EPSS 9 Solar System and Planets (Lower Division):

Properties of sun, planets, asteroids, and comets. Astronomical observations relevant to understanding the solar system and its origin. Dynamical problems, including examination of fallacious hypotheses. Meteoritic evidence regarding earliest history of the solar system. Chemical models of solar nebula. Space exploration and its planning.

EPSS 136B Applied Geophysics (Upper Division):

Lecture, three hours; laboratory/field trips, six hours. Knowledge of Fortran 90 or C++. Requisite: course 136A. Principles and techniques of exploration for mineral deposits using natural and artificial electric and magnetic fields. Methods include self potential, resistivity, induced polarization, electromagnetics, magnetotellurics, magnetics.

EPSS 200C Introduction to Geophysics and Space Physics III: Plasmas --Aeronomy and the Interplanetary Medium (Graduate):

Lecture, three hours. Requisites: Physics 105A, 110B, 112, 131. Solar surface features, heating and expansion of corona, solar wind, plasma and magnetic fields, interaction of the solar wind with Earth, magnetospheric phenomena.

EPSS 240 Space Plasma Physics (Graduate):

Physics of plasmas in space, including treatments based on magnetohydrodynamics and kinetic theory. Applications to solar or planetary winds, steady-state magnetospheres, magnetospheric convection, substorm processes, magnetic merging, field-aligned currents and magnetosphere/ionosphere coupling, ring current dynamics, and wave particle instabilities.

EPSS 265

Instrumentation, Data Processing, and Data Analysis in Space Physics (Graduate):

Principles, testing, and operations of magnetometers and other instruments. Data processing, display, and archiving. Time-series analysis techniques, including filtering. Fourier series, eigenanalysis, and power spectra.


Research Interests

Professor Angelopoulos's current research aims to understand how particles are accelerated in Earth's magnetosphere, how the upper atmosphere and ionosphere respond to space currents, and how the lunar environment is affected by its interaction with the solar wind. Professor Angelopoulos holds appointments at the Space Sciences Laboratory, UCB and at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

He has been the Principal Investigator of THEMIS, the scientific and technical lead of this NASA/MIDEX mission, since its inception in 2001. He is currently working on storms and substorms at Earth while incorporating new data from the Moon's plasma environment, as part of the ARTEMIS mission. He recently received funding from NASA, NSF, and the Air Force Research Laboratory to build the first satellite on the UCLA campus, the Electron Loss and Fields Investigation (ELFIN) cubesat. This tiny satellite will study how electrons are scattered from the radiation belts by electromagnetic waves.

Prior to joining the University of California in 1995, Angelopoulos worked at the Applied Physics Laboratory from 1993-1995. He received the American Geophysical Union’s Macelwane medal in 1993 and the Zeldovich medal by the Russian Academy of Science and COSPAR in 2001. When not working, he enjoys playing music, solving puzzles, reading fiction, mountain bike riding and playing basketball with his two children, Nikolas and Constance.

Educational Background
Ph.D. in Physics, with specialization in Space Plasma Physics, 1993, UCLA.
Selected Publications

For a full reference list of papers, please click here.

    Angelopoulos, V. et al., August 2013 Electromagnetic Energy Conversion at Reconnection Fronts. (Science)

    Angelopoulos, V., A. Runov, X.-Z. Zhou, D. L. Turner, S. A. Kiehas, S.-S. Li, I. Shinohara (2013), Electromagnetic Energy Conversion at Reconnection Fronts, Science, 341, 1478-1482, DOI: 10.1126/science.1236992.

    Sergeev, V., et al., February 2012 Recent advances in understanding substorm dynamics (GRL) - GRL, March 16, 2012 Cover

    Sergeev, V., V. Angelopoulos, R. Nakamura (2012), Recent advances in understanding substorm dynamics, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L05101, doi:10.1029/2012GL050859.

    Turner, D. L. et al., January 2012 Explaining sudden losses of outer radiation belt electrons during geomagnetic storms. (Nature Physics)

    Turner, D. L., Y. Shprits, M. Hartinger, V. Angelopoulos (2012), Explaining sudden losses of outer radiation belt electrons during geomagnetic storms, Nature Phys., doi:10.1038/nphys2185.

    Sibeck, D. G. et al., March 2011 ARTEMIS Science Objectives and Mission Phases. (Space Science Reviews)

    D.G. Sibeck, V. Angelopoulos, D.A. Brain, G.T. Delory, J.P. Eastwood, W.M. Farrell, R.E. Grimm, J.S. Halekas, H. Hasegawa, P. Hellinger, K.K. Khurana, R.J. Lillis, M. Øieroset, T.-D. Phan, J. Raeder, C.T. Russell, D. Schriver, J.A. Slavin, P.M. Travnicek, J.M. Weygand (2011)ARTEMIS Science Objectives and Mission Phases, Space Sci. Rev., doi:10.1007/s11214-011-9777-9.

    Runov, A. et al., March 2011 A THEMIS multicase study of dipolarization fronts in the magnetotail plasma sheet. (JGR)

    Runov, A., V. Angelopoulos, X.-Z. Zhou, X.-J. Zhang, S. Li, F. Plaschke, and J. Bonnell (2011), A THEMIS multicase study of dipolarization fronts in the magnetotail plasma sheet, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A05216, doi:10.1029/2010JA016316.

    Li, S.-S. et al., February 2011 On the Force Balance Around Dipolarization Fronts Within Bursty Bulk Flows.

    Li, S.-S., V. Angelopoulos, A. Runov, X.-Z. Zhou, J. McFadden, D. Larson, J. Bonnell, and U. Auster (2011), On the Force Balance Around Dipolarization Fronts Within Bursty Bulk Flows, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A00I35, doi:10.1029/2010JA015884.

    Zhou, X-Z. et al., January 2011 On the nature of precursor flows upstream of advancing dipolarization fronts. (JGR)

    Zhou, X.-Z., V. Angelopoulos, V. A. Sergeev, and A. Runov (2011), On the nature of precursor flows upstream of advancing dipolarization fronts, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2010JA016165.

    Zhang, X.-J. et al., November 2010 Current carriers near dipolarization fronts in the magnetotail: A THEMIS event study (JGR)

    Zhang, X.-J.; V. Angelopoulos, A. Runov, X.-Z. Zhou, J. Bonnell (2011) McFadden, J. P.; Larson, D.; Auster, U. Current carriers near dipolarization fronts in the magnetotail: A THEMIS event study, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A00I20, doi:10.1029/2010JA015885.

    Liu, J. et al., December 2010 Superposed Epoch Analysis of Magnetotail Flux Transport During Substorms Observed by THEMIS. (JGR)

    Liu, J., C. Gabrielse, V. Angelopoulos, N. A. Frissell, L. R. Lyons, J. P. McFadden, J. Bonnell, and K. H. Glassmeier (2011), Superposed epoch analysis of magnetotail flux transport during substorms observed by THEMIS, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A00I29, doi:10.1029/2010JA015886.

    Angelopoulos, V., August 2010 The ARTEMIS Mission. (Space Science Reviews)

    Angelopoulos, V. (2010), The ARTEMIS Mission, Space Sci. Rev., doi:10.1007/s11214-010-9687-2.

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Space Physics: Relevancy

UCLA undergrads are first to build an entire satellite on campus

A river of plasma, guarding against the sun

Lunar Orbiters Discover Source of Space Weather Near Earth

AT&T Satellite 'Malfunction'

CNN Report: Solar Radiation Might Have Killed Satellite

ISTP Fleet Tracks a Geomagnetic Storm from Cradle to Grave

Polar UV Camera Observations of Magnetic Storm (oblivious to sunlight, responds to aurorae both at nightside and dayside):(1.2 MB Gif Movie); (8.6 MB Gif Movie). Courtesy of G. Parks and the POLAR-UV team.

Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere

Non-technical Summaries of THEMIS and ARTEMIS Research:
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Future Missions

Magnetospheric Constellation

Geospace Multiprobes: A Feasibility Argument


Constellation Class Missions (Selected Articles)

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The THEMIS Mission (order)

First Results from the THEMIS Mission, GRL

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Substorm Perspectives with Modern Magnetospheric and Ground Observatories, JGR

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