Wideband digital low-frequency radio receiver

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A wideband digital low-frequency radio receiver for scientific applications is described. The portable battery-powered instrument has the capability to record electric field strengths in the frequency range from ~4 Hz to ~400 kHz with a sampling frequency of 1 MHz, an amplitude resolution of ~35 µV and a timing accuracy of ~12 ns whilst performing continuous digital waveform recordings for several days. The instrument strictly follows a modular design such that it can be extended to higher frequencies and timing accuracy when the corresponding digital technology becomes available. The low-cost radio receiver can be developed into an interferometric network by synchronizing individual radio receivers to map the low-frequency radio sky. The first measurements of atmospheric electric fields are carried out at Exmoor National Park in Southwest England to illustrate the capabilities of the novel instrument.
Original languageEnglish
Article number015901
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009


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