Ion layer separation and equilibrium zonal winds in midlatitude sporadic E

G. D. Earle, Timothy Joseph Kane, R. F. Pfaff, S. R. Bounds

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In-situ observations of a moderately strong mid-latitude sporadic-E layer show a separation in altitude between distinct sublayers composed of Fe+, Mg+, and NO+. From these observations it is possible to estimate the zonal wind field consistent with diffusive equilibrium near the altitude of the layer. The amplitude of the zonal wind necessary to sustain the layer against diffusive effects is less than 10 m/s, and the vertical wavelength is less than 10 km.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-464
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 2000


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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