High-frequency radio waves from the Russian research institute can cause sudden and significant rise in temperature in the upper atmosphere of the Earth.
Chinese and Russian researchers came to this conclusion by analyzing a series of common experiments that their country made in June. The newly launched Chinese satellite was monitored for conditions in the ionosphere when it passed over the Sura Ionospheric Heating Facility.
The plant is located near Vasilsursk, Russia. It was created to help Russian scientists to better understand the ionosphere that covers the atmospheric parts at about 60-1000 km.
The conditions in the ionospheric atmosphere can significantly affect satellite communication and air travel. Its weather patterns are different from those that are closer to the surface of the planet and much harder to predict.
These circumstances changed rapidly during one of the five June experiments, the researchers found.
12.6. In the evening, the satellite was able to record a short period of time during which the ionic temperature of the ions increased by 100 ° C.
"The detection of plasma disturbance on June 12 … provides evidence of the likely success of future upcoming trials," the researchers said.
The results of the other four tests did not cause unusual unusual phenomena.
Yet one successful observation was not entirely unexpected. Researchers have previously found "interesting phenomena" in the ionosphere, including elevated electron temperatures due to high-frequency heating from plants such as Sura.
Researchers say they hope that their success will continue to investigate the effects that Suran's radio waves may have in the ionosphere.