Observations of 3-m auroral irregularities during the ERRRIS campaigns

School of Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, U.S.A.; MITRE Corporation, Bedford, MA 01730, U.S.A.; NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, U.S.A.; Revised 3 July 1991. Available online 31 March 2003.
Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics 07/1992; DOI: 10.1016/0021-9169(92)90117-4

ABSTRACT In the late winter of 1988 and 1989, three NASA sounding rockets were flown through the auroral electrojet from ESRANGE (Sweden) as part of the E-region Rocket-Radar Instability Study (ERRIS). Many ground-based instruments supported these flights, including the EISCAT, STARE, and CUPRI radars, as well as all-sky cameras, riometers, and magnetometers. In this paper we summarize the observations of the Cornell University Portable Radar Interferometer (CUPRI), which detected coherent backscatter from 3-m irregularities in the auroral E-region. Twenty hours of power spectra and interferometry data are available, and, during the 1989 campaign, three weeks of nearly continuous Range-Time-Intensity (RTI) and first moment data were recorded.

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