The Role of the Magnetosphere in Satellite and Radio-Star Scintillation

by Henry G. Booker

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A theory is developed to account for the scintillation phenomenon observed in equatorial regions when using communications satellites in the SHF band. The same theory is also used qualitatively to explain strong scintillations in the VHF band. Instead of confining irregularities to a narrow interval of height in the F region and assuming that they are strong, the alternative hypothesis is used that the irregularities are weak but extend from the F region upwards into the magnetosphere. It is suggested that the irregularities are field-aligned and extend at least up to an L shell of 1.3 and possibly up to 2 or more.

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