Graduate students working with faculty and staff develop instrumentation to study and answer specific questions about physical processes occurring in Earth's upper atmosphere and its nearby space plasma environment. The experimental apparatus is carried to high altitude, as part of a balloon or rocket payload, where the desired measurements can be obtained. Students analyze their own data, as well as data from other sources, such as ground-based network, or spacecraft instruments, in order to answer their research questions.

Our group is an active team member on several satellite programs. This assures a constant flow of new data suitable for many different research projects. The links below are to several recent spacecraft instruments with University of Washington contributions, and to specific rocket and balloon experiments in which our students built instruments.

POLAR/UVI (Ultraviolet Imager)
Sounding Rocket Experiments
Balloon Experiments

Experimental Group

Robert Holzworth Michael McCarthy Abram Jacobson Michael Hutchins

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