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Appleton layer

noun Geophysics.
  1. See under F layer.
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Origin of Appleton layer

First recorded in 1930–35; named after Sir E. V. Appleton

F layer

noun Physics.
  1. the highest of the radio-reflective ionospheric layers, beginning at an altitude of about 80 miles (130 km) and consisting of two parts, the lower part (F layer) being detectable in the daytime only, the higher (F layer or Appleton layer) being constant and constituting the ionospheric layer most favorable for long-range radio communication.
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Origin of F layer

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for appleton layer

Appleton layer

  1. the F region of the ionosphere
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Word Origin

C20: named after Sir Edward Appleton
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appleton layer in Science

F layer

  1. See F region.
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