10 December 1986 Remote Sensing Of Ionosphere By Using Ultraviolet And Visible Emissions
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Abstract
The ability to remotely sense ionospheric conditions for improved operation of communications and radar systems has been a long-term goal of some DOD programs. This capability now appears to be possible through improvements in computer models of the ionosphere and in UV remote sensing methods. The approach is to use passive ultraviolet optical measurements and in-situ ion density measurements as inputs to a comprehensive ionospheric model which will calculate the electron density profile . A novel feature of this approach is the use of naturally occurring airglow and auroral ultraviolet radiation. This method can be used for the midlatitude day ionosphere (90 to 800 km) and the night auroral E layer. Eventually, extensions of the technique will cover the night mid-latitude as well. The remote sensing measurement can also be used to locate regions of ionospheric irregularity, and hence probable phase scintillation, in both equatorial and polar cap regions and to locate the realtime position of the auroral oval particle precipitation.
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C. I. Meng, R. E. Huffman, R. A. Skrivanek, D. J. Strickland, R. E. Daniell, "Remote Sensing Of Ionosphere By Using Ultraviolet And Visible Emissions", Proc. SPIE 0687, Ultraviolet Technology, (10 December 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.936544; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.936544
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