Analytic Ray Solutions for High-Frequency Radio-Wave Propagation Through Plane Stratified Ionosphere Models


  • Gary H. Price


The transmission of high-frequency radio waves through the ionosphere is examined for a plane-stratified, isotropic ionospheric model and an impulsive point source. Explicit solutions for the path relations and the signal amplitude for the homogeneous-slab model illustrate the breakdown of straight-line approximations to the ray path. Implicit solutions for the path relations that are useful for iterative evaluation are also found for more general ionospheric profiles.