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Lidar returns from the upper atmosphere of Kamchatka according to observations in 2008


We present the experimental data which show that backscattered signals at the wavelength of 532 nm correlate with parameters which determine the plasma content in the nocturnal F 2 layer of the ionosphere. Based on analysis of lidar data and the geophysical situation, we discuss the hypothesis of a possible role of highly excited Rydberg atoms in the formation of lidar returns from ionospheric altitudes.

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Original Russian Text © V.V. Bychkov, Yu.A. Nepomnyashchii, A.S. Perezhogin, B.M. Shevtsov, N.M. Polekh, 2014, published in Optika Atmosfery i Okeana.

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Bychkov, V.V., Nepomnyashchii, Y.A., Perezhogin, A.S. et al. Lidar returns from the upper atmosphere of Kamchatka according to observations in 2008. Atmos Ocean Opt 27, 297–302 (2014).

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  • atmosphere
  • ionosphere
  • lidar
  • ionosonde