Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Royal Society University Research Fellow



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6M58Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Heli Hietala studies structure formation and particle energization in shocks, magnetic reconnection, and radiation belts using multi-spacecraft observations and modelling.

She is the leader of the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) International Team on Foreshocks Across the Heliosphere (2019-2021).

She's also the lead-proposer and co-chair of the GEM Focus Group Dayside kinetic processes in global solar wind - magnetosphere interaction (2016-2020).

She was the co-leader of the ISSI team on Jets Downstream of Collisionless Shocks (2015-2017), and a Young Scientist in the ISSI team Ion and Electron Bulk Heating by Magnetic Reconnection (2013-2015).

Before joining Imperial as a URF, she was a Junior Group Leader at the Space Research Laboratory, University of Turku, Finland, and an Associate Researcher in the Experimental Space Physics Group, Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.



Vuorinen L, Hietala H, Plaschke F, et al., 2021, Magnetic field in magnetosheath jets: a statistical study of B-Z 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

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

Runov A, Grandin M, Palmroth M, et al., 2021, Ion distribution functions in magnetotail reconnection: global hybrid-Vlasov simulation results, Annales Geophysicae, Vol:39, ISSN:0992-7689, Pages:599-612

Woodham L, Horbury T, Matteini L, et al., 2021, Enhanced proton parallel temperature inside patches of switchbacks in the inner heliosphere, Astronomy and Astrophysics: a European Journal, Vol:650, ISSN:0004-6361, Pages:1-7

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