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ALEOS

on 23 July 2014

PROJECT TITLE: Auroral Electrodynamics with Swarm — ALEOS

Coordinator: The Institute of Space Science 

Partners: NationaI Institute for Lasers Plasma and Radiation Physics

Period: 19 November 2012 - 18 November 2015

Project director: Octav Marghitu

Project team:

  • PhD: Adrian Blagau, Mircea Ciobanu, Horia Comisel, Dragos Constantinescu, Octav Marghitu
  • 2 young scientists: Costel Bunescu, Vlad Constantinescu
  • 1 technician: Gavril Tordai

Description: ALEOS concentrates on the auroral region, where the magnetic field lines provide a direct connection between the ionosphere–thermosphere and the magnetosphere. 

The project supports the implementation of a Swarm data exploitation proposal, accepted by ESA in Feb. 2012, and benefits from the expertise of colleagues in Germany, Canada, Sweden, and Finland.

ALEOS interacts closely with the VALS project – supporting Romanian contributions to Swarm data validation activities led by GFZ Potsdam (to be presented by Dr. Adrian Blagau).

ALEOS interacts also with the Idei project M–ICAR, http://gpsm.spacescience.ro/micar, and the project POLARIS, http://gpsm.spacescience.ro/polaris, carried on at the International Space Science Institute, Bern.

Project objectives:

  • Observation of gradients along auroral arcs (2 Swarm s/c)
  • Examination of 2D electrodynamics of the aurora (3 Swarm s/c)
  • Proper consideration of the neutral wind influence on the auroral electrodynamics.
  • Investigation of the I–T role in the coupled M–I–T system (Swarm, Cluster, THEMIS).

Activities:

Contributions to the STAR programme objectives:

The strong involvement in a key ESA Earth Observation mission contributes to Romania’s participation in ESA programmes, which is the main goal of STAR.

ALEOS answers as well several other goals of the STAR programme:

  • Strengthens a research niche at national and international level
  • Develops and promotes the national space research capacity
  • Supports the development and international visibility of a highly qualified research team
  • Enables high quality scientific production by results at international level

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