Imperial College London

Dr Ravindra T. Desai

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Research Associate



ravindra.desai Website




Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I am a Research Associate in the Blackett Laboratory within the Space and Atmospheric Physics research group. Prior to this, I completed a Ph.D. in Physics at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, which included time at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Maryland.  

My interests in astrophysical plasmas focus on particle-scale kinetic physics and large system-scale phenomena, and the interplay between these. To this end I develop and use a range of magnetohydrodynamic, particle-in-cell, hybrid and test-particle simulation codes to study fundamental plasma phenomena across the solar system and beyond. I also apply my research to the development of space weather forecasting capabilities and to aid future space exploration endeavours.

I am an active member of Imperial As One - the Universities' Race Equality Advisory Group, and participate in outreach activities aimed at increasing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within the STEM fields.



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

Roussos E, Allanson O, Andre N, et al., 2021, The in-situ exploration of Jupiter's radiation belts, Experimental Astronomy: an International Journal on Astronomical Instrumentation and Data Analysis, ISSN:0922-6435

Desai R, Eastwood J, Horne R, et al., 2021, Drift orbit bifurcations and cross-field transport in the outer radiation belt: global MHD and integrated test-particle simulations, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, Vol:126, ISSN:2169-9380, Pages:1-14

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

Yao Z, Dunn WR, Woodfield EE, et al., 2021, Revealing the source of Jupiter's x-ray auroral flares, Science Advances, Vol:7, ISSN:2375-2548

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