High resolution spectral characteristics of the Earth-ionosphere cavity resonances

Beamish, D.; Tzanis, A.. 1986 High resolution spectral characteristics of the Earth-ionosphere cavity resonances. Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, 48 (2). 187-203.

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The natural resonances of the Earth-ionosphere cavity at frequencies between 5 and 100 Hz have been studied since the fundamental paper by Schumann. While the gross features of the phenomena are now well understood, considerable work remains to be done on their detailed behaviour. In the present study a high resolution, data adaptive spectral technique is applied to digital electromagnetic data obtained at a moderate latitude. A particular feature of the method employed is that spectral properties become available on the same time scale as many ELF events, thus both time local and time averaged resonance features can be readily established. The technique can thus be applied to both dynamic and steady-state descriptions of the cavity's properties. For the data set considered, the technique adequately resolves the first six resonance modes on a time scale of 0.75 s. The presence of higher order modes is also indicated. The time averaged frequencies obtained are in accord with those of previous experimental determinations. When the time local properties of individual transient waveforms are examined, however, we observe a number of detailed effects which are predicted by theory. The precise spectral structure of the resonance modes appears influenced by the differing locations of the sources of transient excitation. In the case of the first order resonance mode, the properties of the cavity consistently support both singlet and doublet resonance behaviour.

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NORA Subject Terms: Atmospheric Sciences
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