About the Airglow & Irregularities Research Group

Welcome!  This is the website for the research group headed by Prof. Jonathan Makela in the remote sensing and space sciences group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We focus on understanding the dynamics of the ionosphere using a combination of optical and radio techniques. This is accomplished through instrument development, experimental campaigns, and data analysis. Our group is part of the Remote Sensing & Space Science group in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. We are always looking for students interested in becoming involved in our research, especially those with a background in signal/image processing, plasma physics, or optical/radio instrument design.

Our research takes us all around the world. We are currently conducting experiments on two continents, with funding to set up sites at additional locations in the near future. See the map below for our past, current, and future locations.

In the Media

ECE Illinois story on Morocco deployment

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 10:37

ECE Illinois is carrying a story on the deployment of RENOIR to Morocco.

Gehrel's work in the DI

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 10:35

 Tom Gehrel's TCIPG project was covered in the Daily Illini.

RENOIR installed in Morocco

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 10:16

During the installation of a new RENOIR experiment at the Oukaimeden Astronomical Observatory outside of Marrakech, the Moroccan Minister of Higher Education visited.  Her visit was covered on the national news.

NASA selects ICON

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 12:05

Engineering at Illinois has an article on the selection of the ICON mission as the next heliophysics explorerer mission by NASA.

Prof. Makela interviewed by the American Institute of Physics

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 14:47

Watch an interview with Prof. Makela on the effects of solar flares on technological systems.