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Volume 15, issue 2
Ann. Geophys., 15, 231–235, 1997
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00585-997-0231-y
© European Geosciences Union 1997
Ann. Geophys., 15, 231–235, 1997
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00585-997-0231-y
© European Geosciences Union 1997

  28 Feb 1997

28 Feb 1997

A comparison of field-line resonances observed at the Goose Bay and Wick radars

G. Provan and T. K. Yeoman G. Provan and T. K. Yeoman
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK

Abstract. Previous observations with the Goose Bay HF coherent-scatter radar have revealed structured spectral peaks at ultra-low frequencies. The frequencies of these spectral peaks have been demonstrated to be extremely consistent from day to day. The stability of these spectral peaks can be seen as evidence for the existence of global magnetospheric cavity modes whose resonant frequencies are independent of latitude. Field-line resonances occur when successive harmonics of the eigenfrequency of the magnetospheric cavity or waveguide match either the first harmonic eigenfrequency of the geomagnetic field lines or higher harmonics of this frequency. Power spectra observed at the SABRE VHF coherent-scatter radar at Wick, Scotland, during night and early morning are revealed to show similarly clearly structured spectral peaks. These spectral peaks are the result of local field-line resonances due to Alfvén waves standing on magnetospheric field lines. A comparison of the spectra observed by the Goose Bay and Wick radars demonstrate that the frequencies of the field-line resonances are, on average, almost identical, despite the different latitudinal ranges covered by the two radars. Possible explanations for the similarity of the signatures on the two radar systems are discussed.

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