UCL Astrophysics Group

Prof Patrick Guio

Prof Patrick Guio

Honorary Professor

Dept of Physics & Astronomy

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Feb 2020

Research summary

My research interests cover two areas in space physics, with both theoretical and observational aspects. The first area, space plasma physics, concerns the studies of microscopic phenomena such as non linear waves, wave particle interactions and turbulence in plasmas. The second area concerns the study of  the ionosphere and magnetosphere of the giant planet systems, their interactions and the connection to the aurora.

My research involves extensive use of high performance computing and the development of advanced numerical codes for simulation purposes.

I have also been working extensively with incoherent scatter radar technique (EISCAT in Northern Scandinavia) both theoretically and experimentally.

Teaching summary

I have a wealth of teaching experience mainly in physics but also in computer science at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

2007–present Examiner, M.Sc. Research Essays – Postgraduate level, University College London, UK.

Tutorial Leader, Physics and Mathematics (Year 1) and Astrophysics (Year 2)– B.Sc. level, in English, 40 hours each year,

Examiner, UCL undergraduate applicants (Universities and College Admission Service),

Moderator, Synoptic interviews Astrophysics (Year 3) – B.Sc. level.

Moderator, Progress review interviews Astrophysics – Ph.D. students.

Spring 2000–2006 Guest Lecturer, Radar Diagnostics of Space Plasma (AGF-304) – Ph.D./M.Sc. level, in English, 30 hours each spring, University Centre in Svalbard, Norway.

Spring 2002 External Examiner, The Upper Polar Atmosphere (AGF-301), Ph.D./M.Sc. level, University Centre in Svalbard, Norway.

Fall 2001–2002 Lecturer, Physics of Stars and Radiation (AST-112) – B.Sc. level, in Norwegian, 49 hours each fall, University of Oslo, Norway.

Jan 2000–Mar 2001 M.Sc. Co-Supervisor, Lars Daldorff, Numerical particle simulation of three dimensional magnetized plasmas, University of Oslo, Norway.

Fall 1998 Course Leader, Computer Use (FYS-010) – B.Sc. level, Development of Lecture Notesand Lecturing, in English, total of 174 hours, University of Tromsø, Norway.

Spring 1998 Teaching assistant, General Physics (FYS-100) – B.Sc. level, Seminars and Laboratory,in Norwegian, total of 160 hours, University of Tromsø, Norway.

Fall 1997 Teaching assistant, Classical Theoretical Physics (FYS-200) – B.Sc. level, Lectures and Seminars, in Norwegian, total of 102 hours, University of Tromsø, Norway.


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education | 2011
Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
Doctorate, Doctorat | 1998
Universitetet i Tromso
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1998
Ecole Normale Superieure Ulm (Paris)
Other higher degree, Diplome d'etudes approfondies | 1991
French Engineering School
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diplome de grande ecole | 1990


I received my PhD both from the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France and the University of Tromsø in Norway, for both theoretical and experimental studies of Langmuir waves in the auroral ionosphere using the incoherent scatter facility EISCAT in Northern Scandinavia.

I then spent over five years at the University of Oslo in Norway developed several Particle-In-Cell (PIC) simulation codes to conduct studies about electrostatic waves in plasmas and the kinetic effects related to the interaction between these waves and charged particles. 

After the years at University of Oslo, I moved shortly into industry, to work as a scientific researcher for an oil exploration company in Bergen, Norway, and then got back to public research at the Bergen Centre for Computational Sciences where I worked for the European grid project EGEE. I was responsible for the coordination of the project effort in Bergen and lead the development of grid middleware related to secured data management as well as the deployment of grid infrastructure onto the high performance computing facility at the University of Bergen.

In 2007, I moved to UCL with the Physics and Astronomy department, and since contribute to to research for the Atmospheric Physics Laboratory / Centre for Planetary Science where my work is on planetary and space plasma physics.