Space physics

University of Helsinki Space Physics research group studies solar-terrestrial physics and space weather. We develop world leading coronal, heliospheric and magnetospheric simulations and utilize observations from a number of ESA and NASA spacecraft.  We aim at a profound understanding of the physics behind space weather phenomena, internationally high-quality research and at using this knowledge to develop services for the society. The philosophy of the group is to pursue a diversity of research methodologies including data analysis and interpretation, theoretical modeling and numerical simulations. We have a Finnish Centre of Excellence and two active ERC projects.

Our more detailed research topics are:

  • Solar wind interactions with the Earth’s magnetosphere
  • Initiation and evolution of coronal mass ejections
  • Physics and dynamics of the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding the Earth
  • Reconnection, waves, turbulence instabilities and shocks in the near-Earth environment and in the solar wind

The list of our research personnel and more information of our research and projects