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dc.contributor.advisor Cloutier, Paul A.
dc.creatorWalker, Shannon
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:01:26Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:01:26Z
dc.date.issued 1992
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/13683
dc.description.abstract Lightning on Venus has been suggested by many researchers. The evidence for this lightning has been claimed to be impulsive electric field signals which have been detected by a number of spacecraft. However, others have proposed that the observed signals are a result of local ionospheric plasma instabilities and do not originate in the lower atmosphere. An investigation of 100 Hz electric field signals detected within the ionosphere of Venus has been conducted. The study encompassed both previously published 100 Hz signals which have been identified as being a result of lightning in the lower atmosphere and data which was newly selected for this research. It is shown that the 100 Hz signals result most often from the lower hybrid plasma wave mode. The remaining signals are from other plasma instabilities due to magnetic field and/or ion density gradients.
dc.format.extent 70 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectPlasma physics
Atmospheric sciences
Astronomy
Astrophysics
dc.title Plasma instabilities in the Venus nightside ionosphere
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
dc.identifier.citation Walker, Shannon. "Plasma instabilities in the Venus nightside ionosphere." (1992) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/13683.


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