Real-time imaging of density ducts between the plasmasphere and ionosphere
Loi, Shyeh Tjing; Murphy, Tara; Cairns, Iver Hugh; Menk, Frederick W; Waters, C. L.; Erickson, Philip; Trott, Cathryn; Hurley-Walker, Natasha; Morgan, John; Lenc, E; Offringa, Andre; Bell, Martin E.; Ekers, Ronald D; Gaensler, B M; Lonsdale, Colin J; Feng, Lu; Hancock, Paul; Kaplan, D L; Bowman, J D; Bernardi, G; Briggs, Franklin; Greenhill, Lincoln; Deshpande, Avinash; Oberoi, D; Prabu, T; Srivani, K. S.
Ionization of the Earth's atmosphere by sunlight forms a complex, multilayered plasma environment within the Earth's magnetosphere, the innermost layers being the ionosphere and plasmasphere. The plasmasphere is believed to be embedded with cylindrical density structures (ducts) aligned along the Earth's magnetic field, but direct evidence for these remains scarce. Here we report the first direct wide-angle observation of an extensive array of field-aligned ducts bridging the upper ionosphere...[Show more]
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