3rd EISCAT_3D User Meeting, 18-20 May 2011, Uppsala, Sweden

KAIRA Science

Th. Ulich and the KAIRA Team

Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, Sodankylä, Finland


Here we will briefly present a range of science topics we plan to address using the Kilpisjärvi Atmospheric Imaging Receiver Array (KAIRA). While KAIRA is not a radar, it is a very broad-band receiver with a very large field of view, providing coverage from 30 to 80 MHz and 120 to 250 MHz. In these bands we obviously have the EISCAT VHF radar in Tromsų, but there are also several MF radars in the vicinity, e.g. the MORRO MST radar and the meteor radar at Tromsų, the MST and meteor radars at ESRANGE, and a number of radars at Andenes. Moreover, the frequency range overlaps with that of classic riometers. Therefore there are many atmosperic science applications possible. Naturally, since KAIRA is built using LOFAR technology, KAIRA can also serve as a very-long baseline station part of the LOFAR radiotelescope.