4DSpace - Strategic Research Initiative

Instabilities and turbulence in the polar ionosphere studied with the integrated, multi-scale 4D (3D in space and time) experimental, theoretical, and modelling approach.

Artist impression of the 4D measurements in the polar ionosphere with the 4DSpace concept. Credits: Andøya Space Center


 

PhD position available!

PhD Research Fellowship in Plasma Physics and Technology is available. This project is related to studies of the dynamics of the large-scale currents (Birkeland currents) that couple the outer magnetosphere to the upper atmosphere (ionosphere). Application deadline 18. April 2017Read here on how to apply.


Thinking about going to study at UNIS on Svalbard next semester? Hurry up! You have to apply before 15 April! Apply here ...


Watch the movie about 4DSpace and our rockets that is made by the international news agency Reuters!

  

Watch the full movie here



4DSpace is a Strategic Research Inititative (Endringsmiljø) at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. It is an inderdisciplinary centre combining Departments of Physics, Informatics, and Mathematics.

Our goal is to understand the role of plasma instabilities and turbulence in the energy transfer, transport and coupling between different scales in the near Earth space.

We work with integrated studies of ionospheric plasma and our focus is on multi-point, multi-scale 4D (3D in space and time) studies with a new generation sounding rockets and satellites.

More details are provided below and in the news section.



BACKGROUND

The polar ionosphere is a complex system and a part of the space weather system. Due to the magnetic field configuration it can be directly connected to the interplanetary space and response to events on the Sun. In the polar regions, particle precipitation creates Northern Lights, ionospheric plasma is often turbulent, with many different scales interacting with each other, and to understand it, an integrated approach is needed.  Read more...

 



PROJECTS and ACTIVITIES 

 


SOUNDING ROCKETS

With sounding rockets we investigate the polar ionosphere with in-situ measurements. With ICI rocket series we can study the smallest scales in the ionospheric plasma. Our next sounding rockets will allow for multipoint study of the turbulent phenomena. Read more...


SPACE INSTRUMENTATION 

We develop instruments for sounding rockets and satellites. Our products, such as the multi-Needle Langmuir probes allow for studies of plasma at different scales. We flow them on sounding rockets, satellites (QB50, NORSAT-1), and collaborate with the European Space Agency and industry on their further development. Other projects include ESA missions such as Rosetta, Cluster and Bepi-Colombo. Read more...


Swarm+ Innovation, Polar Cap Products

In this project we develop Polar Cap Products (PCP) based on the in-situ data from the Swarm satellites. PCP will provide essential information on polar cap patches, which are an important element of the space weather in the polar regions. The project is supported by the European Space Agency, through STSE Swarm+ Innovation. Read more  on the project website...


CubeSTAR

The flagship of the student space projects: the CubeSTAR is a satellite fully developed by the University of Oslo students that is based on the Cubesat framework. CubeSTAR has provided a great platform for student project and will be soon launched to space. Read more on the CubSTAR on the project website...


SPACE DATA ANALYSIS

The data from space experiments needs to be analyzed and interpreted. We work with data analysis from sounding rockets, ground based instruments, such as ionospheric radars and imagers, multinational space missions, such as Rosetta or Cluster. Read more...

 

 


MODELING

We focus on numerical models for the ionospheric and space plasmas. One of the particular problems considered is the spacecraft-plasma interaction. Read more...


STUDY OPPORTUNITIES

A number of master projects, which are directly linked to our ongoing 4DSpace activities, are available. In addition, international courses with intensive study programs are offered at bachelor, master and PhD levels through CaNoRock and other exchange programs. Read more...



 

 

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Published Feb. 20, 2014 9:58 AM - Last modified Mar. 22, 2017 7:15 AM