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Principal Investigator of the Waves of High frequency and Sounder for Probing of Electron density by Relaxation experiment (WHISPER)

Jean Louis Rauch

Nationality: French

Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement et de l'Espace (LPC2E) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

Jean Louis Rauch was born in Crosnes, France, on 3 November 1954. After receiving his PhD in Plasma Physics at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, in 1981, he studied ultra-low frequency (ULF) wave propagation and wave-particle interaction at the Centre de Recherché en Physique de l’Environnement Terrestre et Planétaire, (CRPE) in Issy les Moulineaux.

From 1982 to 1983, he continued his research in the field of plasma physics at the Laboratoire de Physique des Gaz et des Plasmas at the Université Paris-Sud, Orsay. His involvement in space physics began in 1983, when he joined the Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’Environnement et de l’Espace (LPC2E) in Orléans. Jean Louis has a permanent position as space plasma scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

Since 1986, Jean Louis's principal research interests are in the field of wave propagation and wave-particle interactions in the Earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere. He has participated as PI and Co-I in several space projects: GEOS I and II, ARCARD-3, INTERBALL I and II and TARANIS on the high frequency (HF) wave experiments. He is involved in ESA's JUICE mission to Jupiter as Lead Co-I of the RPWI consortium, through the MIME instrument which is dedicated to the measurement of electron density using the mutual impedance technique.

In September 2012, he became PI of the WHISPER experiment on Cluster, taking over from Jean Gabriel Trotignon. Jean Louis is a member of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).

Jean Louis is married to Najate; they have two children. He enjoys walking in the forest and appreciates the Breton coast.


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