 84-30 Sep 86,

Corporate Author:

REGIS COLL RESEARCH CENTER WESTON MA

Report Date:

1986-10-27

Pagination or Media Count:

106.0

Abstract:

A summary is given of the work completed under contract F19628-84-C-0126 This work included the engineering of space qualified instruments, data processing services, and scientific study of high latitude plasma irregularities and the physics of the aurora. Design work has been done on a series of plasma instruments for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program DMSP, the combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite CRRES, the Beam Ejection Rocket Technology BERT and Ejected Rocket Nosecone to measure induced Emissions ERNIE sounding rocket program, and the interactions Measurements Payload for Shuttle IMPS. The function of the Special Sensor for Ions, Electrons, and Scintillations SSIES is described in detail. Computer programs have been written to process DMSP magnetometer data, and DMSP plasma density measurements have been processed to produce a model of the topside ionosphere. A scientific study has been conducted with HILAT data in order to produce an empirical description of high-latitude plasma irregularity production and transport. Data from HILAT has also been used to study small scale processes on the auroral dayside cusp region. Both HILAT and Dynamics Explorer 1 data have been used to study auroral electrodynamics in the ionosphere and above to auroral acceleration region. Research is in progress on a study of the coupling between the magnetotail and the auroral ionosphere using data from both the European Incoherent Scatter radar facility EISCAT and the Active Magnetosphere Particle Tracer Explorer Ion Release Module AMPTE IRM.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE