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Dr Robert Fear

Head of Space Environment Physics Group
Director of Studies for Year 4
Programme Leader for MPhys Physics with Space Science
Coordinator for Geophysics degree programme within Physics & Astronomy

Dr Robert Fear is a Principal Research Fellow, and an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow. His research interests are in large-scale solar wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere coupling, and he has extensive experience in the use of in situ satellite data, radar data and global-scale auroral imaging to understand the dynamics of the region of space occupied by the Earth’s magnetic field (the magnetosphere) and its influence on the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere (the ionosphere). In recent years, his research interests have broadened to include global scale magnetospheric dynamics during periods when the interplanetary magnetic field is northward, which has led to several key publications on this topic in the Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters and Science magazine. Community roles include membership of MIST Council, the UK representative body for Magnetospheric, Ionospheric and Solar Terrestrial physics (2011-2017), and he is a member of STFC’s Astronomy Grants Panel (2017-).

Publications

Fear, R.C., Milan, S.E., Maggiolo, R., Fazakerley, A.N., Dandouras, I. and Mende, S.B. (2014) Direct observation of closed magnetic flux trapped in the high-latitude magnetosphere. Science, 346 (6216), 1506-1510.

Lidtke, Aleksander A., Rumpf, Clemens, Tatnall, Adrian, Lewis, Hugh G., Walker, Scott J., Taylor, Mia, Fear, Robert C., Weddell, Alex S., Maunder, Robert G. and Bantock, James R.B. (2015) Enhancing spaceflight safety with UOS3 cubesat. At 1st Symposium on Space Educational Activities 1st Symposium on Space Educational Activities, Italy. 09 - 12 Dec 2015.

Fear, R.C., Milan, S.E., Carter, J.A. and Maggiolo, R. (2015) The interaction between transpolar arcs and cusp spots. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (22), 9685-9693.

Trenchi, L., Marcucci, M.F. and Fear, R.C. (2015) The effect of diamagnetic drift on motion of the dayside magnetopause reconnection line. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (15), 6129-6136.

Radioti, A., Grodent, D., Gérard, J.-C., Milan, S.E., Fear, R.C., Jackman, C.M., Bonfond, B. and Pryor, W. (2014) Saturn's elusive nightside polar arc. Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (18), 6321-6328. (doi:10.1002/2014GL061081).

Maes, L., Maggiolo, R., De Keyser, J., Dandouras, I., Fear, R.C., Fontaine, D. and Haaland, S. (2015) Solar illumination control of ionospheric outflow above polar cap arcs. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (5), 1304-1311. (doi:10.1002/2014GL062972).

Carter, J.A., Milan, S.E., Fear, R.C., Kullen, A. and Hairston, M.R. (2015) Dayside reconnection under interplanetary magnetic field By-dominated conditions: The formation and movement of bending arcs. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 120 (4), 2967-2978.

Mailyan, B., Shi, Q.Q., Kullen, A., Maggiolo, R., Zhang, Y., Fear, R.C., Zong, Q.-G., Fu, S.Y., Gou, X.C., Cao, X., Yao, Z.H., Sun, W.J., Wei, Y. and Pu, Z.Y. (2015) Transpolar arc observation after solar wind entry into the high-latitude magnetosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 120 (5), 3525-3534.

Kullen, A., Fear, R.C., Milan, S.E., Carter, J.A. and Karlsson, T. (2015) The statistical difference between bending arcs and regular polar arcs. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 120 (12), 10,443-10,465. (doi:10.1002/2015JA021298).

Sandhu, J.K., Yeoman, T.K., Fear, R.C. and Dandouras, I. (2016) A statistical study of magnetospheric ion composition along the geomagnetic field using the Cluster spacecraft for L values between 5.9 and 9.5. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121 (3), 2194-2208. (doi:10.1002/2015JA022261).

Trenchi, L., Fear, R. C., Trattner, K. J., Mihaljcic, B. and Fazakerley, A. N. (2016) A sequence of flux transfer events potentially generated by different generation mechanisms. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121 (9), 8624-8639. (doi:10.1002/2016JA022847).

Sandhu, J.K., Yeoman, T.K., Fear, R.C. and Dandouras, I. (2016) A statistical study of magnetospheric electron density using the Cluster spacecraft. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121 (11), 11,042-11,062. (doi:10.1002/2016JA023397).

Browett, S.D., Fear, R.C., Grocott, A. and Milan, S.E. (2017) Timescales for the penetration of IMF By into the Earth's magnetotail. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122, 579-593. (doi:10.1002/2016JA023198).

Smith, Andrew, Slavin, James, Jackman, Caitriona, Fear, Robert, Poh, Gang-Kai, DiBraccio, Gina, Jasinski, Jamie and Trenchi, Lorenzo (2017) Automated force-free flux rope identification. Journal of Geophysical Research, 1-12. (doi:10.1002/2016JA022994).

Reidy, J.A., Fear, R.C., Whiter, D.K., Lanchester, B.S., Kavanagh, A.J., Paxton, L.J., Zhang, Y. and Lester, M. (2017) Multi-instrument observation of simultaneous polar cap auroras on open and closed magnetic field lines. Journal of Geophysical Research, 122 (4), 4367-4386. (doi:10.1002/2016JA023718).

Coxon, John, Rae, I. Jonathan, Forsyth, Colin, Jackman, Caitriona M., Fear, Robert C. and Anderson, Brian J. (2017) Birkeland currents during substorms: Statistical evidence for intensification of Regions 1 and 2 currents after onset and a localized signature of auroral dimming. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122 (6). (doi:10.1002/2017JA023967).

Smith, A.W., Slavin, J.A., Jackman, C.M., Poh, G.-K. and Fear, R.C. (2017) Flux ropes in the Hermean magnetotail: distribution, properties and formation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. (doi:10.1002/2017JA024295).

Carter, J.A., Milan, S.E., Fear, R.C., Walach, M.-T., Harrison, Z.A., Paxton, L.J. and Hubert, B. (2017) Transpolar arcs observed simultaneously in both hemispheres. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122 (6), 6107-6120. (doi:10.1002/2016JA023830).

Sandhu, J.K., Yeoman, T.K., Rae, I.J., Fear, R.C. and Dandouras, I. (2017) The dependence of magnetospheric plasma mass loading on geomagnetic activity using Cluster. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122 (9), 9371-9395. (doi:10.1002/2017JA024171).

Fear, R.C., Trenchi, L., Coxon, J.C. and Milan, S. E. (2017) How much flux does a flux transfer event transfer? Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122, 12,310-12,327. (doi:10.1002/2017JA024730).

Sandhu, J.K., Yeoman, T.K., James, M.K., Rae, I.J. and Fear, R.C. (2018) Variations of high-latitude geomagnetic pulsation frequencies: a comparison of time-of-flight estimates and IMAGE magnetometer observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. (doi:10.1002/2017JA024434).

Nowada, Motoharu, Fear, Robert C., Grocott, Adrian, Shi, Quan Qi, Yang, Jun, Zong, Qiu Gang, Wei, Yong, Fu, Sui Yan, Pu, Zu Yin, Mailyan, Bagrat and Zhang, Hui (2018) Subsidence of ionospheric flows triggered by magnetotail magnetic reconnection during transpolar arc brightening. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. (doi:10.1029/2017JA024701).

Genestreti, K.J., Varsani, A., Burch, J.L., Cassak, P.A., Torbert, R.B., Nakamura, R., Ergun, R.E., Phan, T.D., Toledo-Redondo, S., Hesse, M., Wang, S., Giles, B.L., Russell, C.T., Vörös, Z., Hwang, K.J., Eastwood, J.P., Lavraud, B., Escoubet, C.P., Fear, R.C., Khotyaintsev, Y., Nakamura, T.K.M., Webster, J.M. and Baumjohann, W. (2018) MMS observation of asymmetric reconnection supported by 3-D electron pressure divergence. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123 (3), 1806-1821. (doi:10.1002/2017JA025019).

Coxon, John C., Freeman, Mervyn P., Jackman, Caitriona M., Forsyth, Colin, Rae, I. Jonathan and Fear, Robert C. (2018) Tailward propagation of magnetic energy density variations with respect to substorm onset times. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123 (6), 4741-4754. (doi:10.1029/2017JA025147).

Reidy, J. A., Fear, R. C., Whiter, D. K., Lanchester, B., Kavanagh, A. J., Milan, S. E., Carter, J. A., Paxton, L. J. and Zhang, Y. (2018) Interhemispheric survey of polar cap aurora. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. (doi:10.1029/2017JA025153).

Blanco-Cano, Xochitl, Battarbee, Markus, Turc, Lucile, Dimmock, Andrew P., Kilpua, Emilia K.J., Hoilijoki, Sanni, Ganse, Urs, Sibeck, David G., Cassak, Paul A., Fear, Robert C., Jarvinen, Riku, Juusola, Liisa, Pfau-Kempf, Yann, Vainio, Rami and Palmroth, Minna (2018) Cavitons and spontaneous hot flow anomalies in a hybrid-Vlasov global magnetospheric simulation. Annales Geophysicae, 36 (4), 1081-1097. (doi:10.5194/angeo-36-1081-2018).

Dong, X. C., Dunlop, M. W., Wang, T. Y., Cao, J. B., Trattner, K. J., Bamford, R., Russell, C. T., Bingham, R., Strangeway, R. J., Fear, R. C., Giles, B. L. and Torbert, R. B. (2018) Carriers and sources of magnetopause current: MMS Case Study. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123 (7), 5464-5475. (doi:10.1029/2018JA025292).

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