Polar Research Ionospheric Doppler Experiment (PRIDE)

The project will use a simple radio system to measure waves in the upper atmopshere (ionosphere) above Svalbard.

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  • remote sensing


  • space physics

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  • sun-earth interactions / ionosphere/magnetosphere dynamics / plasma waves

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A low power (20W), single frequency HF transmitter, located at the Polish Research Base in Hornsund, will transmit a signal into the ionized part of the upper atmosphere (the ionosphere), where it is reflected at an altitude of ~200km before being received at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory in Longyearbyen. The reflection altitude will change depending on various ionospheric processes such as Gravity Waves or ULF (Ultra Low Frequency) waves. This change in altitude will be registered as a doppler shift of the received signal. The experiment will allow us to continuously monitor the wave structures in the ionosphere (magnitude, frequency, local time dependence, geomagnetic dependence..) which can provide information about various energy transfer processes. The antenna will be a simple half wave dipole design and once deployed, (using existing infra-structure) requires no additional input (other than occasional maintenance from personnel at Hornsund). The transmitter unit will be stored in zargess box at the base of the antenna and again requires no additional input once switched on (other than occasional maintenance, if a fault develops, from personnel at Hornsund). The receiver system is already in place at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory. We plan to deploy the system iat the Polish Research Base in Hornsund in summer 2020, depending on availability of transport to the research base. It should take a few days to deploy.

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