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Swedish Institute of Space Physics (59°50.272′N, 17°38.786′E)
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Welcome to the research programme

Space Plasma Physics


Publications and Presentations


Other resources

NEWS -- see also our page in Swedish

Cassini close to Saturn
26 Sep 2020: Our instrument on NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn is officially handed over to and inaugurated at Tekniska muséet, the Swedish national museum of technology in Stockholm. The real instrument burnt with Cassini at its final drop into Saturn's atmosphere in 2017, but the flight spare unit on display is identical and could have flown. There will also be talks on our upcoming studies of Jupiter's moons with JUICE. Read more in the IRF news flash.

JUICE close to Jupiter
22 Aug 2020: Today the radio and plasma wave instrument RPWI for JUICE started its long journey from Uppsala to Jupiter's moons! Next stop is Germany, where the spacecraft is under assembly. While this is our major delivery, neither we nor the groups in Poland, France, the Czech republic and Japan who work together on RPWI will be out of work: next year we will deliver the flight spare. Read more in the IRF news flash.

8 May 2020: COSPAR, the Committee on Space Research, has awarded Daniel Graham the Zeldovich medal! The medal are given to young scientists who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in their field of research. Congratulations, Daniel!

SolarOrbiter close to the Sun
10 February 2020: Solar Orbiter is now in space, carrying instrumentation from us and other institutes to investigate the solar wind close to the Sun. See also our 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 are responsible for or have significant contribution to the following instruments in space:
  • Solar Orbiter -- ESAs mission to investigate the Sun at close distance, launched in February 10, 2020. We have provided parts of the RPW instrument to study the electric field in the solar wind close to its source.
  • 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. Launched in October 2018 for arrival at Mercury 2026. More on Bepi and MEFISTO at KTH.
  • 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.
  • 4 x Cluster -- our instruments are exploring Earth's magnetosphere on a flotilla of four ESA spacecraft, launched summer 2000
  • 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.
  • Comet Interceptor -- ESA's mission to a comet so new that it may not have been discovered even when we launch in 2028! Together with LPC2E in Orléans and a larger European collaboration we provide instrumentation for investigating the comet plasma environment.
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:
  • Mats André, PhD, professor -- PI Cluster EFW
  • David Andrews, PhD -- scientist (Cassini, Mars)
  • Jan Bergman, PhD -- scientist, JUICE RPWI project manager
  • Stephan Buchert, PhD -- scientist (Swarm)
  • Giulia Cozzani, PhD -- post doc (MMS)
  • 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)
  • Yuri Khotyaintsev, PhD, docent -- head of research programme
  • Michiko Morooka, PhD -- scientist (Cassini)
  • Chinmaya Nayak, PhD -- postdoc (Swarm)
  • Erik Vigren, PhD, docent -- 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
  • Erik Johansson, PhD, research engineer -- Cassini and Rosetta data handling
  • Jan Karlsson, programmer -- data archiving and computer system manager
  • Thomas Nilsson, research engineer -- Swarm and MMS data handling
  • Dan Ohlsson, research engineer -- system engineer
  • Daniel Pelikan, PhD, research engineer -- flight s/w
  • Walter Puccio, senior research engineer -- electronics
  • Farid Shiva, engineer -- electronics design and manufacturing
Graduate students (see also our PhD projects page):
  • Joshua Dreyer -- Saturn's ionosphere (Cassini)
  • Fredrik Leffe Johansson -- electrostatic probes in space (Rosetta and other)
  • Ahmad Lalti -- collisionless shocks (MMS)
  • Louis Richard -- turbulence and plasma jet fronts (MMS)
  • Adriana Settino -- guest PhD student from the University of Calabria, Italy
  • 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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