Lidar observations of sporadic sodium layers at Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii

K. H. Kwon, D. C. Senft, C. S. Gardner

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The most prominent sporadic layer, which formed on the night of January 21 1987, exhibited a peak density of 2.8 × 104cm-3 near 96km, with a full width of about 2km. The rapid growth and decay of the layer lasted for about 40 min. The apparent Na production and decay rates of this layer were approximately 60cm-3s-1. Even after the decay, the narrow layer was observed continuously for almost 8 hours. The mechanisms responsible for creating these layers appear to be related to diurnal tides and sporadic E layers. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14,199-14,208
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberD11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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