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Space and Planets

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We aim to better understand the space environments and properties of planetary bodies in our solar system. For that matter we combine analytical models, numerical simulations and observations from spacecraft and telescopes.

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Selected Publications:

  • Brown dwarfs as ideal candidates for detecting UV aurora outside the Solar System: Hubble Space Telescope observations of 2MASS J1237+6526, Nov. 2021, doi: 10.1051/0004-6361/202040230

  • A sublimated water atmosphere on Ganymede detected from Hubble Space Telescope observations, Jul. 2021, doi: 10.1038/s41550-021-01426-9

  • Birkeland currents in Jupiter’s magnetosphere observed by the polar-orbiting Juno spacecraft, Jul. 2019, doi: 10.1038/s41550-019-0819-7

  • Juno observations of spot structures and a split tail in Io-induced aurorae on Jupiter, Aug. 2018, doi: 10.1126/science.aat1450

  • The search for a subsurface ocean in Ganymede with Hubble Space Telescope observations of its auroral ovals, Feb. 2015, doi:10.1002/2014JA020778

  • Transient Water Vapor at Europa’s South Pole, Jan. 2014, doi: 10.1126/science.1247051

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