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DETECTION OF CORPUSCLES BY THE THIRD SPUTNIK,
DIRECTORATE OF SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION SERVICES OTTAWA (ONTARIO)
Preliminary analysis indicates that the observed intense signals might be accounted for in terms of an acceleration of the electrons of the exterior atmosphere in an electrically conducting circuit formed along the magnetic lines of force and closed in the terrestrial ionosphere by the action of variable magnetic fields frozen into the solar corpuscular streams. If so, the harder electrons would be precipitated upon the polar regions, since the circuit connecting with the polar regions has the maximum area. The daytime augmentation of the electron fluxes could be explained by increased ionization at the boundary of the exosphere, the result of which would be a greater quantity of ionized particles coming into the outer atmosphere, or by the action of geomagnetic p sub c pulsations, which are more intense in the daytime. Upon reaching a certain velocity, the electrons could execute oscillatory motions along the curving magnetic lines.
Trans. of Iskusstvennye Sputniki Zemli (USSR) 1958, v. 2, p. 59-60. Also available from NRC mi$0.50, ph$1.50 as C-3414, 2p.