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Ionospheric modification by powerful RF waves
Experiments with so called ionospheric modification (or heating) are a powerful method to address a number of questions in plasma physics. In such experiments, high intensity radio waves are transmitted into the ionosphere, where they can be absorbed and initiate a number of plasma processes. These can be further studied with a number of different scientific instruments, such as for example ionospheric radars.
In autumn 2006 such experiments were carried out at the Tromsö EISCAT site by our team. In these experiments strongly enhanced electron temperatures were observed in the ionosphere during transmission of the X-mode radiowaves. The purpose of the M.Sc. project is to analyse, model and interpret these observations, in order to understand the processes occurring during the absorption of X-mode radiowaves.
Your interests include: plasma physics, space physics, electromagnetics.
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