Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Physics



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




6M65Huxley 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



Dimmock AP, Khotyaintsev YV, Lalti A, et al., 2022, Analysis of multiscale structures at the quasi-perpendicular Venus bow shock Results from Solar Orbiter's first Venus flyby, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol:660, ISSN:0004-6361

Reville V, Fargette N, Rouillard AP, et al., 2022, Flux rope and dynamics of the heliospheric current sheet Study of the Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter conjunction of June 2020, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol:659, ISSN:0004-6361

Desai M, Mitchell DG, McComas DJ, et al., 2022, Suprathermal Ion Energy Spectra and Anisotropies near the Heliospheric Current Sheet Crossing Observed by the Parker Solar Probe during Encounter 7, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:927, ISSN:0004-637X

Agapitov V, Drake JF, Swisdak M, et al., 2022, Flux Rope Merging and the Structure of Switchbacks in the Solar Wind, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:925, ISSN:0004-637X

Moestl C, Weiss AJ, Reiss MA, et al., 2022, Multipoint Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections Observed with Solar Orbiter, BepiColombo, Parker Solar Probe, Wind, and STEREO-A, Astrophysical Journal Letters, Vol:924, ISSN:2041-8205

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