Dr. Timo Laitinen

Post-doctoral Research Associate

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Leighton Building, LE115

+44 (0) 1772 89 3280

Timo Laitinen has been a post-doctoral research associate at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute (JHI) in UCLan since August 2010, and is a member of the JHI's solar physics research group. Previously, he worked as a University Lecturer in Turku, Finland, and he has worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Finland and Germany. He works on the modelling of energetic particle transport in the heliosphere, has experience in energetic particle observations, and is involved in space-borne missions.


Timo was the lead researcher of a study funded in part by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and NASA, which has shed new light on the source of mysterious particles emanating from the Sun which can have knock-on effects here on Earth. Find out more information.

  • PhD Physics, University of Turku, Finland, 2003
  • MSc Physics, University of Turku, Finland, 1997


Laitinen, Timo Lauri Mikael, Dalla, Silvia, Kelly, J. and Marsh, Michael (2013) ENERGETIC PARTICLE DIFFUSION IN CRITICALLY BALANCED TURBULENCE. The Astrophysical Journal, 764 (2). pp. 168-176. ISSN 0004-637X


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Timo Laitinen is working as a post-doctoral research associate on solar energetic particle (SEP) propagation in the heliosphere, studying in particular the propagation of the charged particles across the mean heliospheric magnetic field. In the work, he is also studying the modelling and descriptions of the plasma turbulence that permeates the heliospheric plasmas.


In addition to this, he works on SEP acceleration studies, has experience on in-situ SEP observations, and is involved in present and future space-borne missions, including the proposed Solar Orbiter mission.


Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society