Radar interferometer estimate of zonal drift variability during spread F

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Abstract

Zonal drift velocity variations with 30% amplitudes and several minute time scales are observed in Jicamarca radar interferometer data collected from bottomside F region altitudes during two different periods with 70‐90 m/s and 100‐155 m/s mean zonal drifts. These fluctuations are indicative of intermediate scale vertical structuring of F region plasma to be expected in periods of Rayleigh‐Taylor bubble formation, and may contribute significantly to the decorrelation of forward scattered satellite signals detected for scintillation spaced receiver analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1117-1120
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume13
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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