Small scale stratification of the mid-latitude F-region

Bowman G.G. (1987) Small scale stratification of the mid-latitude F-region. Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, 49 10: 1007-1015. doi:10.1016/0021-9169(87)90107-3

Author Bowman G.G.
Title Small scale stratification of the mid-latitude F-region
Journal name Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics
ISSN 0021-9169
Publication date 1987-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0021-9169(87)90107-3
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 49
Issue 10
Start page 1007
End page 1015
Total pages 9
Language eng
Subject 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
1908 Geophysics
Abstract lonograms recorded over limited frequency and height ranges have been used to reveal systematic structures on both main and range spread traces for a mid-latitude region. This fine structure has apparently not been reported previously. When disturbances are present ionogram traces are often made up of quasi-horizontal segments, suggesting that the F2-layer consists of stratified regions spaced a few kilometres apart vertically. It is proposed that if in fact stratifications are present, they may be produced by instabilities created by the presence of internal gravity waves. Interference effects on ionogram traces are also reported. These are shown to result from the presence of overlapping traces. The existence of these quasi-horizontal trace segments and interference effects is shown to contribute to the diffuseness of a range spread mid-latitude ionogram. Thus a mid-latitude range spread ionogram often appears diffuse even though the spread may consist primarily of a number of duplicate traces produced by specular reflections from a range of off-vertical angles.
Q-Index Code C1
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