Joint observations of sodium enhancements and field-aligned ionospheric irregularities

T. Kane, B. Grime, S. Franke, E. Kudeki, J. Urbina, M. Kelley, S. Collins

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Resonance Lidar observations of neutral sodium and VHF coherent scatter radar observations of field-aligned 3-meter irregularities were obtained during the Coqui II rocket campaign in Puerto Rico. The Lidar, a facility instrument at the Arecibo Observatory (18.3° N, 66.8° W), and the University of Illinois Radar, located near Salinas on the south of the island, both monitored volumes near where the uplegs of the nominal rocket trajectories intersected the E-region. The Observatory's Incoherent Scatter Radar was also used to characterize the plasma layers. Preliminary investigation of the data sets has shown a potential correspondence between VHF backscatter from plasma layers and a new class of characteristic enhancements in the neutral sodium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1375-1378
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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