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Space Research


From 1999 and 7 years on I was employed at the Danish National Space Center. First in the communication and public outreach group, and later as a Ph.D. stipendiary in the Solar System Physics Group.

People in the Solar System Physics Group cover a broad spectrum of scientific topics, from plasma physics to the study of the Earth's interior. My work focused on the interaction between the Solar Wind and the Earth's magnetic field using data from the Ørsted Satellite. This satellite was launched, as the first Danish satellite ever, on February 23, 1999 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It was intended to work for 15 months - two years as an optimistic wish. In 2007, however, it was still going strong, dutifully measuring the Earth's magnetic from its orbit approximately 700 km above the Earth. One has to recognize toughness when you see it :-) Anyway, its days as leading spacecraft within magnetic survey are past. Other satellites have taken over; the most current venture is the Danish led ESA Swarm Mission.

During my Ph.D. I worked for 5 months in Boulder, Colorado at High Altitude Observatory, a division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Scientifically, an exciting place, and geographically ideal for outdoor recreation and sport.

I submitted my Ph.D. dissertation for assessment to the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen primo October 2005. It was successfully defended January 18, 2006. Opponents were: Anja Andersen, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, DK; Hermann Lühr, GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam, DE, and Göran Marklund, Stockholm University, SE.

The thesis is available for download, size approx. 113 MB.

Title: Electric Currents in the Polar Magnetosphere

Download thesis.

The Danish Meteorological Institute has also played a big part in the Ørsted Project. Read here more about their solar-terrestrial physics research.

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Public Outreach

In a highly industrialized country technology is part of our lives and we depend on it, therefore science is also — or is supposed to be — an important part of "general education." This means that as citizens in a society like ours, we must have at least a minimum knowledge about science, its consequences and advantages and, in particular of its limits. But science is difficult to convey - scientific news is not the prime Google search line. I've always been interested in how to present science the best way, both to colleagues and to non-scientists such as school kids or the general reader. This has been a thread through my whole study and later career. My first job at the Space Center was, as mentioned, in the communication group, where I developed extensive themes (in Danish) about GPS and tele communication for the popular science website RUMMET.DK.

For several years I was also involved in arranging summer schools in physics, called Kopernikursus, for high school students. They were often held at folk high schools, between other the historic Rødding Højskoleand the charming Ry Højskole, situated in the hilly lake district in Jutland.

 

 

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