The Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Research Laboratory (MIRL) at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), University of New Hampshire contributes to a variety of research projects in space physics. The lab primarily focuses on the development of instrumentation for ground-based, rocket-based, and satellite observations of space physics phenomena and analysis of the resulting observations.

The current research projects are:

  • Ground-based observations from ultra low frequency (ULF) and extremely low frequency (ELF) search-coil magnetometers for the study of magnetosphere-ionopshere coupling and its relationship with auroral phenomena.
  • Rocket-borne observations from low light imager, UV PMT, particle detector for in-situ auroral measurements.
  • Data analysis from a variety of satellite data


Updated News

  • April 16, 2014 -- The latest issue of Spheres, the official newletter of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) is now online! This issue includes articles about UNH efforts to understand extreme solar storms, standardizing neutron monitoring stations, and more. Check it out!

  • April 11, 2014 -- For the first time in UNH history, three undergraduates have been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship, including UNH Physic's own Herbie Smith! These three students join 14 prior UNH award recipients for this prestigious STEM scholarship, which is aimed at helping students who intend to pursue a research career. More information may be found here. Congratulations to all the winners!

  • November 8, 2013 -- MIRL undergraduate John Heavisides has officially recieved the International Research Opportunity Program (IROP) grant from UNH's Hamel Center. With this grant, John will spend the summer of 2014 at the University of Oslo working to upgrade MIRL suborbital sensors, as well as analyze data from the February 2012 MICA rocket mission at Poker Flat, Alaska. John is the third MIRL researcher to recive the IROP award, which is designed to give undergraduates an internation research experience in between their junior and senior year.

  • October 30, 2013 -- On the 30th of March, 1983, the sounding rocket Echo-6 launched from the Poker Flat Rocket Range in Alaska. Carrying various experiments to study the auroral environment, the rocket successfully completed its mission and returned valuable data. A video about the mission was prepared for a Congressional presentation, which may be found below. Credit for this video goes to Perry Malcolm.

  • October 23, 2013 -- MIRL Ph.D student Ian Cohen has written a letter to NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. voicing disapproval over proposed cuts to heliophysics funding. The letter, signed by 46 graduate and 3 undergraduate student researchers from 22 universities, will be published in AGU's journal Space Weather. The letter points out the increasing need for reliable space-weather information, as well as the importance of heliophysics as noted by the NRC Decadal Survey. The letter may be found here.

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