Imperial College London

Adrian T LaMoury

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Research Postgraduate







6M70Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am a third year PhD student in the Space and Atmospheric Physics group, funded by the Royal Society, and supervised by Dr Heli Hietala and Dr Jonathan Eastwood.

My research focus is on magnetosheath jets, large dynamic pressure pulses originating at the terrestrial bow shock, and their role in the Earth's magnetospheric system.

I work with large datasets of in situ spacecraft measurements to statistically determine what solar wind conditions are responsible for jets impacting the magnetopause, how they can stimulate magnetic reconnection at the magnetopause, and their contribution to space weather.

I also have interests in science communication, policy, and public engagement.

Prior to starting my PhD, I completed my MSci Physics at Imperial, graduating in 2019. For my MSci project I performed a statistical study of magnetic reconnection exhausts observed in the solar wind and magnetosheath by the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft.

During my undergraduate I gained research experience through a summer project studying the radial evolution of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections (ICMEs). I also carried out testing and analysis on the JUICE magnetometer engineering model, and spent some time at the National Physical Laboratory where I helped to develop a temperature control system for the Kibble balance, used in the redefinition of the SI kilogram.


Demonstrator: Year 1 Lab & Computing (2020-2021)



Vuorinen L, Hietala H, Plaschke F, et al., 2021, Magnetic Field in Magnetosheath Jets: A Statistical Study of B<inf>Z</inf> Near the Magnetopause, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, Vol:126, ISSN:2169-9380

LaMoury AT, Hietala H, Plaschke F, et al., 2021, Solar wind control of magnetosheath jet formation and propagation to the magnetopause, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, Vol:126, ISSN:2169-9380, Pages:1-15

Good SW, Kilpua EKJ, LaMoury AT, et al., 2019, Self‐similarity of ICME flux ropes: Observations by radially aligned spacecraft in the inner Heliosphere, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, Vol:124, ISSN:2169-9380, Pages:4960-4982

LaMoury AT, Hietala H, Plaschke F, et al., Solar Wind Control of Magnetosheath Jet Formation and Propagation to the Magnetopause

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