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Multi-scale Measurements of Mesospheric Aerosols and Electrons During the MAXIDUSTY Campaign

Tarjei Antonsen1, Ove Havnes1, and Andres Spicher2 Tarjei Antonsen et al.
  • 1Department of Physics and Technology, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway
  • 2Department of Physics, University of Oslo

Abstract. We present measurements of small scale fluctuations in aerosol populations as recorded through a mesospheric cloud system by the Faraday cups DUSTY and MUDD during the MAXIDUSTY-1B flight on the 8th of July, 2016. Two mechanically identical DUSTY probes mounted with an inter-spacing of ~10cm, recorded very different currents, with strong spin modulation, in certain regions of the cloud system. A comparison to auxiliary measurement show similar tendencies in the MUDD data. Fluctuations in the electron density are found to be generally anti-correlated on all length scales, however, in certain smaller regions the correlation turns positive. We have also compared the spectral properties of the dust fluctuations, as extracted by wavelet analysis, to PMSE strength. In this analysis, we find a relatively good agreement between the power spectral density (PSD) at the radar Bragg scale inside the cloud system, however the PMSE edge is not well represented by the PSD. A comparison of proxies for PMSE strength, constructed from a combination of derived dusty plasma parameters, show that no simple proxy can reproduce PMSE strength well throughout the cloud system. Edge effects are especially poorly represented by the proxies addressed here.

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This paper presents measurements of changes in mesospheric aerosol populations on different length scales, as detected by the DUSTY and MUDD probes on the MAXIDUSTY-1B rocket on the 8th of July 2016. Identical probes recorded very different currents, which we attribute to adverse flow effects. We find a general anti-correlation for charged aerosols and electrons, but not consistently on all length scales. We conclude that there is no simple relationship between aerosols and PMSE (radar echoes).
This paper presents measurements of changes in mesospheric aerosol populations on different...