Magnetic Activity and Schumann Resonance
Characteristics of integrated spectra and parameters of the first Earth-ionosphere cavity resonance are being computed by programs supplied by Dr. Martin Fullekrug based on data recorded by the electromagnetic observatories recorded by the BSL. This collaboration was initiated when Dr. Fullekrug was at the Stanford STAR Laboratory.
The results of the numerical analysis characterize the considered frequency range and its variations, spaced by 15 minute intervals. Thirteen average spectral estimates are calculated in pt**2/Hz and describe the magnetic activity (MA-Index) in different frequency bands.
The MA index from 6-10 Hz covers the first Earth-ionosphere cavity, or Schumann Resonance on the background spectrum in the shape of a Lorentzian resonance curve, characterized by its amplitude (pT), damping (Hz) and center frequency (Hz). These parameters are derived with the Prony algorithm.
Stability of the Schumann Resonance
The Schumann resonance frequency observed at this observatory does not exhibit any unusual change or drift since the start of observations by the BDSN in 1995.
Figures 1 and 2 below, which show the daily averages of the first Earth-ionosphere cavity resonance frequency measured at the PKD station in Parkfield and at the Arrival Heights station in Artarctica, exhibit a typical natural variability < 0.3 Hz. This variability results from the solar short wave radiation, which ionises the atmosphere at 90-100 km height. (Figures by Dr. Martin Fullekrug.)
Figure 1: Variability of the first Earth-ionosphere cavity resonance at Parkfield, California.
Figure 2: Variability of the first Earth-ionosphere cavity resonance at Arrival Heights, Antarctica.
For more details of analysis please see Dr. Martin Fullekrug.
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