My main interests concern wave phenomena on a wide range of scales in the Earth's aerospace environment. I am particularly interested in plasma waves in the upper atmosphere and use high-power radio waves to excite small-scale plasma waves and irregularities in the ionosphere. By this means nonlinear wave interactions and instability processes that play a key role in the plasma dynamics of the auroral ionosphere may be studied, in a controlled way. I also have a keen interest in atmospheric waves that redistribute energy around the globe and which play an important role in weather and climate. I am currently studying large-scale planetary-period plasma waves in the magnetosphere of Saturn.
I have also undertaken several applied research studies with industrial partners. These include, radio propagation studies with BAe, artificial magnetotelluric geological prospecting with the oil industry, the impact of solar power satellite microwave beams on the Earth's atmosphere with ESA, and plasma light sources with the lighting industry.
Radio and Space Plasma Physics Group
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Leicester
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