2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Earth’s electromagnetic environment: Advancing recent discoveries in auroral plasma radio emission research


Earth’s electromagnetic environment: Advancing recent discoveries in auroral plasma radio emission research

Summary

Event Number:
A-128-S

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Neal Scheibe / Paul Sullivan


Principal Investigator

Dr. James LaBelle
jlabelle@aristotle.dartmouth.edu

Dartmouth College
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hanover, New Hampshire

Project Web Site:
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~spacephy/labelle_group


Location

Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
Research Locations: B2 Science Building / V8 Vault


Description

This project uses existing instruments at South Pole Station to answer outstanding questions raised by the discovery of correlations between auroral kilometric radiation (AKR) observed 200,000 kilometers above Earth. The AKR-like signals were also observed simultaneously at South Pole Station. The higher electron cyclotron harmonic radiation is polarized, which suggests a different and possibly nonlinear generation mechanisms. These phenomena are best observed, and in most cases can only be observed, from Antarctica, making the South Pole a perfect location for the experiment.


Field Season Overview

One science team member will deploy to the South Pole to perform maintenance and consolidation of experiment-related hardware in the V8 science vault. This work will assure instrument performance for the duration of the grant and will enable the experiment to be easily shipped back to the home institution once the project has finished. An ASC research associate will provide year around support for calibration and data collection.


Deploying Team Members

  • James LaBelle (PI)