Imperial College London

Dr Ravindra T. Desai

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Research Associate



ravindra.desai Website




Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I am a Research Associate in the Blackett Laboratory within the Space and Atmospheric Physics research group. Prior to this, I completed a Ph.D. in Physics at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, which included time at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Maryland.  

My interests within plasma simulations focus on particle-scale kinetic physics and large system-scale phenomena, and the interplay between these. To this end I develop and use a range of magnetohydrodynamic, particle-in-cell, hybrid and test-particle simulation codes to study fundamental plasma phenomena across the solar system and beyond.

I also actively apply my research to the development of Space Weather forecasting capabilities; a concept which represents unique opportunity to have direct impact and benefit to society as well as to better understand the Universe we live in. Computational models I have created have won funding for me to deliver worst-case scenario predictions to the UK MET office Space Weather Operations Centre as part of the SPF SWIMMR programme.

I am an active member of Imperial As One - the Universities' Race Equality Advisory Group, and participate in outreach activities aimed at increasing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within the STEM fields.



Desai R, Eastwood J, Horne R, et al., 2021, Drift orbit bifurcations and cross-field transport in the outer radiation belt: global MHD and integrated test-particle simulations, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, ISSN:2169-9380

Desai RT, Freeman M, Eastwood J, et al., 2021, Interplanetary shock-induced magnetopause motion: Comparison between theory and global magnetohydrodynamic simulations, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol:48, ISSN:0094-8276, Pages:1-11

Yao Z, Dunn WR, Woodfield EE, et al., 2021, Revealing the source of Jupiter's x-ray auroral flares, Science Advances, Vol:7, ISSN:2375-2548

Desai RT, Zhang Z, Wu X, et al., 2021, Photodetachment and Test-particle Simulation Constraints on Negative Ions in Solar System Plasmas, The Planetary Science Journal, Vol:2, Pages:99-99

Zhang Z, Desai R, Miyake Y, et al., 2021, Particle-in-cell simulations of the Cassini spacecraft’s interaction with Saturn’s ionosphere during the Grand Finale, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:504, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:964-973

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