2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 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
A-128-S Research Location(s): B2 Science Building / V8 Vault

Summary

Event Number:
A-128-S

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Timothy Ager / Neal Scheibe


Principal Investigator(s)

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

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.