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Astron. Astrophys. 361, 293-297 (2000)

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On the meteor height from forward scatter radio observations

A. Carbognani 1, M. De Meyere 2, L. Foschini 3 and C. Steyaert 4

1 Department of Physics, University of Parma and Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia, Parco Area delle Scienze 7, 43100 Parma, Italy (albino@fis.unipr.it)
2 Radio Amateur ON4NU, Belgium (maurice.demeyere@planetinternet.be)
3 Institute TeSRE - CNR, Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy (foschini@tesre.bo.cnr.it)
4 VVS Astronomical Association, Belgium (steyaert@vvs.be)

Received 21 April 2000 / Accepted 23 June 2000


It is known from theory that, by means of a plasma physics approach, it is possible to obtain a simple formula to calculate the approximate height of a meteor (Foschini 1999). This formula can be used in case of forward scatter of radio waves and has the advantage that it does not depend on the diffusion coefficient. On the other hand, it is possible to apply the formula to a particular type of meteor only (overdense meteor type I), which is a small fraction of the total number observed. We have carried out a statistical analysis of several radio echoes from meteor showers recorded during last years by a radio observer located in Belgium. The results are compared and discussed with those obtained with other methods and available in literature.

Key words: meteors, meteoroids – plasmas – scattering

Send offprint requests to: A. Carbognani (albino@prix7.pr.infn.it)

© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 2000

Online publication: September 5, 2000