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- Professor of Physics
- Dept of Space & Climate Physics
- Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
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 1982, with temporary guest positions at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Physics (Germany), University of Delaware (USA) and the BBC World service (media fellowship). He is now Deputy Director (solar system) at UCL-MSSL. Space mission involvements include the ExoMars 2018 rover where he leads the PanCam team, Cassini, where he leads the electron spectrometer team (part of the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer), Venus Express, Mars Express and Giotto. Scientific interests include the solar wind interaction with planets and comets, and space instrumentation; he has authored and co-authored over 470 publications, including over 360 refereed. He is a active in space and science outreach.
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:
Principal Investigator (PI) ExoMars 2018 rover PanCam, lead investigator (PI) Beagle 2 stereo camera system, Lead co-investigator (co-i) Cassini CAPS electron spectrometer, lead co-i Venus Express ASPERA-4 Electron Spectrometer, co-i Mars Express ASPERA-3, co-i Rosetta Plasma Consortium, co-i JUICE PEP, co-i BepiColombo MPPE, co-i Cluster-PEACE, co-i Double Star Peace, co-i Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) Fast Plasma Instrument (FPI), co-i Mars 2020 MastCam-Z, co-i Giotto Johnstone Plasma Analyser (JPA), co-i AMPTE-UKS ion experiment.
Space Science, Environment and Satellite Missions SPCEGC01 (MSc Space Science and Engineering)
Space Instrumentation and Applications SPCEG001 (MSc Space Science and Engineering)
Planetary Atmospheres PHASM312/SPCEG011 (final year undergraduate, intercollegiate and MSc)
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
|01-OCT-2007||Professor of Physics||Space & Climate Physics||University College London, United Kingdom|
|01-OCT-2007||Deputy Director (Solar System), MSSL-UCL||Space & Climate Physics||University College London, United Kingdom|
|01-OCT-2005 – 31-DEC-2015||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|
|1982||DPhil||Doctor of Philosophy – Plasma Physics||University of Oxford|
|1979||MSc||Master of Science – Plasma Physics||University of Oxford|
|1978||BSc Hons||Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Physics||University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology|