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Photometric and ionization masses of meteors with simultaneous EISCAT UHF radar and intensified video observations
University of Western Ontario. (Department of Physics and Astronomy)
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics. (meteorer i Kiruna)
Institutet för rymdfysik. (meteorer i Kiruna)
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2012 (English)In: Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN 0148-0227, E-ISSN 2156-2202, Vol. 117, A09323- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There are significant uncertainties in the calculation of photometric and ionization masses of meteors, particularly those derived from meteor head echoes observed by high power, large aperture radars. Simultaneous observations of meteors with the EISCAT UHF tristatic system and narrow field two-station intensified video were conducted in October 2007; 11 hours of data produced four useful meteors observed on all three radar receivers and both cameras. The positions and speeds calculated on the two systems generally agree to within the observational uncertainty. The photometric and ionization masses for each meteor were calculated using several values of luminous efficiency and ionization probability from literature, and all of these masses were found to agree to within the estimated error in the methods. More observations are required to select among the various values of ionization coefficient and luminous efficiency.

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American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2012. Vol. 117, A09323- p.
Keyword [en]
meteors, EISCAT UHF, intensified video
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Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
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Space Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61909DOI: 10.1029/2012JA017800OAI: diva2:573321
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