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.

Current research projects include:

  • 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

  • 13 May 2016 -- NASA's MMS mission issued a major news release this week about the initial findings from the first six months of operation. From the release:

    "A new paper printed on May 12, 2016, in Science provides the first observations from inside a magnetic reconnection event. The research shows that magnetic reconnection is dominated by the physics of electrons - thus providing crucial information about what powers this fundamental process in nature."



    UNH and SwRI are key contributors to the mission and have much to be excited about with this news. In related news, three MIRL alum have been part of the MMS data team. Allison Jaynes, currently at LASP in Colorado, Ian Cohen, currently at the Applied Physics Laboratory, and Matthew Argall, at UNH, were all listed as co-authors on a paper by Dr. Jim Burch just published in Science and one of the flagship publications for MMS. Congratulations Matt, Ian and Allison!!!



  • 11 May 2016 -- WMUR recently visited UNH for their "Weather Wednesday" segment to learn about the space research being done here on campus. Meteorologist Kevin Skarupa of WMUR interviews Dr. Nathan Schwadron about the Voyager mission, Dr. Andrew Jordan about the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and Dr. Roy Torbert about MMS.



  • 18 April 2016 -- Our friends in Longyearbyen were recently featured in an article highlighting research throughout Europe. The article features quotes from people at UNIS, KHO, and EISCAT, all key contributors to the success of RENU 2!



  • 20 February 2016 -- Cold, snowy winter got you down? There's reason to cheer up at the University of New Hampshire, home to the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Research Lab. bestcollegevalues.org has deemed UNH the country's most beautiful college in the winter!

  • 13 December 2015 -- RENU 2 launched successfully into the dayside cusp!!! A short news release has been posted by the Andoya Space Center website.


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