Radio & Space Plasma Physics Group


The Radio and Space Plasma Physics Group is at the forefront of research into the interaction of planetary environments with the solar wind. The most spectacular evidence of this interaction are the aurora which occur in the regions surrounding both the north and south magnetic poles.


To understand these complex interactions, information from a broad range of theoretical and experimental studies is required and the group is active in many national and international collaborations. Experimental studies with spacecraft and ground based facilities are being carried out.

The group builds and operates ground based radar facilities including the SPEAR radar constructed on Svalbard and seven SuperDARN radars, including the two UK CUTLASS radars in Iceland and Finland. (The CUTLASS radar in Finland is shown opposite.)


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