Plasma Waves Produced by the Xenon Ion Beam Experiment on the Porcupine Sounding Rocket

  • Paul M. Kintner
  • Michael C. Kelley
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 79)


The production of electrostatic ion cyclotron waves by a perpendicular ion beam in the F-region ionosphere is described. The ion beam experiment was part of the Porcupine program and produced electrostatic hydrogen cyclotron waves just above harmonics of the hydrogen cyclotron frequency. The plasma process may be thought of as a magnetized background ionosphere through which an unmagnetized beam is flowing. The dispersion equation for this hypothesis is constructed and solved. Preliminary solutions agree well with the observed plasma waves.


Dispersion Relation Plasma Wave Electrostatic Wave Ambient Plasma Beam Density 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul M. Kintner
    • 1
  • Michael C. Kelley
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Electrical EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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