An empirical model of electron density in low latitude at 600 km obtained by Hinotori satellite

Y. Kakinami, S. Watanabe, Oyama Koichiro

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An empirical model of electron density (Ne) was constructed by using the data obtained with an impedance probe on board Japanese Hinotori satellite. The satellite was in circular orbit of the height of 600 km with the inclination of 31 degrees from February 1981 to June 1982. The constructed model gives Ne at any local time with the time resolution of 90 min and between -25 and 25 degrees in magnetic latitude with its resolution of 5 degrees in the range of F 10.7 from 150 to 250 under the condition of K p < 4. Spline interpolations are applied to the functions of day of year, geomagnetic latitude and solar local time, and linear interpolation is applied to the function of F 10.7 . Longitude dependence of Ne is not taken into account. Our density model can reproduce solar local time variation of electron density at 600 km altitude better than current International Reference Ionosphere (IRI2001) model which overestimates Ne in night time and underestimates Ne in day time. Our density model together with electron temperature model which has been constructed before will enable more understanding of upper ionospheric phenomenon in the equatorial region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1495-1499
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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