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.
- 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).
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.
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