Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 7676t.horbury Website




6M72Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Member of the Space and Atmospheric Physics  group

Principal Investigator of the Solar Orbiter magnetometer

Science team member, FIELDS and SWEAP on Parker Solar Probe

Are You interested in doing a PhD PROJECT?

I am offering a STFC-funded project in the physics of the inner heliosphere, linked to Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter. See more details at this link.

Note: this project is funded by the UK STFC. Please read sections 27, 28 and 29 of this document carefully to make sure that you are eligible for funding. I cannot take on a student funded by a President's scholarship this year. Sorry if we cannot fund you.

Still interested? Please email me.

UROP opportunities

I am not offering any UROP placements this summer.

Research interests

  • Waves and turbulence in plasmas
  • Solar wind structures
  • Novel data analysis techniques


First year electricity and magnetism

Third year tutorials

MSci projects in solar wind physics



Drake JF, Agapitov O, Swisdak M, et al., 2021, Are switchbacks signatures of magnetic flux ropes generated by interchange reconnection in the corona?, Astronomy and Astrophysics: a European Journal, Vol:650, ISSN:0004-6361, Pages:1-8

Woodham L, Horbury T, Matteini L, et al., 2021, Enhanced proton parallel temperature inside patches of switchbacks in the inner heliosphere, Astronomy and Astrophysics: a European Journal, Vol:650, ISSN:0004-6361, Pages:1-7

Laker R, Horbury TS, Bale SD, et al., 2021, Statistical analysis of orientation, shape, and size of solar wind switchbacks, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol:650, ISSN:0004-6361, Pages:1-7

Telloni D, Sorriso-Valvo L, Woodham LD, et al., 2021, Evolution of solar wind turbulence from 0.1 to 1 au during the first parker solar probe-solar orbiter radial alignment, Letters of the Astrophysical Journal, Vol:912, ISSN:2041-8205, Pages:1-8

Heyner, Auster, Fornacon, et al., 2021, The BepiColombo Planetary Magnetometer MPO-MAG: what can we Learn from the Hermean magnetic field?, Space Science Reviews, Vol:217, ISSN:0038-6308

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