University of Wisconsin-Madison

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) is an important, and often difficult to quantify, effect which can act as a background to scientific experiments using radio signals. Antarctica is not only the coldest, driest place on Earth, but on average has the lowest levels of anthropogenic radio noise due to the small population, and near the South Pole, a designated "dark sector" with controlled electromagnetic emissions. Since our particular interests lie in the direction of the radio detection of ultra-high energy neutrinos, a process that requires extraordinarily sensitive detectors, we are extremely interested in characterizing the EMI on the Antarctic continent.

As a service to others, we also wanted to ensure that our findings and those that we link to, are commonly available for the polar scientific community. If there are data-sets or measurements that you wish to add, please contact us. The EMI contact at WIPAC is Michael DuVernois.

SPUC EMI Subcommittee Report, October 2005

Space and Navel Warfare System Center Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Survey of the Site in the South Pole Area, August 2003

SPSM Electronics Systems Concepts Review, April 1997

Management Plan for Antarctic Specially Managed Area No. 5, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station