Jun 1, 1992
Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Abstract Several theories have now been developed which deal with the saturation mechanism of the Farley-Buneman instability and also the heating effect of Farley-Buneman waves on E -region electrons. Various related phenomena, such as anomalous collisions, anomalous cross-field diffusion and non-zero aspect-angle propagation have been treated. In this paper, it is demonstrated how several of these features may be included in a single resonance broadening formalism. Using this approach, the effects of Farley-Buneman waves on the heating and dynamics of background ionospheric electrons is discussed. In addition the effects of anomalous parallel diffusion in the context of E -region Farley-Buneman waves is treated for the first time.