Dr. Adam Szabo


Dr. Adam Szabo

  • Chief , Heliospheric Physics Laboratory
  • 301.286.5726 | 301.286.7194
  • Mail Code: 672
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Curriculum Vitae

    Brief Bio

    After a short post-doctoral position at MIT (1993-1994), Dr. Szabo accepted a National Research Council (NRC) Research Associate position at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (1994-1996). After the conclusion of the NRC fellowship, Dr. Szabo became a Hughes STX principal scientist contracted to GSFC until February 1998 when he was appointed a NASA civil service astrophysicist at the GSFC. Dr. Szabo is a member of the American Geophysical Union and has refereed for several journals. He has authored or co-authored over 90 scientific papers.
    Dr. Szabo specializes in heliospheric and magnetospheric shocks and discontinuities. His work includes the extension of the MHD "Rankine-Hugoniot" shock jump condition fitting technique. He has extensively analyzed the Earth, Uranus, and Neptune bow shocks. Dr. Szabo has also investigated the structure of the heliospheric current sheet and its evolution from the Sun. Recently, he has also investigated some aspects of interplanetary magnetic clouds and medium scale (10 days - 10 years) variations of magnetofluid parameters in the interplanetary medium. He has extensive experience analyzing and interpreting plasma and magnetic field data from the Voyagers, IMP 8, and WIND spacecraft. He is the data manager for the magnetic field investigation of WIND, serves as the Living With a Star Sentinels Study Scientist and leads the distributed data environment Virtual Heliospheric Observatory consortium.


    B.A. (Physics and Applied Mathematics) The University of Chicago, May 1988
    Ph.D. (Physics) MIT, August, 1993; Thesis: Solar wind flow around Uranus and Neptune


    Szabo, A., Interplanetary discontinuities and shocks in the Earth's magnetosheath, in Multiscale Processes in the Earth's Magnetosphere: From Interball to Cluster, pp. 57-71, NATO Science Series, Kluwer Academic Publishers, the Netherlands, 2004.
    Szabo, A., C. W. Smith, and R. M. Skoug, The transition of interplanetary shocks through the magnetosheath, in Solar Wind 10, p. 782, AIP Press, New York, 2003.
    Szabo, A., D. E. Larson, and R. P. Lepping, The heliospheric current sheet on small scale, in Proceedings of Solar Wind Nine, pp. 589-592, AIP Press, NY, 1999.
    Szabo, A., R. P. Lepping, and D. E. Larson, Crossing the Heliospheric Current Sheet, in Interball in the ISTP Program, pp. 231-237, NATO ASI Series, Kluwer, 1999.
    Szabo, A., R. P. Lepping, J. H. King, K. I. Paularena, and J. D. Richardson, Twenty years of interplanetary magnetofluid variations with periods between 10 days and 3 years, p. 399, in Proceedings of Solar Wind Eight, AIP Press, Dana Point, CA, 1996.
    Szabo, A., and R. P. Lepping, Neptune inbound bow shock, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 1723-1730, 1995.
    Szabo, A., R. P. Lepping, and J. H. King, Magnetic field observations of the 1.3-year solar wind oscillation, Geophys. Res. Lett., 22, 1845-1848, 1995.
    Szabo, A., An improved solution to the "Rankine-Hugoniot" problem, J. Geophys. Res., 99, 14,737-14,746, 1994.
    Szabo, A., A. J. Lazarus, R. L. McNutt, Jr., G. L. Siscoe, R. P. Lepping, and N. F. Ness, Magnetopause and cusp observations at Neptune, J. Geophys. Res., 96, 19,149-19,152,1991.

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