Imperial College London

Dr Ravindra T. Desai

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Academic Visitor



ravindra.desai Website




Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Ravindra Desai is an Academic Visitor in the Space and Atmospheric Physics group and an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick. He is also an Honorary Researcher at the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge. He completed a PhD at the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory, and has spent time at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Maryland.  

Ravindra's interests in astrophysical plasmas focus on particle-scale kinetic physics and large system-scale phenomena, and the interplay between these. To this end he develops and uses a range of magnetohydrodynamic, particle-in-cell, hybrid and test-particle simulation codes to study fundamental plasma phenomena across the solar system and beyond. He also applies his research to the development of space weather forecasting capabilities and to aid future space exploration endeavours.



Sibeck DG, Murphy KR, Porter FS, et al., 2023, Quantifying the global solar wind-magnetosphere interaction with the Solar-Terrestrial Observer for the Response of the Magnetosphere (STORM) mission concept, Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, Vol:10

Koehn G, Desai R, Davies E, et al., 2022, Successive interacting coronal mass ejections: How to create a perfect storm?, The Astrophysical Journal: an International Review of Astronomy and Astronomical Physics, Vol:941, ISSN:0004-637X

Corti C, Whitman K, Desai R, et al., 2022, Galactic Cosmic Rays and Solar Energetic Particles in Cis-Lunar Space: Need for contextual energetic particle measurements at Earth and supporting distributed observations, White Paper Submitted to Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (heliophysics) 2024-2033

Eggington J, Coxon J, Shore R, et al., 2022, Response timescales of the magnetotail current sheet during a geomagnetic storm: global MHD simulations, Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, Vol:9, ISSN:2296-987X, Pages:1-17

Eggington J, Desai R, Mejnertsen L, et al., 2022, Time-varying magnetopause reconnection during sudden commencement: global MHD simulations, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, Vol:127, ISSN:2169-9380

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