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Prof Andrew Coates
UCL-MSSL office 209
Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London
Holmbury St Mary
DORKING
RH5 6NT
Appointment
  • Professor of Physics
  • Dept of Space & Climate Physics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Biography

Professor Andrew Coates gained a BSc in Physics from UMIST in 1978, and MSc (1979) and D.Phil. (1982) in plasma physics from Oxford University. He has been at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) since. He is now Co-Director (solar system) and Head of Planetary Science at MSSL. Space mission involvements include Cassini, where he leads the electron spectrometer team, Venus Express, Mars Express and Giotto. He leads the ExoMars PanCam team for the 2018 rover. Scientific interests include the solar wind interaction with planets and comets, and space instrumentation; he has authored and co-authored over 420 publications, including over 315 refereed.





Research Summary

Planetary magnetospheres

Plasma interaction with comets, Mars, Venus, Titan, Enceladus

Planetary surface imaging, determination of water density in Mars atmosphere from surface, radiation environment on surface. 

Earth's magnetosphere, bow shock, space weather studies, effects on spacecraft.

Planetary and space plasma instrumentation:
Lead co-investigator Cassini CAPS electron spectrometer, lead co-investigator Venus Express ASPERA-4 Electron Spectrometer, Principal Investigator ExoMars PanCam, lead investigator Beagle 2 stereo camera system, Co-investigator Mars Express ASPERA-3, Co-Investigator Rosetta Plasma Consortium, Co-investigator JUICE PEP, Co-investigator BepiColombo MPPE, Co-investigator Cluster-PEACE, co-investigator Double Star Peace.

Teaching Summary

Current courses:

Planetary Atmospheres PHASM312/SPCEG011 (final year undergraduate, intercollegiate and MSc)

Space Instrumentation and Applications SPCEG001 (MSc Space)

Former courses:

Space plasma and magnetospheric physics (final year undergraduate)

Plasma physics (final year undergraduate)

Space exploration (1st year undergraduate)

Space weather lectures for Natural Hazards MSc

Appointments
01-OCT-2007 Professor of Physics Space & Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2007 Deputy Director, MSSL-UCL Space & Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2005 Head, Planetary Science Space & Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1999 – 01-OCT-2005 Head, Space Plasma Physics Space & Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1996 – 01-OCT-2007 Reader in Physics Space & Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
30-AUG-1994 – 28-OCT-1994 BA media fellow World Service Science Unit BBC, United Kingdom
01-MAR-1994 – 30-APR-1994 Visiting scientist Bartol Research Institute University of Delaware, United States
01-OCT-1989 – 01-OCT-1999 Royal Society University Research Fellow Space & Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1988 – 01-OCT-1989 Senior Experimental Officer MSSL University College London, United Kingdom
01-DEC-1987 – 31-JUL-1988 Guest Scientist MPAe Max Planck Institute for Solar System studies (MPS), Germany
11-JAN-1982 – 01-OCT-1988 Postdoctoral Research Assistant MSSL University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1982 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1979 MSc Master of Science University of Oxford
1978 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
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