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Title: A comparison between large-scale irregularities and scintillations in the polar ionosphere
Authors: Wang, Y.
Zhang, Q-H.
Jayachandran, P. T.
Lockwood, M.
Zhang, S-R.
Moen, J.
Xing, Z-Y.
Ma, Y-Z.
Lester, M.
First Published: 27-May-2016
Publisher: American Geophysical Union (AGU), Wiley
Citation: Geophysical Research Letters, 2016, 43 (10), pp. 4790-4798 (9)
Abstract: A comparison tool has been developed by mapping the global GPS total electron content (TEC) and large coverage of ionospheric scintillations together on the geomagnetic latitude/magnetic local time coordinates. Using this tool, a comparison between large-scale ionospheric irregularities and scintillations is pursued during a geomagnetic storm. Irregularities, such as storm enhanced density, middle-latitude trough, and polar cap patches, are clearly identified from the TEC maps. At the edges of these irregularities, clear scintillations appeared but their behaviors were different. Phase scintillations (σφ) were almost always larger than amplitude scintillations (S4) at the edges of these irregularities, associated with bursty flows or flow reversals with large density gradients. An unexpected scintillation feature appeared inside the modeled auroral oval where S4 were much larger than σφ, most likely caused by particle precipitations around the exiting polar cap patches.
DOI Link: 10.1002/2016GL069230
ISSN: 0094-8276
eISSN: 1944-8007
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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