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Charge and Mass Magnetospheric Ion Composition Experiment (CAMMICE)

NSSDC ID: 1996-013A-06
Mission Name: Polar
Principal Investigator: Prof. Theodore Allan Fritz


The objectives of this investigation, CAMMICE (charge and mass magnetospheric ion composition experiment), are the unambiguous determination of the composition of the earth's plasma populations, their original sources, and the mechanisms acting to energize and transport these populations within the closely coupled magnetosphere/ionosphere and magnetosphere/solar-wind systems, and in the two major geospace energy storage reservoirs: the near-earth plasma sheet and the ring current. The CAMMICE incorporates two types of sensor systems, MICS and HIT, which each perform a three-parameter measurement on the ion composition over a combined range from <10 keV/Q to 15 MeV/Q for elements from hydrogen through iron. Each of the sensor systems is supported by its own independent data processing unit. These sensors are identical to those flown on the ISTP/EQUATOR spacecraft, although the mountings are different.

Alternate Names



  • Space Physics: Magnetospheric Studies

Additional Information

Questions or comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. Ramona L. Kessel.



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Walther N. SpjeldvikCo-InvestigatorWeber State
Dr. Michael G. HendersonCo-InvestigatorLos Alamos National
Dr. Daniel N. BakerCo-InvestigatorUniversity of
Dr. John M. CornwallCo-InvestigatorUniversity of California, Los
Dr. James D. SullivanCo-InvestigatorBoston
Dr. Harlan E. SpenceCo-InvestigatorBoston
Dr. Shrikanth G. KanekalCo-InvestigatorNASA Goddard Space Flight
Dr. Christopher H. PerryCo-InvestigatorRutherford Appleton
Dr. Manuel GrandeCo-InvestigatorRutherford Appleton
Dr. Berend WilkenCo-InvestigatorMax-Planck-Institut fur Aeronomie 
Dr. Joseph F. FennellCo-InvestigatorAerospace
Dr. Donald J. WilliamsCo-InvestigatorApplied Physics
Dr. Stefano A. LiviCo-InvestigatorMax-Planck-Institut fur
Dr. Mark LesterCo-InvestigatorUniversity of
Prof. Rickard LundinCo-InvestigatorSwedish Institute for Space
Dr. James L. RoederCo-InvestigatorAerospace
Dr. Geoffrey D. ReevesCo-InvestigatorLos Alamos National
Dr. Gerhard KremserCo-InvestigatorMax-Planck-Institut fur Aeronomie 
Dr. Rocky KogaCo-InvestigatorAerospace
Prof. Theodore Allan FritzPrincipal InvestigatorBoston
Dr. Finn SoraasCo-InvestigatorUniversitetet I
Dr. Iannis A. DaglisCo-InvestigatorNational Observatory of
Dr. Jiasheng ChenCo-InvestigatorBoston
Dr. Michael SchulzCo-InvestigatorAerospace
Dr. Lawrence R. LyonsCo-InvestigatorAerospace
Dr. S. Peter GaryCo-InvestigatorLos Alamos National
Dr. Bryan E. LaubscherCo-InvestigatorLos Alamos National
Dr. Patty LewCo-InvestigatorAerospace
Mr. Richard D. BelianCo-InvestigatorLos Alamos National
Dr. Harold WeilCo-InvestigatorH.M. Weil Consultants, Inc, Santa Fe, NM 
Dr. J. Bernard BlakeCo-InvestigatorAerospace
Dr. Robert B. SheldonCo-InvestigatorBoston
Prof. Vytenis M. VasyliunasCo-InvestigatorMax-Planck-Institut fur
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