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Principal Investigator

Bill Peterson

Bill Peterson

W.K. (Bill) Peterson

Research Associate
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics LASP
University of Colorado
1234 Innovation Drive
Boulder, Colorado 80303

Phone (303) 492-0686
Fax   (303) 492-6444
E-mail Bill.Peterson@lasp.colorado.edu 2001-Present Research Associate, University of Colorado, LASP 2002-2004 Geospace Sciences Discipline Scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington DC (3/4 time appointment) 1977-2001 Research Scientist, Lockheed Martin Space Physics Laboratory Professional Interests: Obtaining and using observations from ground and space based instruments to characterize the Earth's plasma environment to test models and theories attempting to describe it. Education: BS, with honors, 1964 Engineering Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder. PhD. Physics, 1971, University of Colorado, Boulder Post doctoral studies at the Deutches Electronen-Synchrotron (DESY) 1971-1973, and at The Johns Hopkins University, 1973-1977. Professional Recognition: Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Ottawa, Canada, 1993. Principal Investigator on the NASA Polar/TIMAS Instrument and the CRRES Chemical Release Program. Co-Investigator on several mass spectrometer investigations on the NASA Dynamics Explorer, AMPTE, and FAST, satellite programs. Member of the Science Team of the Canadian Space Agency CASCADE Demonstrator Small-sat and Ionospheric Polar Exporer/Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe mission Co-Investigator on the 2013 Mars Scout Satellite Program Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) Professional Service: 2010-2013 Editor, Geophysical Research Letters 2005-2008 Secretary of the Electronic Geophysical Year. 2002-2004 Discipline Scientist for magnetospheric physics at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. 2000-2005 Co-chair of the GEM working group on mass exchange. 1997-2005 Member Science and Technology Definition Team for the Global Electrodynamics (GED) program. 1993-1997 Space Physics Data System, Magnetospheric Steering Committee. Public Service: Downtown Palo Alto Farmers' Market Inc. (1983-1997) Downtown Park North Neighborhood Association (1985-1997) Palo Alto Civic League (1993-1997) Traditional and Electronic Publications Over 200 publications on the subjects of atomic collision physics, polarized electrons, atmospheric photoelectrons, composition and dynamics of the mid and high altitude magnetospheric and auroral plasma, ion acceleration processes, and image processing. ResearchedID Badge Data sets made made available for general use: Energetic Ion Composition Spectrometer on Dynamcis Explorer -1 A guide to on-line data from the Dynamics Explorer Program A users guide to data from the Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite Program (CRRES) A guide to on-line data from the Energetic Ion Mass Spectrometer on ISEE-1 Prepared with the assistance of Walter Lennartsson. Various data sets from the TIMAS instrument on NASA's Polar Satellite. TIMAS Browse data product interface Interactive generation of high resolution spectrograms and associated ASCII data files. H0 High resolution digital data product H1 and h2 High resolution digital data products from 1996 to 1998. TIMAS Key Parameters (K0 and K1) TIMAS data formatted for radiation belt investigations On line data sets for specific investigations Web sites created

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