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Darci Snowden


Assistant Professor

Science II 339





Educational Background:

B.S., Physics, Harvey Mudd College, 2004
Ph.D., Geophysics, University of Washington, 2010

Research Interests:

My research interests are in the fields of space physics, planetary science, aeronomy, and astrobiology.  Currently, I am studying the interaction between Titan's upper atmosphere and Saturn's magnetosphere using a combination of numerical models and data from the Cassini Spacecraft.

Selected Publications:

D. Snowden and R. V. Yelle (2013), The global precipitation of magnetospheric electrons into Titan's upper atmosphere, Icarus, 243, 1-15, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.08.027.

  • D. Snowden and R. V. Yelle (2013), The Thermal Structure of Titan’s Upper Atmosphere, II: Energetics, Icarus, 228, 64-77, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2013.08.027.
  • D. Snowden, R. V. Yelle, J. Cui, J.-E. Wahlund, K. Agren, and N. Edberg (2013), The Thermal Structure of Titan’s Upper Atmosphere, I: Temperature profiles from Cassini INMS observations, Icarus, 226, 552-582, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2013.06.006.
  • D. Snowden, R. V. Yelle, M. Galand, A. Coates, G. Jones, A. Wellbrock, P. Lavvas (2013), Auroral electron precipitation and flux tube erosion in Titan’s upper atmosphere, Icarus, 226, 186-204, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2013.05.021.
  • R.  V. Yelle, D. Snowden, I.C.F. Muller-Wodarg (2013), Titan’s Upper Atmosphere: Thermal Structure, Dynamics, and Energetics, in: Titan: Interior, Surface, Atmosphere, and Space Environment, ed. by I. Muller-Wodarg, C. Griffith, E. Lellouch, T. Cravens, Cambridge Planetary Science.
  • D. Snowden and R. Winglee (2013), 3D multi-fluid simulations of Titan’s interaction with Saturn’s magnetosphere: Comparisons with Cassini’s T55 flyby, J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1002/jgra.50392.
  • D. Snowden, R. Winglee, and A. Kidder (2011), Titan at the edge 2: A global simulation of Titan exiting and reentering Saturn’s magnetosphere at 13:16 Saturn local time, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A08230, doi:10.1029/2011JA016436.
  • D. Snowden, R. Winglee, and A. Kidder (2011), Titan at the edge 1: Titan’s interaction with Saturn’s magnetosphere in the prenoon sector, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A08229, doi:10.1029/2011JA016435.

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