Department of Physics

Space Physics Images 1997-2003

Images from the Otago Space Physics Group (1997-2003)

Current images are also available

2003 Space Physics Honours student Simon Werner (third from left) across the Leith from the University of Otago clocktower building.

2003 Space Physics Honours student Peter  Thompson.

Assoc. Prof. Neil Thomson and Dr. Craig Rodger with the microwave data-link dish on the roof of the Physics Department building (photo courtesy of Otago Daily Times, 31 November 2003).

Opening ceremony of the International Space Environment Conference 2003 in the Salle des Illustres of the Capitole building Toulouse (France), September 2003.

The delights of Sapporo (Japan), during the IUGG meeting, June/July 2003.

Mark Clilverd and Jan Dietrich (British Antarctic Survey, UK), Craig Rodger (Univ. Otago, NZ), Fred Menk (Univ. Newcastle, Australia) and  Robert McCormick (Univ. Otago, NZ).

Dr. Craig Rodger and PhD student Robert McCormick across from the University of Otago clocktower building (photo courtesy of Otago Daily Times, 9 December 2002).

Neil Thomson (right) and Craig Rodger (left) relax by an Amsterdam canal after the 27thGeneral Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), August 2002.

Neil Thomson (left) and Craig Rodger (right) accepting a gift from visiting of NASA Astronaut and Physicist Dr. John Grunsfeld in June 2002.


Dr. Craig Rodger outside the Mausoleum containing the body of Ho Chi Minh, about a block from the conference centre where the IAGA/IASPEI Joint Assembly was held in Hanoi (Vietnam) in 2001.

Dr. Rodger and Professor Isamu Nagano (Univ. Kanazawa) at the Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference 2001 in Tokyo (Japan).

Mervyn Freeman, Clare Watt (both British Antarctic Survey) and Craig Rodger at the Sapporo Beer Garden, the conference dinner of the S-RAMP meeting in 2000.

Dr. Rodger and collaborator Mark Clilverd (British Antarctic Survey) preparing to sample the local delights of Sapporo (Japan) at the S-RAMP conference in 2000.

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Dr. Craig Rodger (extreme left) at the IWSE workshop in Tokyo (Japan) in 2000. Craig in Tokyo.bmp (1939414 bytes)
Dr. Neil Thomson (back right) and his wife Helen at the Don Carpenter Tribute dinner during the 26th URSI General Assembly in Toronto (Canada) in 1999. The Thomsons.JPG (19088 bytes)
Prof. Dick Dowden with a VLF whip antenna on the roof of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Osaka University (Japan) in 2001. The antenna is part of his world wide lightning location network.

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Neil Thomson (far right) and family with Mark Clilverd (British Antarctic Survey, centre) and family at Woolsthorpe Manor (UK), the home of Isaac Newton. During Neil's sabbatical to the UK in October 1998.

Former student Wayne Mcrae who finished his PhD in 2000.

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Professor Dowden flanked by former PhD students Simon Hardman (left) and James Brundell (right) [photo courtesy of Otago Daily Times, 14 September 2001].

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Prof. Dick Dowden in Kharkov (Ukraine) during the MMET98 conference. A very very large statue of V. I. Lenin can be seen in the background. Dowden and Lenin.JPG (82688 bytes)
The one that didn't get away. Former PhD student James Brundell holds a picture of a Red Sprite taken near Darwin in 1997 (photo courtesy of Otago Daily Times, 4 December 1997).

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Former PhD students James Brundell and Simon Hardman during the 1997 Red Sprite campaign in Darwin (Australia).


Former head of the Space Physics Group Emeritus Professor Richard Dowden (retired, photo courtesy of Otago Daily Times).

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The main rack in the Space Physics lab contains a number of PC's which act as data loggers. Each PC runs our custom OmniPAL DSP (Digital Signal Processing) cards and software. At the lower left of the rack is the microwave receiver for the data downlink from the Swampy field station. At the right are timecode generators for precision timing purposes. The rack also contains various switches for selecting signals and a keyboard/monitor switch to access the different loggers.

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One of our OmniPAL DSP cards operating in a machine. The large chip on the left is an Analog-Devices ADSP-2105 Digital Signal Processor.

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Also, look at the photos and movies of Red Sprites gathered during the Darwin 1997 campaign