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Solar and Heliospheric Research Group
Michigan Engineering
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About Us

The Solar and Heliospheric Research group strives to be on the leading edge of science and engineering. Our efforts span the full cycle of research. From developing and testing new instruments and measurement technologies to analyzing spacecraft data and developing new physical theories, we take a holistic approach. We strive to maintain high standards in each of these areas, producing highly reliable instruments and data sets, as well as pushing the cutting edge with new theories for describing the evolution of the Sun and its influence within the heliosphere.

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Science

The SHRG is a world leader in the study of solar wind composition, heliospheric physics, and solar-planetary interactions.

Engineering

The SHRG specializes in developing innovative technologies for measuring space plasma. This includes mass composition spectrometers, specialized electronics, high voltage power supplies, and novel components to make flight hardware more lightweight and robust.

Missions

SHRG is directly involved in a series of missions and large scale projects exploring the sun and the heliosphere.

Data

The SHRG provides a critical link between experimental measurements and the advancement of scientific knowledge not only by inventing the instruments that collect and measure the plasma in space, but also processing and analyzing the data from those instruments, providing the scientific community with high-quality data that can be used for research in many different fields.

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This is an area where we can give some information about each section at a glance.

Science

The SHRG is a world leader in the study of solar wind composition, heliospheric physics, and solar-planetary interactions.

Tech

The SHRG specializes in developing innovative technologies for measuring space plasma. This includes mass composition spectrometers, specialized electronics, high voltage power supplies, and novel components to make flight hardware more lightweight and robust.

Missions

The SHRG stays at the forefront of heliospheric science via its involvement with space research missions.

Data Analysis

The SHRG provides a critical link (pipeline source ?) between experimental measurements and the advancement of scientific knowledge.

In addition to inventing the instruments that collect and measure the plasma in space, the SHRG processes and analyzes the data from those instruments, providing the scientific community with high-quality data that can be used for research in many different fields.

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History

The Solar-Heliopsheric-Research-Group (SHRG) began in 1993, with the arrival at Michigan of Len Fisk, who joined the AOSS faculty after leaving his position as NASA Associate Administrator for Space Sciences and Applications. Shorty after Len's arrival his long-time colleague, George Gloeckler, began to wind down his research efforts at the University of Maryland and transferred key activities to Michigan: the analysis of data from George's instruments on the ESA/NASA Ulysses and the NASA ACE and WIND missions, as well as key engineering personnel, Peter Bedini and Bob Lundgren, who would continue George's pioneering time-of-flight compositional instruments. This infusion of funding at Michigan permitted the rapid growth of SHRG. Thomas Zurbuchen and Nathan Schwadron were hired as post-doctoral fellows and then moved rapidly onto the research faculty. Nathan subsequently left Michigan for the Southwest Research Institute, but Thomas remained and moved rapidly through the academic ranks, rising to full Professor and now Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship, while along the way establishing an outstanding scientific reputation and developing the FIPS instrument now in orbit about Mercury. Throughout the years numerous students received their Ph.D. degrees while working in SHRG, and some remained with the group, particularly Sue Lepri who is now an Associate Professor, the group leader, and responsible for SHRG's instrument on the ESA Solar Orbiter mission, and Jim Raines, who remains responsible for our data analysis efforts. Since its beginning in 1993, SHRG has established itself as the leading provider of solar wind and suprathermal ion composition data, as well as innovative theories for the interpretation and implications of these data.

Contact Us

Prospective students: Contact Sue Lepri
Data inquiries: Contact Jim Raines
General info: Contact Jon Thomas