Statistical properties of ionospheric stimulated electromagnetic emissions
2006 (English)In: Annales Geophysicae, ISSN 0992-7689, E-ISSN 1432-0576, Vol. 24, no 7, 1851-1859 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We have analysed the statistical properties of the stimulated electromagnetic emissions (SEE) spectral features in the steady state, reached after a long period of continuous HF pumping of the ionosphere in experiments performed at the Sura ionospheric radio research facility in Russia. Using a digital filter bank method, we have been able to analyse complex valued signals within narrow frequency bands. Each of the SEE spectral features are thereby separated into a number of narrow spectral components. Statistical tests were performed for all these spectral components and the distributions of the spectral amplitudes and phases were evaluated. Also, a test for sinusoidal components was performed. These tests showed that all observed SEE features were indistinguishable from coloured Gaussian noise. The test results exclude that the SEE features can be the result of a single isolated coherent process, but does not rule out that there could be many statistically independent parametric wave-wave processes taking place simultaneously at various parts of the HF-pumped ionosphere, as long as the superposition from all these is incoherent. Furthermore, from the test results, we cannot exclude the possibility that the waveforms of some, or all, of the SEE features may be chaotic.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 24, no 7, 1851-1859 p.
ionosphere, active experiments, ionospheric irregularities, space plasma physics, wave-wave interactions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93427ISI: 000240367200008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-93427DiVA: diva2:166896