Ted Fritz

Ted Fritz

Professor (Astronomy, ME, ECE)

Professor (Astronomy, ME, ECE)

  • Primary Appointment Department of Astronomy
  • Education Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Additional Affiliations Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Areas of Interest Space plasma physics, magnetospheric physics, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, substorms, charged particles and compositions, rocket and satellite experiments
  • Research Areas Professor Theodore A. Fritz works in the area of planetary magnetospheres and possible Sun-Earth relations. His particular research interests include energetic charged particles, their composition, and the mechanisms by which they are transported and energized within magnetospheres. His present focus has been on the role of the Earth’s magnetospheric cusp region as an entry point for solar wind plasma into the magnetosphere and its probable energization there to energies associated with the extraterrestial ring current. He has participated either as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator in about 18 spaceflight projects such as the Application Technology Satellite (ATS-6), the International Sun- Earth Explorer 1&2 (ISEE 1&2), the NASA Galileo mission orbiting Jupiter, the NASA Global Geospace Science (GGS) Polar satellite mission, and the joint European Space Agency/NASA four satellite Cluster mission. In addition to these ongoing data analysis efforts, he is involved in the development of instrumentation for use in space to measure these energetic charged particles. Presently Professor Fritz is leading a group of engineering faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students designing and fabricating a Loss Cone Imager for a US Air Force scientific satellite project known as the Demonstration and Science Experiment (DSX). He has also led another project sponsored by the US Air Force as part of their University Nanosat 5 program in which more than 70 undergraduate mostly engineering students have participated in the design and fabrication of the ongoing BUSAT (Boston University Satellite for Applications and student Training) project.

Affiliation: Affiliated Faculty (ECE), Affiliated Faculty (ME),