Planetary & Space Physics


We invite prospective undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral candidates to review our website to learn about our group, research and program. Please feel free to contact us directly if you are interested in learning more about our specific research groups.

The field of Planetary and Space Physics is fundamentally interdisciplinary, and requires a depth and breadth of expertise impossible to house in a single department. At Georgia Tech, our group spans several schools on campus to reflect this crucial diversity of expertise. You’ll find planetary scientists housed in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, in Chemistry, in Physics, and in Electrical Engineering, with research that truly spans from planetary interiors all the way out to the ‘edge’ of a planet’s near space environment. In addition to the range of planetary topics studied at GT (interiors, surfaces, magnetospheres, etc.), we also use an impressive range of methods, from modeling to spacecraft data analysis to laboratory and field work.

Our goal is to provide an environment where students can perform specialized and cutting-edge research, while at the same time supplying courses and discussion groups that enable students to learn and communicate across disciplines. Each research adviser may have a set of courses they require of their students, but students are also given the flexibility to take courses from any school on campus that will benefit their research goals. The Planetary Seminar Series is another resource that brings in experts from across the world to discuss new developments in this ever evolving field.


Welcome to Planetary & Space Physics at Georgia Tech!

Planetary Interiors, Surfaces, Atmospheres, Compositions, Magnetospheres, Formation & Evolution

Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/HHT/Space Science Institute