Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Krishan Khurana

6863 Slichter Halll
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567
Phone: (310) 825-8240
FAX: (310) 206-8042

Research Activities

Research Geophysicist in the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (Space Science Center) and at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at UCLA.



Krishan Khurana received his first Ph.D. degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India in 1981 in the field of developing automated data processing techniques for exploration magnetic data. He subsequently embarked on a second Ph.D. program in the field of magnetohydrodynamics of rotating fluids at Durham University, England, which he successfully completed in 1984. From 1985, he has been working at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UCLA as a Research Geophysicist and is currently a Co- investigator on the Magnetometer experiments onboard Cluster, THEMIS and Cassini spacecraft missions.

He has worked on many theoretical and empirical investigations relating to the magnetospheres of Venus, Earth, Jupiter and Saturn. Some of the recent problems he has studied include inferring oceans in the icy satellites of Jupiter, interactions of the icy satellites with the Jovian and Saturnian plasma, magnetospheric convection driven by the solar wind, maintenance of corotation in the Jovian magnetosphere and the development of new global models of the magnetospheric fields of Jupiter and Saturn.

Krishan has advised NASA through committees such as the Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX) and the Solar System Exploration Survey (known as the Decadal Survey)). Currently he is an SDT member for the Joint ESA/NASA Jupiter Europa Mission and is a member of the NRC committee on Solar and Space Physics (CSSP).

Krishan served as the Guest Editor in 2006 for the journal “Advances in Space Research” for the special volume on “Saturn: Cassini/Huygens arrival and system science”, was a Co-editor in 2004 for the special Icarus volume “Jovian magnetospheric environment science” (with John F. Cooper of GSFC) and co-edited the book “Europa” published by Arizona University Press in 2009.

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Selected Publications

Khurana K. K., A generalized hinged-magnetodisc model of Jupiter's nightside current sheet, J. Geophys. Res., 97, 6269, 1992.

Khurana, K. K., Euler potential models of Jupiter’s magnetospheric field, J. Geophys. Res., 102, 11,295, 1997.

Khurana, K.K., M.G. Kivelson, D. J. Stevenson, G. Schubert, C. T. Russell, R. J. Walker, S. Joy, C. Polanskey, Induced magnetic fields as evidence for subsurface oceans in Europa and Callisto, Nature, 395, 749, 1998.

Khurana, K. K., V. M. Vasyliunas, B. H. Mauk, M. G. Kivelson, N. Krupp, J. Woch, A. Lagg, W. S. Kurth, The configuration of Jupiter’s Magnetosphere, Book Chapter # 24, edited by F. Bagenal, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004.

Khurana, K.K., R.T. Pappalardo, N. Murphy and T. Denk, The origin of Ganymede’s polar caps, Icarus, 191, 193–202 doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.04.022, 2007.

Khurana, KK., Dougherty MK, Russell CT and Leisner JS, Mass loading of Saturn’s magnetosphere near Enceladus, J. Geophys. Res., 112, A08203, doi:10.1029/2006JA012110, 2007.

Khurana, KK, Russell CT, and Dougherty MK, Magnetic portraits of Tethys and Rhea, Icarus, 193, 465-474, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2007.08.005, 2008.

Khurana, K.K., D.G. Mitchell, C.S. Arridge, M.K. Dougherty, C.T. Russell, C. Paranicas, N. Krupp., A.J. Coates, Sources of rotational signals in Saturn’s magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 114, A02211, doi:10.1029/2008JA013312, 2009.

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