Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

FACULTY


James Slavin
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James A. Slavin

Professor

Office: 1517 SRB
Phone: (734) 764.0392
Email: jaslavin@umich.edu
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Education

1976 ‑ B.S., Physics, Case Western Reserve University
1978 ‑ M.S., Geophysics & Space Physics, University of California at Los Angeles
1982 ‑ Ph.D., Geophysics & Space Physics, University of California at Los Angeles

Research

Solar System Magnetic Fields

  • Magnetospheric Physics
  • Solar wind interactions with weakly-magnetized planets and comets;
  • Space-borne Magnetometry

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

2017 – Asia Oceania Geosciences Society 14th Annual Meeting Distinguished Lecturer in Planetary Sciences        

2016 - NASA Group Achievement Award, MMS Instument Suite

2012 - International Academy of Astronautics Laurels for Team Achievement for MESSENGER

2012 - Fellow, American Geophysical Union

2009 - NASA Group Achievement Award, MESSENGER Mission

2008 - NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for Space Technology 5

2007 - NASA Group Achievement Award, Space Technology-5

2006 - NASA Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Leadership as Space Technology 5 Project Scientist

2006 - University of California Regent’s Lectureship in Space Physics

2005 – Appointed to Federal Senior Executive Service (SES)

2004 - NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for Role of Magnetic Reconnection in Magnetospheric Substorms

2004 - NASA Group Achievement Award, Cluster Mission

2000 - NASA Group Achievement Award, Sun-Earth Connection 2000 Roadmap Team

1998 - Publishers Association Award for Best Physics and Astronomy Book of 1998

              for "New Perspectives in Magnetotail Physics"

1998 - NASA Group Achievement Award, WIND MFI Team

1995 - NASA Group Achievement Award, WIND Magnetic Fields Investigation

1986 ‑ NASA Group Achievement Award, International Cometary Explorer Magnetometer Team

1982 - National Research Council Resident Research Associate NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

1981 ‑ NASA Group Achievement Award, Pioneer Venus Orbiter Magnetometer Team

Publications

 

First Author Scientific Publications

 

60. Slavin, J. A., D. N. Baker, D. J. Gershman, G. Ho, S. M. Imber, S. M. Krimigis,

and T. Sundberg (2017),  Mercury‘s Dynamic Magnetosphere, in press, eds. S. Solomon et al.,  Mercury, Cambridge, London.   

 

59. Slavin, J. A., G. A. DiBraccio, D. J. Gershman, S. Imber, G. K. Poh, J. Raines,

T. H. Zurbuchen, X. Jia, D. N. Baker, S. A. Boardsen, T. Sundberg, A. Masters, C. L. Johnson, R. M. Winslow, B. J. Anderson, H. Korth, G. Ho, S. M. Krimigis, R. L. McNutt, Jr, and S. C. Solomon (2014), MESSENGER Observations of Mercury’s Dayside Magnetosphere Under Extreme Solar Wind Conditions, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 119, doi:10.1002/2014JA020319.

 

58. Slavin, J. A., S. M. Imber, S. A. Boardsen, G. A. DiBraccio, T. Sundberg, M. Sarantos,

T. Nieves-Chinchilla, A. Szabo, B. J. Anderson, H. Korth, T. H. Zurbuchen, J. M. Raines,

C. L. Johnson, R. M. Winslow, R. M. Killen, R. L. McNutt, Jr., and S. C. Solomon (2012), MESSENGER Observations of a Flux Transfer Shower at Mercury, J. Geophys. Res.,

117, A00M06, doi:10.1029/2012JA017926.

 

57. Slavin, J. A. (2012), A Dynamic Twist in the Tail, Science, 336, 548 DOI: 10.1126/science.1221805.

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56. Slavin, J. A., B. J. Anderson, D. N. Baker, M. Benna, S. A. Boardsen, R. E. Gold, G. C. Ho, S. M. Imber, H. Korth, S. M. Krimigis, R. L. McNutt, Jr, J. M. Raines, M. Sarantos, D. Schriver, S. C. Solomon, P. Trávníček, and T. H. Zurbuchen (2012), MESSENGER Flyby Observations of Magnetotail Structure and Dynamics at Mercury, J. Geophys. Res., 117, A01215, doi:10.1029/2011JA016900.

 

55. Slavin, J. A., B. J. Anderson, D. N. Baker, M. Benna, S. A. Boardsen, G. Gloeckler, R. E.  Gold, G. C. Ho, H. Korth, S. M. Krimigis, R. L. McNutt, Jr., L. R. Nittler, J. M. Raines, M. Sarantos, D. Schriver, S. C. Solomon, R. D. Starr, P. M. Trávníček, T. H. Zurbuchen (2010), MESSENGER observations of extreme loading and unloading of Mercury's magnetic tail, Science, 329, 665-668.

 

54. Slavin, J. A., R. P. Lepping, C. –C. Wu, B. J. Anderson, D. N. Baker, M. Benna, S. A. Boardsen, R. M. Killen, H. Korth, S. M. Krimigis, W. E. McClintock, R. L. McNutt Jr.,

M. Sarantos, D. Schriver, S. C. Solomon, P. Travnicek, and T. H. Zurbuchen (2010), MESSENGER observations of large flux transfer events at Mercury, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L02105, doi:10.1029/2009GL041485.

 

53. Slavin, J. A., M. H. Acuña, B. J. Anderson, S. Barabash, M. Benna, S. A. Boardsen, M. Fraenz, G. Gloeckler, R.E. Gold, G. C. Ho, H. Korth, S. M. Krimigis, R. L. McNutt, Jr., J.M. Raines, M. Sarantos, S. C. Solomon, T.-L. Zhang, and T. H. Zurbuchen (2009), MESSENGER and Venus Express observations of the solar wind interaction with Venus,  Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L09106, doi:10.1029/2009GL037876.

 

52. Slavin, J. A., M. H. Acuna, B. J. Anderson, D. N. Baker, M. Benna, S. A. Boardsen, G. Gloeckler, R. E.  Gold, G. C. Ho, H. Korth, S. M. Krimigis, R. L. McNutt, Jr., J. M. Raines, M. Sarantos, D. Schriver, S. C. Solomon, P. Trávníček, T.  H. Zurbuchen (2009), MESSENGER Observations of Magnetic Reconnection in Mercury's Magnetosphere, Science, 324, 606 – 610, doi:10.1126/science.1172011.

 

51. Slavin, J. A., B. J. Anderson, T. H. Zurbuchen, D. N. Baker, S. M. Krimigis, M. H. Acuña, M. Benna, S. A. Boardsen, G. Gloeckler, R. E.  Gold, G. C. Ho, H. Korth, R. L. McNutt, Jr., J. M. Raines, M. Sarantos, D. Schriver, S. C. Solomon, and P. Trávníček (2009), MESSENGER observations of Mercury's magnetosphere during northward IMF, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L02101, doi:10.1029/2008GL036158

 

50. Slavin, J.A., M. H. Acuna, B. J. Anderson, D. N. Baker, M. Benna, G. Gloeckler,

 R. E.  Gold, G. C. Ho, R. M. Killen, H. Korth, S. M. Krimigis, R. L. McNutt, Jr., L. R. Nittler, J. M. Raines, D. Schriver, S. C. Solomon, R. D. Starr, P. Trávníček, T. H. Zurbuchen (2008), Mercury's Magnetosphere after MESSENGER's First Flyby, Science,321, 85 – 89, doi:10.1126/science.1159040.

 

49.  Slavin, J. A., G. Le, R. J. Strangeway, Y. Wang, S. A. Boardsen, M. B. Moldwin, and H. E. Spence (2008), Space Technology 5 multi-point measurements of near-Earth magnetic fields: Initial results, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L02107, doi:10.1029/2007GL031728.

 

48.  Slavin, J.A., S.M. Krimigis, M. H. Acuña, B.J. Anderson, D.N. Baker, P.L. Koehn,

H. Korth, S. Livi, B.H. Mauk, S.C. Solomon, and T.H. Zurbuchen (2007), MESSENGER

at Mercury: Exploring the Magnetosphere, Space Sci. Rev., 131: 133-160, 

doi:10.1007/s11214-007-9154-x

 

47.  Slavin, J.A. (2005), Mars Aeronomy Orbiter and its Contribution to the Vision for Exploration, Space 2005, Long Beach, California, AIAA 2005-6824

 

46.  Slavin, J.A.,  E. Tanskanen, M. Hesse, C.J. Owen, M.W. Dunlop, S. Imber, E. Lucek (2004),  A. Balogh, and K.-H. Glassmeier (2005), Cluster observations of  traveling compression regions in the near-tail, J. Geophys. Res., 110, A06207, doi:10.1029/2004JA010878

 

45.  Slavin, J.A. (2004), Mercury’s Magnetosphere, Adv. Space Res., 33/11, 1587-1872,           doi:10.1016/j.asr.2003.02.019

 

44.  Slavin, J.A., C.J. Owen, M.W. Dunlop, E. Borälv, M.B. Moldwin, D.G.  Sibeck, E. Tanskanen, M.L. Goldstein, A. Fazakerley, A. Balogh, E. Lucek, I. Richter, H. Reme, and J.M. Bosqued (2003), Cluster four spacecraft measurements of small traveling compression regions in the near-tail, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(23), 2208, doi:10.1029/2003GL018438.

 

43.  Slavin, J.A., R.P. Lepping, J. Gjerloev, D.H. Fairfield, M.H. Acuna, M.L. Goldstein,

A. Balogh, M. Dunlop, M.G. Kivelson, K. Khurana, A. Fazakerley, C.J. Owen, H. Reme

and J.M. Bosqued (2003), Cluster measurements of electric current density within a flux rope in the plasma sheet, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(7), 1362, doi:10.1029/2002GL016411.

 

42.  Slavin, J.A., R.P. Lepping, J. Gjerloev, D.H. Fairfield, M. Hesse, C.J. Owen, M.B. Moldwin, T. Nagai, A. Ieda, and T. Mukai (2003), Geotail observations of magnetic flux ropes in the plasma sheet,  J. Geophys. Res., 108(A1), 1015, doi:10.1029/2002JA009557

 

41.  Slavin, J. A., D. H. Fairfield, R. P. Lepping, M. Hesse, A. Ieda, E. Tanskanen, N. Østgaard, T. Mukai, T. Nagai, H. J. Singer, and P. R. Sutcliffe (2002), Simultaneous observations of earthward flow bursts and plasmoid ejection during magnetospheric substorms, J. Geophys. Res., 107(A7), doi:10.1029/2000JA003501

 

40.  Slavin, J.A (2001), Magnetospheres: Mercury, Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ed. P Murdin, Institute of Physics Publishing/Macmillan, London

 

39.  Slavin, J.A., M. Hesse, C.J. Owen, S. Taguchi, D.H. Fairfield, R.P. Lepping, S. Kokubun, T. Mukai, A.T.Y. Lui, R. Anderson, H. Matsumoto and  P.R. Sutcliffe (1999), Dual spacecraft

observations of lobe magnetic field perturbations before, during and after plasmoid release, Geophys. Res. Lett., 26, 2,897

 

38.  Slavin, J.A. (1998), Traveling Compression Regions, New Perspectives in Magnetotail Physics, eds. A. Nishida, S.W.H. Cowley and D.N. Baker, pp. 225-240, AGU Monograph, 105, Washington, D.C.

 

37.  Slavin, J.A., D.H.  Fairfield, M. Kuznetsova, C.J. Owen, R.P. Lepping, S. Taguchi, T. Mukai, Y. Saito, T. Yamamoto, S. Kokubun, A.T.Y. Lui, and G.D. Reeves (1998), ISTP observations of plasmoid ejection: IMP 8 and Geotail, J. Geophys. Res., 103, 119

 

36.  Slavin, J. A., C. J. Owen, J. E. P. Connerney, and S. P. Christon, Mariner 10 observations of field-aligned currents at mercury (1997), Planet. Space Sci., 45, 133

 

35.  Slavin, J.A., D.H. Fairfield, R.P. Lepping, A. Szabo, M.J. Reiner, M. Kaiser, C.J. Owen, T. Phan, R. Lin, S. Kokubun, T. Mukai, T. Yamamoto, H. Singer, S. Romanov, J. Buechner, T. Iyemori, and G. Rostoker (1997), WIND, GEOTAIL and GOES 9 observations of magnetic field dipolarization and bursty bulk flows in the near-tail, Geophys. Res. Lett., 24, 971

 

34.  Slavin, J. A., A. Szabo, M. Peredo, C. J. Owen, R. P.Lepping, R. Fitzenreiter, K. W. Ogilvie, J. L. Steinberg, and A. J. Lazarus (1996), Near-simultaneous bow shock crossings by WIND and IMP 8 on December 1, 1994, Geophys. Res. Lett., 23, 1,207

 

33.  Slavin, J. A., C. J. Owen, M. M. Kuznetsova, and M. Hesse (1995), ISEE 3 observations of plasmoids with flux rope magnetic topologies, Geophys. Res. Lett., 22, 2,061

 

32.  Slavin, J. A., C. J. Owen, and M. Hesse (1994), The evolution of the plasmoid-lobe interaction with downtail distance, Geophys. Res. Lett., 21, 2,765

 

31.  Slavin, J. A., M. Verigin, K. Gringauz, G. Kotova, S. Stahara, J. Spreiter, W. Riedler,  K. Schwingenschuh, H. Rosenbauer, and S. Livi (1993), The solar wind interaction with Mars: Phobos-2 bow shock observations on 24 March, 1989, Plasma Environment of Non-Magnetic Planets, COSPAR Colloquium Series, 4, pp. 279-283

 

30.  Slavin, J. A., M. F. Smith, E. L. Mazur, D. N. Baker, T. Iyemori, and E. W. Greenstadt (1993), ISEE-3 observations of traveling compression regions in the Earth's magnetotail,

J. Geophys. Res., 98, 15,425, 1993.

 

29.  Slavin, J.A., M. F. Smith, E. L. Mazur, D. N. Baker, T. Iyemori, H. J. Singer, and E. W. Greenstadt (1992), ISEE‑3 plasmoid and TCR observations during an extended interval of substorm activity,  Geophys. Res. Lett., 19, 825

 

28.  Slavin, J. A., K. Schwingenschuh, W. Riedler, and Ye. Yeroshenko (1991), The solar wind interaction with Mars: Mariner 4, Mars‑2, 3 & 5, and Phobos‑2 observations of bow shock position and shape, J. Geophys. Res., 96, 11,235

 

27.  Slavin, J. A., R. P. Lepping, and D. N. Baker (1990), IMP‑8 observations of traveling compression regions: New evidence for near‑Earth plasmoids and neutral lines, Geophys Res. Lett., 17, 913

 

26.  Slavin, J. A., D. N. Baker, J. D. Craven, R. C. Elphic, D. H. Fairfield, L. A. Frank,

A. B. Galvin, W. J. Hughes, R. H. Manka,  D. G. Mitchell, I. G. Richardson, T. R. Sanderson, D. J. Sibeck,  H. J. Singer, E. J. Smith, and R. D. Zwickl (1989), CDAW‑8 observations of plasmoid signatures in the geomagnetic tail:  An assessment, J. Geophys. Res., 94, 15,153

 

25.  Slavin, J. A., D. S. Intriligator, and E. J. Smith, Pioneer Venus Orbiter magnetic field and plasma observations within the Venus magnetotail (1989), J. Geophys. Res., 94, 2,383

 

24.  Slavin, J. A., P. W. Daly, E. J. Smith, T. R. Sanderson, K.‑P. Wenzel, R. P. Lepping, and H.W.  Kroehl (1987), Magnetic configuration of the distant plasma sheet: ISEE‑3 observations, Magnetotail Physics, ed. A. T. Y. Lui, pp. 59‑64, JHU Press, Baltimore

 

23.  Slavin, J. A., E. J. Smith, P. W. Daly, K. R. Flammer, G. Gloeckler, B. A. Goldberg, D. J. McComas, F. L. Scarf, and J. L. Steinberg (1986), The P/Giacobini‑Zinner Magnetotail, Exploration of Halley's Comet, ESA SP‑250, Vol. I, pp. 81‑87

 

22.  Slavin, J. A., B. A. Goldberg, E. J. Smith, D.J. McComas, S.J. Bame, M.A. Strauss, and

H. Spinrad (1986), The Structure of a Cometary Type I Tail: Ground‑based and ICE Observations of P/Giacobini‑Zinner, Geophys. Res. Lett., 13, 1,085

 

21.  Slavin, J. A., G. Jungman, and E. J. Smith (1986), Interplanetary Magnetic Field Intensity during  Solar Cycle 21:  ISEE‑3/ICE Observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 13, 513

 

20.  Slavin, J. A., E. J. Smith, B. T. Tsurutani, G. L. Siscoe, D. E. Jones, and D. A. Mendis (1986), Giacobini‑Zinner Magnetotail: ICE Magnetic Field Observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 13, 283

 

19.  Slavin, J. A., E. J. Smith, D. G. Sibeck, D. N. Baker, R. D. Zwickl, S.‑I. Akasofu, and R. P. Lepping (1986), Solar Wind‑ Magnetosphere Coupling and the Distant Magnetotail, Solar Wind‑Magnetosphere Coupling, eds. Y. Kamide and J. A. Slavin, pp. 717 ‑730, Terra‑Reidel, Tokyo

 

18.  Slavin, J. A., E. J. Smith, D. G. Sibeck, D. N. Baker, R. D. Zwickl, and S.‑I. Akasofu (1985), An ISEE‑3 study of average and substorm conditions in the distant magnetotail, J. Geophys. Res., 90, A11,10,875–10,895.

 

17.  Slavin, J. A., E. J. Smith, J. R. Spreiter, and S. S. Stahara (1985), Gasdynamic Modeling of the Jovian and Saturnian Bow Shocks:  Solar Wind Flow About the Outer Planets, J. Geophys. Res., 90, 6,275.

 

16.  Slavin, J. A., E. J. Smith, and D. S. Intriligator (1984), A comparative study of distant magnetotail structure at Venus and Earth, Geophys. Res. Lett., 11, 1,074

 

15.  Slavin, J. A., R. E. Holzer, J. R. Spreiter, and S. S. Stahara (1984), Planetary mach cones: theory and observation, J. Geophys. Res., 89, 2,708

 

14.  Slavin, J. A., E. J. Smith, B. T. Tsurutani, D. G. Sibeck, H. J. Singer, D. N. Baker, J. T. Gosling, E. W. Hones, and F. L. Scarf (1984), Substorm Associated Traveling Compression Regions in the Distant Tail:  ISEE‑3 Geotail Observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 11, 657

                          

13.  Slavin, J. A., E. J. Smith, and B. T. Thomas (1984), Large Scale Temporal and Radial Gradients in the IMF:  Helios 1, 2, ISEE‑3, and Pioneer 10, 11, Geophys. Res. Lett., 11, 279

 

12.  Slavin, J. A., B. T. Tsurutani, E. J. Smith, D. E. Jones, and D. G. Sibeck (1983), Average Configuration of the Distant Magnetotail: Initial ISEE‑3 Magnetic Field Results, Geophys. Res. Lett., 10, 10, 973-976

 

11.  Slavin, J.A., and E J. Smith (1983), Solar cycle variations in the interplanetary magnetic field, Proceedings of Solar Wind 5 Conference, ed. M. Neugebauer, pp. 323‑331, NASA CP‑2280, Washington, D.C.

 

10.  Slavin, J. A., E. J. Smith, P. R. Gazis, and J. D. Mihlov (1983), A Pioneer‑Voyager study of the solar wind interaction with Saturn, Geophys. Res. Lett., 10, 1, 9-12

 

 9.  Slavin, J. A., R. E. Holzer, J. R. Spreiter, S. S. Stahara, and D. S. Chaussee (1983), Solar wind flow about the terrestrial planets, 2. Comparisons with gasdynamic theory and implications for solar‑planetary interactions, J. Geophys. Res., 88, 19

 

8.  Slavin, J. A., and R. E. Holzer (1982), The solar wind interaction with Mars revisited, J. Geophys. Res., 87, 10,285

 

7.  Slavin, J. A., and R. E. Holzer (1981), Solar wind flow about the terrestrial planets, 1. modeling bow shock position and shape, J. Gophys. Res., 86, A13, 11,401-11,418.

 

6.  Slavin, J. A., R. C. Elphic, C. T. Russell, F. L. Scarf, J. H. Wolfe, J. D. Mihalov, D. S. Intriligator, L. H. Brace, H. A. Taylor, Jr., and R. E. Daniell, Jr. (1980), The solar wind interaction with Venus: Pioneer Venus Observations of bow shock location and structure, J. Geophys. Res., 85, 7,625

 

5. Slavin, J.A., and R.E. Holzer (1979), Empirical relationships between interplanetary conditions, magnetospheric flux transfer, and the AL index, Quantitative Modelling of Magnetospheric Processes, ed. W. P. Olson, pp. 423‑435, AGU, Washington, D.C.

 

4.  Slavin, J. A., and R. E. Holzer (1979), On the Determination of the Hermaean Magnetic Moment: A critical review, Phys. Earth Planet. Interiors, 20, 231

 

3.  Slavin, J. A., R. C. Elphic, and C. T. Russell (1979), A comparison of Pioneer Venus and Venera bow shock observations: Evidence for a solar cycle variation, Geophys. Res. Lett., 6,905

 

2.  Slavin, J. A., R. C. Elphic, C. T. Russell, J. H. Wolfe, and D. S. Intriligator (1979), Position and shape of the Venus bow shock: Pioneer Venus Orbiter observations, Geophys. Res. Lett.,6, 901

 

1.  Slavin, J. A., and R. E. Holzer (1979), The effect of erosion on the solar wind stand-off distance at Mercury, J. Geophys. Res., 84, 2,076-2,082.

 

 

Updated: 2018-08-31