Momentum and Energy Transfer in an Ionospheric Critical Ionization Velocity Experiment

O. Bolin, N. Brenning, C. M. Swenson, Fritz Primdahl

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    Abstract

    We present new data from the subpayload of the GRIT II ionospheric active injection experiment. The analysis made possible by these data provides a good understanding of the momentum transfer between the injected ions and the ambient ionosphere. It resolves the conflict between the two competing models for the energy transfer from the newly created ions to hot electrons, while also giving a natural coupling between the energy and momentum transfer processes.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Volume75
    Issue number20
    Pages (from-to)3673-3676
    ISSN0031-9007
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1995

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    Copyright (1995) American Physical Society.

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