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Original language | English |
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Article number | A02313 |

Number of pages | 9 |

Journal | Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics |

Volume | 113 |

Issue number | A2 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 29 Feb 2008 |

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### Keywords

- langmuir turbulence
- zakharov simulations
- plasma inhomogeneity
- spectral features
- ionosphere
- inhomogeneous plasma
- on-demand Langmuir turbulence

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*Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics*, vol. 113, no. A2, A02313. https://doi.org/10.1029/2007JA012491

**Zakharov simulation study of spectral features of on-demand Langmuir turbulence in an inhomogeneous plasma.** / Eliasson, Bengt; Thidé, Bo.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Zakharov simulation study of spectral features of on-demand Langmuir turbulence in an inhomogeneous plasma

AU - Eliasson, Bengt

AU - Thidé, Bo

PY - 2008/2/29

Y1 - 2008/2/29

N2 - We have performed a simulation study of Langmuir turbulence in the Earth's ionosphere by means of a Zakharov model with parameters relevant for the F layer. The model includes dissipative terms to model collisions and Landau damping of the electrons and ions, and a linear density profile, which models the ionospheric plasma inhomogeneity whose length scale is of the order 10–100 km. The injection of energy into the system is modeled by a constant source term in the Zakharov equation. Langmuir turbulence is excited “on-demand” in controlled ionospheric modification experiments where the energy is provided by an HF radio beam injected into the overhead ionospheric plasma. The ensuing turbulence can be studied with radars and in the form of secondary radiation recorded by ground-based receivers. We have analyzed spectral signatures of the turbulence for different sets of parameters and different altitudes relative to the turning point of the linear Langmuir mode where the Langmuir frequency equals the local plasma frequency. By a parametric analysis, we have derived a simple scaling law, which links the spectral width of the turbulent frequency spectrum to the physical parameters in the ionosphere. The scaling law provides a quantitative relation between the physical parameters (temperatures, electron number density, ionospheric length scale, etc.) and the observed frequency spectrum. This law may be useful for interpreting experimental results.

AB - We have performed a simulation study of Langmuir turbulence in the Earth's ionosphere by means of a Zakharov model with parameters relevant for the F layer. The model includes dissipative terms to model collisions and Landau damping of the electrons and ions, and a linear density profile, which models the ionospheric plasma inhomogeneity whose length scale is of the order 10–100 km. The injection of energy into the system is modeled by a constant source term in the Zakharov equation. Langmuir turbulence is excited “on-demand” in controlled ionospheric modification experiments where the energy is provided by an HF radio beam injected into the overhead ionospheric plasma. The ensuing turbulence can be studied with radars and in the form of secondary radiation recorded by ground-based receivers. We have analyzed spectral signatures of the turbulence for different sets of parameters and different altitudes relative to the turning point of the linear Langmuir mode where the Langmuir frequency equals the local plasma frequency. By a parametric analysis, we have derived a simple scaling law, which links the spectral width of the turbulent frequency spectrum to the physical parameters in the ionosphere. The scaling law provides a quantitative relation between the physical parameters (temperatures, electron number density, ionospheric length scale, etc.) and the observed frequency spectrum. This law may be useful for interpreting experimental results.

KW - langmuir turbulence

KW - zakharov simulations

KW - plasma inhomogeneity

KW - spectral features

KW - ionosphere

KW - inhomogeneous plasma

KW - on-demand Langmuir turbulence

UR - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2007JA012491/abstract

U2 - 10.1029/2007JA012491

DO - 10.1029/2007JA012491

M3 - Article

VL - 113

JO - Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics

JF - Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics

SN - 2169-9402

IS - A2

M1 - A02313

ER -