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Ionospheric HF pump wave triggering of local auroral activation

Blagoveshchenskaya, N. F. and Kornienko, V. A. and Borisova, T. D. and Thidé, B. and Kosch, Mike J. and Rietveld, M. T. and Mishin, E. V. and Lukýanova, R. Yu. and Troshichev, O. A. (2001) Ionospheric HF pump wave triggering of local auroral activation. Journal of Geophysical Research, 106 (A12). pp. 29071-29089. ISSN 0148-0227

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    Abstract

    Experimental results from ionospheric HF pumping experiments in the nightside auroral E region above Tromsø are reported. We found intriguing evidence that a modification of the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling, due to the effects of powerful HF waves beamed into an auroral sporadic E layer, can lead to a local intensification of the auroral activity. Summarizing multi-instrument observations during two consecutive nights, one can distinguish the following peculiarities related to this auroral activation: a modification of the auroral arc and its breakup above Tromsø, local changes in the horizontal currents above Tromsø, a burst-like increase of the electron density and temperature, a large increase in the ion temperature in a wide altitude range and in the north-south component of the electric field, distinctive features in dynamic HF radio scatter Doppler spectra, pump-induced electron precipitation, and substorm activation exactly above Tromsø. We discuss the modification of the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling in terms of the excitation of a turbulent Alfvén boundary layer between the base of the ionosphere (∼100 km) and the level of sharp increase of the Alfvén velocity (at heights up to one Earth radius), and the formation of a local magnetospheric current system. The results suggest that a possible triggering of local auroral activation requires specific geophysical conditions.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Geophysical Research
    Additional Information: Copyright (2001) American Geophysical Union.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: heating ; ASC DCS-publications-id ; art-231 ; DCS-publications-credits ; dasi ; iono ; scasi ; DCS-publications-personnel-id ; 7
    Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
    ID Code: 6601
    Deposited By: ep_importer_dcs
    Deposited On: 21 Apr 2008 11:38
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:09
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6601

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