Student: Robin Howk, Undergraduate Student in Electrical Engr, University of Iowa
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ananya Sen Gupta
Chorus Wave Detection in the Van Allen Radiation Belts
The work being done on the EMFISIS project focuses on the formation of chorus waves which are thought to have an important role in the creation of killer electrons, highly charged particles that can be harmful to spacecraft and astronauts. At this point, there has been no large scale analysis of chorus wave data due to the difficultly of automated detection of chorus elements. Dr. Sen Gupta and I are working on developing algorithms capable of detecting individual chorus elements and extracting information about the structure of the wave that will help aid in large scale analysis of chorus wave formation.