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The effect of radar wavelength on meteor echo rate

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1 Author(s)
Eshleman, V.R. ; Radio propagation Lab., Stanford University, Stanford, CA

A new theory is given for the way in which the number of echoes received from sporadic meteor ionization trails varies with radar wavelength and other system parameters. Previously-published explanations of the echo rate dependence on wavelength are critically examined. The present explanation of echo rate variations is based upon a more complete analysis of the radio reflection process than is afforded by the Lovell-Clegg theory. The effects of high electron density, the linear rate of trail formation, and the initial column radius are discussed. A number of apparent conflicts in earlier investigations are reconciled by the new theory.

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Antennas and Propagation, Transactions of the IRE Professional Group on  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 2 )