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

Project Title

Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna IV (ANITA IV) experiment

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Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Scott Battaion / Chad Naughton

Principal Investigator

Dr. Peter Gorham

University of Hawaii Manoa
Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology
Honolulu, Hawaii


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: ANITA IV landing site


The Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) project was a long-duration-balloon (LDB) mission to constrain the origin of the highest-energy particles in the universe. This fourth ANITA flight, ANITA IV, observed radio impulses that are thought to originate from both ultra-high-energy cosmic neutrino interactions in the ice and ultra-high-energy cosmic rays in the Antarctic atmosphere. During the 2017-18 austral summer season, the ANITA IV payload will be collected from the landing site.

Field Season Overview

A South Pole Station based four-person science team and two volunteer South Pole ASC support personnel will travel by Twin Otter aircraft to the ANITA 4 landing site to disassemble the balloon payload structure and recover the Data Acquisition system (DAQ) and 48 quad-ridge horn antennas.

Deploying Team Members

  • Christian Miki (Co-PI)