Titre du document

The Argus experiment

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AstroConcepts

Auteur(s)
  • N. C. Christofilos
Résumé

A geophysical experiment on global scale was conducted last fall. Three small A?bombs were detonated beyond the atmosphere at a location in the south Atlantic. The purpose of the experiment was to study the trapping of the relativistic electrons (produced by the ??decay fission fragments) in the geomagnetic field. The released electrons are trapped by this field oscillating along the magnetic lines between two mirror points. In addition to this motion the electrons drift eastward, creating a thin electron shell around the earth. The lifetime and location of the thus?created global electron shell were measured by satellite? and rocket?borne instruments. Auroral luminescence was observed at the conjugate points. The electron shell exhibited remarkable stability during its lifetime. No motion of the shell or change in its thickness was detected. This experiment was proposed by the writer a few weeks after the launching of the first Sputnik. After intensive investigations by several scientists it was decided by the end of April 1958 to go ahead with the experiment. All the necessary preparations were accomplished in the amazingly short time of 4 months. The usefulness of such electron shells for interpreting geophysical phenomena and possible future experiments are discussed.

Langue(s) du document
Anglais
Année de publication
1959
Revue

Journal of Geophysical Research

Éditeur
Wiley
Type de publication
journal
Type de document
article
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Non
Version de PDF
1.2
Score de qualité du texte
7.433
Nom du concept
  • Radiation belts
Catégories Science-Metrix
  • 1 - natural sciences ; 2 - earth & environmental sciences ; 3 - meteorology & atmospheric sciences
Catégories Scopus
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Earth and Planetary Sciences ; 3 - Palaeontology
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Earth and Planetary Sciences ; 3 - Space and Planetary Science
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Earth and Planetary Sciences ; 3 - Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Earth and Planetary Sciences ; 3 - Atmospheric Science
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Earth and Planetary Sciences ; 3 - Earth-Surface Processes
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Earth and Planetary Sciences ; 3 - Geochemistry and Petrology
  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Soil Science
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Environmental Science ; 3 - Water Science and Technology
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Environmental Science ; 3 - Ecology
  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Aquatic Science
  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Forestry
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Earth and Planetary Sciences ; 3 - Oceanography
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Earth and Planetary Sciences ; 3 - Geophysics
Catégories WoS
  • 1 - science ; 2 - geosciences, multidisciplinary
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