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|Title:||Estimation of Electron Heating Rates in the Topside Ionosphere during Medium Solar Activity|
Rao, B C N
|Abstract:||Considering the heat balance in the topside ionosphere, the heat input rates Q6 for electron gas are calculated from the election heat loss rates using electron density, electron temperature and ion composition measurements at different altitudes obtained by incoherent back-scatter radar during medium solar activity conditions. The relative importance of various collisional and conduction heat loss terms are examined in detail. The values of Q6 estimated in this manner vary from 1·5 x 104 eV cm-2 sec-1 at 300 km to 1·5 x 102 eV cm-3 sec-1 at 600 km.|
|ISSN:||0975-105X (Online); 0367-8393 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||IJRSP Vol.05(4) [December 1976]|
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