Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 7676t.horbury Website




6M72Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Member of the Space and Atmospheric Physics  group

Principal Investigator of the Solar Orbiter magnetometer

Science team member, FIELDS and SWEAP on Parker Solar Probe

Are You interested in doing a PhD PROJECT?

I am offering a STFC-funded project in the physics of the inner heliosphere, linked to Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter. See more details at this link.

Note: this project is funded by the UK STFC. Please read sections 27, 28 and 29 of this document carefully to make sure that you are eligible for funding. I cannot take on a student funded by a President's scholarship this year. Sorry if we cannot fund you.

Still interested? Please email me.

UROP opportunities

I am not offering any UROP placements this summer.

Research interests

  • Waves and turbulence in plasmas
  • Solar wind structures
  • Novel data analysis techniques


First year electricity and magnetism

Third year tutorials

MSci projects in solar wind physics



Woolley T, Matteini L, McManus MD, et al., 2021, Plasma properties, switchback patches, and low alpha-particle abundance in slow Alfvenic coronal hole wind at 0.13 au, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:508, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:236-244

Lavraud B, Kieokaew R, Fargette N, et al., 2021, Magnetic reconnection as a mechanism to produce multiple protonpopulations and beams locally in the solar wind, Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy, ISSN:0250-6335

Laker R, Horbury TS, Bale SD, et al., 2021, Multi-spacecraft study of the solar wind at solar minimum: Dependence on latitude and transient outflows, Astronomy and Astrophysics: a European Journal, Vol:652, ISSN:0004-6361, Pages:1-10

Stansby D, Green LM, van Driel-Gesztelyi L, et al., 2021, Active Region Contributions to the Solar Wind over Multiple Solar Cycles, Solar Physics, Vol:296, ISSN:0038-0938

Drake JF, Agapitov O, Swisdak M, et al., 2021, Are switchbacks signatures of magnetic flux ropes generated by interchange reconnection in the corona?, Astronomy and Astrophysics: a European Journal, Vol:650, ISSN:0004-6361, Pages:1-8

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