Space physics research at the IFT at UiT in Tromsø addresses the Earth's upper atmosphere, the ionosphere and the magnetosphere and related plasma physics; small solar system objects, mesospheric and cosmic dust and dusty plasma phenomena.
The Space physics group uses radar and radio remote sensing techniques, optical observations and laboratory experiments on space plasma processes, is involved in planetary radar observations and space debris studies, carries out measurements from rockets and is involved with satellite and space probe missions.
UiT in Tromsø has in its vicinity one of the best conditions for optical studies of the polar atmosphere and infrastructure for studies of the high-latitude upper atmosphere. Tromsø is also conveniently located for observational projects carried out from Svalbard. The space physics group is involved in the implementation of the advanced radar project EISCAT3D and UiT leads the Norwegian contribution to this international project. Active collaborations with other institutions in Norway and around the world is illustrated by research collaboration, joint publications and Erasmus programme exchanges in the last five years
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