Paul Withers

Professor of Astronomy; Chair of Astronomy

  • Title Professor of Astronomy; Chair of Astronomy
  • Office CAS 604
  • Phone (617) 353-1531
  • Education 2003 Ph.D. University of Arizona (Planetary Science)
    2001 M.A. Cambridge University
    1998 M.S. Queens’ College, Cambridge University (Physics)
    1998 B.A. Queens’ College, Cambridge University (Physics)

Research InterestsPlanetary atmospheres and ionospheres; radio science instruments; accelerometer instruments


My main area of research is the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of planets. I analyze data and develop theoretical models to discover how solar flux, a neutral atmosphere, magnetic fields, and an ionosphere interact under the unique conditions of each planet. I am also actively involved in suppporting the operations of accelerometer and radio science instruments. I have a range of potential projects available in these areas for interested undergraduate and graduate students.


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