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RAP opportunity at Air Force Science and Technology Fellowship Program     AF STFP

Remote Sensing of Ionospheric and Upper Atmospheric Structure and Dynamics


Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Earth and Atmospheric Sciences-Kirtland AFB

opportunity location
13.40.10.B5812 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


name email phone
Todd Ryan Pedersen 505.853.3792


Accurate measurement and reconstruction of small- to medium-scale structure in the ionosphere is critical to understanding system effects and the geophysical processes that drive these phenomena, whether natural or artificially generated through active ionospheric experiments. Optical imaging provides a broad two-dimensional view, but is an indirect method that does not allow unambiguous retrieval of plasma densities. With the spread of modern digital and software-based radio systems and development of radio telescopes capable of operating in the HF band, aperture synthesis imaging of radio waves reflecting from the ionosphere is creating new opportunities to study ionospheric structure that provide more direct links to system impacts. We seek to find improved ways to synthesize all available information, including radio imaging and optical emissions, to diagnose conditions in the natural and modified ionosphere. Efforts include development of RF image synthesis, phase object reconstruction and radio holography, optical filtering techniques, instruments and detectors, and techniques for assimilation of data into models. Interest areas include the natural ionosphere at high, middle, and low latitudes; and artificial effects induced by chemical releases, spacecraft maneuvers, particle beams, or radio waves. Our group maintains a large data base of optical and RF data from locations around the world, as well as a large suite of low-light imaging equipment and active and passive RF diagnostics ranging from HF through L-band. These data sets span both natural effects as well as artificial structures produced by ionospheric modification experiments.



Pedersen TB, et al: Geophysical Research Letters 37: L02106, doi:10.1029/2009GL041895, 2010

Pedersen TB, et al: IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science (39)11: 2704, 2011


key words
Radio imaging; Optical; Imaging; Remote sensing; Airglow; Aurora; Ionosphere; Traveling ionospheric disturbances; Active experiment; Ionospheric modification;


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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