Department of Physics

Space Physics Images 2006-2007

Images from the Otago Space Physics Group, at Home and Overseas (2006-2007)

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Craig Rodger at the Arctic Circle, just north of Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. Craig was visiting Lapland to attend a CHAMOS workshop in Luosto (16 Nov 2007).

Space Physics Honours students Sarah Dietrich and Johnny Downs at the Asian Restaurant. The Space Physics group gathered to send off Dr. János Lichtenberger  (3 November 2007). Sarah worked on relativistic electron precipitation, while Johnny researched whistlers observed from Dunedin.

Dr. János Lichtenberger (Eotvos University, Hungary) at Shag Point, north of Dunedin, during János's visit to New Zealand (November 2007). János came to the Otago Space Physics group to install a new Automatic Whistler Detector and Analysis experiment.

Craig Rodger, Annika Seppälä, and Donal Murtagh at Annika's PhD defense party at Suomenlinna’s Pirunkirkko part of a 250-year-old fortress which protects Helsinki harbour. Donal Murtagh (Chalmers University, Sweden) was the official opponent at the defense, held on 28 September 2007 at the Unversity of Helsinki.

Craig Rodger and PhD student Rory Gamble enjoying a drink during the Rarotonga Energetic Particle Workshop (6-10 August 2007) held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Sitting beside Rory are (right to left) Scot Elkington (Univ. of Colorado), Reiner Friedel (Los Alamos National Laboratory) and Brian Fraser (Univ. of Newcastle). (Photo courtesy of Anthony Chan, Rice University).

Elaina Ford, Annika Seppälä, Craig Rodger, and Hua Lu at sunset, standing at a viewpoint overlooking the city of Perugia in Italy. Craig was visiting Italy as part of the IUGG XXIV General Assembly in the first 2 weeks of July 2007. Elaina and Hua are researchers at the British Antarctic Survey, while Annika is from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Mark Clilverd (British Antarctic Survey) sits on a boulder at Moeraki Beach during a visit to New Zealand in late January-early February 2007. These nearly spherical rocks were formed by geological processes over millions of years.  Mark was visiting the Space Physics Group through the support of the New Zealand International Science and Technology (ISAT) Linkages Fund.

Annika Seppälä (Finnish Meteorological Institute) at Nugget Point in the Catlins, south of Dunedin. Annika visited the Space Physics Group in November-December 2006 to look at decreases in stratospheric ozone caused by space weather events.  

Rory Gamble, Pekka Verronen (Finnish Meteorological Institute) and Craig Rodger enjoying a drink at the Robbie Burns Pub, Dunedin in late November 2006. Rory is a PhD student in the Space Physics group, looking at the effects of relativistic electron precipitation upon the upper atmosphere (Photo courtesy of  Annika Seppälä, Finnish Meteorological Institute).

Dr. Pekka Verronen (Finnish Meteorological Institute) on Victory Beach, Otago Peninsula. The beach is named after a 19th century steamship which was wrecked here. Pekka was visiting the Space Physics Group to work on Solar Proton Events and their effect on the atmosphere, through the support of the New Zealand International Science and Technology (ISAT) Linkages Fund (November 2006).

Dr. Craig Rodger (left) and Dr. Tapio Simula standing beside one of the artillery pieces which dot Suomenlinna island, a 250-year-old fortress which protects Helsinki harbour. Tapio undertook a PostDoc at Otago with the Ultra Cold Atoms Research Group. Craig was visiting Helsinki on his way to the 2nd VERSIM workshop in Sodankylä, Finland [18 September 2006].

Assoc. Prof. Neil Thomson stands in front of the towers of the US Navy VLF transmitter, at Lualualei, Hawaii. This transmitter has radiated power of ~500 kW operating at frequency of 21.4 kHz. The towers in the background are ~460 meters high each. Neil was visiting Hawaii to undertake measurements of the signals from this transmitter at very close range [August 2006].


Dr. Craig Rodger standing in the grounds of the United States Capitol Building. Craig was visiting Washington DC in August 2006 to take part in a NASA Review panel [11 August 2006].

Dr Craig Rodger stands on the Great Wall, during a weekend trip before the 2006 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The WPGM Meeting was held in Beijing, China in late July, 2006 [23 July 2006].

Former Space Physics Honours student Greg Mcdowell outside Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, UK. Greg dropped by to see Cambridge with Craig Rodger, and Craig was visiting the British Antarctic Survey which is also in Cambridge. [28 June 2006].

ACTION SHOT! Dr. Craig Rodger giving a talk at the ASIM Science Workshop, held at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC). The meeting was hosted by the European Space Agency, Directorate of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration Programmes. The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) is to be mounted on an external platform on the International Space Station to study the coupling of thunderstorms processes to the upper atmosphere, ionosphere and radiation belts. [27 June 2006].

Amy, Erin and Craig in front of a waterfall on the Boulder River walking trail, Washington State, USA. Craig was visiting the University of Washington in April 2006 to talk with the team there about the World Wide Lightning Location Network. A big part of the trip was planning a collaboration with PhD student Erin lay (centre), although not much of this planning occurred during this tramp! (Photo courtesy of  Dr. Jeremy N. Thomas, Univ. Washington).

Dr. Craig Rodger standing in the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, with the Washington Monument in the background. Craig was visiting Washington DC to take part in a NASA Review panel in March 2006. The US Capitol Building is visible above his head.  (Photo courtesy of  Krista Boonstra).

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