Scattering From a Turbulent Laboratory Plasma at 31 Gigahertz
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1971 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 6, Issue 7, pages 737–752, July 1971
How to Cite
1971), Scattering From a Turbulent Laboratory Plasma at 31 Gigahertz, Radio Sci., 6(7), 737–752, doi:10.1029/RS006i007p00737., , and (
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 22 JUN 1970
The scattering of electromagnetic waves from a turbulent plasma has been examined experimentally at 31 GHz. The 31-GHz cross section data agree well with a scattering model proposed earlier and with 9.4-GHz data measured earlier. Measurements were made to determine the dependence of the cross section on bistatic angle and electron density. Comprehensive diagnostic measurements were made on the plasma so that the radar measurements could be compared to the scattering model. A synthetic-aperture, or coherent processing, experiment was also performed to relate the instantaneous scattered field in a small volume (specified by the resolution obtainable by coherent processing techniques) to the instantaneous distribution of electrons in the same volume. The measurements confirm the validity of first-order Born theory when applied to instantaneous rather than time-averaged quantities.