My principal research interest is the study of planetary atmospheres. In particular, I investigate solar and auroral particle energy deposition in atmospheres of bodies throughout the solar system, using sophisticated kinetic and fluid models. Through close collaborations with instrument teams of major space missions (e.g., Cassini, Venus Express, Rosetta) I have used these models as binding elements between datasets from different instruments and thus optimized the scientific output from such measurements. I have focused so far on Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and its magnetised moon Ganymede, Saturn and its largest moon Titan, comets, and gas-giant exoplanets.
INSTRUMENT INVOLVEMENT IN SPACE MISSIONS
- Comet Interceptor: Co-PI for Dust Field Plasma (DFP) [Lead of the magnetometer on B2], ESA/Comet Interceptor
- Rosetta: Co-I, Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC), and Associate Scientist, Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (Rosina), ESA/Rosetta.
- Venus Express: Supporting Investigator, ESA/Venus Express.
"Planetary Ionospheres" for PG Lecture Series, Department of Physics, Imperial College London, London, UK, 2016
Introduction to Planetary Ionospheres, 2015 STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School, Glasgow, UK, 2015
Rosetta: Why are we chasing a comet?, Imperial SpaceLab Conference 2014, Imperial College London, London, UK, 2014
Introduction to Planetary ionospheres, 2014 STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School, London, UK, 2014
Planetary outer atmospheres: interfaces from atmospheres to magnetospheres, 2013 Heliophysics Summer School 'Heliophysics of the Planetary System', Boulder, CO, USA, 2013
Chemistry of planetary atmospheres, Astrobiology Summer School 'Molecules in Space', Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden, 2013
Research Student Supervision
Carnielli,G, Kinetic modelling of the plasma environment around Ganymede
Chadney,J, Modelling of the upper atmosphere of gas-giant exoplanets irradiated by low-mass stars
Héritier,K, Cometary ionosphere analysis from Rosetta multi-instrument dataset
Sagnieres,L, The Influence of Local Ionisation on Ionospheric Densities in Titan’s Upper Atmosphere
Stephenson,P, Impact, evolution and origin of electrons at comet 67P