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Professor Robert Wicks


Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Robert Wicks

Dr. Wicks research covers the physics of plasma in the solar corona, solar wind, and near-Earth environment. He is an expert in the design and use of space plasma instrumentation onboard satellites and is a co-investigator of the ESA Solar Orbiter mission Solar Wind Analyser EAS instrument. He analyses data from spacecraft to investigate the processes that heat and accelerate plasma, especially turbulence and waves. He also works on space weather and risk mitigation. Dr Wicks is a keen space technologist with current projects including the development of a laser communications system for CubeSats and the proposal of future missions to the UK Space Agency and ESA for astrophysical plasma physics research.

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  • Steering Mirror System with Closed-Loop Feedback for Free-Space Optical Communication Terminals, Graham, C., Bramall, D., Younus, O., Riaz, A., Binns, R., Scullion, E., Wicks, R., Bourgenot, C. 23 Apr 2024, In: Aerospace
  • An ESA Nanosatellite Constellation to Monitor Space Weather Effects, Eckersley, S., Rowe, S., Hill, W., Forsyth, C., Wicks, R., Eastwood, J., Brown, P., Dániel, V., Gromeš, J., Junas, M., Ryden, K., Heil, M., Terzo, S., Gonzalo, A., Jiggens, P. 2 Oct 2023, In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
  • Observation of Alfvén Ion Cyclotron Waves in ICME Magnetic Clouds at 1 au, Dhamane, O., Pawaskar, V., Raghav, A., Shaikh, Z., D’Amicis, R., Ghag, K., Kumbhar, K., Telloni, D., Nicolaou, G., Tari, P., Wicks, R., Panchal, U., Sathe, B., Pathare, P. 1 Nov 2023, In: The Astrophysical Journal
  • The Radial Variation of the Solar Wind Turbulence Spectra near the Kinetic Break Scale from Parker Solar Probe Measurements, Lotz, S., Nel, A., Wicks, R., Roberts, O., Engelbrecht, N., Strauss, R., Botha, G., Kontar, E., Pitňa, A., Bale, S. 17 Jan 2023, In: The Astrophysical Journal
  • A Case for Electron-Astrophysics, Verscharen, D., Wicks, R., Alexandrova, O., Bruno, R., Burgess, D., Chen, C., D’Amicis, R., De Keyser, J., de Wit, T., Franci, L., He, J., Henri, P., Kasahara, S., Khotyaintsev, Y., Klein, K., Lavraud, B., Maruca, B., Maksimovic, M., Plaschke, F., Poedts, S., Reynolds, C., Roberts, O., Sahraoui, F., Saito, S., Salem, C., Saur, J., Servidio, S., Stawarz, J., Štverák, Š., Told, D. 1 Dec 2022, In: Experimental Astronomy
  • A Distributed Space-Weather Sensor System using Small Satellites, Eckersley, S., Rowe, S., Antoniou, N., Forsyth, C., Wicks, R., Eastwood, J., Brown, P., Dániel, V., Gromeš, J., Junas, M., Ryden, K., Heil, M., Terzo, S., Gonzalo, A., Jiggens, P. 18 Sep 2022, In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
  • Energy Transport during 3D Small-scale Reconnection Driven by Anisotropic Plasma Turbulence, Agudelo Rueda, J., Verscharen, D., Wicks, R., Owen, C., Nicolaou, G., Germaschewski, K., Walsh, A., Zouganelis, I., Domínguez, S. 1 Oct 2022, In: The Astrophysical Journal
  • Radial Evolution of Thermal and Suprathermal Electron Populations in the Slow Solar Wind from 0.13 to 0.5 au: Parker Solar Probe Observations, Abraham, J., Owen, C., Verscharen, D., Bakrania, M., Stansby, D., Wicks, R., Nicolaou, G., Whittlesey, P., Agudelo Rueda, J., Jeong, S., Berčič, L. 1 Jun 2022, In: The Astrophysical Journal
  • Revolutionizing Our Understanding of Particle Energization in Space Plasmas Using On-Board Wave-Particle Correlator Instrumentation, Howes, G., Verniero, J., Larson, D., Bale, S., Kasper, J., Goetz, K., Klein, K., Whittlesey, P., Livi, R., Rahmati, A., Chen, C., Wilson, L., Alterman, B., Wicks, R. 29 Jun 2022, In: Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences
  • STELLA: Europe's contribution to a NASA interstellar probe, Barabash, S., Wimmer-Schweingruber, R., André, N., Brandt, P., Iess, L., Lavraud, B., McNutt, R., Provornikova, E., Quemerais, E., Wicks, R., Wieser, M., Wurz, P. 18 Sep 2022, In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC

Utsav Panchal Plasma thermodynamics of the inner heliosphere with Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe Start Date: 01/10/2022

Dr Wicks was the PI for the Debye mission proposal to the ESA F-Class mission call in 2018/19.

Find out more about the ESA Solar Orbiter mission here. If you are interested in the use of data from Solar Orbiter for scientific research, public outreach, or any other purpose, you can find the Solar Orbiter data archive here, and please ask Dr Wicks if you would like adivce on how to use the data.

You can watch Dr Wicks lecture on the topic of space weather here, if you are interested in learning more as part of an undergraduate or graduate physics degree, then take a look at the Northumbria Physics BSc, Physics with Astrophysics BSc, MPhys and PhD programme webpages.

  • Physics PhD December 01 2008
  • Physics MSc June 30 2005
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2018

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