Interferometric cross‐spectral studies of mesospheric scattering layers

Gary R. Stitt, Erhan Kudeki

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The results of the first simultaneous frequency domain and radar interferometry VHF radar observations of mesospheric scattering layers at Jicamarca are presented. Observations indicate the presence of fine scale structures with vertical extents less than 100–150 m in lower mesospheric layers and the distortion of higher mesospheric layers by gravity wave oscillations. The latter observation suggests the possibility that wind velocity measurements with mesosphere‐stratosphere‐troposphere radars may be non‐Eulerian in the presence of vertically propagating gravity waves. The data also show that gravity wave oscillations may at times significantly enhance the spectral broadening of higher mesospheric radar returns, even at vertical incidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)783-799
Number of pages17
JournalRadio Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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