Frances Staples is a PhD student at UCL studying the dynamics of the Van Allen radiation belts - rings of relativistic particles trapped in Earth’s magnetic field. During her Master's in physics at Lancaster University she specialised in space science, researching convection in the Earth’s ionosphere. Her research interests focus on improving our understanding of the complex interactions between the solar wind and Earth’s magnetosphere. Better knowledge of this system will aid space weather forecasting models, allowing action to be taken to mitigate damage to technology and infrastructure.
This talk and Q&A was filmed in the Ri on 20 July 2019.