Fabry-Perot Interferometers

Palmer Station FPI

The Palmer station Fabry-Perot interferometer project is funded by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs. The goal is to study the upper atmosphere and ionosphere over the Antarctica Peninsula. Palmer station is an year-around US Antarctica Research station located on the Anvers Island near the Antarctica Peninsula. It is ideally located for the upper atmosphere research in the region.

FPI Palmer station

FPI, Palmer Station, Antarctica

During the first phase of the project, the instrument was built at NCAR and deployed in Palmer station, with the support from station staff. The Fabry-Perot interferometer is a remote sensing instrument, which can measure nighttime thermospheric and mesospheric winds and temperatures. These data were lacking in the region. This new instrument provides an important new data set. After the successful deployment, the project entered into the second phase, which involved data collection and analysis. The goal of the this website is to provide information about data from the instrument to potential users. The data are available from the HAO website (as plots and data downloads: see menu at upper right). Please note that some of the data may be affected by cloudy conditions. Please verify with instrument PI before using the data for scientific presentation and publication.


Resolute Bay FPI

Resolute Bay is an Arctic waterway in Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada. It is located in Parry Channel on the southern side of Cornwallis Island.

FPI Resolute Station

FPI, Resolute Bay, Canada


Boulder FPI

The Boulder Station is located a few miles west of the Flatirons, just southeast of the city of Boulder.

FPI Boulder station

FPI, Boulder, CO