Meridian-Scanning Photometer (MSP)

Owner

University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)


Scientific objectives
The MSP is a major source of information on the N-S motion of the dayside aurora. It can now identify the local time position of the ionospheric signatures of the separatrix and the cusp. It is used in conjunction with the MSP at NYA to determine auroral heights.

Photo of Meridian Scanning Photometers

Contacts
PI: Dag Lorentzen
Address: UNIS, P.O. Box 156, N-9171 Longyearbyen, Norway
E-mail: dag.lorentzen@unis.no
Phone/Fax: +47 79023336/01

Co-PI: Roger W. Smith
Address: Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 903 Koyokuk Drive, P.O. Box 757320, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7320, USA
E-mail: bblw@giuaf.gi.alaska.edu
Phone/Fax: 907 474 7416/7290

Co-PI: Mark Conde
Address: Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 903 Koyokuk Drive, P.O. Box 757320, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7320, USA
E-mail: conde@giuaf.gi.alaska.edu
Phone/Fax: 907 474 7347/7290

Co-PI: C.S. Deehr
Address: Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 903 Koyokuk Drive, P.O. Box 757320, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7320, USA
E-mail: cdeehr@giuaf.gi.alaska.edu
Phone/Fax: 907 474 7473/7290

Instrument specifications
Time resolution: 16 seconds to assemble meridian scan
Spatial coverage: N-S gm meridian (32oW of N gg)
Spatial resolution: 1 angular degree
Spectral resolution: Typically 0.4 nm