2015-2016 Science Planning Summaries
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2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

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

One of five antennas in the science sector used by project A-128 to measure radio emissions of auroral origin.


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Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Paul Sullivan

Principal Investigator

Dr. James LaBelle

Dartmouth College
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hanover, New Hampshire

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


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


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

No personnel will deploy for this project this season. Instead, AGO field-team personnel who are deploying under a different project, A-111-M/S (Gerrard), will upgrade an antenna, install two new preamplifiers, and test the new configuration of the equipment and instruments currently installed in both the B2 laboratory and the V8 vault.

Deploying Team Members

  • Spencer Hatch