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Astron. Astrophys. 341, 634-639 (1999)

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On the interaction of radio waves with meteoric plasma

Luigi Foschini

CNR - Institute FISBAT, Via Gobetti 101, I-40129 Bologna, Italy (e-mail: L.Foschini@fisbat.bo.cnr.it)

Received 27 July 1998 / Accepted 2 November 1998


In this paper, a meteoric plasma is analyzed from a physical viewpoint, with particular emphasis on its interaction with radio waves. The attention is drawn to some macroscopic characteristics of a meteoric plasma and it is shown that the electron-ion collision frequency is not negligible, as commonly thought.

Key words: scattering – plasmas – meteors, meteoroids

© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 1999

Online publication: December 4, 1998