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HF-induced airglow at magnetic zenith: Thermal and parametric instabilities near electron gyroharmonics

Mishin, E. V. and Kosch, M. J. and Pedersen, T. R. and Burke, W. J. (2005) HF-induced airglow at magnetic zenith: Thermal and parametric instabilities near electron gyroharmonics. Geophysical Research Letters, 32. L23106. ISSN 0094-8276

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Abstract

We analyze airglow induced by intense radio waves at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility for pump frequencies f 0 near the second and third electron gyroharmonic (f c ). While passing through the double resonance in the weakening ionosphere during heating at f 0 ∼ 2f c , airglow intensities rose abruptly and remained elevated during four consecutive pulses. During this period both the thermal and parametric instabilities coexisted. Subsequently, the thermal parametric instability was hampered. The effectiveness of heating near the second gyroharmonic is ascribed to specific dispersion characteristics near the double resonance. The observations suggest that Langmuir waves participate in cyclotron acceleration when the local plasma and second gyroharmonic frequencies match. With f 0 ∼ 3f c the airglow terminated due to the suppression of cyclotron acceleration and parametric decay instability.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Geophysical Research Letters
Uncontrolled Keywords: heating DCS-publications-id ; art-721 ; DCS-publications-credits ; iono ; 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: 6674
Deposited By: ep_importer_dcs
Deposited On: 21 Apr 2008 12:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:17
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6674

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