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


Jim Raines
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Jim M. Raines

Assistant Research Scientist

Office: 2415A SRB
Phone: 734 763-6223
Fax: 734 615-9723
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Ph.D. Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science, University of Michigan

M.S. Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

B.S. Biochemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, SC



I  am a space plasma physicist interested in the solar wind and planetary magnetospheres, including that of the Earth. I work very closely with and am part of the operating teams for several Michigan-led plasma ion composition spectrometers on NASA's MESSENGER, ACE and WIND spacecraft, as well as one under construction for ESA's Solar Orbiter. My current research focus is on Mercury's magnetosphere, mostly using data from our Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer (FIPS), which was built at Michigan (1998-2003) and orbited Mercury on MESSENGER 2011-2015.

Updated: 2015-07-20