Accession Number:

ADA230766

Title:

The Production and Modification of Ionospheric Irregularities by Powerful HF Radio Transmissions

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Aug 1986-31 Jul 1989

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN DIEGO LA JOLLA DEPT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-09-11

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

Several types of active experiments have been performed with the high power HF heater near Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The temporal behavior of suprathermal electron fluxes was studied by observing the 430 MHz radar backscatter from ionospheric Langmuir waves that were Cereenkov-emitted by the suprathermal electrons during pulse operation of the HF heater. Coded radar pulse techniques were used to study the height dependence of radar backscatter from Langmuir turbulence for both CW and pulsed HF heating. Observations with the 430 MHz radar of the power backscattered from HF induced Langmuir turbulence with a temporal resolution of 1 ms sometimes showed almost periodic short bursts of power at time intervals of 20 - 50 ms. The observational limitations on the role of strong Langmuir caviton turbulence have been pointed out and the important role of field-aligned depletions of the plasma density have been stressed in accounting for the observed height dependence of the 430 MHz radar backscatter and for nature of the observed 46.8 MHz radar backscatter.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE