Glyn Alexander Collinson

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Glyn Alexander Collinson

  • RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
  • 301.286.2511
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 673
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: CATHOLIC UNIV OF AMERICA
  • Research Interests

    Instrument Scientist

    Instrument Design:
    • Electron Optical design of the Solar Orbiter Electron Analyzer
    • Contributed to the design of the Magnetospheric Multiscale Fast Plasma Investigation Electron Spectrometer
    Instrument Calibration:
    • 2009 - Lab and in-flight Calibration of the Venus Express ASPERA Electron Spectrometer [Collinson et al. 2009]
    • 2010 - Member of the in-flight calibration team for the Cassini ELS sensor [Lewis et al., 2010]
    • 2013 - Lab Calibration Energetic Neutral Atom instrument for the ESA Bepi Colombo mission to Mercury
    • 2014 - Lab Calibration of the Electron Spectrometer for the DSCOVR PLASMAG sensor
    Instrument Science:
    • Expert on the determination of the Geometric Factor of plasma analyzers [Collinson et al., 2012a]
    • Developed new techniques for the remote in-flight variation of the Geometric Factor [Collinson and Kataria 2010]

    Team member of NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars

    • Searching for the ambipolar electric field at Mars thought to be responsible for Earth's Polar Wind, [Collinson et al, 2015].
    • Confirmed the existence of explosive Hot Flow Anomalies at Mars and identified the disturbances in the solar wind caused by them, which have the potential to cause global impact to the planet, [Collinson et al, 2015b]
    • Participated in an investigation into the impact of an Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejection (ICME) on Mars [Jakosky et al., Science, 2015]

    Member of the Venus Express ASPERA-4 team

    One of a handful of scientists worldwide with a track record of research in the two complementary disciplines of Space Plasma Instrumentation and Space Physics.

    • Probed the impact of a large but slow Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejection on Venus and discovered that even slow and weak ICMEs can cause enormous increases in the outflow of oxygen from unmagnetized planets [Collinson et al, 2015a].
    • Charted the extension of mysterious holes in the ionosphere of Venus out into the tail [Collinson et al, 2014b], discovering them to be caused by magnetic forces coming from the solar wind.
    • Made the first confirmed discovery of Hot Flow Anomolies at Venus, confirming that these are a fundamental mode of interaction between stars and planets. [Collinson et al, 2012b]. A follow up study determined that HFAs are common at Venus and have potentially global consequences [Collinson et al., 2014a]
    • First observation of Short Large Amplitude Magnetic Structures in the foreshock of Venus [Collinson et al, 2012c], suggesting that the mechanism for the formation of quasi-parallel bow shocks is universal.

     

    Current Projects

    MAVEN

    Venus Express ASPERA-4

    Calibration and analysis of data products

    DSCOVR Electron Spectrometer

    Calibration of  sensor

    MMS Fast Plasma Investigation

     Member of instrument team, 2010-present

    Galileo at Ganymede

    Data analysis from the Galileo flybys

    Positions/Employment

    1/2010 - 1/2013

    NASA Postdoctoral Fellow

    Oak Ridge, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center - Code 670  
    3/2013 - 7/2013

    Forskare

    Institutet för rymdfysik, Kiruna, Sweden  
    9/2013 - Present

    Research Associate

    Catholic University of America, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Code 673  

    Publications

    Refereed

    Harada, Y., J. S. Halekas, J. P. McFadden, et al. D. L. Mitchell, C. Mazelle, J. E. Connerney, J. Espley, D. E. Larson, D. A. Brain, L. Andersson, G. A. DiBraccio, G. A. Collinson, R. Livi, T. Hara, S. Ruhunusiri, and B. M. Jakosky. 2015. "Magnetic reconnection in the near-Mars magnetotail: MAVEN observations." Geophysical Research Letters, [10.1002/2015gl065004]

    Collinson, G., J. Halekas, J. Grebowsky, et al. J. Connerney, D. Mitchell, J. Espley, G. DiBraccio, C. Mazelle, J.-A. Sauvaud, A. Fedorov, and B. Jakosky. 2015. "A hot flow anomaly at Mars." Geophysical Research Letters, [10.1002/2015gl065079]

    Collinson, G., D. Mitchell, A. Glocer, et al. J. Grebowsky, W. K. Peterson, J. Connerney, L. Andersson, J. Espley, C. Mazelle, J.-A. Sauvaud, A. Fedorov, Y. Ma, S. Bougher, R. Lillis, R. Ergun, and B. Jakosky. 2015. "Electric Mars: The first direct measurement of an upper limit for the Martian “polar wind” electric potential." Geophysical Research Letters, [10.1002/2015gl065084]

    Collinson, G. A., J. Grebowsky, D. G. Sibeck, et al. L. K. Jian, S. Boardsen, J. Espley, D. Hartle, T. L. Zhang, S. Barabash, Y. Futaana, and P. Kollmann. 2015. "The impact of a slow interplanetary coronal mass ejection on Venus." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 120 (5): 3489-3502 [10.1002/2014ja020616]

    Dorelli, J. C., A. Glocer, G. Collinson, and G. Tóth. 2015. "The role of the Hall effect in the global structure and dynamics of planetary magnetospheres: Ganymede as a case study." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 120 (7): 5377-5392 [10.1002/2014ja020951]

    DiBraccio, G. A., J. R. Espley, J. R. Gruesbeck, et al. J. E. Connerney, D. A. Brain, J. S. Halekas, D. L. Mitchell, J. P. McFadden, Y. Harada, R. Livi, G. Collinson, T. Hara, C. Mazelle, and B. M. Jakosky. 2015. "Magnetotail dynamics at Mars: Initial MAVEN observations." Geophys. Res. Lett., 42: [10.1002/2015GL065248]

    Bougher, S., B. Jakosky, J. Halekas, et al. J. Grebowsky, J. Luhmann, P. Mahaffy, J. Connerney, F. Eparvier, R. Ergun, D. Larson, J. McFadden, D. Mitchell, N. Schneider, R. Zurek, C. Mazelle, L. Andersson, D. Andrews, D. Baird, D. N. Baker, J. M. Bell, M. Benna, D. Brain, M. Chaffin, P. Chamberlin, J. Y. Chaufray, J. Clarke, G. Collinson, M. Combi, F. Crary, T. Cravens, M. Crismani, S. Curry, D. Curtis, J. Deighan, G. Delory, R. Dewey, G. DiBraccio, C. Dong, Y. Dong, P. Dunn, M. Elrod, S. England, A. Eriksson, J. Espley, S. Evans, X. Fang, M. Fillingim, K. Fortier, C. M. Fowler, J. Fox, H. Groller, S. Guzewich, T. Hara, Y. Harada, G. Holsclaw, S. K. Jain, R. Jolitz, F. Leblanc, C. O. Lee, Y. Lee, F. Lefevre, R. Lillis, R. Livi, D. Lo, Y. Ma, M. Mayyasi, W. McClintock, T. McEnulty, R. Modolo, F. Montmessin, M. Morooka, A. Nagy, K. Olsen, W. Peterson, A. Rahmati, S. Ruhunusiri, C. T. Russell, S. Sakai, J. A. Sauvaud, K. Seki, M. Steckiewicz, M. Stevens, A. I. Stewart, A. Stiepen, S. Stone, V. Tenishev, E. Thiemann, R. Tolson, D. Toublanc, M. Vogt, T. Weber, P. Withers, T. Woods, and R. Yelle. 2015. "Early MAVEN Deep Dip campaign reveals thermosphere and ionosphere variability." Science, 350 (6261): aad0459-aad0459 [10.1126/science.aad0459]

    Arridge, C. S., N. Achilleos, J. Agarwal, et al. C. B. Agnor, R. Ambrosi, N. Andre, S. V. Badman, K. Baines, D. Banfield, M. Barthelemy, M. M. Bisi, J. Blum, T. Bocanegra-Bahamon, B. Bonfond, C. Bracken, P. Brandt, C. Briand, C. Briois, S. Brooks, J. Castillo-Rogez, T. Cavalie, B. Christophe, A. J. Coates, G. Collinson, J. F. Cooper, M. Costa-Sitja, R. Courtin, I. A. Daglis, I. De Pater, M. Desai, D. Dirkx, M. K. Dougherty, R. W. Ebert, G. Filacchione, L. N. Fletcher, J. Fortney, I. Gerth, D. Grassi, D. Grodent, E. Grun, J. Gustin, M. Hedman, R. Helled, P. Henri, S. Hess, J. K. Hillier, M. H. Hofstadter, R. Holme, M. Horanyi, G. Hospodarsky, S. Hsu, P. Irwin, C. M. Jackman, O. Karatekin, S. Kempf, E. Khalisi, K. Konstantinidis, H. Kruger, W. S. Kurth, C. Labrianidis, V. Lainey, L. L. Lamy, M. Laneuville, D. Lucchesi, A. Luntzer, J. MacArthur, A. Maier, A. Masters, S. McKenna-Lawlor, H. Melin, A. Milillo, G. Moragas-Klostermeyer, A. Morschhauser, J. I. Moses, O. Mousis, N. Nettelmann, F. M. Neubauer, T. Nordheim, B. Noyelles, G. S. Orton, M. Owens, R. Peron, C. Plainaki, F. Postberg, N. Rambaux, K. Retherford, S. Reynaud, E. Roussos, C. T. Russell, A. Rymer, R. Sallantin, A. Sanchez-Lavega, O. Santolik, J. Saur, K. Sayanagi, P. Schenk, J. Schubert, N. Sergis, E. C. Sittler, A. Smith, F. Spahn, R. Srama, T. Stallard, V. Sterken, Z. Sternovsky, M. Tiscareno, G. Tobie, F. Tosi, M. Trieloff, D. Turrini, E. P. Turtle, S. Vinatier, R. Wilson, and P. Zarkat. 2014. "The science case for an orbital mission to Uranus: Exploring the origins and evolution of ice giant planets." PLANETARY AND SPACE SCIENCE, 104: 122-140 [10.1016/j.pss.2014.08.009]

    Uritsky, V. M., J. A. Slavin, S. A. Boardsen, et al. T. Sundberg, J. M. Raines, D. J. Gershman, G. Collinson, D. Sibeck, G. V. Khazanov, B. J. Anderson, and H. Korth. 2014. "Active current sheets and candidate hot flow anomalies upstream of Mercury's bow shock." JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS, 119: 853-876 [10.1002/2013JA019052]

    Collinson, G. A., D. G. Sibeck, A. Masters, et al. N. Shane, T. L. Zhang, A. Fedorov, S. Barabash, A. J. Coates, T. E. Moore, J. A. Slavin, V. M. Uritsky, S. Boardsen, and M. Sarantos. 2014. "A survey of hot flow anomalies at Venus." JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS, 119: 978-991 [10.1002/2013JA018863]

    Collinson, G. A., A. Fedorov, Y. Futaana, et al. K. Masunaga, R. Hartle, G. Stenberg, J. Grebowsky, M. Holmström, N. Andre, S. Barabash, and T. L. Zhang. 2014. "The extension of ionospheric holes into the tail of Venus." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 119 (8): 6940-6953 [10.1002/2014ja019851]

    Moore, T. E., M. O. Chandler, N. Buzulukova, et al. G. A. Collinson, E. L. Kepko, K. S. Garcia-Sage, M. G. Henderson, and M. I. Sitnov. 2013. "Snowplow - injection front effects." JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS, 118: 6478-6488 [10.1002/jgra.50573]

    Moore, T. E., M. O. Chandler, N. Buzulukova, et al. G. A. Collinson, E. L. Kepko, K. S. Garcia-Sage, M. G. Henderson, and M. I. Sitnov. 2013. "'Snowplow' injection front effects." Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics), 118: 6478-6488 [10.1002/jgra.50573]

    Collinson, G. A., L. B. Wilson, D. G. Sibeck, et al. N. Shane, T. L. Zhang, T. E. Moore, A. J. Coates, and S. Barabash. 2012. "Short large-amplitude magnetic structures (SLAMS) at Venus." Journal of Geophysical Research, 117 (A10): A10221 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2012JA017838]

    Collinson, G. A., D. G. Sibeck, A. Masters, et al. N. Shane, J. A. Slavin, A. J. Coates, T. Zhang, S. A. Boardsen, T. E. Moore, and S. Barabash. 2011. "Hot Flow Anomalies at Venus." AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, A1995-:

    Arridge, C. S., H. J. McAndrews, C. M. Jackman, et al. C. Forsyth, A. P. Walsh, E. C. Sittler, L. K. Gilbert, G. R. Lewis, C. T. Russell, A. J. Coates, M. K. Dougherty, G. A. Collinson, A. Wellbrock, and D. T. Young. 2009. "Plasma electrons in Saturn's magnetotail: Structure, distribution and energisation." Planetary and Space Science, 57: 2032-2047 [10.1016/j.pss.2009.09.007]

    Publications

    Refereed

    Harada, Y., J. S. Halekas, J. P. McFadden, et al. D. L. Mitchell, C. Mazelle, J. E. Connerney, J. Espley, D. E. Larson, D. A. Brain, L. Andersson, G. A. DiBraccio, G. A. Collinson, R. Livi, T. Hara, S. Ruhunusiri, and B. M. Jakosky. 2015. "Magnetic reconnection in the near-Mars magnetotail: MAVEN observations." Geophysical Research Letters [10.1002/2015gl065004]

    Collinson, G., J. Halekas, J. Grebowsky, et al. J. Connerney, D. Mitchell, J. Espley, G. DiBraccio, C. Mazelle, J.-A. Sauvaud, A. Fedorov, and B. Jakosky. 2015. "A hot flow anomaly at Mars." Geophysical Research Letters [10.1002/2015gl065079]

    Collinson, G., D. Mitchell, A. Glocer, et al. J. Grebowsky, W. K. Peterson, J. Connerney, L. Andersson, J. Espley, C. Mazelle, J.-A. Sauvaud, A. Fedorov, Y. Ma, S. Bougher, R. Lillis, R. Ergun, and B. Jakosky. 2015. "Electric Mars: The first direct measurement of an upper limit for the Martian “polar wind” electric potential." Geophysical Research Letters [10.1002/2015gl065084]

    Collinson, G. A., J. Grebowsky, D. G. Sibeck, et al. L. K. Jian, S. Boardsen, J. Espley, D. Hartle, T. L. Zhang, S. Barabash, Y. Futaana, and P. Kollmann. 2015. "The impact of a slow interplanetary coronal mass ejection on Venus." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 120 (5): 3489-3502 [10.1002/2014ja020616]

    Dorelli, J. C., A. Glocer, G. Collinson, and G. Tóth. 2015. "The role of the Hall effect in the global structure and dynamics of planetary magnetospheres: Ganymede as a case study." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 120 (7): 5377-5392 [10.1002/2014ja020951]

    DiBraccio, G. A., J. R. Espley, J. R. Gruesbeck, et al. J. E. Connerney, D. A. Brain, J. S. Halekas, D. L. Mitchell, J. P. McFadden, Y. Harada, R. Livi, G. Collinson, T. Hara, C. Mazelle, and B. M. Jakosky. 2015. "Magnetotail dynamics at Mars: Initial MAVEN observations." Geophys. Res. Lett. 42 [10.1002/2015GL065248]

    Bougher, S., B. Jakosky, J. Halekas, et al. J. Grebowsky, J. Luhmann, P. Mahaffy, J. Connerney, F. Eparvier, R. Ergun, D. Larson, J. McFadden, D. Mitchell, N. Schneider, R. Zurek, C. Mazelle, L. Andersson, D. Andrews, D. Baird, D. N. Baker, J. M. Bell, M. Benna, D. Brain, M. Chaffin, P. Chamberlin, J. Y. Chaufray, J. Clarke, G. Collinson, M. Combi, F. Crary, T. Cravens, M. Crismani, S. Curry, D. Curtis, J. Deighan, G. Delory, R. Dewey, G. DiBraccio, C. Dong, Y. Dong, P. Dunn, M. Elrod, S. England, A. Eriksson, J. Espley, S. Evans, X. Fang, M. Fillingim, K. Fortier, C. M. Fowler, J. Fox, H. Groller, S. Guzewich, T. Hara, Y. Harada, G. Holsclaw, S. K. Jain, R. Jolitz, F. Leblanc, C. O. Lee, Y. Lee, F. Lefevre, R. Lillis, R. Livi, D. Lo, Y. Ma, M. Mayyasi, W. McClintock, T. McEnulty, R. Modolo, F. Montmessin, M. Morooka, A. Nagy, K. Olsen, W. Peterson, A. Rahmati, S. Ruhunusiri, C. T. Russell, S. Sakai, J. A. Sauvaud, K. Seki, M. Steckiewicz, M. Stevens, A. I. Stewart, A. Stiepen, S. Stone, V. Tenishev, E. Thiemann, R. Tolson, D. Toublanc, M. Vogt, T. Weber, P. Withers, T. Woods, and R. Yelle. 2015. "Early MAVEN Deep Dip campaign reveals thermosphere and ionosphere variability." Science 350 (6261): aad0459-aad0459 [10.1126/science.aad0459]

    Arridge, C. S., N. Achilleos, J. Agarwal, et al. C. B. Agnor, R. Ambrosi, N. Andre, S. V. Badman, K. Baines, D. Banfield, M. Barthelemy, M. M. Bisi, J. Blum, T. Bocanegra-Bahamon, B. Bonfond, C. Bracken, P. Brandt, C. Briand, C. Briois, S. Brooks, J. Castillo-Rogez, T. Cavalie, B. Christophe, A. J. Coates, G. Collinson, J. F. Cooper, M. Costa-Sitja, R. Courtin, I. A. Daglis, I. De Pater, M. Desai, D. Dirkx, M. K. Dougherty, R. W. Ebert, G. Filacchione, L. N. Fletcher, J. Fortney, I. Gerth, D. Grassi, D. Grodent, E. Grun, J. Gustin, M. Hedman, R. Helled, P. Henri, S. Hess, J. K. Hillier, M. H. Hofstadter, R. Holme, M. Horanyi, G. Hospodarsky, S. Hsu, P. Irwin, C. M. Jackman, O. Karatekin, S. Kempf, E. Khalisi, K. Konstantinidis, H. Kruger, W. S. Kurth, C. Labrianidis, V. Lainey, L. L. Lamy, M. Laneuville, D. Lucchesi, A. Luntzer, J. MacArthur, A. Maier, A. Masters, S. McKenna-Lawlor, H. Melin, A. Milillo, G. Moragas-Klostermeyer, A. Morschhauser, J. I. Moses, O. Mousis, N. Nettelmann, F. M. Neubauer, T. Nordheim, B. Noyelles, G. S. Orton, M. Owens, R. Peron, C. Plainaki, F. Postberg, N. Rambaux, K. Retherford, S. Reynaud, E. Roussos, C. T. Russell, A. Rymer, R. Sallantin, A. Sanchez-Lavega, O. Santolik, J. Saur, K. Sayanagi, P. Schenk, J. Schubert, N. Sergis, E. C. Sittler, A. Smith, F. Spahn, R. Srama, T. Stallard, V. Sterken, Z. Sternovsky, M. Tiscareno, G. Tobie, F. Tosi, M. Trieloff, D. Turrini, E. P. Turtle, S. Vinatier, R. Wilson, and P. Zarkat. 2014. "The science case for an orbital mission to Uranus: Exploring the origins and evolution of ice giant planets." PLANETARY AND SPACE SCIENCE 104 122-140 [10.1016/j.pss.2014.08.009]

    Uritsky, V. M., J. A. Slavin, S. A. Boardsen, et al. T. Sundberg, J. M. Raines, D. J. Gershman, G. Collinson, D. Sibeck, G. V. Khazanov, B. J. Anderson, and H. Korth. 2014. "Active current sheets and candidate hot flow anomalies upstream of Mercury's bow shock." JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS 119 853-876 [10.1002/2013JA019052]

    Collinson, G. A., D. G. Sibeck, A. Masters, et al. N. Shane, T. L. Zhang, A. Fedorov, S. Barabash, A. J. Coates, T. E. Moore, J. A. Slavin, V. M. Uritsky, S. Boardsen, and M. Sarantos. 2014. "A survey of hot flow anomalies at Venus." JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS 119 978-991 [10.1002/2013JA018863]

    Collinson, G. A., A. Fedorov, Y. Futaana, et al. K. Masunaga, R. Hartle, G. Stenberg, J. Grebowsky, M. Holmström, N. Andre, S. Barabash, and T. L. Zhang. 2014. "The extension of ionospheric holes into the tail of Venus." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 119 (8): 6940-6953 [10.1002/2014ja019851]

    Moore, T. E., M. O. Chandler, N. Buzulukova, et al. G. A. Collinson, E. L. Kepko, K. S. Garcia-Sage, M. G. Henderson, and M. I. Sitnov. 2013. "Snowplow - injection front effects." JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS 118 6478-6488 [10.1002/jgra.50573]

    Moore, T. E., M. O. Chandler, N. Buzulukova, et al. G. A. Collinson, E. L. Kepko, K. S. Garcia-Sage, M. G. Henderson, and M. I. Sitnov. 2013. "'Snowplow' injection front effects." Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics) 118 6478-6488 [10.1002/jgra.50573]

    Collinson, G. A., L. B. Wilson, D. G. Sibeck, et al. N. Shane, T. L. Zhang, T. E. Moore, A. J. Coates, and S. Barabash. 2012. "Short large-amplitude magnetic structures (SLAMS) at Venus." Journal of Geophysical Research 117 (A10): A10221 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2012JA017838]

    Collinson, G. A., D. G. Sibeck, A. Masters, et al. N. Shane, J. A. Slavin, A. J. Coates, T. Zhang, S. A. Boardsen, T. E. Moore, and S. Barabash. 2011. "Hot Flow Anomalies at Venus." AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts A1995-

    Arridge, C. S., H. J. McAndrews, C. M. Jackman, et al. C. Forsyth, A. P. Walsh, E. C. Sittler, L. K. Gilbert, G. R. Lewis, C. T. Russell, A. J. Coates, M. K. Dougherty, G. A. Collinson, A. Wellbrock, and D. T. Young. 2009. "Plasma electrons in Saturn's magnetotail: Structure, distribution and energisation." Planetary and Space Science 57 2032-2047 [10.1016/j.pss.2009.09.007]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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