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Экваториальная токовая струя и ее отклик на внешние электромагнитные воздействия

Беспалов П. А., Савина О. Н.

In quiet low-latitude Earth's ionosphere, a rather developed current system that is responsible for the Sq magnetic-field variations is formed in quiet sunny days under the action of tidal streams. The density of the corresponding currents is maximal at the equatorial latitudes in the midday hours, where the so-called equatorial current jet is formed. In this work, we discuss the nature of the equatorial current jet. The original part of this paper is dedicated to the study of the value of its response to external effects. First of all, it is related to estimating the possibility of using the equatorial current jet for generating the low-frequency electromagnetic signals during periodic heating of the ionosphere by the heating-facility radiation. The equatorial current jet can also produce electrodynamic response to the natural atmospheric processes, e.g., an acoustic-gravitational wave.