Harlan Spence

Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
Professor of Physics
Phone: (603) 862-0322
Office: Earth, Oceans, & Space, Morse Hall Rm 305, Durham, NH 03824


  • Ph.D., Geophysics & Space Physics, University of California
  • M.S., Geophysics & Space Physics, University of California
  • B.A., Astronomy, Boston University
  • B.A., Physics, Boston University

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Zaman, F., Townsend, L. W., de Wet, W. C., Schwadron, N. A., Spence, H. E., Wilson, J. K., . . . Looper, M. D. (2020). Absorbed doses from GCR and albedo particles emitted by the lunar surface. Acta Astronautica, 175, 185-189. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2020.05.040

Rahmanifard, F., Wet, W. C., Schwadron, N. A., Owens, M. J., Jordan, A. P., Wilson, J. K., . . . Townsend, L. W. (2020). Galactic Cosmic Radiation in the Interplanetary Space Through a Modern Secular Minimum. Space Weather, 18(9). doi:10.1029/2019sw002428

Yue, C., Ma, Q., Jun, C., Bortnik, J., Zong, Q., Zhou, X., . . . Wygant, J. R. (2020). The Modulation of Plasma and Waves by Background Electron Density Irregularities in the Inner Magnetosphere. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(15). doi:10.1029/2020gl088855

Ma, Q., Connor, H. K., Zhang, X., Li, W., Shen, X., Gillespie, D., . . . Spence, H. E. (2020). Global Survey of Plasma Sheet Electron Precipitation due to Whistler Mode Chorus Waves in Earth's Magnetosphere. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(15). doi:10.1029/2020gl088798

Pinto, V. A., Bortnik, J., Moya, P. S., Lyons, L. R., Sibeck, D. G., Kanekal, S. G., . . . Baker, D. N. (2020). Radial Response of Outer Radiation Belt Relativistic Electrons During Enhancement Events at Geostationary Orbit. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 125(5). doi:10.1029/2019ja027660

Thorne, R. M., Li, W., Ni, B., Ma, Q., Bortnik, J., Chen, L., . . . Kanekal, S. G. (2013). Rapid local acceleration of relativistic radiation-belt electrons by magnetospheric chorus. Nature, 504(7480), 411-414. doi:10.1038/nature12889

Blake, J. B., Carranza, P. A., Claudepierre, S. G., Clemmons, J. H., Crain, W. R., Dotan, Y., . . . Zakrzewski, M. P. (2013). The Magnetic Electron Ion Spectrometer (MagEIS) Instruments Aboard the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) Spacecraft. Space Science Reviews, 179(1-4), 383-421. doi:10.1007/s11214-013-9991-8

Spence, H. E., Reeves, G. D., Baker, D. N., Blake, J. B., Bolton, M., Bourdarie, S., . . . Thorne, R. M. (2013). Science Goals and Overview of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma (ECT) Suite on NASA’s Van Allen Probes Mission. Space Science Reviews, 179(1-4), 311-336. doi:10.1007/s11214-013-0007-5

Funsten, H. O., Skoug, R. M., Guthrie, A. A., MacDonald, E. A., Baldonado, J. R., Harper, R. W., . . . Chen, J. (2013). Helium, Oxygen, Proton, and Electron (HOPE) Mass Spectrometer for the Radiation Belt Storm Probes Mission. Space Science Reviews, 179(1-4), 423-484. doi:10.1007/s11214-013-9968-7

Reeves, G. D., Spence, H. E., Henderson, M. G., Morley, S. K., Friedel, R. H. W., Funsten, H. O., . . . Niehof, J. T. (2013). Electron Acceleration in the Heart of the Van Allen Radiation Belts. Science, 341(6149), 991-994. doi:10.1126/science.1237743

Most Cited Publications