Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Glaßmeier

Technische Universität Braunschweig
Institute of Geophysics and extraterrestrial Physics (IGEP)
Mendelssohnstr. 3
D-38106 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 531 391 5214

Researcher’s Career

  • Professor and Chair Geophysics, TU Braunschweig
  • Head of the Research Group Space Physics & Space Sensorics, Institute of Geophysics and extraterrestrial Physics, TU Braunschweig
  • Member of the National Academy Leopoldina
  • Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Society
  • Vice-President of COSPAR
  • Zeldovich Medal, Julius Bartels Medal, Basic Science Award IAA, AGU Fellow

Mission Statement

Do comparative planetology and geoscience.


  • Geophysics
  • Planetary Magnetic fields
  • Space Magnetometry
  • Space Plasma Physics
  • Cometary Physics
  • Data Analysis Tools
  • History of Geophysics
Magnetic field animation, credits: IGEP
Illustration of the space probe GEO-KOMPSAT-2A, credits: Korea Aerospace Research Institute

Selected Publications

  • K. H. Glassmeier: Interaction of the solar wind with comets: A Rosetta perspective, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 375, 2097, 2017.
  • C. Nabert, D. Heyner, and K. H. Glassmeier: Estimation of a planetary magnetic field using a reduced magnetohydrodynamic model, Ann. Geophys., 35, pp. 465-474, 2017.
  • D. Heyner, C. Nabert, E. Liebert, and K. H. Glassmeier: Concerning reconnection-induction balance at the magnetopause of Mercury, J. Geophys. Res., 121, pp. 2935-2961, 2016.
  • I. Richter, C. Koenders, H.-U. Auster, D. Frühauff, C. Götz, P. Heinisch, C. Perschke, U. Motschmann, B. Stoll, K. Altwegg, J. Burch, C. Carr, E. Cupido, A. Eriksson, P. Henri, R. Goldstein, J.-P. Lebreton, P. Mokashi, Z. Nemeth, H. Nilsson, M. Rubin, K. Szegö, B. T. Tsurutani, C. Vallat, M. Volwerk, and K. H. Glassmeier: Observation of a new type of low-frequency waves at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Ann. Geophys., 33, pp. 1031-1036, 2015.
  • Auster, H. U., I. Apathy, G. Berghofer, K. H. Fornacon, A. Remizov, C. Carr, C. Güttler, G. Haerendel, P. Heinisch, D. Hercik, M. Hilchenbach, E. Kührt, W. Magnes, U. Motschmann, I. Richter, C. T. Russell, A. Przyklenk, K. Schwingenschuh, H. Sierks, and K. H. Glassmeier: The nonmagnetic nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Science, 349, 2015.
  • K. H. Glassmeier and B. T. Tsurutani: Carl Friedrich Gauss – General Theory of Terrestrial Magnetism – a revised translation of the German text, Hist. Geo Space Sci., 5, pp. 11-62, 2014.
  • D. Heyner, J. Wicht, N. Gomez-Perez, D. Schmitt, H. U. Auster, and K. H. Glassmeier: Evidence from Numerical Experiments for a Feedback Dynamo Generating Mercury’s Magnetic Field, Science, 334, 1690, 2011.
  • U. Christensen, A. Balogh, D. Breuer, and K. H. Glassmeier (Eds.): Planetary Magnetic Fields, Springer, 2010.
  • Y. Narita, K. H. Glassmeier, F. Sahraoui, and M. L. Goldstein: Wave-Vector Dependence of Magnetic-Turbulence Spectra in the Solar Wind, Phys. Rev. Lett., 104, 171101, 2010.
  • K. H. Glassmeier, H. U. Auster, D. Heyner et al.: The fluxgate magnetometer of the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter, Planet. Space. Sci., 58, pp. 287-299, 2010.
  • K. H. Glassmeier, H. Soffel, and J. W. Negendank (Eds.): Geomagnetic Variations, Space-Time Structure, Processes, and Effects on System Earth, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2009.
  • F. Plaschke, K. H. Glassmeier, D.G. Sibeck, H.U. Auster, O.D. Constantinescu, V. Angelopoulos, and W. Magnes: Magnetopause surface oscillation frequencies at different solar wind conditions, Ann. Geophys., 27, pp. 4521-4532, 2009.
  • R. Schulz, C. Alexander, H. Boehnhard, and K. H. Glassmeier: Rosetta: Mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 2008.
  • K. H. Glassmeier, H. Boehnhardt, D. Koschny, E. Kührt, and I. Richter: The ROSETTA Mission: Flying towards the Origin of the Solar System, Space Sci. Rev., 128, pp. 1-21, 2007.
  • Narita, Y., K. H. Glassmeier, and R. Treumann: Wave number spectra and intermittency in the terrestrial forshock region, Phys. Rev. Lett., 97, 191101, 2006.
  • J. Grosser, K. H. Glassmeier and A. Stadelmann: Induced magnetic field effects at planet Mercury, Planet. Space Sci., 52, pp. 1251-1260, 2004.
  • K. H. Glassmeier, P. N. Mager, and D. Y. Klimushkin: Concerning ULF pulsations in Mercury′s magnetosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, 18, 2003.
  • K. H. Glassmeier: Universitäre Lehre als Partner zukunftsorientierter Forschung, in: K. Neumann, J. Osterloh (Hrsg.), Gute Lehre in der Vielfalt der Disziplinen, pp. 37-44, Weinheim & Basel, 2002.
  • K. H. Glassmeier, U. Motschmann et al.: CLUSTER as a wave telescope: First results from the fluxgate magnetometer, Ann. Geophys., 19, pp. 1439-1448, 2001.
  • C. Othmer, K. H. Glassmeier, and R. Cramm: Concerning field line resonances in Mercury′s magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 104, pp. 10369-10378, 1999.
  • R. Kertz and K. H. Glassmeier (Eds.): Walter Kertz – Geschichte der Geophysik, Olms-Verlag, Hildesheim, 1999.