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Professor Michael Kosch

Professor

Michael Kosch

Physics Building

Lancaster University

Bailrigg

Lancaster LA1 4YB

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 510404

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PhD supervision

Most projects give opportunities for students to visit the polar Arctic for experimental field work, usually the EISCAT radar facility (www.eiscat.com) in Norway. Opportunities may also exist to visit other facilities as well as the South African National Space Agency near Cape Town (where I am the chief scientist).

Fundamental wave-plasma interactions (artificial auroras)
Long-term climate change (atmospheric density trend)
Auroral physics (e.g. black auroras)
Meso-scale dynamics (auroras and thermospheric winds)
Mesospheric physics (dusty plasmas, ozone destruction, sprites)
Ionospheric composition
Radiation belt remediation (VLF cyclotron resonance)

Arabic speaking students please contact Khalid Ali Ismael (k.ismael@lancaster.ac.uk) for more information in your language.

Research Interests

Background

I am an experimental space scientist with a background in electronic engineering. I was born and raised in South Africa and have subsequently worked in many countries, including Antarctica, Australia, Germany, Japan, Norway, South Africa, USA and the UK.

 

Research

My primary research activity is in the the high-altitude (above 80 km altitude) polar atmosphere and near-Earth space environment, mainly using high-power radar as well as bespoke night-vision optical systems. I study the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling (e.g. Joule heating, current flows and neutral winds), unusual auroral phenomena (e.g. super-fast auroral waves, black aurora), mesospheric dusty plasma (e.g. polar mesospheric radar echoes), atmospheric contraction (e.g. climate change), and space weather effects (e.g. ozone destruction). In addition, I use the upper-atmosphere as a free laboratory to perform active experiments to study fundamental wave-particle interactions and resonances in space and dusty plasmas using high power radiowave facilities located in Alaska, Norway and Russia. This includes experiments which artificially generate auroras.

For images and video clips of some of my work, please visit www.mikekosch.com.

  

Career details

  • Chief Scientist (SANSA, Cape Town, South Africa), 2014-2019
  • Visiting Professor (NIPR, Tokyo, Japan) 2014
  • Associate Dean Research (FST, Lancaster) 2011-13
  • Visiting Professor (STELab, Nagoya, Japan) 2010
  • Distinguished Fellow (LaTrobe, Australia) 2009
  • Professor (Physics, Lancaster) 2008
  • Reader (DCS, Lancaster) 2006
  • Research Fellow (Boston, USA) 2004/5 & 2006
  • Senior Lecturer (DCS, Lancaster) 2003
  • Lecturer (DCS, Lancaster) 2001
  • Scientist, Max-Planck Institute (Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany) 1991-2000
  • PhD Space Physics (Durban, South Africa) 1991
  • Antarctic Expedition (SANAE, South Africa) 1984-86 & 1988/89
  • BSc Electronic Engineering (Durban, South Africa) 1984

 

Administration

I am on sabbatical leave February - June 2014.

 

Teaching

I am on sabbatical leave February - June 2014.

 

Impact

I co-direct EnviroVision Systems (www.evsolutions.biz), a company that specialises in protecting commercial forests, urban interface and environment with automatic camera systems. EVS is a fast growing SME with over 250 installations worldwide and 60 employees.

 

Personal

I like to travel and do unusual activities. For images and video clips of some of my activities, please visit www.mikekosch.com.

 

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