March 1981 | NTIA Technical Report TR-81-66
Wave Interaction Observations of Ionospheric Modification in the D-Region
Charles J. Chilton
Abstract: Radio wave interaction measurements using the high power transmitter at Platteville have resulted in cross modulation of up to 30% as compared to the earlier cross modulation measurements of 7% or less at low power. A theory is derived which shows that for a high power heating transmitter, the cross modulation is proportional to the square of the electron temperature. Additional measurements and theory are given which indicate that large radiated powers will produce fairly large electron density increases in the D-region, depending upon heating transmitter frequency and wave polarization. The heating of the ionospheric D-region apparently produces changes in the reflection process at low frequencies (LF). Experimental data taken during solar flares, which support this conclusion, are presented.
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