Engineering-Physics Space Plasma Seminar

Simon Shepherd, Associate Professor, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 4:15–5:30pm

Rm. 100 (Spanos Auditorium), Cummings Hall

SuperDARN @ Dartmouth

SuperDARN is a network of scientific HF backscatter radars that are located at sites in both the northern and southern hemispheres and designed to measure the ExB plasma drift over large regions of the polar ionosphere. SuperDARN is perhaps best known for the large-scale convection maps that are  created on time scales as short as 1 minute. The radars, being quite versatile, are also used in a variety of studies of the thermosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and coupling between these regions and the solar wind.

The network has grown significantly over the past several years and now includes more than 30 radars and 10 countries that fund the operation and research of SuperDARN. The origins of SuperDARN began at Dartmouth with Dr. Raymond Greenwald, PhD 1970 and continue with the construction and operation of two radars in Oregon in 2010 and an active research group. In this talk I will give a brief introduction to SuperDARN and describe some of the research activities at Dartmouth, including large-scale convection climatology, radar calibration and solar flare detection. 

Sponsored by Thayer School and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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