The role of the tongue-of-ionization in the formation of the poleward wall of the main trough in the European post-midnight sector

Middleton, H.R., Pryse, S.E., Wood, A.G. ORCID: 0000-0002-7527-4757 and Balthazor, R., 2008. The role of the tongue-of-ionization in the formation of the poleward wall of the main trough in the European post-midnight sector. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 113 (A2), A02306. ISSN 2169-9380

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Abstract

A series of radio tomography reconstructions from the University of Wales Aberystwyth receiver chains in Scandinavia and the UK, imaging the midnight-dawn sector on 13 December 2001, reveal a persistent large-scale electron density enhancement, which forms the poleward wall of the main ionization trough. Measurements by the European Incoherent Scatter radar (EISCAT) rule out in situ soft-particle precipitation as the main source of the higher densities. SuperDARN plasma drift observations and electric potential patterns place the feature in the dawn cell of the high-latitude convection, leading to the conclusion that the higher density is likely to have originated as photoionization and was convected over the polar cap to the nightside and around toward dawn in a tongue-of-ionization (TOI). Suitable runs of the Coupled ThermosphereIonosphere-Plasmasphere (CTIP) model support this interpretation and also reveal that the formation of the TOI is heavily UT dependent, which would lead to it being most prominent at nighttime in the European sector.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Creators: Middleton, H.R., Pryse, S.E., Wood, A.G. and Balthazor, R.
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Date: 2008
Volume: 113
Number: A2
ISSN: 2169-9380
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10.1029/2007JA012631DOI
Rights: Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:12
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:22
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9401

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