Location of Repository

Stereo CUTLASS: A new capability for the SuperDARN radars

By M. Lester, P. J. Chapman, S. W. H. Cowley, S. J. Crooks, J. A. Davies, P. Hamadyk, K. A. McWilliams, Steve E. Milan, M. J. Parsons, D. B. Payne, E. C. Thomas, J. D. Thornhill, N. M. Wade, Tim K. Yeoman and R. J. Barnes


The Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN), which consists of networks of HF radars surrounding the northern and southern poles, has proven to be an extremely successful experimental technique in a wide range of scientific areas. The basic design of the radars, which contributes to SuperDARN, has remained virtually unchanged since the first radar was built in the early 1980s. This paper presents the first results of a significant new development of the basic system. Termed "Stereo", this development involves the addition of a duplicate receive channel and makes use of the spare duty cycle available in the current transmitters. The Stereo system has been implemented on the two radars that form the Co-operative UK Twin Located Auroral Sounding System (CUTLASS), which are the easternmost pair of radars in the Northern Hemisphere SuperDARN chain. Instead of the standard 7 pulse sequence normally employed by the radars, two such pulse sequences are interleaved and transmitted at different frequencies separated by more than 15kHz. This development allows for the radar to run two entirely different experimental modes simultaneously. Here we describe the basic Stereo system and some of the early results. We also identify potential new experiments which could be run with Stereo to complement the existing standard SuperDARN radar

Topics: Ionosphere (ionosphere-magnetosphere interactions; ionospheric irregularities; instruments and techniques)
Publisher: European Geosciences Union (EGU), Copernicus Publications, Springer Verlag (Germany)
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/704

Suggested articles



  1. (2001). A Case Study doi
  2. (2002). A Case Study of HF Radar Spectral Width in the Post Midnight Magnetic Local Time Sector and its Relationship to the Polar Cap Boundary, doi
  3. (2001). A Classification of Spectral Populations Observed in doi
  4. (1999). A Flux Transfer Event Observed at the Magnetopause by the Equator-S Spacecraft and in the Ionosphere by the CUTLASS doi
  5. (2000). A Surevy of Magnetpause FTEs and Associated Flow Bursts in the Polar Ionosphere, doi
  6. (2002). A.: Ground-based observations of the auroral zone and polar cap ionospheric responses to dayside transient reconnection, doi
  7. (1985). An HF Phased-Array Radar for Studying Small-Scale Structure in the High-Latitude Ionosphere, doi
  8. (2002). An unusual geometry of the ionospheric signature of the cusp: implications for magnetopause merging sites, doi
  9. (2000). Convection and Auroral Response to a Southward Turning of the IMF: Polar UVI, doi
  10. (1998). CUTLASS Finland Radar Observations of the Ionospheric Signatures of Flux Transfer Events and Resulting Plasma Flows, doi
  11. (1995). DARN/SuperDARN: A Global View of the Dynamics of the high-Latitude Convection, Space Sci. doi
  12. (2002). Determining characteristics of HF communications links using SuperDARN, doi
  13. (1997). HF-radar observations of the dayside magnetic merging rate: A Geospace Environment Modelling boundary layer campaign study, doi
  14. (1994). Identification of High-Latitude Acoustic Gravity Wave Sources using the Goose Bay HF doi
  15. (2003). Ionospheric flow during extended intervals of northward but By-dominated IMF, doi
  16. (1998). Large-Scale Imaging of HighLatitude Convection with Super Dual Auroral Radar Network HF Radar Observations, doi
  17. (2002). Mutifrequency measurements of HF Doppler velocity in the auroral E region, doi
  18. (1997). O- and X-Mode Heating Effects doi
  19. (2001). On the Altitude Dependence of the Spectral Characteristics of Decamtrewavelength E Region Backscatter and the Relationship with Optical Auroral Forms, doi
  20. (2000). Simultaneous optical and radar signatures of poleward moving auroral forms, doi
  21. (2000). Space Plasma Exploration by Active Radar (SPEAR): An overview of a future radar facility, doi
  22. (1996). Statistical Patterns of High-Latitude Convection Obtained from Goose Bay HF Radar Observations, doi
  23. (1998). Strong flow bursts in the nightside ionosphere during extremely quiet solar wind conditions, doi
  24. (2002). Strong sunward propagating flow bursts in the night sector during quiet solar wind conditions: SuperDARN and satellite observations, doi
  25. (2001). Substorm Convection Patterns Observed by the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network, doi
  26. (2001). Super Dual Auroral Radar Network HF Radar Observations of Fluctuations in the Spectral Distribution of Near Range Meteor Echoes in the Upper Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere, doi
  27. (1997). Super Dual Auroral Radar Observations of Meteor Echoes, doi
  28. (1998). The Nightiside Ionospheric Response to IMF By Changes, doi
  29. (2000). The Response of the High-Latitude Ionosphere to the Cororanl Mass doi

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.