Monitoring the F-region peak electron density using HF backscatter interferometry
Article first published online: 4 NOV 2011
Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 38, Issue 21, November 2011
How to Cite
2011), Monitoring the F-region peak electron density using HF backscatter interferometry, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L21102, doi:10.1029/2011GL049675., , , and (
- Issue published online: 4 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 4 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 4 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Received: 13 SEP 2011
- HF radars;
- ionospheric diagnistics
 High frequency (HF, 10–20 MHz) radars routinely utilize Bragg scatter from plasma fluctuations to monitor ionospheric turbulence. While the propagation of the probing HF radio waves is also strongly affected by the regular structure of the ionosphere, this information is rarely extracted from the data. In the present work we present and test a new technique for estimating the F-region peak electron densities, NmF2, using information about the vertical refraction of HF backscatter echoes that is readily available in the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) data set.