Barney J. Rickett

Office: 2405 Engineering Building Unit 1

Mailing Address:
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0407
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0407

Phone: (858) 534-2731
Fax: (858) 534-2486

Ph.D. University of Manchester, U.K., 1969

Radio and Space Science
Dr. Rickett worked as a microwave engineer designing low noise amplifiers for four years in the U.K. and the U.S. He then took a fellowship at Jodrell Bank, where he completed a Ph.D. studying radiowaves from pulsars. In 1969 he came to UC San Diego as a researcher and has been a faculty member since 1974.

Research Interests

Wave propagation through random media, in particular in radio astronomy where the irregular plasmas of the solar wind and the interstellar medium cause serious perturbations. His early discovery of interstellar scintillation has been followed by a thorough exploration of how waves are delayed and scattered on time scales ranging from microseconds to years. He continues to analyze such perturbed radiowaves and explores the turbulence in both the solar wind and interstellar plasma over an astronomical range of scales. He teaches electromagnetism.

Selected Publications
B.J. Rickett and W. A. Coles, "Evolution of the Solar Wind Structure Over a Solar Cycle: interplanetary Scintillation Velocity Measurements Compared with Coronal Observations:'J. Geophys. Res. 96, 1717-1736,1990.

Y. Gupta, B. J. Rickert, and A. G. Lyne, "Refractive interstellar Scintillation in Pulsar Dynamic Spectra," Mon. Not. Roy. Astro. Soc., 269, 1035-1068,1994.

B.J. Rickett, A. Quirrenbach, R. Wegner, T. P. Krichbaum, and A. Witzel, "Interstellar Scintillation of the Intraday Variable Radio Source 0917+624," Astronomy & Astrophysics, 293, 479-492, 1995.

Last Updated: 5/3/97