Professor of Planetary Physics, UCL

I work with the Planetary Plasmas Group / Atmospheric Physics Laboratory within UCL's Department of Physics and Astronomy. We are also part of the UCL Centre for Planetary Sciences. My current research interests broadly cover the magnetospheres and ionospheres of giant planets (Jupiter and Saturn) and how these systems are coupled together. Previously, I have been a mission planner for the team who manage the magnetometer instrument onboard the Cassini spacecraft, currently orbiting the planet Saturn - I am a science co-investigator at present for the Cassini magnetometer team, as well as the JMAG magnetometer team for the JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) mission, currently being developed and due for launch in 2022. The Principal Investigator for Cassini-MAG and JMAG is Professor Michele Dougherty of Imperial College. JUICE aims to revisit the Jovian magnetosphere, and in particular study the interaction between the magnetic fields of Jupiter and one of its moons, Ganymede.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Planetary Physics, UCL