Roberto Gorelli points our attention at a recently published meteor related paper.

A Two Year Survey for VLF Emission from Fireballs

This paper has been submitted for publication by C. Y. Sung, P. Brown and R. Marshall

Abstract: Here we report on a two year continuous survey to examine possible VLF signals associated with meteors brighter than magnitude -5. Our survey allowed both calibrated temporal and spatial correlations between VLF signals and fireball lightcurves. We used continuous observations from the Atmospheric Weather Electromagnetic System for Observation Modeling and Education (AWESOME) VLF receiver system (Cohen et al., 2010) deployed at the Elginfield Observatory near London, Ontario, Canada (43N, 81W) to monitor VLF radio signals and correlate with all-sky video recordings of fireballs. This survey from May 2017 to March 2019 was cued using fireballs detected by the Southern Ontario Meteor Network (Brown et al., 2010; Weryk et al., 2007). The GPS conditioned timing of the AWESOME system was continuously synchronized with video recordings directly in the video stream to ensure sub-frame VLF-optical time calibration. The AWESOME system has two orthogonal VLF antennas which permits directional calculation of incoming VLF signals, which were compared to the apparent optically measured locations of simultaneously detected fireballs. VLF events potentially linked to fireballs were checked against the National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) database to remove false positive association with lightning. During the two year survey interval, over 80 bright meteors (apparent magnitude brighter than -5, brightest recorded event -7.8) were detected and compared to VLF signals detected by the AWESOME system. No definitive evidence was found for VLF emission from meteors up to a limiting magnitude of -7.8.

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