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Dr Jonathan Nichols

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Leicester
United Kingdom


MPhys (Hons) PhD (Leicester) I graduated from the University of Leicester in 1997 with a first class MPhys degree in Physics with Space Science and Technology, and went on to obtain a PhD from the University of Leicester in 2004 under the supervision of Professor S. H. W. Cowley, on the topic of Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling currents in Jupiter’s middle magnetosphere.

Research Interest

My research interests initially focused on the magnetospheric dynamics and auroras (‘northern lights’) of Jupiter and Saturn, but have since widened to include Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, exoplanets and brown dwarfs.


  • Nichols, Badman, Bunce, Clarke, Cowley, et al., (2016). Saturn’s northern auroras as observed using the Hubble Space Telescope. 263, 17–31.

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