The plasma and energetic particle observations carried out by the Space Physics Group require novel instrumentation carried on Earth-orbiting satellites and deep-space probes. Instruments are designed and constructed on campus by the group's technical staff, with participation by graduate as well as undergraduate students. The basic instrumentation technique is time-of-flight mass spectrometry, customized for rugged, lightweight systems as required by space missions. The group actively collaborates with other research teams in the United States and Europe.
Research Group Website: http://space.umd.edu/