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-ionopshere coupling and its relationship with auroral phenomena.
  • Rocket-borne observations from low light imager, UV PMT, particle detector for in-situ auroral measurements.
  • Data analysis from a variety of satellite data

Updated News

  • October 23, 2014 -- Get ready for some auroral activity! The largest sunspot recorded during the current solar cycle is about to face towards Earth. This brings an increase in all kinds of sun-Earth interactions, including more aurorae! Check out Tamitha Skov's video below for more information!

  • October 2, 2014 -- Popular astronomer and blogger Phil Plait - better known by his moniker Bad Astronomer - wrote an excellent piece about the MICA sounding rocket mission. Onboard this rocket were sensors designed and build by the team here at MIRL, many of whom were present at the launch. Read about the mission and why it was done on the Bad Astronomy blog here!

  • June 3, 2014 -- UNH research has found itself in an unlikely spot. James Gardner's research on the Mariana Trench has been licensed by Warner Bros. for use in their rendition of "Godzilla", which will be out this summer. To read more about the research that is being put in the movie, as well as James Gardner's reactions, refer to this link.

  • April 24, 2014 -- As the turnout for the Undergraduate Research Conference might suggest, the University of New Hampshire has a long tradition of supporting research in all fields. We think that all of our researchers excel at what they do, and judging by this recent UNH Today slideshow, so do scholarship committees! From Fullbright Scholarships to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, UNH students take their research as far as possible, and others are taking notice. Excellent work to all involved!

  • April 24, 2014 -- The University of New Hampshire's 15th Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) is underway! This event boasts one of the largest undergraduate conferences in the country, with over 1,300 students presenting their work. Yesterday's event, the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Symposium (ISE), featured two MIRL undergraduates: Chrystal Moser with her poster Design and Fabrication of a Miniature Fluxgate Magnetometer for Space Flight, and John Heavisides with his poster Extremely-Low Frequency Whistler-Like Events Observed at South Pole Station, which also won an honorable mention for best poster in the Physics / Mathematics category. Congratulations to all!

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