Inferring Plasma Structures in the Ionosphere using LOFAR

  • Ben Boyde (Speaker)
  • Wood, A. (Contributor)
  • Dorrian, G. (Contributor)
  • Richard A. Fallows (Contributor)

Activity: Academic and Industrial eventsGuest lecture or Invited talk


- Radio waves from distant astronomical sources are affected by any plasma through which they propagate, and so the signal received by a ground-based observer contains information about the source, the interstellar medium, the solar wind, the magnetosphere and the terrestrial ionosphere.
- The Leverhulme Trust (UK) have funded a four year programme to investigate the morphology, evolution and drivers of plasma structures in the terrestrial ionosphere which are inferred from LOFAR observations.
- Initial results which attribute some of the variations observed to Small Scale Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances (SSTIDs) are presented, together with some observations for which the interpretation is still far from clear.
- The entire project team are visiting ASTRON from 5th-8th April 2022. We are keen to share results and build collaborations with any interested colleagues.
PeriodApr 2022
Held atNetherlands Inst Radio Astron ASTRON, Netherlands
Degree of RecognitionInternational