Imperial College London

Professor in Physics Ingo Mueller-Wodarg

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Faculty Senior Tutor, Faculty of Natural Sciences



+44 (0)20 7594 7674i.mueller-wodarg Website




6M57Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professor of Physics

My work specialises on the study of atmospheres around planets and other bodies (moons) in our solar system. I investigate their global characteristics and variability, including atmospheric waves and travelling perturbations. 

Through a combination of numerical simulations and analysis of data from spacecraft such as Cassini/Huygens, Venus Express, ExoMars and in the future JUICE, I work to understand how the atmospheres interact with the solar wind and space environment. Understanding the atmospheres across the solar system allows us to better understand the basic physical processes under different conditions. This, in turn, allows us to better understand planet Earth and also extrasolar planets.

More fundamentally, I study the highly non-linear and complex physical processes dominating in atmosphere and space environments under different external boundary conditions, including distance from the Sun, size and mass of the planet or moon, basic composition and magnetic and plasma environment. Understanding the transition region between the deeper atmosphere and outer space is important since it regulates important chemical processes impacting the deeper atmosphere (Titan, Saturn) and plays a key role in understanding atmospheric escape and long term evolution.

Plus, importantly: it's just so much fun!

I am currently Co-Principal Investigator of the Radio and Plasma Wave Instrument onboard ESA's JUICE mission which successfully launched to Jupiter and its Galilean moons on 14 April 2023. You can follow JUICE on



Moses JI, Brown ZL, Koskinen TT, et al., 2023, Saturn’s atmospheric response to the large influx of ring material inferred from Cassini INMS measurements, Icarus, Vol:391, ISSN:0019-1035, Pages:1-40

Agiwal O, Moore L, Martinis C, et al., 2022, First Steps Towards a New Saturn Ionosphere Model Including Ring-Planet Coupling and Electrodynamics

Brown ZL, Medvedev AS, Starichenko ED, et al., 2022, Evidence for Gravity Waves in the Thermosphere of Saturn and Implications for Global Circulation, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol:49, ISSN:0094-8276

Greaves JS, Richards AMS, Bains W, et al., 2021, Phosphine gas in the cloud deck of Venus (vol 5, pg 655, 2021), Nature Astronomy, Vol:5, ISSN:2397-3366, Pages:726-728

Siddle AG, Mueller-Wodarg ICF, Bruinsma S, et al., 2021, Density structures in the martian lower thermosphere as inferred by Trace Gas Orbiter accelerometer measurements, Icarus, Vol:357, ISSN:0019-1035

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