AURORAL IONOSPHERE MODEL (AIM-E) ADJUSTMENT FOR THE REGULAR E LAYER

Vera Nikolaeva , Evgeniy Gordeev , Denis Rogov , Aleksandr Nikolaev

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Abstract

The E-Region Auroral Ionosphere Model (AIM-E) was developed to determine the chemical composition and electron density in the auroral zone at E-layer heights (90–150 km). Solar and magnetic activity input parameters for AIM-E are the three-hour Ap index and the daily solar radio flux at a wavelength of 10.7 cm (index F10.7). In this paper, we compare AIM-E calculations of the electron density for the daytime with EUV radiation spectrum specified in two different ways: 1) the EUV spectrum theoretically calculated using the F10.7 index as an input parameter; 2) using TIMED satellite direct measurements of the EUV spectrum. We have corrected the EUVAC EUV radiation model to specify a photoionization source in AIM-E. Calculations of regular E-region critical frequencies show good agreement with the vertical sounding data from Russian high-latitude stations. Results we obtained make it possible to do a quick on-line assessment of the regular E layer, using the daily index F10.7 as an input parameter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-46
JournalSolar-Terrestrial Physics
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • high-latitude ionosphere
  • auroral oval
  • E layer
  • numerical simulation
  • EUV
  • photoionization
  • electron density

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