Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019

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[E] Poster

P (Space and Planetary Sciences ) » P-EM Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Electromagnetism & Space Environment

[P-EM11] Dynamics of Magnetosphere and Ionosphere

Wed. May 29, 2019 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall8, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Aoi Nakamizo(Applied Electromagnetic Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology), Mitsunori Ozaki(Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of Science and Engineering, Kanazawa University), Akiko Fujimoto(Kyushu Institute of Technology), Tomoaki Hori(Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University)

[PEM11-P22] Ionospheric F-region Drift Measurements Derived from DPS-4D at Zhongshan Station, Antarctic

*Xiangcai Chen1 (1.Polar Research Institute of China)

Keywords:Digisonde DPS 4, Doppler frequency shift, remote sensing, polar ionosphere, plasma drift

By means of high-frequency radio sounding, the ionospheric plasma drift can be measured by the Doppler frequency shift of signal. In this paper we analyze the ionospheric F-region plasma motion performed by Digisonde Portable Sounder (DPS-4D) at cusp latitude over Zhongshan Station in Antarctic. By restricting the echo arrival angle, and selecting the reflection height range at 175 – 475 km, we present the variation of the F-region plasma drift measurements by setting limits on the Doppler frequency shift. Base on the 7.5 min interval Digisonde drift data from November 2011 to February 2012, we considered the variations of the plasma drift in F-region under the different geomagnetic activity (Kp) and magnetic local time, as well as it correlation with interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). The results indicate that properly restricting the Doppler frequency shift of the echo has a strong effect that contributes to the accurate and robust measurements of the ionospheric plasma drift. The mean value of horizontal drift mostly leveled off to about 600 m/s at altitude around of 230 km, while the field-aligned component of drift showed mean values of -25 m/s near pre-noon and +40 m/s during the night. These strong diurnal variations have dependence on the sign and strength of the IMF By and Bz components. It implies that the contraction and expansion of the polar cap with Kp and the convection in the proximity of the throat with different IMF conditions have a profound influence on the observed drift velocities.