RAS G-MIST Discussion Meeting

Twenty-Two Years of EISCAT: A Meeting in Memory of P.J.S.Williams

Society of Antiquaries Lecture Theatre, Burlington House

Friday 12th December 2003

Organizers: Dr Alan D Aylward (UCL: alan@apl.ucl.ac.uk)

               Dr S Eleri Pryse (Aberystwyth: sep@aber.ac.uk)


Summary: The first data were taken by the EISCAT incoherent scatter radar in the summer of 1981, and the first Common Programme experiments proper performed in September and October of the same year. The late Phil Williams was the Assistant (Scientific) Director at EISCAT when this groundbreaking moment occurred, and he was involved in the many exciting experiments that were to follow with the new facility. In his memory, this meeting will look back on those 22 years of excellence; at the continuing cutting-edge science the facility is still performing; and to the future of the radar with which he was so closely associated.

Schedule of talks

10:00 10:30 Registration and coffee

Morning Session - Chair A.D.Aylward

10:30 10:45 Introduction

Alan D Aylward (UCL)

10:45 - 11:15 EISCAT's contribution to Ionosphere-Thermosphere Physics

Ian McCrea (RAL)

11:15 11:45 EISCAT The early days 1969-1984

Prof H Rishbeth (Southampton)

11:45 - 12:15 Looking Upstream from the Earth - Interplanetary scintillation measurements of the solar wind using EISCAT[ abstract ]

Andy Breen (UW Aberystwyth)

12:15 13:00 Contributed talks

12:15 - 12:27 First alternate meteor and IS observations using t he MU radar
N.Balan, S.Kawamura, T.Nakamura, M.Yamamoto, S.Fukao and H.Alleyne [abstract]

12:27 - 12:39 Footprints of magnetospheric processes: EISCAT and radio tomography
S.E.Pryse and L.Kersley (Aberystwyth) [abstract]

12:39 - 12:51 Optical and radar observations of fine-structured aurora
B.S.Lanchester, N.Ivchenko, M.Blixt,K.Throp, I.Furniss

12:51 - 13:03 Tristatic neutral and ionospheric measurements
E.Griffin (UCL)


Afternoon Session - Chair S.E.Pryse

14:00 14:30 EISCAT's contribution to Magnetospheric Physics

Prof D Southwood (ESA)

14:30 15:00 Present capabilites and future development

Ingemar Haggstrom (EISCAT HQ)

15:00 - 15:30 Contributed talks

15:00 - 15:15 Field-aligned currents revisited
M.J.Kosch (Lancaster)

15:15 - 15:30 EISCAT observations of the spatial and temporal variability of the heater enhanced ion line
R.Dhillon and T.Robinson (Leicester)

15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Tea

Dr A D Aylward

Dr S Eleri Pryse

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