Research interests

Based on diploma and doctoral studies in experimental atomic physics and space physics, my research interests developed toward space and astrophysics and in particular the physics of the heliosphere, cosmic dust and dusty plasmas, physical processes in the interstellar medium, the interplanetary medium and circum-stellar systems; I also carry out research related to the evolution of small bodies, meteors, meteoroids and dust in the solar system and in extra-solar planetary systems. Motivated by new discoveries I got interested in cosmic nanodust and its dusty plasma phenomena. Through studies of the light scattering at irregular particles and through the meteor phenomena I became interested in atmospheric physics and the complex interactions of the polar atmosphere at all altitudes. 

Research projects

 at present

  • Cosmic dust in the solar terrestrial physics: exploring the inner solar system, HelioDust (PI of project funded by Research Council of Norway from summer 2017).
  • Measurements of mesospheric dust from sounding rockets (responsible for MAXIDUSTY project funded by Research Council of Norway, PI: Ove Havnes UiT).
  • Search for hypervelocity impacts on Earth-orbiting spacecraft (Collaborator in project funded by the Swedish National Space Board, PI: Asta Pellinen-Wannberg, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden).
  • Wave-particle interactions in the complex environment of a comet (Collaborator in project funded by Swedish National Space Board, PI: Maria Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden).
  • Member of the science teams of the ESA Solar Orbiter Radio and Plasma Waves instruments, RPW (PI: Milan Maksimovic, LESIA, Paris Observatory, France).
  • Member of the science team of the NASA Solar Probe Plus Fields Experiment, FIELDS (PI: Stuart Bale, University of California Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA).
  • Mesoclouds: combined observations of polar mesospheric summer echoes and noctilucent clouds (collaboration with Peter Dalin, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna).
  • Combining PMSE and wind observations to study coupling processes in the mesosphere, ISEE Joint Research Programm (collaboration with Satonori Nozawa and colleagues at Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, ISEE, Nagoya University Japan).

Biographical data

I received a Diploma and a PhD in Physics from Ruhr University in Bochum and a Habilitation at Braunschweig Technical University in Germany. I have worked at universities, basic research institutions and space centres in Europe, Japan and the USA including: the Belgium Institute for Space Aeronomy, Kobe University in Japan, Münster University in Germany, ESA Space Science Department, the Earth and Planetary Sciences Division at Caltech, Paris Observatory and the Max-Planck-Institute for Aeronomy and moved to UiT from the position of Head of Projects at EISCAT Scientific Association. 


I am involved in the project EISCAT_3D a new advanced ionospheric radar system to study how the Earth atmosphere is coupled to space. The project involves scientists in Europe, Japan and China and is on the European Commissions ESFRI roadmap for research infrastructures. At present I am the leader of EISCAT_3D Norway 2014, the project of the national EISCAT_3D consortium.

Other publications

During my career so far I have prepared three theses, prepared 10 book chapters, and published more than 140 articles in scientific journals, including more than 100 with official peer-review. 

I have co-edited the following books:

Nanodust in the Solar System: Discoveries and Interpretations, Astrophysics and Space Science Library 385, edited by Ingrid Mann, Nicole Meyer-Vernet, and Andrzej Czechowski; Springer, New York, 2012.

Small Bodies in Planetary Systems, Lecture Notes in Physics 758, edited by Ingrid Mann, Akiko M. Nakamura, and Tadashi Mukai; Springer, New York, 2008.

Modern Meteor Science: An Interdisciplinary View, reprinted from Earth, Moon and Planets, Special Issue, Volume 95, edited by Robert Hawkes, Ingrid Mann, and Peter Brown; Springer, Dordrecht 2005.


FYS-2000 Quantum Mechanics

FYS-2019 Sun, Planets, and Space – an Introduction to Space Physics

Individual Special Curriculum in Space Physics

G-Chaser Student Rocket Projects

Publications in CRIStin

  • Vaverka, Jakub; Asta, Pellinen-Wannberg; Kero, Johan; Mann, Ingrid; De Spiegeleer, Alexandre; Hamrin, Maria; Norberg, Carol; Pitkaenen, Timo. Potential of Earth Orbiting Spacecraft Influenced by Meteoroid Hypervelocity Impacts. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 2017. ISSN 0093-3813.

  • Mann, Ingrid. Comets as a possible source of nanodust in the Solar System cloud and in planetary debris discs. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 2017. ISSN 1364-503X.

  • Vaverka, Jakub; Pellinen-Wannberg, Asta; Kero, Johan; Mann, Ingrid; De Spiegeleer, Alexandre; Hamrin, Maria; Norberg, Carol; Pitkaenen, Timo. Detection ofmeteoroid hypervelocity impacts on the Cluster spacecraft: First results. Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 2017. ISSN 2169-9380.

  • De Spiegeleer, Alexandre; Hamrin, Maria; Pitkaenen, Timo; Volwerk, Martin; Mann, Ingrid; Nilsson, Hans; Norqvist, Patrick; Andersson, Laila; Vaverka, Jakub. Low frequency oscillatory flow signatures and high-speed flows in the Earth's magnetotail. Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 2017. ISSN 2169-9380.

  • Mann, Ingrid; Häggström, I.; Tjulin, A; Rostami, S; Anyairo, CC; Dalin, P. First wind shear observation in PMSE with the tristatic EISCAT VHF radar. Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics 2016; Volum 121 (11). ISSN 2169-9380.s 11,271 - 11,281.s doi: 10.1002/2016JA023080.

  • Pellinen-Wannberg, A.; Kero, J.; Haeggstroem, I.; Mann, Ingrid; Tjulin, Anders. The forthcoming EISCAT_3D as an extra-terrestrial matter monitor. Planetary and Space Science 2016. ISSN 0032-0633.

  • Gunell, Herbert; Andersson, Laila; De Keyser, Johan; Mann, Ingrid. Can the downward current region of the aurora be simulated in the laboratory?. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 2016. ISSN 0741-3335.

  • Gunell, H.; Andersson, Laila; De Keyser, Johan; Mann, Ingrid. Self-consistent electrostatic simulations of reforming double layers in the downward current region of the aurora. Annales Geophysicae 2015. ISSN 0992-7689.

  • Schippers, P.; Meyer-Vernet, N.; Lecacheux, A.; Belheouane, S.; Moncuquet, M.; Kurth, W.S.; Mann, Ingrid; Mitchell, D.G.; André, M.. Nanodust Detection between 1 and 5 AU Using Cassini Wave Measurements. The Astrophysical Journal 2015. ISSN 0004-637X.

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