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Dr Jonathan Rae
Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Department of Space & Climate Physics
University College London
Holmbury St Mary, Dorking
Tel: 01483 204 128
Fax: 01483 278312
  • Reader of Space Plasma Physics
  • Dept of Space & Climate Physics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Durham, Co. Durham

GCSE Level: Houghton Kepier School, Tyne and Wear,
A-level: Durham Johnston Comprehensive School,
B. Sc.: University of Leicester
Ph. D.:University of Leicester

Worked as a senior Resarch Associate with Prof. Ian Mann, and sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta in Edmonton from 2001-2013.  Appointed Lecturer at UCL/MSSL on 1st April 2013 and Reader at UCL/MSSL on 1st October 2015.

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research interests follow three main themes:

  • finding the plasma instability responsible for detonating the substorm,
  • understanding magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling at the Earth and at other planets, and
  • to understand and ultimately predict the energetic particle dynamics of the Van Allen Radiation Belts, a significant radiation hazard at Earth and at many other planets. 

To do this, I study electromagnetic waves and particle populations in Earth`s magnetosphere and ionosphere and develop novel analysis techniques to extract information from both ground-based and satellite missions. 

I am a member of the NASA THEMIS Science Team, Co-Investigator on the Canadian Space Agency Next Generation Fluxgate Magnetometer to be flown on the Norwegian ICI-4 sub-orbital rocket, and Co-Investigator on the Canadian Space Agency CARISMA ground magnetometer network.

Teaching Summary

1st Year "Classical Mechanics"
4th Year/Graduate "Upper Atmospheric and Space Plasma Physics"

4th Year/Graduate "Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics"

Supervised or Co-Supervised:
3 secondary school students
15 undergraduate students
4 Masters student
5 PhD students

01-OCT-2015 Reader Dept. of Space and Climate Physics UCL, United Kingdom
01-APR-2013 Lecturer Dept of Space & Climate Physics University College London, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2004 – 31-MAR-2013 Research Associate Dept. of Physics University of Alberta, Canada
01-JAN-2001 – 31-DEC-2003 Post-Doctoral Fellow Dept. of Physics University of Alberta, Canada
Academic Background
2001 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Space Physics University of Leicester
1997 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Physics University of Leicester
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