Database of Heliophysics Hosts

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  Person Organization Department City, State Research Interests
viewGeoff CrowleyASTRABoulder OfficeSan Antonio, TXData analysis, data assimilation, modeling of the thermosphere and ionosphere, ionospheric response to solar variability, space weather systems development.
viewFabiano RodriguesASTRASan Antonio, TXRadar remote sensing of the ionosphere and ionospheric effects on GPS; solar variability effects on ionospheric irregularities.
viewIrfan AzeemASTRASan Antonio, TXSpace climate; solar variability effects on the mesosphere and thermosphere; auroral morphology and dynamics
viewStuart D. BaleBerkeleySpace Sciences LaboratoryBerkeley, CAplasma turbulence, collisionless shocks, solar wind acceleration and heating, electric field and wave measurements, experimental techniques
viewMerav OpherBoston UniversityAstronomyBoston, MAshocks, coronal mass ejections, MHD and Kinetic effects, solar wind, particle acceleration, plasma effects, inner and outer heliosphere
viewPaul WithersBoston UniversityBoston, MASun-planet interactions throughout the solar system
viewJoshua L SemeterBoston UniversityDepartment of Electrical and Computer EngineeringBoston, MAMagnetosphere-ionosphere coupling electrodynamics in the auroral zone and polar cap; imaging, incoherent scatter radar, GPS, cubesat
viewWen LiBoston UniversityAstronomyBoston, MASpace plasma waves, Earth's radiation belt physics, Solar wind magnetospheric coupling, Energetic particle precipitation, Jovian magnetosphere and aurora
viewDr. Edward E. DeLucaCfAHigh Energy Astropyscis DivisionCambridge, MASolar MHD, Turbulence and magnetic stability of coronal structures. Solar Dynamo Theory
viewAlysha ReinardCUCIRESBoulder, COSpace Weather-related research with a focus on connecting solar phenomena such as CMEs, flares, dimmings with interplanetary phenomena such as ICMEs and geomagnetic storms.
viewLeon OfmanCUAPhysicsWashington, DCSolar corona; solar wind; MHD, hybrid, and multi-fluid numerical modeling of solar and heliospheric plasma; study of coronal heating and solar wind acceleration physics; waves and instabilities in the solar corona. The use of space-based spectroscopic observations to constrain numerical models. Coronal seismology - the use of waves observed in the corona for inferring coronal parameters.
viewKatariina NykyriEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityPhysical SciencesDaytona Beach, FLSolar wind interaction with the magnetosphere: plasma transport, turbulence, particle heating and acceleration, numerical modeling, data-analysis
viewDr. Jeremy A RioussetEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityPhysical SciencesDaytona Beach, FL* Plasma physics; * Electrical discharges in air; * Transient luminous events; * Extra terrestrial lightning; * Planetary sciences; * Numerical modeling; * Planetary magnetic field; * Star-planet interactions.
viewJie ZhangGMUComputational and Data SciencesFairfax, VAsolar physics, heliospheric physics, and space weather. In particular, CMEs, flares, and their space weather effects. CME initiation, propagation, interplanetary CMEs and interaction with solar wind, geomagnetic storms. Relationship between CMEs and flares. Magnetic and coronal source regions of solar activities.
viewDr. Nat GopalswamyGoddard Space FlightHeliophysicsGreenbelt, MD
viewDavid Gary SibeckGSFCSpace Weather LaboratoryGreenbelt, MDMagnetospheric Physics and Solar Wind-magnetosphere interaction, the foreshock, bow shock, magnetopause, dayside ionosphere
viewWilliam Dean PesnellGSFCSolar Physics LaboratoryGreenbelt, MDSolar Science, Space Weather, Coronal response to perturbations, supergranulation, methods that lead to predictions of solar cycle
viewMichael ThompsonHAO/NCARBoulder, COLORADOMain research interests are in helioseismology and the structure and dynamics of the interior of the Sun. Worked extensively on the development, application and interpretation of inverse techniques in helioseismology. Major applications have been to studying the hydrostatic structure of the Sun and its internal rotation.
viewSara F. MartinHelio ResearchSpace WeatherLa Crescenta, CAThe long-term build-up to CMEs, the chirality and helicity of solar features individually and collectively; formation of filament channels filaments, filament cavities; the eruption of filaments and prominences, CME initiation and propagation, the source and evolution of solar magnetic fields of all scales. Analysis of multiple wavelengths of data from ground-based and space-based observatories, especially the Dutch Open Telescope (DOT), SOHO, STEREO, and SDO
viewDr Angelos VourlidasJHU APLSolar Section, SRPLaurel, MDPhysics of Coronal Mass Ejections using EUV, white light and radio observations. Solar Wind origin and evolution. Solar eruptive events and their Space Weather impacts. Imaging Instrumentation and imaging processing techniques.
viewTom IntratorLANLP-24 Plasma Physicslos alamos, NMBasic plasma physics, especially in 3 dimensions, including MHD, reconnection, self organization, shocks of the Magnetosphere, solar plasmas, astrophysical plasmas.
viewJosef KollerLANLSpace Science and ApplicationsLos Alamos, NMthermospheric density and satellite drag modeling, data assimilation, machine learning, verification and validation, radiation belt modeling, real-time space weather forecast models
viewKarel SchrijverLockheed Martin Advanced Technology CenterSolar and Astrophysics GroupPalo Alto, CALIFORNIAThe Solar and Astrophysics Group works on all aspects related to solar magnetic activity, from field emergence onto the surface to its coupling into the heliosphere, using both state-of-the-art space-based observatories and numerical simulations.
viewJohn RichardsonM.I.T.Civil Institute for Astrophysics and Space ScienceCambridge, MASolar wind (Voyager, Solar Probe Plus, Wind); Interaction of heliosphere and interstellar medium; Planetary magnetospheres
viewMike LiemohnMichiganClimate and Space Sci and EngAnn Arbor, MIThe physics of magnetic storms, in particular two things: (1) the inner magnetosphere and the coupling between the plasmasphere, ring current, and radiation belts, and (2) global geospace modeling with an emphasis on ionospheric outflow and circulation through the magnetosphere.
viewShunrong ZhangMITHaystack ObservatoryWestford, MAUpper atmosphere science, in particular, ionosphere and thermosphere coupling and geospace disturbances, upper atmospheric climatology, variability and long-term trends. Incoherent scatter radar, FPI, GNSS and other ground-based and satellite in situ observational study
viewJudy KarpenNASACode 674Greenbelt, MDMHD simulations and modeling of CMEs/flares
viewDong L WuNASAGSFCGreenbelt, MDImpacts of solar forcing and variability on Earth's atmosphere and climate. Uses of satellite data (MLS, SORCE, AIRS, GPS, AMSU/SSU) and model simulations (WACCM, GISS) to identify, characterize and understand Sun-Earth connection processes.
viewDr. Melvyn L GoldsteinNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterHeliospheric Physics LaboratoryGreenbelt, MD(1) Kinetic properties of the solar wind as revealed from spacecraft data and theory and simulations. (2) Properties of magnetofluid turbulence and how it evolves and dissipates in the solar wind.
viewDong L WuNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterClimate and RadiationGreenbelt, MARYLANDDr. Dong L. Wu is a research scientist at NASA�s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). His research interests include remote sensing of atmospheric dynamics and clouds, and sun-climate connection. For the sun-climate connection studies, his research has been focusing on impacts of the 11-year and 27-day variations in solar forcing on the upper and middle atmospheric dynamics and chemistry. The data analyses include uses of satellite measurements from Aura/MLS, Odin/SMR, TIMED/SABER, and GPS radio occultation, MERRA reanalysis, and simulations from WACCM.
viewDr. C Richard DeVoreNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterSpace Weather LaboratoryGreenbelt, MD2D & 3D MHD simulations; solar MHD theory & modeling; coronal mass ejections; flares; prominences & filaments; jets & spicules; space weather; massively parallel computing; adaptive mesh refinement
viewThomas L. Duvall, Jr.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbelt, MDSolar Interior Helioseismology
viewGuan LeNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterSpace Weather LabGreenbelt, MARYLANDMagnetospheric and ionospheric current systems, ULF waves, magnetopause, polar cusps and boundary layers, solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling
viewDr Nat GopalswamyNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterHeliophysicsGreenbelt, MDSolar and solar heliospheric physics, Coronal mass ejections, flux ropes, coronal and interplanetary shocks, solar flares, solar radio bursts, solar energetic particles, space weather, solar variability, helicity
viewDr. Adam SzaboNASA GSFCHeliospheric Physics LaboratoryGreenbelt, MDInterplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections/Magnetic Clouds Interplanetary Shocks Solar wind acceleration, heating and global structure
viewDr. Georgia Adair deNolfoNASA/GSFCCode 672Greenbelt, MDAcceleration and transport of solar energetic particles, using in-situ, ground-based, and hard X-ray/gamma-ray observations.
viewSPIRO K ANTIOCHOSNASA/GSFCHeliiophysicsGreenbelt, MDTheory and modeling of solar/heliospheric activity. Develop models for the major drivers of space weather such as coronal mass ejections and eruptive flares, and test/refine these models with data from LWS missions.
viewAlex Glocer, 2869475NASA/GSFCGreenbelt, MARYLANDModeling of magnetosphere, ring current, radiation belts, and ionospheric outflow.
viewNicholeen ViallNASA/GSFCSolar Physics Laboratory, Heliophysics DivisionGreenbelt, MDThe formation and acceleration of the solar wind Solar coronal heating
viewAlphonse SterlingNASA/MSFCZP13Huntsville, ALPhysics of the Solar Atmosphere
viewDr Mark MieschNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchHigh Altitude Observatory (HAO)Boulder, COLORADOsolar and stellar MHD, internal dynamics, convection, dynamo theory, differential rotation, Sun-Earth connections, and high performance computing
viewRebeca CentenoNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchHigh Altitude ObservatoryBoulder, COSolar magnetic fields. Spectro-polarimetry. Radiative transfer. Spectral line inversions. Photosphere. Chromosphere. Quiet Sun. Active Regions. Solar cycle. Spicules. Filaments. Waves.
viewDr. Russell A. HowardNaval Research LabSpace Science DivisionWashington, DCCMEs, Coronal Physics, Solar Wind, Electron and Dust Scattering, Coronagraph Instrumentation
viewMark LintonNaval Research LaboratoryHeliophysics Theory and Modeling SectionWashington, DCThe goal of NRL's Heliophysics Theory and Modeling Section is to examine fundamental problems of the physics of the solar atmosphere. Areas of current interest include chromospheric to coronal structure and dynamics, energy transport in solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and the emergence of magnetic flux from the convection zone into the corona. The research makes extensive use of time-dependent numerical simulations using two-, and three-dimensional numerical models. Much of the work focuses on determining observables for comparison with existing and anticipated satellite data in the visible, ultraviolet, and X-ray regions of the spectrum. Computing capabilities include access to DOD major high-performance computing facilities.
viewDr. Namir E. KassimNaval Research LaboratoryRemote Sensing DivisionWashington, DC, DCPhysical processes falling under the rubric of the Sun-Earth connection, particularly those that can be studied at radio wavelengths, including a strong interest in understanding the corona, CMEs, and the ionosphere/plasmasphere. A current thrust is the measurement of Faraday Rotation against polarized sources to constrain CME magnetic fields. A recent tool is our VLITE ( system on the Jansky Very Large Array. Our group has started a new program to identify recent geomagnetic storm events and evaluate corresponding VLITE observations during those events. VLITE can detect Total Electron Content (TEC) fluctuations much more accurately than GPS, making it a powerful tool with which to study ionospheric/plasmaspheric disturbances and turbulence associated with solar-induced geomagnetic storms. While our group is primarily radio astronomers, we work closely with scientists in the Solar Physics Branch within our sister Space Sciences Division at NRL.
viewDr. Yuhong FanNCARHAOBoulder, COMHD theory and modeling of magnetic flux emergence, formation of coronal flux ropes, and initiation of coronal mass ejections
viewSarah GibsonNCARHAOBoulder, COComparative Solar Minima Coronal Prominence Cavities Coronal Mass Ejections Solar MHD
viewPhilip JudgeNCARBoulder , COSolar magnetism, solar observations, spectropolarimetry, spectroscopy
viewGang LuNCARHAOBoulder, COhigh-latitude ionospheric electrodynamics; solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere thermosphere coupling; space weather.
viewDr. Scott W McIntoshNCARHAOBoulder, COSolar Physics - Chromosphere - Chromosphere/Coronal Coupling - Solar Cycle
viewMausumi DikpatiNCARHigh Altitude ObservatoryBoulder, COLORADOSolar cycle dynamo modeling, evolution of global corona, data assimilation in solar models, MHD of solar tachocline, simulating quasi-periodic bursts of active longitudes and their influence in space weather
viewMatthias RempelNCARHAOBoulder, COStudy of solar magnetic fields through 3D MHD simulations with radiation transport. Research topics include small-scale magnetism, sunspots and flux emergence from the upper convection zone into the solar corona.
viewProf. Bin ChenNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyCenter for Solar-Terrestrial ResearchNewark, NJMy primary interest is on dynamic phenomena of the Sun, with a focus on high-energy aspects of solar flares and coronal mass ejections. My research utilizes a new generation of radio telescopes, including the Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), and the state-of-the-art, solar-dedicated radio telescope: the Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array (EOVSA; operated by our group at NJIT). I am also interested in combining the radio observations with optical/IR, (E)UV, and X-ray data from a variety of instruments (including BBSO, RHESSI, SDO, Hinode, IRIS) to disentangle the complexity involved in the particle energization, plasma heating, and other dynamic physical processes.
viewAlexander KosovichevNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyPhysicsNewark, NJMechanisms of solar activity, solar flares, dynamo, helioseismology, solar observations from space and ground-based observatories, data analysis, stellar astrophysics, numerical simulations and modeling.
viewDr R.T.James McAteerNew Mexico State UniversityAstronomylas cruces, NMHeating of the coronal, and acceleration of the solar wind by waves, flows and nanoflares. Spectropolarimetric inversions. The Sun-Earth connection, including the effects of space weather throughout the solar system, predicting the onset of solar flares, and tracking coronal mass ejections. Studies of the magnetic complexity of active regions and searches for signatures of imminent solar flares, general studies of complexity and turbulence in science, and design of risk management performance measures for space weather predictions. Solar cycle, and the effects on planets and the viability of life.
viewVic PizzoNOAA/SWPCBoulder, COXray corona, solar wind, CMEs, space weather prediction applications
viewKD LekaNorthWest Research AssociatesBoulder, COSolar Magnetic Fields; Solar Flare Prediction; Active Region Structure & Evolution; Spectropolarimetry; Statistical analysis.
viewJohn McCormackNRLSpace Science DivisionWashington , DCInvestigating the impact of solar variability on the composition and dynamics of the middle atmosphere (10-100 km) through both modeling and data assimilation studies.
viewFrank HillNSOGONGTucson, ARIZONAHelioseismology, solar cycle, solar magnetic fields
viewDr Kirk BryanPrinceton UniversityAtmospheric and Oceanic Sciences ProgramPrinceton, NJOcean Modeling
viewAmitava BhattacharjeePrinceton UniversityAstrophysical SciencesPrinceton, NEW JERSEY
viewChuixiang YiQueens College, City University of New YorkSchool of Earth and Environmental SciencesFlushing, NYatmosphere-biosphere interaction, dendroclimatic reconstruction, paleoclimate modeling,extreme climate and carbon cycling, boundary-layer meteorology
viewDr. Katharine ReevesSAOCambridge, MAI am primarily interested in modeling and observation of dynamic coronal phenomena, including solar flares and coronal mass ejections. My research thus far has focused on modeling the soft X-ray and EUV emission due to heating and cooling processes present in solar flares and comparing these models to observations of flare evolution. I am interested in using a variety of instruments to inform these models, including imaging telescopes such as the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE), the Soft X-ray Telescope on Yohkoh, the X-Ray Telescope on Hinode and the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on SDO.
viewDr. Nicholas MurphySAOHigh Energy Astrophysics DivisionCambridge, MAMagnetic reconnection, computational plasma physics, solar flares, coronal mass ejections, physics of partially ionized chromospheric plasmas, non-equilibrium ionization modeling, and connections between solar, space, and laboratory plasma physics.
viewKelly KorreckSmithsonian Astrophysical ObservatoryHigh EnergyCambridge, MASolar Instrumentation Shock Physics
viewDr. Craig E DeForestSouthwest Research InstituteBoulder, COMagnetic energy storage in the solar corona; plasma-field interactions in the solar corona; origin of the solar wind; turbulence in the solar wind; Sun-Earth connection phenomena
viewProf. Lunjin ChenThe University of Texas at DallasPhysicsRichardson, TEXASI study the interaction between electromagnetic waves and charged particles in the Earth’s magnetosphere, specifically wave generation and propagation and the effect of waves on energetic electrons and ions. One of my goals is to understand the variability of radiation belts and quantify the effect of wave-particle interaction on the radiation belts.
viewDale W GriffinU.S. Geological SurveyFlorida Integrated Science CenterSt. Petersburg, FLDesert dust fertilization of surface waters. Atmospheric transport of microorganisms in clouds of desert dust. Modeling of microbial, nutrient, and pollutants associated with desert dust clouds
viewGang LiUAHuntsvilleHuntsville, ALParticle acceleration and transport in the heliosphere
viewSusanne DemareeUCAR Visiting Scientist ProgramsMediaBoulder, CO
viewProf. Jacob BortnikUCLAAtmospheric and Oceanic SciencesLos Angeles, CAI am primarily interested in the physics of the inner magnetosphere, the radiation belts, and the intricacies of the excitation, propagation, and wave-particle interactions that control radiation belt dynamics. I deal with both numerical simulation, data analysis (ground and space-based), and applications of machine learning to system modeling/prediction.
viewRichard M ThorneUCLAAtmospheric and Oceanic SciencesLos Angeles, CAMy primary research interest is the dynamic variability of the radiation belts, with emphasis on the role of wave-particle interactions. Waves in the magnetosphere of the Earth and Jupiter can cause pitch angle scattering and loss of trapped particles to the atmosphere, and also local stochastic energy diffusion. My group at UCLA is currently studying such processes using data from the Van Allen probes at Earth and JUNO at Jupiter.
viewProfessor Marco VelliUCLAEarth Planetary and Space Sciences Los Angeles, CALIFORNIAHeliophysics; Coronal heating; Solar wind acceleration; Coronal Mass Ejections; Solar Flares; Solar Prominences; Solar Energetic Particles; Magnetohydrodynamics; Kinetic theory; Wave-particle interactions; Magnetic Reconnection
viewDr. Bernard JacksonUCSDCenter for Astrophysics and Space SciencesLa Jolla, CAHeliospheric and solar physics and space weather. In particular, exploratory 3D tomography with existing heliospheric data sets and their use in research and solar wind forecasting using existing ground-based, NASA facilities and SMEI. Collaboration with Japan, UK, India, Asian, and Mexican ground-based analysis systems.
viewMark MoldwinUMClimate & Space SciencesAnn Arbor, MIHeliospheric, Magnetospheric and Ionospheric Physics Especially interested in the coupling between regions as well as the development of new ground and space-based magnetometer sensors. Use magnetometer and GPS TEC data to understand MI coupling and space weather impacts.
viewEberhard MoebiusUNHSpace Science Center & Physics DepartmentDurham, NHMy research interest is centered on the acceleration of particles in and their transport through the heliosphere with the help of composition sensing ion and neutral atom sensors. Using pickup ions in the solar wind (SOHO, ACE, and STEREO) and energetic neutral atoms that originate in the interstellar gas and in the heliospheric boundary regions (IBEX), we are studying the inflow of interstellar gas into the solar system, its interaction with the solar wind, and further acceleration of its products to higher energy. With these tools we scope out the outermost shield of the Earth against cosmic rays and lay the groundwork to understanding short and long time variations of the heliosphere. In addition, interstellar and inner source pickup ions form a suprathermal particle population that serves as an effective source for the generation of energetic particles at interplanetary shocks, which contribute significantly to the energetic particle environment of the Earth.
viewMarc LessardUniv New HampshireSpace Science CenterDurham, NHTwo main interests. One is ionosphere-related, including thermosphere coupling (small-scale), auroral phenomena, etc. The other is EMIC (electro-magnetic ion cyclotron) waves, including their generation, propagation to the ground and interactions with Earth's radiation belts.
viewNikolai PogorelovUniversity of Alabama in HuntsvilleSpace ScienceHuntsville, ALSun, solar wind, heliosphere, magnetic reconnection, plasma instability, solar wind/interstellar medium interaction
viewDr. Lon Lamar HoodUniversity of ArizonaLunar and Planetary LaboratoryTucson, ARIZONASolar effects on the stratosphere and troposphere
viewDr. Delores Jane KnippUniversity of ColoradoAerospace Engineering SciencesBoulder, COEffects of solar wind structures on energy deposition in the coupled magnetosphere -ionosphere-thermosphere system. Particular interest in effects of interacting solar wind structures (CME-shock, CME -CME, CME-High Speed Stream) on thermospheric and ionospheric perturbations.
viewProfessor Jeffrey M ForbesUniversity of ColoradoAerospace Engineering SciencesBoulder, COLORADOProfessor Forbes' research interests include the upper atmosphere environments of Earth, Mars, and other planets; coupling of these environments to lower altitudes and to solar variability; geomagnetic storm effects on satellite drag variability; the vertical propagation of tides and planetary waves in planetary atmospheres, and their electrodynamic and chemical effects; utilization of accelerometer, satellite drag, and satellite remote sensing data to elucidate atmospheric variability, and to test, validate and develop upper atmosphere models.
viewScot R ElkingtonUniversity of ColoradoLaboratory for Atmospheric and Space PhysicsBoulder, COLORADOMy research has focused on techniques leading to a quantitative physical understanding of energetic particle dynamics in the inner magnetosphere and central plasma sheet during geomagnetically active periods. Central to this study is the use of the Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry MHD code to model magnetospheric configuration in response to both real and idealized solar wind conditions. Analytical magnetospheric field models are also used, where necessary, to examine relevant physical processes under simplified conditions. Finally, observational data are used both as a tool for providing realistic initial conditions within the models, and for verifying the validity of the simulations. The fundamental intent of this work is to gain a better physical understanding of the processes playing roles in storm-time radiation belt dynamics. However, all work is undertaken with an eye toward fitting these approaches within the larger framework of a global magnetospheric circulation model, and providing valid predictive tools for space weather forecasting.
viewMark RastUniversity of ColoradoAstrophysical and Planetary SciencesBoulder, COAstrophysical fluid dynamics with emphasis on convective dynamics and scale selection, turbulence, the excitation of the solar p-modes, and the origin of solar/stellar irradiance variations.
viewProf. Jonathan J MakelaUniversity of IllinoisElectrical and Computer EngineeringUrbana, ILMy research interests lie in multi-technique remote sensing of the Earth's ionosphere. He works with ground- and satellite-based instrumentation to study both the quiet-time and storm-time behavior of this region at low- and mid-latitudes. To accomplish this, he develops, tests and deploys suites of sensors to sites around the world. These instruments include portable imaging systems, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, and Fabry-Perot interferometers. My research group is currently working on developing new techniques and algorithms to simultaneously analyze these multiple datasets to better understand the underlying electrodynamics of instability processes in the equatorial and mid-latitude ionosphere. These instabilities can cause problems for satellite navigation and communication signals that have to propagate through them. Understanding how and when they develop will lead to more robust systems.
viewDr. Gregory G. HowesUniversity of IowaPhysics and AstronomyIowa City, IAA synergistic effort using kinetic plasma theory, kinetic numerical simulations, spacecraft observations, and laboratory experiments to identify and characterize the kinetic plasma processes that govern the evolution of the heliosphere. My present research focus is on understanding the dynamics and evolution of kinetic turbulence in heliospheric plasmas, including determining the physical mechanisms responsible for removing energy from the turbulent fluctuations, thereby energizing particles and heating the plasma.
viewDr. Craig McLaughlinUniversity of KansasAerospace EngineeringLawrence, KSSatellite drag, thermosphere, neutral density, ionosphere, estimation, orbital mechanics, astrodynamics
viewJames DrakeUniversity of MarylandCollege Park, MDThe dynamics of plasma systems in space and astrophysics, including magnetic reconnection and particle acceleration in solar corona, the magnetosphere and the outer heliosphere.
viewOfer CohenUniversity of Massachusetts LowellPhysics & Applied PhysicsLowell, MAMHD modeling of the solar corona and solar wind; stellar coronae and stellar winds, solar cycle, heliophysics and space weather, the interaction of planets and exoplanets with stellar winds, atmospheric escape from exoplanets and planet habitability.
viewSupriya ChakrabartiUniversity of Massachusetts, LowellLowell Center for Space Science and Technology (LoCSST)Lowell, MAMy heliophysics research interests include experimental studies of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere, their coupling and their response to solar activity. We pursue these activities through the development and deployment of ground- and space-based imaging spectrographs and the development and use of state-of-the-art data analysis tools. Recently, we have developed sensors capable of ground-based, round-the-clock observation of faint airglow and auroral emissions, highly sensitive EUV/FUV spectral imagers (one currently flying aboard the ISS) and a full-waveform lidar for imaging trees in forests. These activities have led to one of our current projects to directly image exoplanetary environments. Finally, SPACE HAUC, our current NASA USIP undergraduate student project, is a 3U CubeSat designed to demonstrate X-band beam steering. It is scheduled for flight later this year.
viewJustin C. KasperUniversity of MichiganAtmospheric, Oceanic and Space SciencesAnn Arbor, MIJustin designs sensors for spacecraft that explore extreme environments in space from the surface of the Sun to the outer edges of the solar system. He is interested in understanding the forces that lead to solar flares and the solar wind, a stream of particles heated to millions of degrees in the Sun's atmosphere, or corona. His major results concern heating, instabilities, and helium in the solar corona and solar wind, and the impact of space weather on society. In 2007, he used measurements by the Voyager spacecraft to detect the termination shock, a massive shockwave surrounding our solar system. He has served on advisory committees for NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academy of Sciences. He currently leads the SWEAP Investigation, an international team of scientists and engineers building sensors that will collect samples of the Sun for the NASA Solar Probe Plus spacecraft, a mission of exploration that will make history in 2018 as the first human-made object to plunge into the solar corona.
viewEnrico LandiUniversity of MichiganClimate and Space Sciences and engineeringAnn Arbor, MICHIGANMy research interests cover the physics of the solar transition region, inner and outer corona, the solar wind, Coronal Mass Ejections, atomic physics and spectral codes, and high resolution spectroscopy of solar and astrophysical plasmas. I am the PI of the MLSO/UCoMP instrument, an instrument built at HAO which will allow measurements of the coronal magnetic field and of spectrally resolved, near simultaneous 2D spectra of coronal forbidden lines in the visible. I am currently actively working on (selected topics): 1) solar wind heating and acceleration issues, and solar wind source regions; 2) coronal heating through modeling and spectroscopic diagnostics; 3) developing and applying new diagnostic techniques for the solar wind (in-situ measurements of wind charge state composition), the visible spectral range (for the upcoming UCoMP and COSMO instruments), and the EUV (CME diagnostics); 4) measurements of elemental abundances in the Sun and in the solar wind; 5) empirical modeling of CME plasmas and CME energetics.
viewLindsay GlesenerUniversity of MinnesotaSchool of Physics and AstronomyMinneapolis, MNHigh-energy aspects of the Sun, especially solar flares and coronal mass ejections; particle acceleration at the Sun and propagation throughout the heliosphere; development of new instrumentation for high-energy astrophysics and the design of low-cost platforms for their testing; comparisons of high-energy solar and stellar emissions.
viewNoe LugazUniversity of New HampshireSpace Science Center and Department of Physics Durham, NHCoronal Mass Ejection and Their Effects on the Dayside Magnetosphere and Radiation Belts - CME propagation in the inner heliosphere and CME-CME interaction - Remote observations of CMEs (LASCO, STEREO/COR and HI) - Remote and in-situ data analysis of CMEs (STEREO, ACE, Wind) - MHD simulations - CME-driven shock formation and properties, including suprathermal and solar energetic particle acceleration - CME initiation and magnetic topology related to CMEs - In situ measurements of CMEs and shocks - Effects of CMEs in the dayside magnetosphere, including the bow shock and magnetopause and on Earth's outer radiation belt, using RBSP, Themis, Cluster, Geotail
viewHarald KucharekUniversity of New HampshireSpace Science Center and Department of PhysicsDurham, NHMy research interests in space physics span the broad range of topics including plasma transport, shock and foreshock physics, and particle acceleration. In particular, I am interested to understand the kinetic-scale processes that are determine macro-scale plasma dynamic. I have dedicated a significant fraction of my research effort towards understanding kinetic processes associated with space plasma shocks, which I find particularly appealing due to their universality; shocks are ubiquitous throughout the cosmos, and the associated particle acceleration is a key contributor to the production of cosmic rays, for example.
viewJamesina SimpsonUniversity of UtahElectrical and Computer EngineeringSalt Lake City, UTComputational electromagnetics, finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method, ionosphere propagation, space weather, power grids, geomagnetically induced currents (GICs), scintillation, remote sensing, radar, communications
viewFabiano RodriguesUTDWilliam B. Hanson Center for Space SciencesRichardson, TXIonospheric irregularities, ionospheric electrodynamics, techniques for remote sensing of the upper atmosphere, and effects of the upper atmosphere/ionosphere on global navigation satellite systems.
viewThomas Ward GorczycaWestern Michigan UniversityDepartment of PhysicsKalamazoo, MITheoretical Atomic Physics Photoionization Dielectronic Recombination