The EISCAT (European Incoherent SCATter) Scientific Association is an international research organisation operating three incoherent scatter radar systems in Northern Scandinavia.
EISCAT studies the interaction between the Sun and the Earth as revealed by disturbances in the magnetosphere and the ionised parts of the atmosphere (these interactions also give rise to the spectacular aurora, or Northern Lights).EISCAT 3D is a research project with several partners aiming to design large distrubuted phased array antennas for the EISCAT system.
The research performed by the mixed mode design group at EISLAB will investigate, design, and test the microelectronics that will interface to each element in the distributed phase array antennas. The project involves both on-chip and discrete electronics. Key issues are time synchronization between array elements, low noise RF front-end design and calibration, and high speed A/D converter design.