Newly Established Autonomous Adaptive Low-Power Instrument Platform (AAL-PIP) Chain on East Antarctic Plateau and Operation
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Newly Established Autonomous Adaptive Low-Power Instrument Platform (AAL-PIP) Chain on East Antarctic Plateau and Operation

XU Zhonghua1, HARTINGER Michael D.1,2, CLAUER Robert1, WEIMER Daniel1, DESHPANDE Kshitija3, KIM Hyomin4, MUSKO Stephen5, WILLER Anna6, EDWARDS Thomas1, COYLE Shane1, PENG Yuxiang1, LIN Dong1, BOWMAN John1

1 Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Egineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA;

2 Center for Space Plasma Physics, Space Science Institute, Boulder, CO 80301, USA;

3 Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA;

4 Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102, USA;

5 Space Physics Research Laboratory, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI48109, USA;

6 DTU Space, National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

Abstract: An Autonomous Adaptive Low-Power Instrument Platform (AAL-PIP) Chain of six stations has been newly established on East Antarctic Plateau along the 40 degree geomagnetic meridian, to investigate interhemispheric geomagnetically conjugate current systems, waves, and other space weather phenomena in Polar Regions. These six stations, PG0 to PG5, which host low-power magnetometers (Fluxgate and Searchcoil), dual frequency GPS receivers, HF radio experiment, and run autonomously with solar power and two-way satellite communication, are designated at the geomagnetically conjugate (based on the International Geomagnetic Reference Field) locations of the West Greenland geomagnetic chain covering magnetic latitudes from 70° to 80°. We present the development, deployment, and operation of this chain, as well as the data collected by the chain and some preliminary scientific results showing evidence of interhemispheric asymmetries, which are important to better understand Solar Wind - Magnetosphere - Ionosphere (SWMI) coupling in Polar Regions. Recent investigations focus on magnetic impulse (MI) events, traveling convection vortices (TCVs), and ultra-low frequency (ULF) waves in the coupled southern and northern hemispheres.

Keywords: Magnetometers, magnetic perturbation, magnetic conjugate