Plasma wave radiation in the main ionospheric trough in the region of the terminator from the APEX satellite data

Research paper by N. I. Izhovkina, I. S. Prutensky, S. A. Pulinets, Z. Klos, H. Rothkaehl

Indexed on: 01 Dec '06Published on: 01 Dec '06Published in: Geomagnetism and Aeronomy


The data of measurements of broadband wave radiation in the main ionospheric trough in the subauroral zone of the topside ionosphere in the region of the day-night terminator (APEX satellite experiment) are presented. It is shown that the observed attenuation of electrostatic radiation in a broad frequency band and fluctuations (variations) in the cutoff frequency of the electrostatic mode spectrum at the level of the local plasma or upper hybrid frequency are related to plasma heating by damping electrostatic oscillations in the ionospheric trough. Waveguide channels for propagation of electromagnetic whistler-mode waves observed on the satellite can be generated during the propagation of a gravity-thermal disturbance from the terminator.