Harlan Spence

Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
Professor of Physics
Phone: (603) 862-0322
Office: Earth, Oceans, & Space, Morse Hall Rm 305, Durham, NH 03824


  • Ph.D., Geophysics & Space Physics, University of California
  • M.S., Geophysics & Space Physics, University of California
  • B.A., Astronomy, Boston University
  • B.A., Physics, Boston University

Selected Publications

Klein, K. G., Spence, H., Alexandrova, O., Argall, M., Arzamasskiy, L., Bookbinder, J., . . . Zweibel, E. (2023). HelioSwarm: A Multipoint, Multiscale Mission to Characterize Turbulence. Space Science Reviews, 219(8). doi:10.1007/s11214-023-01019-0

Walton, S. D., Mann, I. R., Olifer, L., Ozeke, L. G., Forsyth, C., Rae, I. J., . . . Baker, D. N. (2023). The Response of Electron Pitch Angle Distributions to the Upper Limit on Stably Trapped Particles. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 128(11). doi:10.1029/2023ja031988

Yue, C., Li, Y., Kistler, L., Ma, Q., Fu, H., Reeves, G. D., . . . Spence, H. E. (2023). The Densities and Compositions of Background Cold Ions Based on the Van Allen Probe Observations. Geophysical Research Letters, 50(15). doi:10.1029/2023gl104282

Shumko, M., Miyoshi, Y., Blum, L. W., Halford, A. J., Breneman, A. W., Johnson, A. T., . . . Spence, H. E. (2023). Observation of an Electron Microburst With an Inverse Time‐Of‐Flight Energy Dispersion. Geophysical Research Letters, 50(15). doi:10.1029/2023gl104804

Lynch, K., Earle, G., Hysell, D., Kepko, L., Klumpar, D., Mannucci, A., . . . Weatherwax, A. (n.d.). Decadal Survey White Paper Reprising 2012 Decadal Platforms Working Group report: Infrastructure needs for optimal system science efforts. Vol. 55, Issue 3 (Heliophysics 2024 Decadal Whitepapers). doi:10.3847/25c2cfeb.32c31dd7

Thorne, R. M., Li, W., Ni, B., Ma, Q., Bortnik, J., Chen, L., . . . Kanekal, S. G. (2013). Rapid local acceleration of relativistic radiation-belt electrons by magnetospheric chorus. NATURE, 504(7480), 411-+. doi:10.1038/nature12889

Blake, J. B., Carranza, P. A., Claudepierre, S. G., Clemmons, J. H., Jr, C. W. R., Dotan, Y., . . . Zakrzewski, M. P. (2013). The Magnetic Electron Ion Spectrometer (MagEIS) Instruments Aboard the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) Spacecraft. SPACE SCIENCE REVIEWS, 179(1-4), 383-421. doi:10.1007/s11214-013-9991-8

Spence, H. E., Reeves, G. D., Baker, D. N., Blake, J. B., Bolton, M., Bourdarie, S., . . . Thorne, R. M. (2013). Science Goals and Overview of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma (ECT) Suite on NASA's Van Allen Probes Mission. SPACE SCIENCE REVIEWS, 179(1-4), 311-336. doi:10.1007/s11214-013-0007-5

Funsten, H. O., Skoug, R. M., Guthrie, A. A., MacDonald, E. A., Baldonado, J. R., Harper, R. W., . . . Chen, J. (2013). Helium, Oxygen, Proton, and Electron (HOPE) Mass Spectrometer for the Radiation Belt Storm Probes Mission. SPACE SCIENCE REVIEWS, 179(1-4), 423-484. doi:10.1007/s11214-013-9968-7

Reeves, G. D., Spence, H. E., Henderson, M. G., Morley, S. K., Friedel, R. H. W., Funsten, H. O., . . . Niehof, J. T. (2013). Electron Acceleration in the Heart of the Van Allen Radiation Belts. SCIENCE, 341(6149), 991-994. doi:10.1126/science.1237743

Most Cited Publications