Enhanced airglow, electron acceleration, and parametric instabilities

Authors

  • J. Weinstock


Abstract

A calculation is made of the acceleration of electrons during ionospheric modification experiments. The electrons are accelerated by Langmuir waves excited unstable by the parametric instability. This calculation results in an electron flux of about 109 cm−2 sec−1 for conditions over Boulder, and is sufficient to explain observations or airglow enhancements.

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