The Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Research Laboratory (MIRL) at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), University of New Hampshire contributes to a variety of research projects in space physics. The lab primarily focuses on the development of instrumentation for ground-based, rocket-based, and satellite observations of space physics phenomena and analysis of the resulting observations.

The current research projects are:

  • Ground-based observations from ultra low frequency (ULF) and extremely low frequency (ELF) search-coil magnetometers for the study of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling and its relationship with auroral phenomena.
  • Rocket-borne observations from a low light imager, UV Photomultiplier Tube, particle detector for in-situ auroral measurements.
  • Data analysis from a variety of satellite data including the recently launched e-POP satellite.


Updated News

  • July 31, 2015 -- Ever wondered what kinds of things we can learn from sounding rocket launches? Reuters recently published an excellent video about a recent launch by our colleagues at the University of Oslo that could help with GPS navigation. Watch the video for yourself here!

  • June 4, 2015 -- Lightning is a common but poorly understood phenomena that everyone has at least some experience with. Recently, a Florida woman had an up-close and personal encounter when it struck her car and caused her airbags to deploy. When ABC News interviewed her about her experience, they contacted EOS researcher and UNH physicist Joe Dwyer to explain what happened. Read the article for yourself here!

  • June 1, 2015 -- Recent MIRL graduate Chrystal Moser had a busy year working in MIRL on a miniaturized fluxgate magnetometer that was written about in Spheres. The instrument that Chrystal designed and built will launch on a CubeSat mission in the fall of 2015.

    Chrystal takes a break from work at the lab bench with the fluxgate magnetometer in front of her.


  • May 28, 2015 -- Recent MIRL graduate John Heavisides spent the summer of 2014 in Oslo, Norway analyzing data from the 2012 MICA rocket launch with the Plasma and Space Physics Group at the University of Oslo. The University of New Hampshire published an article on-line written by John to recount his trip. Click here to read all about it!

    John (with coffee) taking a quick break to smile for the camera at his workspace at the University of Oslo.


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