All Physics Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Geophysical Research

Volume

30

Issue

1979

Publisher

American Geophysical Union

Publication Date

10-2003

First Page

1

Last Page

4

DOI

10.1029/ 2003GL017885

Abstract

The novel use of imaging riometers to observe mesospheric gravity waves is described. Imaging riometers respond to changes in the absorption of cosmic radio noise in the ionospheric D-region which enables them to detect the compression and rarefaction of the atmosphere at 90 km altitude generated by the passage of gravity waves. A considerable advantage of this method is that, unlike conventional techniques which rely on imaging faint optical emissions from the airglow layer at 87 km altitude, riometers remain operative under daylit, moonlit or cloudy conditions. This is particularly important for research into gravity wave forcing of mesospheric temperature at polar latitudes in summer when continuous 24-hour daylight prevails. An example in which the same wave event is characterized in colocated airglow imager and imaging riometer shows good agreement between the two instruments.

Comments

Published by the American Geophysical Union in Geophysical Research Letters.

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