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 lead of the IMAP magnetometer

Science lead of the HelioSwarm magnetometer

Science team member, FIELDS and SWEAP on Parker Solar Probe

PhD projects

I will be offering a STFC-funded PhD project starting in October 2024 on solar wind physics; please get in touch if you are interested.

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
  • Particle acceleration and propagation


Assessor, MSci projects



Trotta D, Pezzi O, Burgess D, et al., 2023, Three-dimensional modelling of the shock-turbulence interaction, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:525, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:1856-1866

Horbury T, Bale S, mcmanus M, et al., 2023, Switchbacks, microstreams and broadband turbulence in the solar wind, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:30, ISSN:1070-664X

Livi S, Lepri ST, Raines JM, et al., 2023, First results from the Solar Orbiter Heavy Ion Sensor, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol:676, ISSN:0004-6361

Zhu X, He J, Duan D, et al., 2023, Non-field-aligned Proton Beams and Their Roles in the Growth of Fast Magnetosonic/Whistler Waves: Solar Orbiter Observations, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:953, ISSN:0004-637X

Chen L-J, Spence H, Klein K, et al., 2023, Plasma turbulence: Challenges and next transformative steps from the perspective of multi-spacecraft measurements, Vol. 55, Issue 3 (heliophysics 2024 Decadal Whitepapers)

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