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Investigation of natural and artificial stimulation of the ionospheric Alfvén resonator at high latitude

By Tim K. Yeoman, H. C. Scoffield, D. M. Wright, L. J. Baddeley, A. N. Vasilyev and N. V. Semenova


A brief review is provided of recent progress in understanding the ionospheric Alfvén resonator (IAR) at high latitude. Firstly, naturally occurring resonances of the IAR as detected by pulsation magnetometers in the auroral zone at Sodankylä and in the polar cap at Barentsburg are considered. The characteristics of the IAR in the two regions are broadly similar, although the effects of solar illumination are less clear at the higher latitudes. Secondly we review recent attempts to stimulate the IAR through high-power radio frequency experiments both in the auroral zone at Tromsø with the European Incoherent SCATter (EISCAT) heater, and within the polar cap at Longyearbyen with the Space Plasma Exploration by Active Radar (SPEAR) facility. In the auroral zone at, Tromsø the stimulated IAR has been observed by ground-based magnetometers, and through electron acceleration observed on the FAST spacecraft. At SPEAR in the polar cap, the stimulated IAR has been investigated, with ground magnetometers, with the first results indicative of a positive detection

Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.asr.2007.03.083
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/8157

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