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Nighttime lower ionosphere height estimation from the VLF modal interference distance

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Autor(es):
Samanes, Jorge [1, 2] ; Raulin, Jean-Pierre [3] ; Cao, Jinbin [2] ; Magalhaes, Antonio [3]
Número total de Autores: 4
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Comis Nacl Invest & Desarrollo Aeroespacial CONID, Direcc Astrofis, Lima - Peru
[2] Beihang Univ, Sch Space & Environm, Beijing - Peoples R China
[3] Univ Presbiteriana Mackenzie, CRAAM, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 3
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: JOURNAL OF ATMOSPHERIC AND SOLAR-TERRESTRIAL PHYSICS; v. 167, p. 39-47, JAN 2018.
Citações Web of Science: 2
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We have studied the dynamics of the nighttime lower ionosphere height through continuous monitoring of the VLF modal interference distance (so-called distance D). Since the distance D is related to the nighttime propagation modes within the Earth-Ionosphere waveguide, it provides information of the nighttime reflection height (h(N)). We have used a long-term VLF narrowband database of almost 8 years (2006-2014) from a long transequatorial VLF propagation path between the transmitter NPM (Hawaii, 21.4 kHz) and the receiver ATI (Atibaia, Brazil). Our results show that hN assumes lower values during northern hemisphere wintertime as compared with summertime. By using the Lomb-Scargle periodogram, periodicities around 180 (SAO), 365 (AO) and 800 (QBO) days have been found, being the periodicity around 180 days stronger than all other oscillations. Since these large-scale oscillations are commonly observed in several measurable parameters of the mesosphere lower thermosphere (MLT) region, our results suggest that the nighttime lower ionosphere can be strongly influenced by the dynamics of the MLT region. The effect of the long-term solar activity on h(N) is also studied, resulting in high negative correlation (R = -0.91). This effect makes h(N) decrease around 1.2 km from low to high solar activity. This result suggests a control of the solar radiation on the nighttime lower ionosphere, and hence, on the electron density at night. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 06/02979-0 - Monitoramento da atividade solar e da Anomalia Magnética do Atlântico Sul (AMAS) utilizando uma rede de receptores de ondas de muito baixa frequência (VLF): SAVNET - South America VLF NETwork
Beneficiário:Jean Pierre Raulin
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular