Ionospheric Electron Heating by a Rocket Borne Electron Accelerator

T.A. Jacobsen, J. Tröim, B.N. Maehlum, Martin Friedrich

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A "mother-daughter" rocket code-named "Electron 2" was launched from And∅ya, Northern Norway in November, 1978. The "daughter", carrying a 10 keV electron accelerator, was separated from the "mother" payload with a speed of 0.4 m/s. A series of plasma diagnostic instruments were included on the "mother" to study effects produced by the interaction between the electron beam and the ionospheric plasma. Results obtained by two different plasma probes are presented. It was found that pronounced changes in the ambient electron population took place in regions penetrated by the electron beam. Estimates of the dimensions of the disturbed region are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-127
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1981

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