Welcome to the IPRT DATA CENTER
What is IPRT and AMATERAS ?
IPRT (Iitate Planetary Radio Telescope), is a ground-based radio telescope developed by Tohoku University. IPRT has been operated at the Iitate observatory in Fukushima prefecture Japan since 2000 (Iitate village, Fukushima prefecture, Japan; 37d 42m N, 140d 41m E). IPRT measures meter to decimeter natural radio waves at fixed frequencies of 325 and 785 MHz using LNA and also from 150 to 500MHz using wide-band receiver. Primary purposes of the telescope are to investigate the dynamic behavior of Jupiter’s synchrotron radiation and solar radio emissions in the low-frequency range. For this purpose, IPRT is mainly dedicated for observations of solar system bodies. In addition to this, IPRT has capability to observe weak radio sources in the low frequency range (e.g. pulars).
AMATERAS (the Assembly of Metric-band Aperture TElescope and Real-time Analysis System) is wideband metric radio spectro-polarimeter and performs well enough to observe solar radio bursts in the frequency range between 150 and 500 MHz. The minimum detectable flux in this frequency range is less than 0.7 SFU with 10 ms accumulation time and 61 kHz bandwidth. Simultaneous observations for both RCP and LCP are possible.
- Data avalability & Daily FITS files
- Daily quick look:[10dB range]/[22.5dB range]
- Daily quick look with GOES X-ray:[15dB range]
- High-res quick look(access restricted)
- High-res quick look(access from local network)
- Data search: Enter “sun” in the “Target Name” box (VESPA: Virtual European Solar and Planetary Access)
- Data search (IUGONET Web page)
Specification of IPRT and AMATERS
Apature size31m(D)x16.5m(L)x2set (1023m^2)
|Antenna type||Dual asymmetric offset parabola|
|Focal length||12m (F/D=0.39)|
|Reflector surface||Stainless mesh (20mm pitch, 9mm RMS)|
|Feed system||Half wave dipole|
|Steerable range||EL:22-100deg, AZ:-270-270deg|
Beam width(FWHM)325MHz:1.5×2.1deg, 785MHz:0.6×0.7deg
|Aperture effi.||325MHz:60-65%, 785MHz:40%|
|Min detectable flux||0.1Jy (df:10MHz, dt:10sec)|
|Data aquisition||Power meter and waveform(8Msps)|
Specification of AMATERAS
(see Iwai et al.  in detail)
|Digital spectrometer||Aquiris AC240 (fs:2GHz, 8bit)|
|Feed system||Crossed half wave dipole|
|Polarization||LH and RH|
|Time & spectral resolutions||10msec & 61kHz|
|Min detectable flux||0.7 SFU|
Data open policy
The 1st one concerns what we would like you to do when you use the data.
- Contacts: Please tell us what you are working on. This is partly because to protect potential Ph.D. thesis projects. Also, if your project coincides with one that team members are working on, that can lead to a fruitful collaboration. This will also work for you to obtain better insights relating to the data.
The 2nd one concerns what you do when you make any presentations and publications using the data.
- Co-authorship: When the data forms an important part of your work, we would like you to offer us co-authorship.
- Acknowledgements: All presentations and publications should carry the following sentence: “IPRT (Iitate Planetary Radio Telescope) is a Japanese radio telescope developed and operated by Tohoku University.”
- Entry to publication list: When your publication is accepted please let us know by sending email to PIs.
Collaboration and observation request
The proposal must be feasible for performances of IPRT and AMATRAS and does not conflict regular observation schedule of Jupiter and solar radio observations.
Please contact to us if you are interested in.
Examples of radio sources and phenomena observed and tried by IPRT
- Pulsars (Univ. Tokyo and RIKEN)
- Thermal emission from subsrface of the Moon
- Radio emission from the lunar surface by meteoroid impact process(Moscow University)
- Interplanetary Scintillation
- Deep space communication experiment(Aichi Univ. of Tech.)>
- Kita, H., H. Misawa, A. Bhardwaj, F. Tsuchiya, G. Murakami, C. Tao, T. Kimura, K. Yoshioka, A. Yamazaki, Y. Kasaba, I. Yoshikawa, M. Fujimoto (2019), Short-term variation in the dawn-dusk asymmetry of the Jovian radiation belt obtained from GMRT and Hisaki EXCEED observations, Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 872, Number 2
- Tsuchiya, F., H. Misawa, H. Kita, A. Morioka, T. Kondo (2019), Two-element radio interferometer for the observation of Jupiter’s synchrotron radiation, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Planetary Science 2011, p 47-58,
- Han, S., G. Murakami, H. Kita, F. Tsuchiya, C. Tao, H. Misawa, A. Yamazaki, M. Nakamura (2018), Investigating solar-wind-driven electric field influence on long-term dynamics of Jovian synchrotron radiation, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics,
- Kaneda, K.; Misawa, H.; Iwai, K.; Masuda, S.; Tsuchiya, F.; Katoh, Y.; Obara, T. (2018), Detection of Propagating Fast Sausage Waves through Detailed Analysis of a Zebra-pattern Fine Structure in a Solar Radio Burst, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 855, Issue 2, article id. L29, 7 pp.
- Tsuchiya, F., H. Misawa, T. Obara, K. Iwai, K. Kaneda, S. Matsumoto, A. Kumamoto, Y. Katoh, M. Yagi, and B. Cecconi (2017), Database of Solar Radio Bursts Observed by Solar Radio Spectro-Polarimeter AMATERAS, in Planetary Radio Emissions VIII, edited by G. Fischer, G. Mann, M. Panchenko, and P. Zarka, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna, 445-453.
- Hitomi Collaboration et al. (2017), Hitomi X-ray studies of Giant Radio Pulses from the Crab pulsar, in press.
- Kaneda, K., H. Misawa, K. Iwai, F. Tsuchiya, T. Obara, Y. Katoh, and S. Masuda (2017), Polarization Characteristics of Zebra Patterns in Type IV Solar Radio Bursts, Astrophys. J., 842, 45, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aa74c1.
- Mikami, R., K. Asano, S. Tanaka, S. Kisaka, M. Sekido, K. Takefuji, H. Takeuchi, H. Misawa, F. Tsuchiya, H. Kita, Y. Yonekura, and T. Terasawa (2016), Wide-Band Spectra of Giant Radio Pulses from the Crab Pulsar, Astrophys J, 832:212(25pp),doi:10.3847/0004-637X/832/2/212.
- Takefuji, K., T. Terasawa, T. Kondo, R. Mikami, H. Takeuchi, K. Asano, S. Tanaka, H. Misawa, F. Tsuchiya, H. Kita and M. Sekido (2016),
VLBI of Giant Radio Pulse of Crab Pulsar Toward Fast Radio Burst Detection,
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 128:084502 (6pp),doi:10.1088/1538-3873/128/966/084502.
- Kaneda, K., H. Misawa, K. Iwai, F. Tsuchiya, and T. Obara (2015),
Frequency Dependence of Polarization of Zebra Pattern in Type-IV Solar Radio Bursts,
Astrophys. J., 808, L45, doi:10.1088/2041-8205/808/2/L45
- Kita, H., H. Misawa, A. Bhardwaj, F. Tsuchiya, T. Sakanoi, Y. Kasaba, C. Tao, Y. Miyoshi, and A. Morioka (2015),
Relation between the short-term variation of the Jovian radiation belt and thermosphere derived from radio and infrared observations,
Journal of Geophysical Research, 120, 6614-6623, doi:10.1002/2015JA021374.
- Iwai, K., Y. Miyoshi, S. Masuda, F. Tsuchiya, A. Morioka, and H. Misawa (2014),
Spectral Structures and Their Generation Mechanisms for Solar Radio Type-I Bursts,
Astrophys. J., 789, 4, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/789/1/4.
- Katoh, Y., K. Iwai, Y. Nishimura, A. Kumamoto, H. Misawa, F. Tsuchiya, and T. Ono (2014),
Generation Mechanism of the Slowly Drifting Narrowband Structure in the Type IV Solar Radio Bursts Observed by Amateras,
Astrophys. J., 787, 45, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/787/1/45.
- Kita, H., H. Misawa, F. Tsuchiya, C. Tao, and A. Morioka (2014),
Effect of solar UV/EUV heating on the intensity and spatial distribution of Jupiter’s synchrotron radiation,
Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 1-10, doi:10.1002/jgra.50568.
- Nishimura, Y., T. Ono, F. Tsuchiya, H. Misawa, A. Kumamoto, Y. Katoh, S. Masuda, and Y. Miyoshi (2013),
Narrowband frequency-drift structures in solar type IV bursts,
Earth Planets Space, 65, 12, 1555-1562, doi:10.5047/eps.2013.09.009
- Iwai, K., S. Masuda, Y. Miyoshi, F. Tsuchiya, A. Morioka, and H. Misawa (2013),
Peak flux distribution of solar radio Type-I bursts from highly resolved spectral observations,
Astrophys. J., 768:L2, doi::10.1088/2041-8205/768/1/L2.
- Iwai, K., F. Tsuchiya, A. Morioka, H. Misawa (2012)
IPRT/AMATERAS: A New Metric Spectrum Observation System for Solar Radio Bursts,
Solar Phys., 277, 2, 447-457, 10.1007/s11207-011-9919-y
- Iwai, K., Y. Miyoshi, S. Masuda, M. Shimojo, D. Shiota, S. Inoue, F. Tsuchiya, A. Morioka, and H. Misawa (2012),
Solar Radio Type-I Noise Storm Modulated by Coronal Mass Ejections,
Astrophys. J., 744 167 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/744/2/167
- Iwai, K., H. Misawa, F. Tsuchiya, A. Morioka, S. Masuda, and Y. Miyoshi (2012)
Survey of Accelerated Particles in a Solar Active Region Using Hinode/XRT and Ground-Based Type-I Radio Burst Observations, Hinode-3, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 454, 249-253.
- Tsuchiya, F., H. Misawa, K. Imai, and A. Morioka (2011),
Short-term changes in Jupiter’s synchrotron radiation at 325 MHz: Enhanced radial diffusion in Jupiter’s radiation belt driven by solar UV/EUV heating, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A09202, doi:10.1029/2010JA016303.
- Tsuchiya, F., H. Misawa, K. Imai, A. Morioka, and T. Kondo (2010),
Multi-frequency total flux measurements of Jupiter’s synchrotron radiation in 2007,
Adv. Geosci., 19, 601-612.
- Misawa, H., R. Kudo, F. Tsuchiya, A. Morioka, and T. Kondo (2003),
Development of a primary feed system for the parabolic rectangular reflector antenna dedicated for planetary radio emission, paper presented at 3rd Communications Research Laboratory Technology Development Center Symposium,
Commun. Res. Lab., Kashima, Japan.
Fuminori Tsuchiya (Co-I of the IPRT project)
Kazumasa Iwai (Executive scientist of AMATERAS)
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