Spatial characterization of high latitude ionosphere scintillation using an array of software receiver measurements

Jun Wang, Yu Morton, Jeffery Spaleta, William Bristow

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to demonstrate that GPS signal carrier phase scintillations observed from a spaced receiver array can be used to estimate ionosphere horizontal plasma drift velocities. Due to the non-stationary nature of the carrier phase scintillations and the existence of non-scintillation related components in the carrier phase measurements, direct time domain or Fourier spectral correlation of the receiver array measurements cannot yield meaningful results. An adaptive periodagram is used to generate high-resolution time-frequency information for the scintillation signal carrier phase. The resulting timing varying spectra from the receiver array are filtered and cross-correlated to generate time delays of similar scintillation patterns across a two-dimensional array. Horizontal plasma drift velocities are estimated using the time delays, known receiver spatial separations, assumed GPS signal ionosphere piercing heights, and satellite scan velocities. Plasma drift velocities measured by the SuperDARN radar at Kodiak, Alaska are used to validate the estimation results from the GNSS receiver array.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication27th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation, ION GNSS 2014
PublisherInstitute of Navigation
Pages1499-1507
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781634399913
StatePublished - 2014
Event27th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation, ION GNSS 2014 - Tampa, United States
Duration: Sep 8 2014Sep 12 2014

Publication series

Name27th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation, ION GNSS 2014
Volume2

Conference

Conference27th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation, ION GNSS 2014
CountryUnited States
CityTampa
Period9/8/149/12/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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