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Space Weather Laboratory (In Progress)


To encompass the necessary space measurements and modeling efforts in the ionospheric and magnetospheric science

To utilize and develop upper atmospheric and space weather models

To establish and perform necessary ground measurements of magnetic field

To meet the educational needs of the courses related to Space Environment

To design and help to design instruments, e.g. spacecraft magnetometer, particle instruments etc. to fly onboard of ITU’s next satellite


Scientific research:

  • space weather events;

  • solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere interactions; magnetospheric and ionospheric storms,

  • effects of the space environment on spacecraft operations and ground systems;

  • spatial and temporal mapping of ionospheric variability over Turkey;

  • Upper atmospheric impacts and applications of space weather.

  • Ionospheric and Tropospheric Applications of GPS

Instrumental: Design of spacecraft magnetometer and particle detectors; incoherent radar systems;

Associated sectors: Defense and military sector, General Command of Mapping, Radio Communication Sector, Navigation Sector, TUBITAK Space, Space Science and Technology related engineering, physical and applied sciences in the universities,

Equipment (Currently)

On the Field:

  1. Two transmitting ionosonde antenna

  2. Four receiving ionosonde antenna

  3. GPS receiver

At the Ground Station:

  1. Ionosonde data handling computer

  2. Magnetometer

  3. Electrometer

  4. Basic meteorological instruments

In the future: Incoherent radar system, establishing several ionosonde ground stations in different parts of Turkey for the derivation of spatial and temporal variations of ionosphere.

Researchers Information

Head of the Laboratory: Prof. Dr. Zerefşan Kaymaz

Doctoral Students: Filiz Türk Katırcıoğlu, E. Ceren Kalafatoğlu

Master Students: Funda Ersavaş

Collaborators/consultors in the Electrical Engineering Department of Hacettepe University, Bilkent University, Virginia Tech, APL of Johns Hopkins Uni., Bradley Dept. of Electrical and Computer Eng. of Virginia Tech., NASA/GSFC, Center for Space Physics of Boston University and in Max Planck Institute in Germany.

For more information:



Spacecraft charging and  currents due to energetic particles



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F. Türk Katırcıoğlu, PhD Thesis, 2010
Supervisor: Z. Kaymaz


Transmitter Receivers




[click for animation] E.C. Kalafatoğlu, MSc Thesis, 2010
Supervisor: Z. Kaymaz


CCMC BATSRUS Ionospheric Module results
For March 8, 2008 Magnetospheric Substorm
Kalafatoğlu, et  al., EGU 2010