Swedish Space Physics

Space plasma physics is an area with a long scientific tradition in Sweden and an area where scientific results in the ultimate front line of research can be obtained with relatively small satellites in Earth orbits. Thus, it is natural that the first Swedish satellite, the successful Viking mission in 1986, was dedicated to plasma physics. Viking has been followed by a series of other magnetospheric satellites, Freja, Astrid-1 and Astrid-2 (see satellites).

Swedish space plasma physicists have gained invaluable experience in building instruments for measurement of electric and magnetic fields, plasma densities and energetic neutral atoms. The research groups are participating with instruments and scientific analysis in many international space projects. These include the interplanetary missions Ulysses, Phobos, Planet-B, Cassini/Huygens, Rosetta and Mars Express as well as Earth orbiters such as Interball, Polar, Fast, Equator-S, Örsted, and Cluster.

A centre for space weather studies is located in Lund (see IRF Lund).

Research Groups

Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna, Umeå, Uppsala, and Lund
Space Plasma Physics at the Alfvén Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Last updated: 9 November 2010