Distortion of meteor count rates due to cosmic radio noise and atmospheric particularities
- 1University Leipzig, Institute for Meteorology, Stephanstr. 3, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
- 2University of Rostock, Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Schlossstr. 6, 18225 Kühlungsborn, Germany
- *present address: University of Rostock, Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Schlossstr. 6, 18225 Kühlungsborn, Germany
Abstract. The determination of the meteoroid flux is still a scientifically challenging task. This paper focusses on the impact of extraterrestrial noise sources as well as atmospheric phenomena on the observation of specular meteor echoes. The effect of cosmic radio noise on the meteor detection process is estimated by computing the relative difference between radio loud and radio quiet areas and comparing the monthly averaged meteor flux for fixed signal-to-noise ratios or fixed electron line density measurements. Related to the cosmic radio noise is the influence of D-layer absorption or interference with sporadic E-layers, which can lead to apparent day-to-day variation of the meteor flux of 15–20%.