People of MIRL

The lab group in the summer of 2015. Pictured left to right (front row) Dr. Ian Cohen, Meghan Fisher, Julie Hembeck, John Heavisides, Brendan Battey (back row) Dr. Marc Lessard, David Kenward, Bruce Fritz, Matt Blandin, Kristoff Paulson, Tyler Chapman.
Not pictured: Brent Sadler


Faculty

Marc R. Lessard

Associate Professor
Joint Appointment Department of Physics and Space Science Center

Marc R. Lessard received a B.S. in physics from the University of New Hampshire (UNH), and a Ph.D. in physics from Dartmouth College. He has worked as a research associate at the Institute for Space Research in Calgary, Canada, and as a research project engineer at the UNH Space Science Center. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and Sigma Xi's Scientific Research Society. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications on experimental space plasma physics, measurements and analysis of auroral phenomena, and rocket-borne and ground-based instruments.

(603) 862-2590
marc.lessard at unh.edu


Staff

(Click name for bio)

Brent Sadler, Research Scientist
(603) 862-3569
brent.sadler at unh.edu
Paul W. Riley, Research Engineer
(603) 862-2653
paul.riley at unh.edu
Mark Widholm, Research Engineer

Graduate Students

Bruce A. Fritz
(603) 862-0719
bruce.fritz at unh.edu
Julie Hembeck
(603) 862-0719
juliehembeck at gmail.com
David Kenward
(603) 862-0719
drk2000 at wildcats.unh.edu
Michelle Salzano
(603) 862-0719
Niharika Godbole
(603) 862-0719

Undergraduate Students

Tyler Chapman

Anthony Velte

Dominic Puopolo

Derek Phillips


Graduate Alumni

Ian Cohen
ian.cohen at unh.edu
Carol Weaver
carol.weaver at unh.edu
Hyomin Kim
(540) 231-0971
hmkim at vt.edu
Allison Jaynes
JimG Jim Gealy
jimgealy at gmail.com
Sarah Sarah Jones
sarah.l.jones at nasa.gov
Hyojin Kim Amanda Plagge Matthew Argall


Project SMART


Personal Bio

Staff

Brent Sadler

Research Scientist

Brent Sadler is a 2014 graduate of the physics PhD program at the University of New Hampshire and was largely responsible for construcing the Facility for Optical Calibration at Low Light Levels (FOCALLL). He worked on calibrating the Fast Auroral Imager for the ePOP satellite. Brent has designed the cooling system for the CASCADES2 onboard imager and traveled to Alaska to maintain the system for launch.

(603) 862-3569
brent.sadler at unh.edu

Paul W. Riley

Research Engineer

Paul Riley received a B.S.E.E. and a M.S.E.E. from Tufts University and has professional experience in imaging for explosives detection systems and hardware for GPS navigations systems. Paul began working with Dr. Marc Lessard at Dartmouth College and is now a Research Engineer for the MIRL at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Space Science Center (SSC).

(603) 862-2653
paul.w.riley at unh.edu

Graduate Students

Bruce Fritz

Bruce Fritz received a B.S. in Physics from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2008. He worked at AFRL at Hanscom AFB, MA from 2008-2011 and SMC at Los Angeles AFB, CA from 2011-2013. He began work with MIRL in January 2014. In November 2014, he traveled to Antarctica to install ELF and ULF magnetometer systems at McMurdo Station and near the South Pole. In 2015 he helped assemble a de-spun imager, provided integration support and traveled to Norway/Svalbard for the RENU 2 rocket launch.

bruce.fritz at wildcats.unh.edu

Research home page

Julie Hembeck

Julie Hembeck received her BS in Physics, graduating Cum Laude from William Smith College in Geneva, NY. At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, she did her undergraduate research testing the mechanical loss of different coatings that may be used to coat the test masses in future generations of LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory). She began working for MIRL in September of 2014. At UNH she has focused on studying ULF magnetic field waves with ground based magnetometers. She is currently working on a local ULF and fluxgate magnetometer installation near UNH and will be working on other future ULF magnetometer installations

juliehembeck at gmail.com

David Kenward

David Kenward received a BA in physics and astronomy at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. During his time at Lycoming, David conducted research in nonlinear dynamics and information theory, working to develop more simplistic models for combustion processes. He also spent two summers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where he aided in hardware development and testing of x-ray polarimeters for the GEMS and PoET missions. David joined MIRL in Spring 2015 and is currently working in support of the RENU 2 rocket and ground based ULF systems.

drk2000 at wildcats.unh.edu

Michelle Salzano

Michelle graduated Magna Cum Laude from the NJIT Albert Dorman Honors College in 2016 with a BS in Applied Physics and a minor in Applied Mathematics. At NJIT she worked on data acquisition under Andrew Gerrard, including work on a clone system of the DAQs at SPA and MCM as well as setting up the Antarctic Geospace Data Portal. She began work at MIRL in the summer of 2016 after being awarded the UNH CEPS fellowship.

Niharika Godbole

MNiharika graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 with a B.A. in Astrophysics, working with Steve Croft to analyze KEPLER data for anomalous AGN emissions. Soon after, she began working at the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) on the GRIPS balloon mission and TILDAE sonic anemometer, and subsequent launch campaigns conducted at the Long-Duration Balloon facility in Antarctica in 2016. She has also worked with the TRICE2 sounding rocket payload at SSL before joining MIRL in the fall of 2017, having been awarded the UNH CEPS Fellowship. Currently, she is set to work on an ion instrument for the upcoming C-REX II sounding rocket mission.

Undergraduate Students

Tyler Chapman

Tyler joined MIRL in the summer of 2015. He has developed a boom deployment mechanism for the particle instruments on the RENU 2 sounding rocket launch and is working on the development of a magnetometer boom for cubesat applications. He is also working to develop a new cubesat mission design and is running thermal analyses on a new magnetometer system.

Anthony Velte

Anthony joined MIRL in May 2016. He is working on the development of a cubesat mission and will analyzing ground-based magnetometer data.

Dominic Puopolo

Dominic joined MIRL in the spring of 2017. He continued the development of a miniaturized magnetometer boom through the prototype phase, and is currently working on the mechanical design of upcoming sounding rocket missions.

Derek Phillips

Derek joined MIRL in the summer of 2017. Derek has been involved with the fabrication of fluxgate magnetometer sensors. He's also worked on analysis of ULF magnetometer data for identification of Pi1B pulsation events.


Graduate Alumni

Ian Cohen

Ian Cohen received his BA in Astronomy and Physics with distinction from the Boston University and worked for three years at the Museum of Science, Boston as a Program Presenter at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and as a staff member at the Gilliland Observatory. At UNH while enrolled in the Physics PhD program he also served as Manager of the UNH Observatory. His graduate research focused on sounding rocket investigations of small-scale electromagnetic waves that can appear as a result of the interaction between the ionosphere and magnetosphere. Ian received a 2011 Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) fellowship from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and spent two months at Goddard working on test data analysis for the Fast Plasma Investigation instrument on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) satellite mission. Ian received his PhD in Physics from UNH in May 2015 and started a post-doc position at APL in the fall of 2015.

ian.cohen at unh.edu

Carol Weaver

Carol received her BS in physics from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Her research interests include studying ULF and ELF magnetic field waves with ground based magnetometers. She has travelled to Svalbard, Alaska, and Greenland to preform maintainance on the magnetometers. Her dissertation involved ground-based wave obsevations, radiation belt losses, and space weather applications. She received her M.S. in Physics in 2014.

carol.weaver at unh.edu

Jim Gealy

Jim Gealy received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He has worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in the Flight Dynamics Branch. He has also served as a Teaching Assistant in the ECE department at UNH for the Digital Systems Course. During his time at MIRL, Jim traveled to Iqaluit, Nunavut and McMurdo Station, Antarctica in support of the group's science objectives. Jim received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with research focused on unidirectional free-space optical telemetry systems for sounding rockets and their sub-payloads.

(603) 862-0719
jimgealy at gmail.com

Hyomin Kim

Hyomin Kim received a B.S. in astronomy and space science (1999), a B.E. in electrical engineering (1999), and an M.S. in space science (2001) from the Kyung-Hee University in South Korea. He worked at Dartmouth College with Dr. Marc Lessard and received an M.S. in engineering physics in 2004. He continued his work in the Ph.D. program in Systems Design Engineering at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) with Dr. Marc Lessard. He was involved in a sounding rocket magnetometer project sponsored by Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and a ground-based magnetometer project for the measurement of ELF magnetic field waves at the South Pole. He also worked on the array of ULF magnetometer systems installed in Svalbard for the analysis of ULF Pi1B magnetic pulsations.

Hyomin is currently employed at the New Jersey Institude of Science and Technology.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones received a B.A. in physics from Dartmouth College and is a Ph.D candidate in physics at the University of New Hampshire. She has worked on sounding rocket instrumentation projects, including the mechanical design of the MIRL rocket imagers. She traveled to Alaska for the ROPA sounding rocket launch and provided down range support at Fort Yukon, AK and Toolik Field Station for ACES and CASCADES2. Sarah analyzed space- and ground-based observations of pulsating aurora as part of her graduate disseration.

Sarah is currently employed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Amanda Plagge

Amanda Plagge received a B.E. from Dartmouth College and an M.S. from Thayer School of Engineering. Her original masters project involved the set-up and monitoring of a small scale micro-turbine wind farm at the South Pole to determine their usefulness for powering the ARROs. Ultimately that project was downsized and her thesis became the application of existing technology to de-icing the wind turbine blades. Amanda is currently earning her Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire.

Hyojin Kim

Hyojin Kim received a B.S. in Systems Management Engineering from Sungkyunkwan University, Korea and an M.S. in Computer Science at the University of New Hampshire. As part of the ROPA mission, he traveled to Alaska to install ground-based induction coil magnetometers at Poker Flat Research Range. He provided an adaptive lossless data compression module for the MIRL rocket imagers and is involved in the monitoring software for the ground-based ULF data acquisition system. Hyojin is currently a Ph.D. student at UC Davis.

Allison Jaynes

Allison Jaynes received her B.S. in physics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She completed her Ph.D in physics at the University of New Hampshire in January of 2013. Allison traveled to Kaktovik, AK to provide down range camera support for the CASCADES2 sounding rocket project, designed and built the onboard auroral imager for the RENU sounding rocket and traveled to Svalbard for the launch, and participated in the MICA sounding rocket launch from Poker Flat, Alaska. She is currently working as a researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Matthew Argall

After getting his Master's Degree from UNH, Matt spent time at the University of Costa Rica as an Interim Professor doing research and teaching. Now, he is back at UNH for his doctorate working for Roy Torbert and Li-Jen Chen studying asymmectric reconnection at the subsolar magnetopause and is working with the Electron Drift Instrument as well as the fluxgate and search coil magnetometers for the Magnetosphere Muti-Scale mission planned to launch in 2014.


Undergraduate Alumni

Meghan Fisher

Meghan joined MIRL in the spring of 2015. She is worked a variety of projects in the lab including hardware development for the RENU 2 rocket launch. Her senior thesis explored the chaotic dynamics of solar cycles and how they may forced by Jovian-sized planets. She graduated with a B.S. in Physics in May 2017.

Maria Panacopoulos

Maria worked with MIRL from 2016-17 on the development an electronic gain monitor for a ground based camera system. She also helped with the development of a new cubesat mission. She graduated from UNH with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in May 2017.

Brendan Battey

Brendan joined MIRL in the spring of 2015. His work with MIRL included development of software for processing ELF magnetometer data and a real-time display for ULF magnetometer data acquisition systems.

John Heavisides

John Heavisides started at MIRL during the second semester of his freshman year. He worked on analyzing ELF magnetometer data, creating visualization tools for Antarctic research, and maintaining this website. Other work in EOS included creating data analysis tools for the RBSP satellites during the summer of 2012. He graduated with a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Ocean Engineering in 2015.

Matt Blandin

Matt Blandin joined MIRL during the second semester of his sophomore year. Initially working on building and assembling magnetometer induction coils, he developed software to automatically parse ELF data for whistler-like events. He mentored several high school students during the 2013 SMART program. He graduated with a B.S. in Physics in 2015.

Chrystal Moser

Chrystal Moser worked at MIRL starting in late 2013, developing and testing small fluxgate magnetometers for use on cubesat micro-satellites. Other work in EOS has included the development of software to model the bow shock of Saturn's magnetosphere using Voyager data. She graduated with a B.S. in Physics in 2015.

Erik Lindgren

Erik graduated from the physics program at UNH in 2013. Joining the lab during his first semester of his sophomore year, he worked on data analysis of ELF magnetometer data, assembly of induction coil junction boxes, and data analysis of EMIC waves measured at the Halley Research Station. Erik was also a member of the UNH Ski Team, and was a second year co-captain of the Nordic Ski Team.

Drummond Biles

Drummond worked on testing ways to cool the RENU imager CCD chip and was involved in various machining projects related to the RENU campaign. He also built multiple induction coil magnetometer sensors with accompanying junction boxes. His later work focused on design and testing of stilt structures suitable to use on Antarctic observatories. Drummond went on to enroll in the Mechanical Engineering masters program at UNH, where his research focuses on combustion engines.

Matthew Young

Matt completed the UNH Physics B.S. program in May 2012. From October 2008 until graduation, he worked at the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Research Lab, where he assisted in testing search-coil magnetometers, analyzing ULF and ELF magnetometer data, and maintaining this website. As a junior and senior, his work focused on Pi1B geomagnetic micropulsations in the high-latitude ionosphere as observed in search-coil magnetometer data. This work led to two first-author publications: "Pi1B propagation in the high-latitude ionosphere" (doi 10.1029/2011JA017127), and "Spectral enhancements associated with Pi1B events observed at high latitude" (doi: 10.1029/2012JA017940). Matt is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Astronomy at Boston University.

Liam Daly

Liam Daly is currently employed at DEKA Research and Development Corporation in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Corey Rumph

Corey assisted with the creation of a thermal test setup for the RENU imager and conducted numerous tests on the imager to help graduate students determine the best system with which to cool it. He also aided in machining parts for the imager. His most recent project was to work on a system for the heat treatment of magnetically permeable alloys that will one day be used in magnetometers.

Kevin Rychert

Kevin received his B. S. in Physics from the University of New Hampshire in May 2011. Throughout his work at the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Research Lab, he analyzed over 7 months of THEMIS all-sky ground camera data and catalogued the occurrence rates and duration of pulsating aurora. Then, he used mosaics created from the entire THEMIS ASI array to study the temporal evolution of pulsating aurora on a large scale. His senior thesis focused on this work and correlation to GOES-13 (currently GOES-EAST) particle flux data.

Kevin currently works at the Electron Para-magnetic Resonance (EPR) research laboratory at Dartmouth College.

kevin.m.rychert at dartmouth.edu

Melissa Geddes

Melissa Geddes assisted with the analysis of Pi1B data from the South Pole and the construction of the Svalbard Ultra Low Frequency magnetometer systems in the summer of 2006.

Melissa is currently a content developer for GEX Inc., a publishing company specializing in textbooks.

Philip Fernandes

Philip Fernandes assisted Brent Sadler with the constuction of the clean room calibration facility. Following the completion of the construction, he worked with Marc Lessard while writing his senior thesis on pulsating aurora, utilising radar data to measure its thickness, and black aurora, performing a statistical study of its occurence within pulsating aurora. Philip entered the PhD program in physics at Dartmouth College in fall of 2009.

Chris Black

Chris joined MIRL in fall 2005 and during his first year primarily helped to design, build, and test search coil magnetometers. He was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in 2006 to analyze South Pole magnetometer data for Pi1B signals, continue work on the Svalbard ULF project, and travel to Svalbard to install the instruments. After studying abroad, Chris returned to the lab to assist with the ACES rocket project and the magnetometer systems and their data.


Project SMART

Adam White

Adam worked at the MIRL during July of 2011, during which time he continued the work of previous SMART student Lule Champine. Adam helped to design, construct, and field-test a full-scale cubical quad antenna tuned to 38.2 MHz. The tests Adam performed were crucial in identifying the strengths and flaws of early designs.

Luke Champine

Luke worked at the MIRL during July of 2010. He played an important role in modeling antenna characteristics and designing a prototype of a cubical quad antenna intended for use with a riometer. Luke is currently enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute (RPI), where he studies electrical engineering.