Imperial College London

Dr Ravindra T. Desai

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

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Ravindra Desai is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick.

Ravindra's research into 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 is involved in a number of current and upcoming space missions including the Lunar Gateway Space Station, the Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer (SMILE) mission and Solar Orbiter as well as proposing new mission concepts. He is working with the UK MET Office to develop new space weather forecasting capabilities. 



Desai R, Zhang Z, 2023, Simulating secondary electron and ion emission from the Cassini spacecraft in Saturn's ionosphere, The Planetary Science Journal, Vol:4, ISSN:2632-3338

Sibeck DGG, Murphy KRR, 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, ISSN:2296-987X


Zhang Z, Desai R, Shebanits O, et al., 2023, Cassini's floating potential in Titan's ionosphere: 3-D particle-in-cell simulations, URSI GASS 2023, IEEE, Pages:1-4

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