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Field-aligned expansion of plasma clouds in the ionosphere

Authors
Journal
Advances in Space Research
0273-1177
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
15
Issue
12
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0273-1177(95)00025-a
Disciplines
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Abstract The field-aligned expansion of plasma clouds in the ionosphere was studied with different mathematical models and for a wide range of conditions. In all cases, the expanding plasma cloud acted as an electrostatic snowplow, creating an O + hole in the ionosphere coincident with the cloud and O + bumps on the two sides of the cloud that are aligned with the geomagnetic field.

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