Electric field enhancement in an auroral arc according to the simultaneous radar (EISCAT) and optical (ALIS) observations


The character of a change in the ionospheric electric field when several auroral arcs crossed the region of radar measurements has been analyzed. In one case the plasma conductivity and electric field normal component in an arc increased as compared to their undisturbed values. In another case the field and conductivity changed traditionally (in antiphase). Arcs with an increased field were previously classified as correlating arcs, but their existence was subsequently open to question during optical observations. The usage of the ALIS system of digital cameras made it possible to decrease the errors introduced by optical equipment. The measurements in the vicinity of correlating arcs were performed when these arcs were generated, and a traditional arc was a completed formation. In an originating arc, the field value can depend not only on the ionospheric plasma conductivity but also on the processes in the magnetospheric-ionospheric system resulting in the field enhancement.

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Original Russian Text © V.V. Safargaleev, T.I. Sergienko, A.E. Kozlovsky, I. Sandahl, U. Brändström, D.N. Shibaeva, 2009, published in Geomagnetizm i Aeronomiya, 2009, Vol. 49, No. 3, pp. 371–386.

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Safargaleev, V.V., Sergienko, T.I., Kozlovsky, A.E. et al. Electric field enhancement in an auroral arc according to the simultaneous radar (EISCAT) and optical (ALIS) observations. Geomagn. Aeron. 49, 353–367 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0016793209030098

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