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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 9, Issue 2, December 2013 pp 225-226
Response of Electron Density in the Ionosphere over Nsukka Zone to Solar Flare Effect
E.B.I. Ugwu1, 2, E.I. Ugwuozor1, O.J. Ugonabo1
1Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nigeria, Postal Code 41001, Nsukka, NIGERIA.
2Natural Science Unit, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, NIGERIA.
Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.
It is known that the sun’s activities affect the earth’s atmosphere. In this work, the effect of solar flare on electron density in the ionosphere within Nsukka geographical zone was investigated. The electron density data on flare days and non-flare days were compared and it was observed that electron density is higher on flare days than on non flare days. It was also observed that there is a difference of one hour between the times of the peaks of the electron density in the ionosphere on flare days and non-flare days. The findings have obvious implications for the aviation and communication industries as well as military establishments.