Radio and Space Plasma Physics PhD and MPhil Supervisors

Professor Richard Ambrosi

  • Development of instrumentation and detector systems for planetary science and terrestrial applications
  • Exploitation of high-energy cosmic ray and solar radiation with planetary surfaces
  • Space nuclear power systems
  • Radioisotope thermoelectric generators, heater units and novel radioisotope containment systems

Dr Nigel Bannister

  • Space instrumentation development
  • Mission analysis
  • Observational astronomy
  • Technology developments for terrestrial applications

Professor Emma Bunce

  • Giant rotating magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn
  • Dynamic auroral emissions in the upper atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn

Dr Leigh Fletcher

  • Characterising the circulation and chemistry of giant planet atmospheres via Infrared remote sensing of atmospheric temperatures, clouds and gaseous composition
  • Spectral inversion (retrievals) techniques to derive atmospheric parameters from imaging and spectroscopy
  • Ground-based planetary observations of giant planet atmospheres
  • Diversity of giant extrasolar planets via direct imaging and exoplanet transit spectroscopy
  • Reflectance spectroscopy of the Galilean satellites
  • Design and implementation of future missions to the outer solar system (particularly ESA's JUICE mission and future missions to the ice giants)

Dr Ian Hutchinson

  • Raman spectroscopic instrumentation for space missions

Dr Suzanne Imber

  • In situ spacecraft measurements of magnetic field and plasma data
  • Ground-based radar measurements of the ionospheric plasma velocity using the SuperDARN radar network
  • Images of the auroral ovals taken from polar orbiting spacecraft

Professor Mark Lester

  • Ground-based radar measurements of Earth’s ionosphere
  • Mars’ ionosphere and solar wind interactions

Professor Steve Milan

  • Magnetospheric and ionospheric physics within the solar system
  • Solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling
  • Coordinated ground- and space-based studies of the aurora
  • Solar wind transients and imaging the inner heliosphere.

Dr Jonathan Nichols

  • UV observations of the auroras (‘northern lights’) of Jupiter and Saturn
  • Modelling of the magnetospheres of gas giants
  • Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, exoplanets and brown dwarfs

Dr Tom Stallard

  • Infrared ground-based and satellite imaging and spectroscopy of the Giant Planets
  • Planetary aurora
  • Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-thermosphere coupling

Dr Darren Wright

  • Dynamics of the terrestrial magnetosphere, ionosphere and ring current during geomagnetic storms
  • Ionospheric plasma flows and the high energisation of ring current plasma
  • Heavy ion outflow from the upper atmosphere resulting from various geomagnetic conditions

Professor Tim Yeoman

  • ULF waves
  • Solar wind-magnetosphere coupling
  • Magnetospheric substorms

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