Space Weather and Ionospheric Studies

Space Weather and Ionospheric Studies

Space Weather and Ionospheric Studies
PI: Abhirup Datta

This group is involved in studying effect of ionosphere in low frequency radio astronomy. The group has recently acquired a GNSS receiver to study the ionosphere above Indore. The group is in talks to acquire IRNSS receiver from ISRO-SAC. The group is working on studying and characterizing the ionosphere. There is already a dense grid of GNSS receivers in Northern India. Our proposal will complement that in Central and Western India. This will allow us to predict the ionospheric conditions and model them with better precision. In turn, this will help in satellite and aerospace communication as well as making it possible to observe at low radio frequencies. This study will help us to establish leadership in ionospheric research mainly in context of astronomical observations. India’s role in SKA (Square Kilometer Array) can be used to share this information with the upcoming state-of-the-art largest radio telescope in the world. Currently, 3 PhD students are working in this area.

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