Radar and optical leonids N. Brosch1, D. Polishook1, R. Helled1, S. Schijvarg1, and M. Rosenkrantz2 1Beverly and Raymond Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel 2Radar Division, ELTA Ltd., POB 330, Ashdod 77102, Israel
Abstract. We present joint optical-radar observations of meteors collected near the
peak of the Leonid activity in 2002. We show four examples of joint
detections with a large, phased array L-band radar and with intensified
video cameras. The general characteristic of the radar-detected optical
meteors is that they show the radar detection below the
termination of the optical meteor. Therefore, at least some radar events
associated with meteor activity are neither head echoes nor trail echoes,
but probably indicate the formation of "charged clouds" after the visual
meteor is extinguished.
Citation: Brosch, N., Polishook, D., Helled, R., Schijvarg, S., and Rosenkrantz, M.: Radar and optical leonids, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 4, 1063-1069, doi:10.5194/acp-4-1063-2004, 2004.