Space Research & Planetary Sciences (WP)

Scientific Staff

Selected Publications:

- A. G. Davies and A. H. Vorburger, “Io’s Volcanic Activity and Atmosphere”, Elements, submitted.

- A. Vorburger, S. Fatemi, A. Galli, L. Liuzzo, A. R. Poppe, and P. Wurz, “3D Monte-Carlo simulation of Ganymede’s water exosphere,” Icarus, vol. 375, p. 114810, Mar. 2022, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2021.114810.

- A. Vorburger and P. Wurz, “Modeling of Possible Plume Mechanisms on Europa,” Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, vol. 126, no. 9, Sep. 2021, doi: 10.1029/2021JA029690.

- A. Vorburger, P. Wurz, and H. Waite, “Chemical and Isotopic Composition Measurements on Atmospheric Probes Exploring Uranus and Neptune,” Space Science Reviews, vol. 216, no. 4, p. 57, May 2020, doi: 10.1007/s11214-020-00684-9.

- A. Vorburger and P. Wurz, “Lunar Atmosphere, Energetic Neutral Atoms,” in Encyclopedia of Lunar Science, B. Cudnik, Ed. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2019, pp. 1–6. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-05546-6_221-1.

- A. Vorburger, M. Pfleger, J. Lindkvist, M. Holmström, H. Lammer, H. I. M. Lichtenegger, A. Galli, M. Rubin, and P. Wurz, “Three-Dimensional Modeling of Callisto’s Surface Sputtered Exosphere Environment,” Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, vol. 124, no. 8, pp. 7157–7169, Aug. 2019, doi: 10.1029/2019JA026610.

- A. Vorburger and P. Wurz, “Europa’s ice-related atmosphere: The sputter contribution,” Icarus, vol. 311, pp. 135–145, 2018, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2018.03.022.

- A. Vorburger, P. Wurz, H. Lammer, S. Barabash, and O. Mousis, “Monte-Carlo simulation of Callisto’s exosphere,” Icarus, vol. 262, pp. 14–29, 2015, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2015.07.035.

- A. Vorburger, P. Wurz, S. Barabash, M. Wieser, Y. Futaana, M. Holmström, A. Bhardwaj, and K. Asamura, “First direct observation of sputtered lunar oxygen,” Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, vol. 119, no. 2, pp. 709–722, Feb. 2014, doi: 10.1002/2013JA019207.

- A. Vorburger, P. Wurz, S. Barabash, M. Wieser, Y. Futaana, C. Lue, M. Holmström, A. Bhardwaj, M. B. Dhanya, and K. Asamura, “Energetic neutral atom imaging of the lunar surface,” Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, vol. 118, no. 7, pp. 3937–3945, Jul. 2013, doi: 10.1002/jgra.50337.

The full publication list can be found here.

Planetary sciences:

  • Planetary atmospheres and their interactions with plasma environments
  • Formation and evolution of planets and moons within our Solar System
  • Habitability and the search for life
  • Giant planet moons
  • Ocean worlds and plumes
  • Exoplanets

Space instrumentation & numerical simulations:

  • Planetary orbiters and descent probes
  • In situ observation and remote sensing
  • Mass spectrometry and neutral particle detectors
  • Monte Carlo modeling

Research Experience:

2015 - today, University of Bern, Switzerland (Postdoctoral fellow)
2021 - 2022, University of Umeå, Sweden (First research assistant)
2013 - 2015, American Museum of Natural History, USA (Research associate)


PhD in Physics, University of Bern, 2013
Dipl. El.-Ing. ETH & Master of Science ETH, ETH Zürich, 2008

Mission Involvement:

ISRO / Chandrayaan-1 / SARA
ESA / BepiColombo / SERENA