Three-Dimensional Modeling of Equatorial Spread F
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has recently developed a three-dimensional code to study equatorial spread F (ESF). The code is based on the comprehensive NRL 3D ionosphere model SAMI3 and includes a potential equation to self-consistently solve for the electric field. The model assumes equipotential field lines so a 2D electrodynamic problem is considered. Results are presented showing the evolution of atomic and molecular ions, as well as that of the electron and ion temperatures during ESF.
KeywordsElectron Temperature Naval Research Laboratory Neutral Wind Magnetic Equator Plasma Bubble
This research has been supported by NASA and ONR.
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