DWP: Digital Wave Processing experiment
Principal Investigator: Michael Balikhin, Space Systems Laboratory, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
The control and computing brain for the wave experiments. DWP enables the Wave Experiment Consortium (WEC) instruments to make effective use of the limited spacecraft resources of power and telemetry-information. It provides precise timing that allows correlation studies between the four spacecraft. It also has a particle correlator that enables variations in the electron population around the spacecraft to be compared with the wave measurements. Plasma waves can last from a few milliseconds to many minutes and are caused by energy redistribution processes in the plasma.