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Thomas E. Cravens

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6050L Malott Hall

Research Focus: Space Physics


Professional Background:

1991-present, Professor: University of Kansas
1988-1991 Associate Professor: University of Kansas


1975: Ph.D. Astronomy, Harvard University
1970, B.S. Physics, Summa Cum Laude, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Honors and Awards:

2005 Higuchi Research Award 

2003 Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, American Geophysical Union
Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2001
2000 Department of Physics & Astronomy Undergraduate Teaching Award
Member, Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society)
Member, American Geophysical Union
Member, American Physical Society
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
International Academy of Astronautics 

Research Interests:

My research has emphasized how solar radiation and the solar wind interact with planets and other objects in our solar system, such as comets. I am particularly interested in sources of X-ray emission throughout the solar system. The Space Physics group at KU has also recently undertaken a number of studies of the upper atmosphere of Titan and its interaction with Saturn's magnetosphere. I am a member of the science team for the Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) experiment onboard the Cassini spacecraft which is now orbiting Saturn. 

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