The Radio & Plasma Waves RPW instrument

Friday 21 November 2014, by Milan Maksimovic

The Radio & Plasma Waves (RPW) Instrument, on-board the ESA Solar Orbiter spacecraft, will provide in-situ and remote sensing measurements of both electrostatic and electromagnetic fields and waves in a broad frequency range, typically from a fraction of Hertz to a few tens of MHz.

RPW is being developed by a consortium composed of the following institutes/agencies:

  • LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, UPMC, Université Paris Diderot, Meudon, France
  • CNES, Centre Spatial de Toulouse, France
  • LPP, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, UPMC, Université Paris Sud, Palaiseau, France
  • LPC2E, CNRS, Université d’Orléans, Orléans, France
  • IAP (Institute of Atmospheric Physics), Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Astronomical Institute & CSRC , Prague, Czech Republic
  • IRF (Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala) and KTH (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) Sweden
  • Space Research Institute, Gräz, Austria

In addition the Space Sciences Laboratory of the University of California Berkeley is strongly contributing to the RPW science throught the science synergy with the FIELDS instrument on the NASA Solar Probe Plus mission.