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Experiments at EISCAT

The current experiments run at EISCAT are explained in this document. At this page you will find links to more information on the experiments which are run as common programs.


The plot shows the range extent for the CP experiments used at different radars. The “radar efficiency” is a measure of how much of the power of the radar is used at different ranges, 1 being that the maximum RF duty cycle is used. There are other parameters as well which are important for an experiment, such as range, time and spectral resolution. Those are discussed in greater detail below.

Eight experiments (cp1l, dlayer-v, arc1, arc_dlayer, meteor, arc_slice, tau1 and steffe) are discussed in a greater detail, which can be found here annotated experiments.

For the more advanced user, there are now possibilities to make new data handling/DSP routines which are loaded on demand from the decodump process. A short example and and discussion can be found here.



As a help to quickly see what a particular experiment can do a short reference tables can be found here:

For the tau1 experiment for UHF with remotes and for VHF, single or split beam configuration.

The tau2_pl experiment for UHF and remotes with plasma line capabilities.

The arc_dlayer experiment for UHF and VHF, D layer experiment with some E region information.

The arc1 experiment for UHF and remotes, with good time resolution (~0.44 s).