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Neil Murphy

  • B.Sc., Physics, Imperial College, London (1981)
  • Ph.D., Space Plasma Physics, Imperial College, London (1987)

Research Interests
  • Heliospheric Physics analysis of heliospheric magnetic field
  • Instrument development
  • Solar Doppler and magnetic imaging
  • Planetary Doppler imaging


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Juno is in 53-day polar orbits, observing Jupiter in order to understand the planet's gross size and structural properties, as well as measuring its atmospheric composition, temperature and deep wind profiles.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1988-Present)
    • Supervisor, Space and Astrophysical Plasmas Group (2002-Present)
    • Manager, Heliophysics Advanced Concepts Office (2001-Present)
    • Research Scientist, Space Physics Element (1997-2001)
    • Science Lead, JPL's Advanced Project Design Team (Team-X) (1999-2001)
    • Member of the Technical Staff, Space Physics Element (1991-1997)
    • Galileo project, Energetic Particle support team lead (1992-1997)
    • National Research Council Resident Research Associate (1988-1991)
  • Space and Atmospheric physics group, Imperial College, London, Research Assistant (1986-1988)
  • High School Science Teacher (In the United Kingdom) (1981-1983)

Selected Publications
  1. Murphy, N., E.J. Smith, W. Rodgers and S. Jefferies, Chromospheric observations in the Helium 1083nm line  A new instrument, Proc. Solar Wind 11  SOHO 16 Connecting the Sun and heliosphere ESA SP-592, 2005.
  2. Murphy, N., E.J. Smith and N. A. Schwadron, Strongly Underwound magnetic fields in co-rotating interaction regions: Observations and Implications, Geophys. Res. Lett., 29, (22) 2066, doi:10.1029/2002GL015164, 2002
  3. Murphy, N., Smith, E. J., Rogers, W., Gillam, S., Rosner, R., Baliunas, S., Searching for Global oscillations of Jupiter, AAS DPS mtg #32, 65.16, 2000
  4. Cohen, C.M.S., T.L. Garrard, E.C. Stone, J.F. Cooper, N. Murphy and N. Gehrels, Io encounters past and present: A heavy ion comparison, J Geophys. Res., 105, A4, 7775, 2000
  5. Murphy, N., E.J. Smith, J. Wolfe and Devrie S. Intriligator, A reexamination of "Interstellar ion waves" previously identified in Pioneer 10 magnetic field data, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 3721, 1998
  6. Williams, D. J.; Mauk, B. H.; McEntire, R. W.; Roelof, E. C.; Armstrong, T. P.; Wilken, B.; Roederer, J. G.; Krimigis, S. M.; Fritz, T. A.; Lanzerotti, L. J.; Murphy, N., Energetic particle signatures at Ganymede: Implications for Ganymede's magnetic field, Geophys. Res. Lett., 24, 2163, 1997
  7. Murphy, N., E.J. Smith, B. Goldstein, A. Balogh and R.J. Forsyth, Correlated Variations in the Azimuthal and Elevation Angles of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field, Solar Wind Eight, Proc. of the Eighth Int. Solar Wind Conf., AIP 382, 421-424, 1996
  8. Garrard, T.L, E.C. Stone and N. Murphy, Effects of absorption by Io on composition of energetic heavy ions, Science, 274, 393, 1996
  9. Murphy, N., E.J. Smith, B.T. Tsurutani, A. Balogh and D.J. Southwood. Further studies of waves accompanying the solar wind pick-up of interstellar hydrogen. Space Science Reviews, 72, 447-452, 1995
  10. Forsyth, R.J., A. Balogh, E.J. Smith, N. Murphy and D.J. McComas, The Underlying Magnetic Field direction in Ulysses Observations of the Southern Polar Heliosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett., 22, 3321-3324, 1995
  11. Owen, C.J., J.A. Slavin, I.G. Richardson, N. Murphy and R.J. Hynds, Average motion, structure and orientation of the distant magnetotail determined from remote sensing of the edge of the plasma sheet boundary layer with E> 35 keV ions., J. Geophys. Res., 100, A1, 185, 1995
  12. Anderson, K.A., J. Somers, R.P. Lin, M. Pick, P. Chaizy, N. Murphy, E.J. Smith and J. Phillips, Mirroring of fast solar flare electrons on a downstream corotation interaction region., J. Geophys. Res., 100, A1, 3, 1995
  13. Winterhalter, D.; Smith, E. J.; Burton, M. E.; Murphy, N.; McComas, D. J., The heliospheric plasma sheet, J. Geophys. Res., 99, A4, 6667, 1994
  14. Pulkkinen, T.I., D.N. Baker, C.J. Owen, J.T. Gosling and N. Murphy, Thin current sheets in the deep geomagnetic tail, Geophys. Res. Lett., 20, 22, 2427, 1993
  15. Balogh, A.; Dougherty, M. K.; Forsyth, R. J.; Southwood, D. J.; Smith, E. J.; Tsurutani, B. T.; Murphy, N.; Burton, M. E., Magnetic field observations during the ULYSSES flyby of Jupiter, Science, 257, no. 5076, 1515-1518. 1992
  16. Murphy, N., J.A. Slavin, D.N. Baker and W.J. Hughes, Enhancements of energetic ions associated with travelling compression regions in the deep geomagnetic tail, J. Geophys. Res., 92, 64, 1987
  17. Smith, P. R.; Hopcraft, K. I.; Murphy, N. An interpretation of magnetosonic waves in the boundary regions of the plasma sheet as seen by the ISEE 3 spacecraft, Magnetotail physics, Johns Hopkins University Press, 151-154. 1987

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