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Swedish Institute of Space Physics (59o50.272'N, 17o38.786'E)
IRF-U Space Plasma Physics
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Welcome to the research programme

Space Plasma Physics


Publications and Presentations


Other resources

NEWS -- see also our page in Swedish

12 Apr 2015: Last date for applying for our open postdoc position for studies of magnetic reconnection with Cluster and MMS. Full announcement with application instructions.

13 Mar 2015: We celebrate the four NASA MMS satellites just launched into orbit, with our spherical probes for the electric field measurements onboard. MMS aims at understanding magnetic reconnection, one of our favourite science topics, driving processes like solar flares and magnetospheric substorms.

22 Jan 2015: First results from Rosetta are now out in Science, including the first signs of an emerging cometary magnetoshere seen by the plasma instruments. See the IRF press release.

What we do

We investigate what goes on in space using instruments we build ourselves and fly on spacecraft, ground based instruments, computer simulations and plasma theory. Here are some samples of our research:

What we have in space

For the moment, we have nine instruments in various parts of the solar system, and four more to which we have made a significant contribution.
  • 4 x MMS -- NASA's Magnetospheric MultiScale mission, launched March 13, 2015, for which we provided sensor coating and test equipment for the electric field instruments built by the University of New Hampshire and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). More info on the SMART instrument suite for MMS at SwRI.
  • 3 x Swarm -- ESA's three satellites for study of the geomagnetic field, launched in November 22, 2013. We provide instruments to measure the plasma density and temperature in the Earth's ionosphere.
  • Rosetta -- launched by ESA in 2004, now carrying our instrument around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
  • 4 x Cluster -- our instruments are exploring Earth's magnetosphere on a flotilla of four ESA spacecraft, launched summer 2000
  • Cassini -- launched by NASA in 1997, exploring the environment of Saturn since June 2004, with our Langmuir probe onboard.
  • BepiColombo -- an ESA-JAXA (Europe-Japan) mission to Mercury, where we are responsible for the electronics and probe surfaces for the MEFISTO sensors of the PWI instrument on the magnetospheric orbiter. Launch 2016, orbit insertion at Mercury 2024. More on Bepi and MEFISTO at KTH.
  • Solar Orbiter -- ESAs mission to investigate the Sun at close distance, for launch in 2017. We are building parts of the RPW instrument to study the solar wind close to its source.
  • JUICE -- ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission. Together with a large team of European, Japanese and American laboratories, we will provide instrumentation for investigating waves, fields and plasmas in the Jovian system. Launch 2022, arrival at Jupiter in 2030.
Our previous instruments in space, no longer operational:
  • Smart-1 -- orbited the moon with our Langmuir probes onboard, launched September 2003, impact landing on the moon 3 September 2006
  • Astrid-2 -- the Swedish microsatellite (only 29 kg) carrying our LINDA instrument to the Earth's upper ionosphere 1998-1999
  • Freja -- detailed measurements of the Earth's upper ionosphere 1992-1996, including our wave investigations
  • Viking -- exploring the Earth's magnetosphere 1986-1987 by means of our wave instrument (and of course other instruments as well)
  • Numerous sounding rockets during the sixties, seventies, and eighties.

Who we are

Senior scientific staff:
  • Mats André, PhD, professor -- head of research programme, PI Cluster EFW
  • David Andrews, PhD -- scientist, Mars
  • Jan Bergman, PhD -- scientist, JUICE RPWI project manager
  • Hugo Breuillard, PhD -- postdoc (turbulence, STORM)
  • Stephan Buchert, PhD -- scientist, Swarm
  • Niklas Edberg, PhD -- scientist (Cassini, Rosetta)
  • Anders Eriksson, PhD -- scientist (Rosetta, Cluster)
  • Daniel Graham, PhD -- postdoc (Cluster)
  • Yuri Khotyaintsev, PhD -- scientist (Cluster, MMS)
  • Hermann Opgenoorth, PhD, professor -- magnetospheres and ionospheres at Earth and other planets
  • Laurianne Palin, PhD -- postdoc (Cluster, Swarm)
  • Sergio Toledo-Redondo, PhD -- postdoc (Cluster)
  • Andris Vaivads, PhD, docent -- Solar Orbiter lead CoI, Cluster, MMS
  • Erik Vigren, PhD -- scientist (Cassini, Rosetta)
  • Jan-Erik Wahlund, PhD, docent -- JUICE RPWI PI, Cassini RPWS-LP lead CoI, BepiColombo lead CoI
  • Emiliya Yordanova, PhD -- scientist (Cluster)
Engineers and computing support:
  • Vicki Cripps, research engineer -- PA/QA
  • Reine Gill, research engineer -- flight s/w, s/c operations
  • Sven-Erik Jansson, senior research engineer -- digital electronics
  • Erik Johansson, research engineer -- Cassini and Rosetta data handling
  • Jan Karlsson, programmer -- data archiving and computer systems
  • Thomas Nilsson, research engineer -- Swarm and MMS data handling
  • Walter Puccio, senior research engineer -- electronics
  • Yamuna Phal, research engineer -- electronics
  • Farid Shiva, research engineer -- electronics design and manufacturing
  • Lennart Åhlén, senior research engineer -- analog electronics
  • Yamuna Phal, research engineer -- analog electronics
Graduate students (see also our PhD projects page):
  • Ilka Engelhardt -- plasma and dust around icy moons and comets (Cassini/Rosetta)
  • Elin Eriksson -- energy conversion in space plasma (Cluster)
  • Mika (Madeleine) Holmberg -- the space environment of Saturn (Cassini)
  • Andreas Johlander -- particle energization at shocks (Cluster)
  • Cecilia Norgren -- reconnection studies (Cluster)
  • Elias Odelstad -- cometary plasma environment (Rosetta)
  • Oleg Shebanits -- pre-biotic conditions at Titan (Cassini)
Project students (see also our student projects page):
Some former team members:
  • Karin Ågren -- did her PhD with us 2012 (Cassini)
  • Rico Behlke -- defended his PhD thesis in December 2005, now at Svalbard
  • Rolf Boström, professor (retired) -- Cassini, former Rosetta LAP PI
  • Tobia Carozzi -- PhD, former scientist and ISDAT maintainer, now at the Onsala Space Observatory
  • Chris Cully -- research assistant (2007-2012), now at the University of Calgary
  • Liza Dackborn -- former system programmer, retired 2013
  • Andrei Divin -- postdoc 2012-2014
  • Erik Engwall -- PhD student (Cluster) 2003-2009, defended his PhD thesis 20 May 2009, now at Scania.
  • Huishan Fu, PhD -- postdoc (Cluster) 2010-2012, now at Yunnan Normal University, Kunming, China
  • Philippe Garnier, PhD -- Cassini post-doc 2007-2008, now at CESR Toulouse.
  • Hans Gunnarsson -- former technician, now retired
  • Georg Gustafsson, professor (retired) -- former Viking V4L and Cluster EFW PI
  • Jan-Ove Hall, PhD -- former visiting scientist, now at FOI
  • Bengt Holback -- former Viking V4L and Freja F4 PI
  • Gunnar Holmgren -- former scientist, now at Seabased
  • Anita Kullen -- post doc, auroral and magnetospheric physics, 2005-2008, now at KTH.
  • Shiyong Huang -- guest researcher from Wuhan University (Cluster, 2011-2012)
  • Kristoffer Hultgren -- student project (2009), now PhD student at MISU
  • Tiera Laitinen, PhD -- post doc (Cluster) 2008-2009, now at FMI
  • Sara Lindgren -- project student (2010), now PhD student in astrophysics at Uppsala University
  • Tomas Lindstedt -- licentiate thesis in December 2009, now at ABB in Ludvika.
  • Meghan Mella, PhD -- postdoc 2012-2014 (Cluster/MAARBLE)
  • Ronan Modolo, PhD -- former postdoc and research assistant, now at CETP-IPSL Velizy, France
  • Michiko Morooka, fil dr -- postdoc (Cluster), guest scientist (Cassini), now at LASP, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Annika Olsson, PhD, docent -- now project manager at Uppsala University Innovation
  • Frederic Pitout -- did his PhD (2002) with us, now at Laboratoire de Planétologie, Grenoble
  • Alessandro Retinò -- did his PhD (2007) with us, now at the Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas, France
  • Lisa Rosenqvist -- did her PhD (2008) with us, now at FOI
  • Fouad Sahraoui, PhD -- visiting scientist from CETP Vélizy, France, spring 2005
  • Shotaro Sakai -- guest PhD student (Cassini) from Hokkaido University, spring 2013
  • Muhammad Shafiq -- post doc 2008-2010 (Cassini)
  • Gabriella Stenberg, PhD -- post doc (Cluster) 2005-2009, now at IRF Kiruna
  • David Sundkvist -- did his PhD (2005) with us, now at Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley
  • Harley Thomas -- mechanical engineering, retired 2009
  • Anders Tjulin -- did his PhD (2003) with us, now at EISCAT, Kiruna
  • Tatjana Zivkovic, PhD -- postdoc (Cluster/ECLAT)

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