II. Rocket observations.
Rocket Observations of Sporadic-E Layers
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1972 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 7, Issue 3, pages 367–376, March 1972
How to Cite
1972), Rocket Observations of Sporadic-E Layers, Radio Sci., 7(3), 367–376, doi:10.1029/RS007i003p00367., and (
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 4 NOV 1971
The characteristics of midlatitude sporadic-E layers are observed using rocket payloads incorporating a probe and a propagation experiment.Layers below 120 km show evidence of preferred altitudes. The slopes of layers are within 1° of horizontal. The horizontal dimensions are deduced to be several hundred kilometers. Individual profiles of daytime layers show a range of shapes ranging from triangular to rectangular. The plasma frequency derived from the peak electron density in the layer is found to agree with the blanketing frequency given by the local ionosphere sounder.