Temperature structure of plasma bubbles in the low latitude ionosphere around 600 km altitude

Oyama Koichiro, K. Schlegel, S. Watanabe

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Abstract

The electron temperature inside plasma bubbles at a height of 600 km was first measured by means of Japan's seventh scientific satellite Hinotori which is an equator orbiting satellite with an inclination of 31°. During the period between June 1981 and February 1982, 724 plasma bubbles were detected and studied. The electron temperature inside the plasma bubbles is either higher or lower than that outside and can also be equal to the electron temperature outside, depending on the local time and on the place where the data were taken. Heating of electrons inside plasma bubbles sometimes occurs over the South Atlantic geomagnetic anomaly and over the Hawaiian anomaly where particle precipitation can frequently be observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-567
Number of pages15
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1988 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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