Progress Report given by Dr. Ian McCrea at the International EISCAT Workshop held in Tromsø, Norway, August 2009:
The EISCAT_3D project will be presented at the 11th Scientific Assembly of IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy) in Sopron, Hungary 23 - 30 August 2009.
The EISCAT_3D project is presented at the CEDAR (Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions) Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico June 28- July 2, 2009.
The Final Design Study Report was published 8 June 2009 by the Design Study Project Team. Its findings are summaried in a comprehensive report (link below).
In short, the Design Study recommends a system as follows:
Following extensive consultation with the scientific user community in 2004 and 2005, it was determined that only a multi-static phased array system could reach or approach the performance demanded by present and future users. Accordingly, the target system comprises a central active (transmit-receive) site (the “core”) and four receive-only sites , located on two approximately 250 km long baselines oriented N-S and E-W respectively.
During the four-year study, all mission-critical technical concepts have been modelled, investigated by simulations, in critical cases also by full-scale tests, and found to be realisable. Array sizes, transmitter power levels and receiver noise performance required to reach the desired time and space resolutions have also been established. To reach the desired performance, the target system should have the following technical characteristics:
The core will comprise a 120-m diameter filled circular aperture array with ≈16 000 elements, laid out on an equilateral triangular grid, and a number (6…9) of smaller outlier receive-only arrays. The core will provide: a half-power beamwidth of ≈ 0.75°, a power-aperture product exceeding 100 GW m², grating-lobe free pattern out to 40° zenith angle and graceful degradation in case of single-point equipment failure. Each core array element will be made up from a radiator, a dual 300+300 Watt linear RF power amplifier, a high performance direct-digitising receiver and support electronics. The recommended radiator is a crossed Yagi antenna with a minimum directivity of about 7 dBi.
Four filled 8 000-element receive-only arrays will be installed, two on each baseline at distances of respectively ≈110 and ≈250 km from the core. Their radiating elements will be 3- or 4-element X Yagis, essentially identical to those used in the core. The Yagis will be directed towards the core field-of-view and elevated to 45°. Outlier arrays for interferometry will also be installed.
Advanced digital beam-forming systems will allow the generation of a large number of simultaneous beams from each array, thus eliminating the time/space ambiguity plaguing all present incoherent scatter systems and making true volumetric imaging of vector quantities possible for the first time.
The complete report: www.eiscat.se/groups/EISCAT_3D_info/Deliverable_D11_1.pdf
The EISCAT_3D project is presented att the 10th International Workshop on the Interrelationship between Plasma Experiments in Laboratory and Space (IPELS), Djurönäset, Sweden, June 8-12, 2009
The EISCAT_3D project will be presented at the 19th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research, Bad Reichenhall, Germany, 7 - 11 June 2009
Currently the EU, EISCAT, the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory (UK), the University of Tromsø (Norway), the Luleå Technical University (Sweden), and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (Sweden) are financing and undertaking the EISCAT-3D design study. A user meeting will take place May 28-29 in Uppsala, Sweden, in order to present the results of the Design Study to EISCAT users. We will also discuss the science applications of EISCAT-3D as well as the next steps in the project.
The workshop will have the Beurlingsroom on the ground floor of the Ångströmlaboratoriet of the Uppsala University.
May 28, Thursday:
08:30-11:30 Presentation of the EISCAT 3D Design Study - The Design Study team
10:00-10:15 Coffee break
12:30-17:30 Users present science applications of EISCAT 3D. Confirmed speakers: Mike Kosch, Anita Aikio, Ingrid Sandahl, Stephan Buchert, Thomas Ulich, Jurgen Röttger, Esa Turunen, Antti Kero, Thomas Leyser, Mike Rietveld, John Kelly, Markku Lehtinen, Ilkka Virtanen, Asta Pellinen-Wannberg, Juha Vierinen, Pravas Mahapatra
14:30-15:00 Coffee break
18:30-19:30 Gathering at the University Museum Gustavianmum, guided tour, followed by dinner in a nearby restaurant.
May 29, Friday
9:00-9:30 Current national funding applications towards EISCAT 3D
9:30-10:30 Open discussion
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:00 Summary and next steps
The web-site of the User Meeting:
The presentations at the EISCAT_3D user meeting:
- The EISCAT_3D Project - Gudmund Wannberg
- Antenna Front End Design and Timing Concepts - Jonny Johansson
- EISCAT_3D Digital Beam-Forming and Multi-Beaming - Walter Puccio
- Aperture Synthesis Imaging Radar, ASIR - Cesar La Hoz
- EISCAT_3D Data System: Specifications and Possible Solutions - Ian McCrea
- EISCAT_3D Science Ideas - Mike Kosch
- Challenges of Auroral Research: Research Topics from the Finnish EISCAT User Community - Anita Aikio
- Ground-based Infrastructure for Auroral Studies - Ingrid Sandahl
- Imaging Ionosphere-Magnetosphere Coupling - Stephan Buchert
- Space Environment Monitoring in the European Arctic - Thomas Ulich
- Lower and Middle Atmosphere Science Applications with EISCAT_3D - Jürgen Röttger
- Does Solar Variability Affect the Climate?: Role of High-energy Particle Precipitation - Esa Turunen
- EISCAT_3D and the D-region - Antti Kero
- Examples of Radar Imaging Needs in HF-pumped Plasma Turbulence Research - Thomas Leyser
- EISCAT_3D and Active Ionospheric Experiments - Michael Rietveld
- Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar Program Characterizing EISCAT_3D - John Kelly
- State of the Art in IS Experiment Design with Implications on the EISCAT_3D Plans - Markku Lehtinen
- General-purpose IS Experiments - Ilkka Virtanen
- Solar System Dust Studies with Future EISCAT_3D - Asta Pellinen-Wannberg
- Several Uses for EISCAT_3D - Juha Vierinen
- Considerations for Diversification of EISCAT Observational Capabilities - Pravas Mahapatra
- Presentation on the Swedish National Infrastructure Proposal - Asta Pellinen-Wannberg