2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (SuperTIGER)

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A-142-M Research Location(s): Williams Field


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Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Chad Naughton / Scott Battaion

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Walter R Binns
Washington University
Physics Department
St. Louis, Missouri

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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Williams Field


SuperTIGER builds on the heritage of the smaller Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (TIGER) flown from Williams Field in 2001 and 2003. This next-generation version is a large-area instrument that measures the elemental abundances of cosmic rays from Zinc to Molybdenum. The instrument can detect an unprecedented combination of individual elements at an extraordinary resolution and statistical precision. The data collected will permit a sensitive test of the hypothesis that microquasars or other phenomena could superpose spectral features on the otherwise smooth energy spectra previously measured with less statistical accuracy.

Field Season Overview

Super TIGER-II will be launched on a high-altitude balloon from Williams Field as a part of the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) Long-Duration Balloon (LDB) operations. The team will reside on station until the launch. Soon thereafter, some of the team will leave and some will stay at McMurdo Station to monitor data and participate in instrument recovery after the flight terminates. Those at McMurdo Station will be joined by one other team member in January. Instrument recovery will be supported by multiple flights of either a Twin Otter or Basler aircraft. Recovery will likely require that three members of the science team camp at the recovery site for about one week to disassemble the instrument and load it onto the recovery aircraft.

Deploying Team Members

  • Richard Bose
  • Dana Braun
  • Sean Fitzsimmons
  • Brian Rauch
  • Kenichi Sakai
  • Makoto Sasaki
  • Garry Simburger