2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Earth’s electromagnetic environment: Advancing recent discoveries in auroral plasma radio emission research
Dr. James LaBelle
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Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
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
A support contractor research associate will help facilitate data transfers to the home institution and will perform routine maintenance and replace disks as necessary. Working remotely over the Internet, the researchers may change the modes of the receiver data collection to reflect different science objectives at different times of the year.