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European Incoherent Scatter Radar UK (EISCAT-UK)

EISCAT is an international research organisation operating three radars (UHF, VHF and EISCAT Svalbard Radar), an ionospheric heater and two Dynasondes. The radars conduct research on the lower, middle and upper atmosphere and ionosphere, using incoherent scatter, the most powerful ground-based technique for this type of research. EISCAT measures profiles of electron density, electron and ion temperature and ion velocity. Subsequent processing can produce further parameters, describing the ionosphere and neutral atmosphere. EISCAT can also be used to study plasma instabilities, for investigations of the middle atmosphere and as a diagnostic instrument for heating experiments. A selection of radar pulse schemes is available to adapt the experiments to the appropriate measurement regime, between about 50km and more than 1000 km altitude.

Contact Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, STFC

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