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Ionospheric And Atmospheric Remote Sensing Using Passive Sensors
Author(s): Supriya Chakrabarti; Richard Link; G. Randall Gladstone
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Paper Abstract

Knowledge of the instantaneous state of the ionosphere can facilitate many components of C3I systems. Traditionally, ionospheric measurements have been performed using Langmuir probes, ion mass spectrometers, radars and ionosondes. The first two sample the ionosphere in situ, along the rocket or satellite trajectories. Besides being an active probing method, ground-based radio observa-tions are limited to a geographically fixed area surrounding the measurement site. In recent years it has been shown that ionospheric density distributions can be obtained by the remote sensing of selected Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) emissions. The sensors for these measurements employ space-based passive detection techniques. The spectral region below 2000 A has successfully been used to both probe the upper atmosphere and image the aurora, even under fully sunlit conditions. The EUV measurements can also be used to infer the energy of precipitating electrons in aurorae. In this paper recent work in these areas will be reviewed. Requirements for future instrumentations will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 April 1988
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0868, Optoelectronic Technologies for Remote Sensing from Space, (13 April 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.943593
Show Author Affiliations
Supriya Chakrabarti, University of California (United States)
Richard Link, University of California (United States)
G. Randall Gladstone, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0868:
Optoelectronic Technologies for Remote Sensing from Space
C. Stuart Bowyer; John S. Seeley, Editor(s)

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