Experimental comparisons between AM and BW modulation heating excitation of ELF/VLF waves at EISCAT

Research paper by Jutao Yang, Jianguo Wang, Qingliang Li, Jian Wu, Haiqin Che, Guanglin Ma, Shuji Hao

Indexed on: 20 Sep '20Published on: 21 Aug '19Published in: Physics of plasmas


Physics of Plasmas, Volume 26, Issue 8, August 2019. In this paper, the experimental results of the extremely/very low frequency (ELF/VLF) radiation from the ionosphere by amplitude modulation (AM) mode and dual-beam beat-wave (BW) mode modulation heating using the European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT) heating facility are presented. By comparing the dependence of the ELF/VLF radiation sources formed by AM and BW models on the geomagnetic field disturbance and the differences in different periods, this paper aims to examine some issues such as source regions and mechanisms addressed in the theoretical study of ionospheric high frequency modulated heating. The results show that (1) in the AM mode, the intensity of the ELF/VLF radiation source depends on the intensity of geomagnetic disturbance and thus on the magnitude of natural currents in the ionosphere, while in the BW mode, the intensity of the ELF/VLF radiation source is less dependent on the intensity of geomagnetic disturbance; (2) during the relatively quiet period of geomagnetic disturbance, the intensity of the ELF/VLF radiation source formed by AM mode modulation heating decreases and by BW mode modulation, heating increases when the ionization of the lower ionosphere decreases. The results of our EISCAT modulation experiments presented in the current paper and the earlier one by Yang et al. [“The polarization characteristics of ELF/VLF waves generated via HF heating experiments of the ionosphere by EISCAT,” Phys. Plasmas 25, 092902 (2018)] support that the BW mode heating mechanism mainly results from the ponderomotive nonlinearity, and the modulation region is located in the F layer.