Relations among low ionosphere parameters and A3 radio wave absorption


  • J. P. Cipriano,

  • L. C. Hale,

  • J. D. Mitchell


Charged particle conductivities measured in the very low ionosphere are compared with atmospheric parameters and high-frequency radio wave absorption measurements. Between 33 and 58 km, positive conductivity is well correlated with neutral atmospheric temperature. Good correlations are found also between high-frequency radio wave absorption and negative conductivity at altitudes as low as 53 km, this fact suggesting that day-to-day variations in absorption may be principally due to variations in electron loss rate. These correlations do not apply to some days of very low or very high radio wave absorption, for which the effects of transport on nitric oxide appear to be important.