IRF Uppsala
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Solar Orbiter
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

29 Jan 2018: In a paper in Physical Review Letters, Lina Hadid and co-workers reveal the energy flow in the turbulence in the Earth's magnetosheath.

11 Dec 2017: In a paper in Science, we present measurements from our Langmuir probe instrument on Cassini showing how the shadow of the rings affects Saturn's ionosphere.

3 Nov 2017: At 09:00 in lecture hall 2005, Oleg Shebanits defended his PhD thesis "Titan's ionosphere and dust as seen by a space weather station". Opponent was Cesar Bertucci, Buenos Aires.

15 Sep 2017: The NASA Cassini spacecraft, with our Langmuir probe onboard, ended its 20-year mission with a final plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn. We got data to the very end, showing high plasma density as we probed the ionosphere of Saturn deeper than ever before. Goodbye Cassini, thanks for the great science, the epic adventure, and all the fun!

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 seven instruments in various parts of the solar system, and four more to which we have made a significant contribution.
  • 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 2018, 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 2018. 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:
  • Cassini -- launched by NASA in 1997, explored the environment of Saturn 2004-2017, with our Langmuir probe onboard.
  • Rosetta -- carried our instrument in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, launched by ESA in 2004, impact landing on the comet 30 September 2016.
  • 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:
  • Love Alm, PhD -- postdoc (MMS, Cluster)
  • Mats André, PhD, professor -- head of research programme, PI Cluster EFW
  • David Andrews, PhD -- scientist (Cassini, Mars)
  • Jan Bergman, PhD -- scientist, JUICE RPWI project manager
  • Stephan Buchert, PhD -- scientist (Swarm)
  • Andrew Dimmock, PhD -- scientist (space weather)
  • Andrey Divin, PhD -- guest scientist (simulations)
  • Niklas Edberg, PhD -- scientist (Cassini, Rosetta)
  • Anders Eriksson, PhD -- scientist (Rosetta, Cluster)
  • Daniel Graham, PhD -- scientist (Cluster, MMS)
  • Lina Hadid, PhD -- postdoc (Cassini)
  • Yuri Khotyaintsev, PhD, docent -- scientist (Cluster, MMS)
  • Michiko Morooka, PhD -- scientist (Cassini)
  • Hermann Opgenoorth, PhD, professor -- magnetospheres and ionospheres at Earth and other planets
  • 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 (MMS, Cluster)
Engineers and computing support:
  • Martin Berglund, PhD, research engineer -- electronics
  • Vicki Cripps, research engineer -- PA/QA
  • Jesper Fredriksson, research engineer -- analog electronics
  • Reine Gill, research engineer -- flight s/w, s/c operations
  • Sven-Erik Jansson, senior research engineer -- digital electronics
  • Erik Johansson, PhD, research engineer -- Cassini and Rosetta data handling
  • Jan Karlsson, programmer -- computer system manager
  • Thomas Nilsson, research engineer -- Swarm and MMS data handling
  • Walter Puccio, senior research engineer -- electronics
  • Farid Shiva, research engineer -- electronics design and manufacturing
  • Hon Ching Wong, research engineer -- flight s/w
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 (MMS, Cluster)
  • Fredrik Leffe Johansson -- electrostatic probes in space (Rosetta and other)
  • Andreas Johlander -- particle energization at shocks (MMS, Cluster)
  • Elias Odelstad -- cometary plasma environment (Rosetta)
  • Dongxiao Pan -- guest student 2017-2018 (MMS, Cluster)
  • Konrad Steinvall -- magnetic reconnection in space plasmas (MMS)
  • Katerina Stergiopoulou -- Mars' ionosphere (Maven)
Project students (see also our student projects page):

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