TITLE

Propagation of lower hybrid resonance waves in depleted-plasma regions in the upper auroral ionosphere

AUTHOR(S)
Pasmanik, D. L.; Demekhov, A. G.; Trakhtengerts, V. Yu.; Titova, E. E.; Rycroft, M. J.
PUB. DATE
April 2009
SOURCE
Radiophysics & Quantum Electronics;Apr2009, Vol. 52 Issue 4, p252
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We study theoretically the propagation of lower-hybrid resonance (LHR) waves in the auroral ionospheric plasma. The ray-tracing technique is used to study the properties of LHR wave propagation with account of a large-scale inhomogeneity both along and across the geomagnetic field. It is shown that wave refraction in such an inhomogeneous medium can result in direct transformation of LHR waves whose wave normals make large angles with the geomagnetic field into whistler-mode waves, whose wave vectors are close to the geomagnetic-field direction and which can therefore pass through the ionosphere to the ground. The parameters of LHR waves which can thus be transformed into whistler-mode waves are found. The transformation process considered can be important for interpreting ground-based observations of ELF waves.
ACCESSION #
43596684

 

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