My principal research interest is the study of planetary atmospheres. In particular, I investigate solar and auroral particle energy deposition in atmospheres of bodies throughout the solar system, using sophisticated kinetic and fluid models. Through close collaborations with instrument teams of major space missions (e.g., Cassini, Venus Express, Rosetta) I have used these models as binding elements between datasets from different instruments and thus optimized the scientific output from such measurements. I have focused so far on Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and its magnetised moon Ganymede, Saturn and its largest moon Titan, comets, and gas-giant exoplanets.
INSTRUMENT INVOLVEMENT IN SPACE MISSIONS
- Rosetta: Co-I, Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC), and Associate Scientist, Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (Rosina), ESA/Rosetta.
- Venus Express: Supporting Investigator, ESA/Venus Express.
Introduction to Planetary Ionospheres, 2015 STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School, Glasgow, UK, 2015
Rosetta: Why are we chasing a comet?, Imperial SpaceLab Conference 2014, Imperial College London, London, UK, 2014
Introduction to Planetary ionospheres, 2014 STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School, London, UK, 2014
Chemistry of planetary atmospheres, Astrobiology Summer School 'Molecules in Space', Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden, 2013
Planetary outer atmospheres: interfaces from atmospheres to magnetospheres, 2013 Heliophysics Summer School 'Heliophysics of the Planetary System', Boulder, CO, USA, 2013
"Planetary Ionospheres" for PG Lecture Series, Department of Physics, Imperial College London, London, UK, 2016
Research Student Supervision
Carnielli,G, Ganymede’s Ionosphere in preparation of ESA/JUICE
Héritier,K, Variability and evolution of the cometary plasma probed by ESA/Rosetta
Sagnieres,L, The Influence of Local Ionisation on Ionospheric Densities in Titan’s Upper Atmosphere
Chadney,J, Modelling of the upper atmosphere of gas-giant exoplanets irradiated by low-mass stars