PS Planetary and Solar System Sciences
The 2011 Division Outstanding Young Scientists Awards is awarded to Elias Roussos for his outstanding work in Planetary Magnetospheres, the discovery of transient radiation belt structures in Saturn’s magnetosphere, and the detection of here-to-fore unknown rings and dust structures in the Saturnian system.
My research focuses on the structure and the dynamics of the radiation belts of the outer planets (e.g. Jupiter and Saturn). I am especially interested in developing methods and tools to study the radiation belts by analyzing the perturbations induced by the presence of planetary moons or rings within them. In addition, I am or have been involved in topics of moon-magnetosphere interactions and the interaction of Mars’s ionosphere and atmosphere with the solar wind.