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Thermospheric and Ionospheric Physics

Location

Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Space Science

RO# Location
64.15.89.B3055 Washington, DC 203755321

Advisers

name email phone
Scott Alan Budzien scott.budzien@nrl.navy.mil 202.767.9372
Kenneth F. Dymond kenneth.dymond@nrl.navy.mil 202.767.2816
Andrew Ward Stephan andrew.stephan@nrl.navy.mil 202-767-0211

Description

The Thermospheric and Ionospheric Research experimental program consists of an instrument development program and a data analysis effort. Instruments have been developed for flight on rockets and various satellites, including the Advanced Research and Global Observations Satellite (ARGOS); the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP); the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC) satellites; and the International Space Station. The group’s efforts center on the design, development, calibration, and flight of spectroscopic instruments, which are used to study the physics and chemistry of the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Data from COSMIC, ARGOS, DMSP/SSULI, ANDE, ISS/RAIDS, ISS/GROUP-C, and rocket experiments are analyzed using atmospheric models, which include radiation transport, photoelectron production and excitation, and fluorescent excitation. A recent research focus area of particular interest is ultraviolet optical tomography of ionospheric and atmospheric morphology for space environment specification using SSULI/SSUSI, COSMIC/TIP, and the ISS GROUP-C/LITES experiments.

 

Keywords:
Ionosphere; Thermosphere; Upper atmosphere; X-ray astronomy;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$87,198.00 $3,000.00
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