AMISR-14: Observations of equatorial spread F

F. S. Rodrigues, M. J. Nicolls, M. A. Milla, J. M. Smith, R. H. Varney, A. Strømme, C. Martinis, J. F. Arratia

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A new, 14-panel Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar (AMISR-14) system was recently deployed at the Jicamarca Radio Observatory. We present results of the first coherent backscatter radar observations of equatorial spread F(ESF) irregularities made with the system. Colocation with the 50MHz Jicamarca Unattended Long-term studies of the Ionosphere and Atmosphere (JULIA) radar allowed unique simultaneous observations of meter and submeter irregularities. Observations from both systems produced similar Range-Time-Intensity maps during bottom-type and bottomside ESF events. We were also able to use the electronic beam steering capability of AMISR-14 to "image" scattering structures in the magnetic equatorial plane and track their appearance, evolution, and decay with a much larger field of view than previously possible at Jicamarca. The results suggest zonal variations in the instability conditions leading to irregularities and demonstrate the dynamic behavior of F region scattering structures as they evolve and drift across the radar beams. Key Points First AMISR-14 observations Detection of submeter ESF irregularities Temporal and spatial variability of ESF.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)5100-5108
Número de páginas9
PublicaciónGeophysical Research Letters
EstadoPublicada - 16 jul. 2015
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