||Instrument: STAFF : Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Field Fluctuation Experiment|
Solar/Space Observing Instruments
Instrument Class: Magnetic Field/Electric Field Instruments
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STAFF (Spatio Temporal Analysis of Field Fluctuations) is a wave experiment of
the CLUSTER mission in order to measure the multicomponents of the electric and
magnetic fields in a frequency band between ~0.1 Hz and 4 kHz.
A magnetometer on the end of a five metre long boom looks at waves (rapid
variations in the magnetic fields), particularly in regions where the charged
particles of the solar wind interact with the magnetosphere. Low frequency data
are analysed on the ground, while the electric and magnetic components of the
higher frequency waves are processed on board. One of the five complementary
experiments which form the Wave Experiment Consortium.
The CLUSTER mission is a 4-satellites mission of the European Space Agency
(ESA) with a NASA participation. Scientific and technical responsibilities are
assumed by a laboratory in Paris region (CETP).
Instrument Start Date: 2000-07-16
Instrument Owner: IPSL, France