Bill R. Sandel
IMAGE EUV Instrument PI
Dr. Sandel is a Senior Research Scientist at the
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University
of Arizona in Tucson. In addition to his work on
imaging Earth's plasmasphere, his interests include
the atmospheres of the outer planets and their
satellites Titan and Triton, and the Io plasma torus.
Dr. Sandel is extending his earlier work on the
energetics and dynamics of the Io plasma torus
using the EUV Channel on Galileo and the UVSTAR,
an EUV imaging spectrograph constructed by the
University of Arizona and the University of Trieste.
Flown on the space shuttle, UVSTAR is designed for
studies of the jovian system, with particular
emphasis on the torus. Dr. Sandel
is also carrying out investigations
chemistry and excitation mechanisms in the Earth's upper atmosphere
GLO instrument, a set of spectrographs covering the
spectral range 1150-9000 angstroms and support
imagers that flies regularly on the shuttle.
Another of Dr. Sandel's research interests is
the outer heliosphere and its
interaction with the interstellar medium, which
he studies using Voyager UVS maps of sky background
H Lyman alpha emissions..
He is a member of the
Science Team for the Deep Space 1 Mission of
NASA's New Millennium Program.
Academic background: B.A. in Physics, Rice University, 1968; M.A. in Space Science, Rice University,
1971; Ph.D. in Space Science, Rice University, 1972