28 May 2017 to 2 June 2017
Queen's University
America/Toronto timezone
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Ionospheric Characterization Using Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Signals

30 May 2017, 16:30
BioSci 1120 (Queen's University)

BioSci 1120

Queen's University

CLOSED - Oral (Student, In Competition) / Orale (Étudiant(e), inscrit à la compétition) Atmospheric and Space Physics / Physique atmosphérique et de l'espace (DASP-DPAE) T4-6 DASP General Contributions I (DASP) | DPAE: contributions générales I (DPAE)


Alex Cushley


Radio waves propagating through plasma in the Earth's ambient magnetic field experience Faraday rotation; the plane of a linearly polarized wave changes as a function of the distance travelled through a plasma. Linearly polarized radio waves at 1090 MHz frequency are emitted by ADS-B devices which are installed on most commercial aircraft. These radio waves can be detected by satellites in low earth orbits, and the change of the polarization angle caused by propagation through the terrestrial ionosphere can be measured. This work will discuss how these measurements can be used to characterize the ionospheric conditions.

Primary authors

Konstantin Kabin (RMC) Dr Jean-Marc Noël (Royal Military College of Canada) Alex Cushley

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