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Dr. Harlan E. Spence

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University of New Hampshire
105 Main Street
Durham , New Hampshire 03824
United States

Company Description: Established in 1988, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) is a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive interoperability...   more

Employment History

  • Principal Investigator
    University of New Hampshire
  • CRaTER Deputy Lead Scientist and Director
  • Professor of Astronomy
    Boston University
  • Principal Investigator
    Boston University
  • Principal Investigator for CRaTER
    Boston University
  • Chairman, Professor
    Boston University Department of Astronomy
  • Professor of Astronomy
    Boston University Department of Astronomy
  • Principal Investigator
  • Principal Investigator
    Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
  • Board Member
    UNH Institute for the Study of Earth , Oceans and Space
  • Board Member
    Institute for the Study of Earth , Oceans and Space
  • Board Member
    Institute for the Study of Earth , Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire
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Web References
Co-authors of the new research include ..., 18 Dec 2013 [cached]
Co-authors of the new research include Qianli Ma, a graduate student who works in Thorne's lab; Wen Li, Binbin Ni and Jacob Bortnik, researchers in Thorne's lab; and members of the science teams on the Van Allen Probes, including Harlan Spence of the University of New Hampshire (principal investigator for RBSP-ECT) and Craig Kletzing of the University of Iowa (principal investigator for EMFISIS).
"Energetic electrons in the Van Allen ..., 25 July 2013 [cached]
"Energetic electrons in the Van Allen radiation belts have been implicated in past satellite failures and so they are often referred to as 'killer electrons'," says UNH astrophysicist Harlan Spence, co-author on the Science paper and principal investigator on the Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma (ECT) instrument suite on board the twin Van Allen Probe spacecraft that made the precision particle measurements.
Adds Spence, "A 50-year mystery of the radiation belts is, where, when and how these electrons are energized.
"We care about this because the ... [cached]
"We care about this because the belts' high-energy particles, particularly the electrons, pose a real risk to spacecraft," says Harlan Spence, UNH principal investigator for the FIREBIRD II mission. "So if we understand these physical processes better, we'll be able to predict how the radiation belts will behave and both protect the satellites we depend upon for telecommunications, weather monitoring and prediction, etcetera, and design them to withstand this high-energy radiation."
FIREBIRD II is a follow-on to the inaugural 2013 FIREBIRD mission, which according to Spence provided the best quality microburst data of its kind to date "despite the size of the spacecraft."
With improvements made in the wake of the first mission, including more robust software and power systems, FIREBIRD II is anticipated to provide the very first characterization of the spatial scale of microbursts, without which scientists won't fully understand the global consequences of the loss of energetic particles to Earth's atmosphere.
Moreover, greatly expanding the science, other measurements will be made in the radiation belt environment by separate missions occurring in tandem with FIREBIRD II, including NASA's Van Allen Probes mission, on which Spence is a principal investigator, and NASA's upcoming Magnetospheric Multiscale mission that will carry critical, UNH-built components.
Says Spence, "We are starting to look in the key energy range of interest between what we see with the FIREBIRD nanosatellites and what we see with the Van Allen Probes, and from those comparisons we can start learning about the physics of how particles are lost from the radiation belts to the atmosphere."
Says Harlan Spence, CRaTER ..., 18 Nov 2013 [cached]
Says Harlan Spence, CRaTER deputy lead scientist and director of EOS, "Until now, people have not had the 'eyes' necessary to see this particular population of particles. With CRaTER, we just happen to have the right focus to make these discoveries."
UNH team members on the CRaTER instrument and co-authors on the Space Weather papers include Schwadron, Spence, Sonya Smith, Mike Golightly, Jody Wilson and Colin Joyce, Jason Legere, and Cary Zeitlin of the Southwest Research Institute Earth, Oceans, and Space Department at UNH.
CRaTER, whose principal investigator is ..., 11 Oct 2012 [cached]
CRaTER, whose principal investigator is Harlan Spence, director of EOS and a co-developer of PREDICCS, has made the most accurate and comprehensive measurements of radiation at the moon since the dawn of the space age.
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