Principal Investigator of the Digital Wave Processing (DWP) experiment
Michael Balikhin was born in Moscow, USSR, and educated at the Moscow Institute of Physical Engineering State University. In 1984, he joined the Institute of Space Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI) where, 5 years later, he completed his PhD. The topic of his thesis was the dynamics of electrons and plasma waves at the front of collisionless shocks.
At IKI, Michael was involved at Co-I level in the plasma wave APV-N instrument and the dust detector onboard the VEGA mission, and the wave complex onboard INTERSHOCK. After he left the USSR, Michael continued to be involved in a few Russian projects such as INTERBALL, Mars 96 and the Ukrainian Variant mission.
In 1995, Michael joined the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, to work on data from the AMPTE (Active Magnetosphere Particle Tracer Experiment) satellite and on Cluster. He became PI of the Cluster DWP instrument in 2011 and is also Co-I on the magnetometer on Venus Express.
Michael is Head of the Space Systems Laboratory in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at Sheffield. His main scientific interests include physics of collisionless shocks, nonlinear systems, plasma waves and instabilities, and space weather.