magnetoionic wave component

magnetoionic wave component

[mag¦nēd·ō·ī′än·ik ′wāv kəm‚pō·nənt]
(geophysics)
Either of the two elliptically polarized wave components into which a linearly polarized wave incident on the ionosphere is separated because of the earth's magnetic field.
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