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On the Reversal from “Sunward” to “Antisunward” Plasma Convection in the Dayside High Latitude Ionosphere
Geophysical Research Letters
  • T S Jorgensen
  • E Friis-Christensen
  • Vincent B Wickwar, Utah State University
  • J D Kelly
  • C R Clauer
  • P M Banks
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Preliminary observations of dayside high latitude ionospheric plasma convection with the Sondrestrom incoherent‐scatter radar indicate that plasma can be observed to enter the polar cap region through rotational reversals at most local times between dawn and dusk and not just in a narrow region around noon. Assuming that rotational reversals are signatures of a solar wind‐magnetosphere interaction which drives magnetospheric convection, the observations indicate that this interaction occurs over a longitudinally wide area of the dayside magnetosphere. The observations also show that the distribution of F‐region plasma in the polar cap is dependent on ionization sources anywhere between dawn and dusk in the dayside high latitude ionosphere.


Published by the American Geophysical Union in Geophysical Research Letters. Publisher PDF is available for download through link above.

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Jorgensen, T. S., E. Friis‐Christensen, V. B. Wickwar, J. D. Kelly, C. R. Clauer, and P. M. Banks (1984), On the reversal from “sunward” to “antisunward“ plasma convection in the dayside high latitude ionosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett., 11(9), 887–890, doi:10.1029/GL011i009p00887.