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

  • June 3, 2014 -- UNH research has found itself in an unlikely spot. James Gardner's research on the Mariana Trench has been licensed by Warner Bros. for use in their rendition of "Godzilla", which will be out this summer. To read more about the research that is being put in the movie, as well as James Gardner's reactions, refer to this link.

  • April 24, 2014 -- As the turnout for the Undergraduate Research Conference might suggest, the University of New Hampshire has a long tradition of supporting research in all fields. We think that all of our researchers excel at what they do, and judging by this recent UNH Today slideshow, so do scholarship committees! From Fullbright Scholarships to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, UNH students take their research as far as possible, and others are taking notice. Excellent work to all involved!

  • April 24, 2014 -- The University of New Hampshire's 15th Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) is underway! This event boasts one of the largest undergraduate conferences in the country, with over 1,300 students presenting their work. Yesterday's event, the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Symposium (ISE), featured two MIRL undergraduates: Chrystal Moser with her poster Design and Fabrication of a Miniature Fluxgate Magnetometer for Space Flight, and John Heavisides with his poster Extremely-Low Frequency Whistler-Like Events Observed at South Pole Station, which also won an honorable mention for best poster in the Physics / Mathematics category. Congratulations to all!

  • 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.

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