Findings: EISCAT_3D FP6 Design Study Summary

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:

EISCAT_3D User Meeting: Uppsala, 28-29 May 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.

Programme summary:

May 28, Thursday:
08:30-11:30 Presentation of the EISCAT 3D Design Study - The Design Study team
10:00-10:15 Coffee break
11:30-12:30 Lunch
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:

14th International EISCAT Workshop: Tromsø, 3-7 August 2009

The department of Physics and Technology at the University of Tromsø is proud to invite our friends and colleagues to the 14th international EISCAT Workshop. The conference will be held at Rica Ishavshotell in Tromsø, Norway, from the 3rd to the 7th of August, 2009.

The EISCAT radars, constructed for investigation and research on the aurora, upper atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and the solar wind, are situated in Northern Scandinavia and on Svalbard ( Over the years, these incoherent scatter radars have proven to be an instrumental cornerstone in ground-based, high-latitude space research. Space weather and the issue of climate change have become increasingly important for society and the EISCAT community has provided the possibility to use EISCAT data in such studies by operating the EISCAT Svalbard Radar continuously for several months during the International Polar Year.

Abstracts are solicited from themes including the middle atmosphere, auroral phenomena, ionosphere and thermosphere, solar wind and magnetosphere, structure and dynamics of the polar cap and cusp, meteors, and ionospheric heating. We also welcome abstracts on space weather, space debris and results from multi-instrumental campaigns, including rockets and satellites. There will also be sessions on new and future developments, including new radar plans and techniques (e.g. EISCAT_3D, AMISR and the new Antarctic radar). Oral or poster contributions are welcome.

Registration and further details: