Articles | Volume 16, issue 12
31 Dec 1998
31 Dec 1998

Solar activity effects in the ionospheric D region

A. D. Danilov

Abstract. Variations in the D-region electron concentration within the solar activity cycle are considered. It is demonstrated that conclusions of various authors, who have analyzed various sets of experimental data on [e], differ significantly. The most reliable seem to be the conclusions based on analysis of the [e] measurements carried out by the Faraday rotation method and on the theoretical concepts on the D-region photochemistry. Possible QBO effects in the relation of [e] to solar activity are considered and an assumption is made that such effects may be the reason for the aforementioned disagreement in conclusions on the [e] relation to solar indices.

Key words. Atmospheric composition and structure · Ion chemistry of the atmosphere · Middle atmosphere