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Takuya Hara

Assistant Research Physicist
Work Phone: 510-642-8040
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Dr. Hara got his PhD degree at Nagoya University, Japan in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. K. Seki (Now at University of Tokyo, Japan). Now I have been working at Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley for over 5 years. Throughout my career, I have investigated the solar wind interaction with Mars based on the in-situ plasma and electromagnetic field data recorded by past and currently ongoing spacecraft missions, including Mars Global Surveyor (MGS), Mars Express (MEX), and MAVEN. Recently I started working on the ESCAPADE (Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamic Explorers) mission, which is the twin small identical probes around Mars scheduled to launch in 2024. I am especially interested in the plasma dynamics operated in Mars’ unique hybrid magnetosphere and ionosphere based on the in-situ spacecraft observations.

In particular, I am fairly familiar with coding the latest spacecraft data analysis package suites (SPEDAS) written on the basis of Interactive Data Language (IDL).