The influence of metallic ions on the plasma instabilities in the high-latitude E region
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1985 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 740–744, July-August 1985
How to Cite
1985), The influence of metallic ions on the plasma instabilities in the high-latitude E region, Radio Sci., 20(4), 740–744, doi:10.1029/RS020i004p00740.(
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 JAN 1985
- Manuscript Received: 1 NOV 1984
Metallic ions like Mg+ and Fe+ can be quite abundant at E region heights during meteor showers. Since their mass is significantly different from the mass of the “normal” E region ions like NO+ and O2+ the E region plasma will behave quite differently in the presence of these ions. As a consequence, the results of the dispersion relation of the modified two stream and the gradient drift plasma instability, occurring in the high latitude E region, are significantly different from the “normal” case. Some of these results are presented and the implications for the interpretation of auroral radar results (STARE) are discussed.