Imperial College London

Dr Lorenzo Matteini

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Lecturer in Space Plasma Physics







Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I am a Lecturer in the Physics Department of Imperial College London, since October 2019, and I am based in the Space and Atmospheric Physics group (SPAT).

I have been previously an Assistant Astronomer at Paris Observatory, France (2017-2019) and a Research Associate at Imperial College (2012-2017).

I have obtained my PhD at the University of Florence (Italy) in 2008 and I have then been a post-doc at Paris Observatory (2009-2010) and University of Florence (2011-2012).

I have active collaborations with various international institutes and research groups, in particular:
U. Florence, IAPS Rome (IT), Paris Observatory (FR), Astr. Inst. Prague (Czechia), UCLA, U. Berkeley (US), Queen Mary U. London, MSSL/UCL (UK).

My research:

I am interested in processes that caracterize the evolution of space and astrophysical plasmas. These systems are only weakly collisional and are often far from thermodynamical equilibrium. In this framework, the Heliosphere constitute an exceptional plasma laboratory, where detailed investigation of particles and fields can be achieved thanks to spacecraft measurements. During my career I have worked on in situ data from several spacecraft at different distances from the Sun, such as Helios, Ulysses, Wind, Cluster, Rosetta. At present I'm actively involved in the science from the new space missions Solar Orbiter (ESA) and Parker Solar Probe (NASA). I am also expert in the theoretical and numerical modelling of collisionless plasmas, using kinetic codes.

Methodology: Theoretical modelling, Numerical simulations, Analysis of in situ data

My main research areas:

  • Heliospheric Physics
  • Fluid and kinetic instabilities
  • Wave-particle interactions
  • Wave-wave interactions and turbulence
  • Magnetic reconnection
  • SW/comets interactions



Raouafi NE, Matteini L, Squire J, et al., 2023, Parker solar probe: four years of discoveries at solar cycle minimum, Space Science Reviews, Vol:219, ISSN:0038-6308, Pages:1-140

Laker R, Horbury TS, Matteini L, et al., 2022, Switchback deflections beyond the early parker solar probe encounters, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:517, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:1001-1005

Franci L, Papini E, Del Sarto D, et al., 2022, Plasma Turbulence in the Near-Sun and Near-Earth Solar Wind: A Comparison via Observation-Driven 2D Hybrid Simulations, Universe, Vol:8

McManus MD, Verniero J, Bale SD, et al., 2022, Density and Velocity Fluctuations of Alpha Particles in Magnetic Switchbacks, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:933, ISSN:0004-637X

Hellinger P, Montagud-Camps V, Franci L, et al., 2022, Ion-scale Transition of Plasma Turbulence: Pressure-Strain Effect, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:930, ISSN:0004-637X

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