The 50 MHz Jicamarca incoherent scatter radar can be used to make very high precision F-region plasma drift measurements with less than a m/s uncertainty and 5 min/ 15 km time/height resolutions. In such measurements the transmitting antenna beam is pointed perpendicular to the geomagnetic field →B [e.g., Kudeki et al., 1999] and backscattered fields consist of magneto-ionic O- and X-components with unequal phase retardations. Detecting the fields with an orthogonal pair of linear-polarized antennas and fitting the average power and differential-phase of the antenna outputs to an appropriate data model we have succeeded in making F-region electron density measurements with data collected during Jicamarca drifts experiments. This procedure provides Jicamarca with a new capability for simultaneous drifts and density measurements at F-region heights.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Geophysical Research Letters|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)