Jasper S. Halekas - University of Iowa


My research focuses on the interaction between the solar wind and the planets and moons in our solar system. I design and build spaceflight instruments to make high-fidelity charged particle measurements, and use them to understand the fascinating plasma physics that occurs in the interplanetary medium and the environments near the various bodies of our solar system. My research spans the intersection between planetary science and pure space plasma physics, touching on planetary geology and atmospheres, magnetic reconnection, shocks, plasma sheaths, and plasma waves and turbulence. A unifying theme of my work is the use of charged particle measurements to remotely infer plasma processes around planetary bodies. I love my work, because each new project brings a new challenge - and I love to solve puzzles.

My group is still growing, and student opportunities are currently available in both instrument development and data analysis.

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