Ravindra Desai is an Assistant Professor in the Warwick Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics. His research into astrophysical plasmas focusses on particle-scale kinetic physics and large system-scale phenomena, and the interplays between these, across the solar system and beyond. To this end he develops and uses a range of plasma simulation codes and is involved in a number of current and upcoming space missions. These include the Lunar Gateway Space Station, soon to launch into lunar orbit as part of the Artemis program, the SMILE mission which will image the global magnetosphere using X-rays, and Solar Orbiter which is observing the Sun from closer than ever before. He is also working with the UK MET Office to develop new space weather forecasting capabilities.
In 2023, Ravindra was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society Winton Award for outstanding contributions in the field of space plasma physics and Royal Astronomical Society Higher Education Award for outstanding supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students. He also participates in the Nuffield Research Placement programme and outreach with the Sun-Space-Art programme.
Department of Physics,
University of Warwick,
Coventry, CV4 7AL,