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Title: Mesospheric sodium over Gadanki during Geminid meteor shower 2007
Authors: Lokanadham, B
Chandra, N Rakesh
Rao, S Vijaya Bhaskara
Raghunath, K
Yellaiah, G
Keywords: Geminid meteor shower
Mesospheric sodium
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Publisher: CSIR
PACS No.: 96.30.Za; 92.60.hc
Abstract: Resonance LIDAR system at Gadanki has been used for observing the mesospheric sodium during the night of 12-13 Dec 2007 when the peak activity of Geminid meteor shower occurred. Geminid meteor shower is observed along with the co-located MST radar in the altitude range 80-110 km. Sodium density profiles have been obtained with a vertical resolution of 300 m and a temporal resolution of 120 s with sodium resonance scattering LIDAR system. The sodium layers were found to exist in the altitude range 90-100 km. The enhanced Geminid meteor rates were recorded with the co-located MST radar in the same altitude range. The sodium concentration in the atmospheric altitude of ~93 km is estimated to be 2000 per cc where the meteoric concentration of Geminid is maximum and reduced to around 800 on the non activity of Geminid. These observations showed that the sodium levels in the E-region are found to be increasing during meteor shower nights at least by a factor of two.
Page(s): 7-10
ISSN: 0975-105X (Online); 0367-8393 (Print)
Source:IJRSP Vol.39(1) [February 2010]

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