W.K. (Bill) Peterson

Research Associate


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I did post doctoral studies at the Deutches Electronen Syncrotron in Germany and the Johns Hopkins University. I spent most of my carrier at the Lockheed Martin Palo Alto Research Labs and served as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Ottawa, Canada.

I was 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.

My professional interests are obtaining and using observations from ground and space based instruments to characterize the planetary plasma environments to test models and theories attempting to describe them.


University of Colorado — Boulder
PhD, Physics


I have published papers 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, image processing, and data policy.


MAVEN misstion to Mars: https://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/

ePOP Canadian ionospheric satellite focusing on ion outflow: http://mertensiana.phys.ucalgary.ca/

Analysis of DMSP upwelling ion data with Rob Redmon, NOAA, Boulder, and Laila Andersson

Analysis of Polar/TIMAS data and maintenance of the active archive https://lasp.colorado.edu/home/timas/

Editor, Geophysical Research Letters http://www.agu.org/journals/gl/index.shtml


A current listing of of all of my publications is available at: https://lasp.colorado.edu/home/timas/resources/principal-investigator/petersons-publications/

Most of the publications are available, on line, through the web of science ResearcherID: A-8706-2009 http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-8706-2009


American Geophysical Union
2002-2004 and 2010-current ex-officio member of AGU's Space Physics and Aeronomy Executive Committee.

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.

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