The Radio and Plasma Wave Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in The University of Iowa specializes in the study of naturally occurring radio and plasma waves in space plasmas. The group has provided radio and plasma wave receivers for over two dozen space missions, including Voyagers 1 and 2, Geotail, Wind, Cluster (Rumba, Salsa, Samba, Tango), Mars Express, and Juno, which are currently operational. Notable past projects include the Earth-orbiting Polar and Van Allen Probes, Jupiter-orbiting Galileo, and Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft.
This group is also the home of the outer planets subnode of the Planetary Data System's Planetary Plasma Interactions Node which provides access to and expertise on radio and plasma wave data sets from the Voyager observations at the outer planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune; Galileo observations from Venus, Earth, and Jupiter; and Pioneer 10 and 11 Geiger Tube Telescope observations at Jupiter and Saturn. We also provide updated archives for the RPWS instruments on Cassini, which recently completed its mission at Saturn, and for the Waves instruments on Juno, in orbit at Jupiter.
Wideband plasma wave observations from a number of Earth-orbiting spacecraft including Dynamics Explorer (DE) 1, International Sun Earth Explorers (ISEE) 1 and 2, Interplanetary Monitoring Platform (IMP) 6, Hawkeye, Small Scientific Satellite (SSS), Active Magnetospheric Particle Tracing Explorer (AMPTE), and Injun V are being archived here and can be ordered or accessed via specialized software. Browse images of some of these data are also available as part of our Space Physics Data Center.
The radio and plasma wave group consists of one faculty member and several students, scientists, engineers, programmers, and support personnel.