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Definition:
The energy deposited into the atmosphere from ionization of atmospheric
gases, as well as excitation of photometric and x-ray emissions. The
ionospheric effects resulting from the energy deposition by incident particle
fluxes include:
- production of secondary electrons (ionization)
- enhanced steady-state electron density
- photometric emissions
- bremsstrahlung x-rays
- conductivity changes
- E-region horizontal currents
- plasma heating(collisional, Joule heating)
- magnetic field perturbations


Reference:
Jursa, A.S., ed. 1985. Handbook of Geophysics and the Space Enviornment, Air
Force Geophysics Laboratory, USAF. (Available from NTIS, Springfield, VA).