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Extension of SIMONe Germany meteor radar network

From April 22nd to 24th, a receiver was set up on the Danish island of Bornholm to complement the SIMONe Germany meteor radar network.

The receiver structure consists of a software defined radio (USRP N200), signal amplifiers and filters, as well as GPS synchronization and a crossed 2-element Yagi antenna. Since then, the receiver has detected over 30 000 meteors per day and has enriched the northeastern area over the Baltic Sea, which could previously only be observed to a very limited extent. The SIMONe Germany network consists of the two SIMONe transmitters in Juliusruh and Kühlungsborn, the pulse radar at Collm (University of Liepzig), as well as seven receivers in Germany and now two in Denmark. Only the high number of meteor detections allows the calculation of wind fields for a height of 90 km with good temporal resolution.

The Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics is one of the German main centers for Middle Atmosphere research and maintains active cooperations with several international research organizations. The institute is located near the Baltic Sea resort Kühlungsborn, owns a separate site on the island Rügen, and is a major partner of the ALOMAR observatory in northern Norway. As associated institute of the Rostock University it is part of the teaching programme in physics. A total of about 90 persons is employed at IAP. The institute realizes an equal-opportunity and family-friendly human resource policy and is certified with the audit "berufundfamilie"  ('career and family').

Contact: Director Prof. Claudia Stolle cstolle@_we_dont_like_spam_iap-kborn.de