July 16, 2018

Directory of Researchers

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Christopher Fowler

Assistant Research Physicist

I am a planetary science researcher at the Space Sciences Laboratory within the University of California. My primary research interests include understanding the physical processes that energize the ionospheres of unmagnetized planets (in particular Mars), and how this energization can impact ionospheric escape to space. Read More…

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Harald Frey

Research Physicist

Harald Frey received his education in Germany and after 3 years in industry and 6 years at the Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial physics he joined SSL in 1997. Read More…

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Zack Gainsforth

Research Scientist

I am a member of  the Westphal group at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. I analyze  cometary particles returned by NASA’s Stardust mission, and other extraterrestrial samples using electron microscopy, synchrotron and other analytical techniques.

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Steven Gibson

Associate Project Scientist

Steve Gibson is a designer and builder of astronomical instrumentation, with an emphasis on high-stability echelle spectrometers.  Originally from Ontario, Canada, he studied at the University of Waterloo and McGill University, and then completed his PhD in New Zealand. Read More…

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Bruce Grossan

Bruce Grossan might be called a “second generation” SSL scientist, as he did pre-EUVE lab work with Jerry Edelstein, and later George Smoot, as an undergraduate. Read More…

Takuya Hara

Assistant Research Physicist

Dr. Hara got his PhD degree at Nagoya University, Japan in 2014 under the supervision by Prof. K. Seki (Now at University of Tokyo, Japan). Now I have been working at Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley for over 5 years. Read More…

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Brian Harding

Assistant Research Physicist

Brian Harding’s research is focused on understanding the dynamics of the upper atmosphere and the coupling between its neutral and ionized components. His interests range from instrumentation to data analysis to radiative transfer modeling, and he has developed ground- and space-based observational techniques in the optical, ultraviolet, infrared, and radio regimes. Read More…

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Andrew Howard

Professor of Astronomy

I’m a Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology — Caltech.

I am interested in the formation and evolution of planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. Read More…

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Hugh Hudson

Research Physicist (UC); Hon. Research Fellow (U. Glasgow))

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Arthur Hull

Assistant Research Physicist

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Gordon Hurford

Research Physicist

Dr. Hurford originally came to solar physics via his work in microwave radio interferometry. He stayed in the world of indirect imaging, applying his skills to solar X-ray/gamma-ray imaging techniques: he was the Imager Scientist for RHESSI, and is the Imager Scientist for the Solar Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX), on board ESA’s Solar Orbiter.

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Kevin Hurley

Res Physicist

Kevin Hurley is a Senior Space Fellow, Emeritus.  He received his PhD at SSL, and then rejoined the laboratory in 1987.  His research focuses on cosmic gamma-ray bursts and magnetars, and he leads the Interplanetary Network, a group of spacecraft with burst detectors which localize sources by triangulation.  Read More…

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Thomas Immel

Research Physicist

Dr. Thomas Immel is a Senior Fellow at Space Sciences Laboratory, with a Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His interests are in exploring the conditions in space near Earth, and learning to predict the behaviors in this system. Read More…

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Eleanor Judd


Eleanor Judd is an experimental physicist currently specializing in the design and implementation of real-time trigger systems for both ground- and space-based experiments. Her primary project is the trigger system for the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Read More…

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Andreas Keiling

Research Physicist

Born in Berlin, Germany, Dr. Andreas Keiling was an undergraduate student at Imperial College, London, before moving to the University of Minnesota, where he completed his Ph.D. Read More…

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Eric Korpela

Associate Research Physicist

Eric is an astronomer. In addition to SETI, he studies interstellar matter (the gas and dust that lies between the stars) using radio, optical, and space-based ultraviolet telescopes. Read More…

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Säm Krucker

Senior Fellow

My main scientific interests are in problems of plasma astrophysics, especially solar and heliospheric physics, from an observational and experimental point of view. Studying the Sun and the heliosphere has an essential advantage over studying other astrophysical objects in that detailed spatially resolved observations and even in-situ observations can be obtained. Read More…

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Michael Lampton


In his 40 years at Space Sciences Lab, Dr Lampton has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for several space missions, both unmanned (EUVE, IMAGE, MENA) and manned (Apollo-Soyuz EUVT, FAUST, ORFEUS) and served as a Payload Specialist Astronaut for STS-9 and STS45 “SpaceLab” shuttle missions. Read More…

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Davin Larson

Project Scientist

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Stephen Ledvina

I am currently an associate research physicist at the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley.  My research focuses on the interactions of atmospheres/ionospheres of non-magnetized or weakly magnetized solar system bodies with their surrounding plasma environments.  Read More…