Articles | Volume 30, issue 1
Ann. Geophys., 30, 235–250, 2012
Ann. Geophys., 30, 235–250, 2012

Regular paper 20 Jan 2012

Regular paper | 20 Jan 2012

Velocity of E-region HF echoes under strongly-driven electrojet conditions

J. D. Gorin1, A. V. Koustov1, R. A. Makarevich2, J.-P. St. -Maurice1, and S. Nozawa3 J. D. Gorin et al.
  • 1ISAS, University of Saskatchewan, 116 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E2, Canada
  • 2Geophysical Institute and Department of Physics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, 99775-7320, USA
  • 3Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University, Furo-Cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan

Abstract. Data collected by the Stokkseyri SuperDARN HF radar simultaneously at short and far ranges are used to investigate the relationship between the velocity of E-region HF echoes, E×B electron drift and the isothermal ion-acoustic speed CS. The work targets large E×B drifts of >1000 m s−1 and observations predominantly along the flow. By considering the EISCAT temperature and electric field data, an empirical relationship between the E×B drift velocity and CS is established for a number of ionospheric heights. For the Stokkseyri HF radar beams oriented roughly along the E×B direction, the observed E-region HF velocities are consistent with the CS values at the bottom of the electrojet but not at its center. For a subset of the data with smooth and consistent velocity variation with the beam azimuth at both short and far radar ranges the velocity varies according to the cosine law. For the E-region echoes, the proportionality coefficient in the cosine law is consistent with the CS values at the bottom of the electrojet. For these events, the E-region velocity maximum is shown to be between the E×B and electric field directions. The statistically average shift is ~20° and it increases slightly with the E×B magnitude.