2016-2017 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
This year's science objectives require no significant upgrades to the receiving systems now operating at South Pole Station. As in past years, an ASC research associate, and possibly a team member from the A-111-S (Gerrard) project, will provide routine technical support for calibration and data collection.