Prof. Nicolas Thomas
Interests and Methods
The planetary remote-sensing (imaging) group at the University of Bern focusses on the physics of dynamic phenomena at the surfaces of solar system bodies and particularly those where ices and volatile species are of importance.
Our emphasis is on acquiring observations of solar system bodies over a range of wavelengths (from near-UV through the optical to the near-IR) and then modelling (both numerically and in the laboratory) to establish the nature of the physical processes responsible. The group approaches this task by exploring objects through a complete project life-cycle comprising conceptual design, experiment implementation, laboratory support, data analysis, and modelling.
The objects of interest to us at the moment are
- Mars (supporting our involvement in HiRISE and CaSSIS)
- Comets and small bodies (supporting our involvement in OSIRIS)
- Mercury (supporting our involvement in BELA)
- The Jupiter system (supporting our involvement in JUICE, Europa Clipper, and the IVO proposal).
The methods we use and the approach is shown schematically below.
We have divided our activities into sub-projects (and we've named them). You can find more information on them in our group science pages.