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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. 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 440 publications, including over 335 refereed.
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 (co-i) Cassini CAPS electron spectrometer, lead co-i Venus Express ASPERA-4 Electron Spectrometer, Principal Investigator (PI) ExoMars PanCam, lead investigator (PI) Beagle 2 stereo camera system, 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 Instrumentation and Applications SPCEG001 (MSc Space)
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||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|