Anomalous DC Resistivity and Double Layers in the Auroral Ionosphere

  1. S.-I. Akasofu and
  2. J.R. Kan
  1. J. M. Kindel,
  2. Chris Barnes and
  3. D. W. Forslund

Published Online: 26 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM025p0296

Physics of Auroral Arc Formation

Physics of Auroral Arc Formation

How to Cite

Kindel, J. M., Barnes, C. and Forslund, D. W. (1981) Anomalous DC Resistivity and Double Layers in the Auroral Ionosphere, in Physics of Auroral Arc Formation (eds S.-I. Akasofu and J.R. Kan), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM025p0296

Author Information

  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory,

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1981

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900506

Online ISBN: 9781118664360

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Keywords:

  • Auroras—Addresses, essays, lectures

Summary

There are at least four candidate instabilities which might account for anomalous dc resistivity in the auroral ionosphere. These are: the ion-acoustic instability, the Buneman instability, the ion-cyclotron instability and double layers. We report here results of computer simulations of these four instabilities which suggest that double layers are most likely to be responsible for resistivity in the auroral zone.