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Thomas W. Hill
Professor
Professor
 
e-mail:hill@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1967) Rice University
  • M.S. (1971) Rice University
  • Ph.D. (1973) Rice University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Research Areas
 Space Plasma Physics, Planetary Magnetospheres
 
Teaching Areas
 plasma physics, mathematical methods, electromagnetic theory, magnetospheric physics
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Goldstein, J., T. W. Hill, J. H. Waite, and J. L. Burch, Analytical model of rotating two-cell convection at Saturn, J. Geophys. Res., submitted, 2014.

 
 

Meier, P., H. Kriegel, U. Motschmann, J. Schmidt, F. Spahn, T. W. Hill, Y. Dong, and G. H. Jones, A model of the spatial and size distribution of Enceladus’ dust plume, Plan. Space Sci., submitted, 2013.

 
 

Rymer, A. M., D. G. Mitchell, T. W. Hill, E. A. Kronberg, N. Krupp, and C. M. Jackman, Saturn's magnetospheric refresh rate, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50530, 2013.

 
 

Coates, A. J., G.  H. Jones, G. R. Lewis, A. Wellbrock, D. T. Young, F. J. Crary, R. E. Johnson, T. A. Cassidy, and T. W. Hill, Negative ions in the Enceladus plume, Icarus, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.07.013, 2009.

 
 

Jones, G. H., C. S. Arridge, A. J. Coates, G. R. Lewis, S. Kanani, A Wellbrock, D. T. Young, F. J. Crary, R. L. Tokar, R. J. Wilson, T. W. Hill, R. E. Johnson, D. G. Mitchell, J. Schmidt, S. Kempf, U. Beckmann, C. T. Russell, Y. D. Jia, M. K. Dougherty, J. H. Waite, Jr., and B. A. Magee, Fine jet structure of electrically charged grains in Enceladus's plume, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2009GL038284, 2009.

 
 

Pontius, D. H., Jr., and T. W. Hill, Plasma mass loading from the extended neutral gas torus of Enceladus as inferred from the observed plasma corotation lag, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L23103, doi:10.1029/2009GL041030, 2009.

 
 

Rymer, A. M., B. H. Mauk, T. W. Hill, N. André, D. G. Mitchell, C. Paranicas, D. T. Young, H. T. Smith, A. M. Persoon, J. D. Menietti, G. B. Hospodarsky, A. J. Coates, and M. K. Dougherty, Cassini evidence for rapid interchange transport at Saturn, Plan. Space Sci., doi:10.1016/j.pss.2009.04.010, 2009.  

 
 Chen, Y., and T. W. Hill, Statistical analysis of injection/dispersion events in Saturn's inner magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 113, A07215, doi:10.1029/2008JA013166, 2008.
 
 Hill, T. W., M. F. Thomsen, M. G. Henderson, R. L. Tokar, A. J. Coates, H. J. McAndrews, G. R. Lewis, D. G. Mitchell, C. M. Jackman, C. T. Russell, M. K. Dougherty, F. J. Crary, and D. T. Young, Plasmoids in Saturn's magnetotail, J. Geophys. Res., 113, A01214, doi:10.1029/2007JA012626, 2008.
 
 Rymer, A. M., B. H. Mauk, T. W. Hill, C. Paranicas, D. G. Mitchell, A. J.Coates, and D. T.Young, Electron circulation in Saturn's magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 113, A01201, doi:10.1029/2007JA012589, 2008.
 
 

Wilson, R. J., R. L. Tokar, M. G. Henderson, T. W. Hill, M. F. Thomsen, and D. H. Pontius, Jr., Cassini Plasma Spectrometer thermal ion measurements in Saturn's inner magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 113, A12218, doi:10.1029/2008JA013486, 2008.

 
 

Coates, A. J., F. J. Crary, D. T. Young, K. Szego, C. S. Arridge, Z. Bebesi, E. C. Sittler, Jr., R. E. Hartle, and T. W. Hill, Ionospheric electrons in Titan's tail: Plasma structure during the Cassini T9 encounter, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L24S05, doi:10.1029/2007GL030919, 2007.

 
 

Rymer, A. M., B. H. Mauk, T. W. Hill, C. Paranicas, N. Andr¿, E. C. Sittler, D. G. Mitchell, H. T. Smith, R. E. Johnson, A .J. Coates, D. T. Young, S. J. Bolton, M. F. Thomsen, and M. K. Dougherty, Electron sources in Saturn's magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 112, A02201, doi:10.1029/2006JA012017, 2007.

 

 
 

Wu, H., T. W. Hill, R. A. Wolf, and R. W. Spiro, Numerical simulation of fine structure in the Io plasma torus produced by the centrifugal interchange instability, J. Geophys. Res., 112, A02206, doi:10.1029/2006JA012032, 2007.

 

 
 

Hill, T. W., Effect of the acceleration current on the centrifugal interchange instability, J. Geophys. Res., 111, A03214, doi:10.1029/2005JA011338, 2006.

 
 

Johnson, R. E., J. G. Luhmann, R. L. Tokar, M. Bouhram, J. J. Berthelier, E. C. Sittler, J. F. Cooper, T. W. Hill, H. T. Smith, M. Michael, M. Liu, F. J. Crary, and D. T. Young, Production, ionization and redistribution of O2 in Saturn¿s ring atmosphere, Icarus, 180, 393, 2006.

 
 

Ontiveros, P. A., S. M. Naehr, F. R. Toffoletto, and T. W. Hill, A flexible approach to modeling the storm-time Region 2 and magnetopause currents, J. Geophys. Res., 111, A09219, doi:10.1029/2006JA011634, 2006.

 
 

Pontius, D. H., Jr., and T. W. Hill, Enceladus: A significant plasma source for Saturn's magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 111, A09214, doi:10.1029/2006JA011674, 2006.

 
 

Tokar, R. L., R. E. Johnson, T. W. Hill, D. H. Pontius, W. S. Kurth, F. J. Crary, D. T. Young, M. F.  Thomsen, D. B. Reisenfeld, A. J. Coates, G. R. Lewis, E. C. Sittler, and D. A. Gurnett, The interaction of the atmosphere of Enceladus with Saturn’s plasma, Science, 311, 1409, doi: 10.1126/science.1121061, 2006.

 
 

Tokar, R. L., R. E. Johnson, T. W. Hill, D. H. Pontius, W. S. Kurth, F. J. Crary, D. T. Young, M. F. Thomsen, D. B. Reisenfeld, A. J. Coates, G. R. Lewis, E. C. Sittler, and D. A. Gurnett, The interaction of the atmosphere of Enceladus with Saturn¿s plasma, Science, 311, 1409, doi: 10.1126/science.1121061, 2006.

 
 

Burch, J. L., J. Goldstein, T. W. Hill, D. T. Young, F. J. Crary, A. J. Coates, N. André, W. S. Kurth, and E. C. Sittler, Jr., Properties of local plasma injections in Saturn’s magnetosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L14S02, doi: 10.1029/2005GL022611, 2005.

 

 
 

Hill, T. W., A. M. Rymer, J. L. Burch, F. J. Crary, D. T. Young, M. F. Thomsen, D. Delapp, N. André, A. J. Coates, and G. R. Lewis, Evidence for rotationally-driven plasma transport in Saturn’s magnetosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L14S10, doi:10.1029/2005GL022620, 2005.

 
 

Johnson, R. E., J. G. Luhmann, R. L. Tokar, M. Bouhram, J. J. Berthelier, E. C. Sittler, J. F. Cooper, T. W. Hill, H. T. Smith, M. Michael, M. Liu, F. J. Crary, and D. T. Young, Production, ionization and redistribution of O2 in Saturn’s ring atmosphere, Icarus, 180, 393, 2006.

 
 

Szego, K., et al., The global plasma environment of Titan as observed by Cassini Plasma Spectrometer during the first two close encounters with Titan, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L20S05, doi:10.1029/2005GL022646, 2005.

 
 

Young D. T., et al. "Composition and dynamics of plasma in Saturn’s magnetosphere." Science, 307 (2005) : 1262-1266.

 
 

Young, D. T., et al. "Cassini Plasma Spectrometer investigation." Space Science Reviews, 114 (2004) : 1-112.

 
 

Hill, T. W., Magnetic moments at Jupiter, Nature, 415, 965, 2002.

 
 Articles
 

Hill, T. W., M. F. Thomsen, R. L. Tokar, A. J. Coates, G. R. Lewis, D. T. Young, F. J. Crary, R. A. Baragiola, R. E. Johnson, Y. Dong, R. J. Wilson,G. H. Jones, J.-E. Wahlund, D. G. Mitchell, and M. Horányi, Charged nanograins in the Enceladus plume, J. Geophys. Res.117, A05209, doi:10.1029/2011JA017218, 2012. 

 
 

Liu, X., and T. W. Hill, Effects of finite plasma pressure on centrifugally driven convection in Saturn’s inner magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 117, A07216, doi:10.1029/2012JA017827, 2012.

 
 

Pryor, W. R., A. M. Rymer, D. G. Mitchell, T. W. Hill, D. T. Young, J. Saur, G. H. Jones, S. Jacobsen, S. W. H. Cowley, B. H. Mauk, A. J. Coates, J. Gustin, D. Grodent, J.-C. Gérard, L. Lamy, J. D. Nichols, S. M. Krimigis, L. W. Esposito, M. K. Dougherty, A. J. Jouchoux, A. I. F. Stewart, W. E. McClintock, G. M. Holsclaw, J. M. Ajello, J. E. Colwell, A. R. Hendrix, F. J. Crary, J. T. Clarke, and X. Zhou, The Enceladus auroral footprint at Saturn, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature09928, 2011.

 

 
 

Chen, Y., T. W. Hill, A. M. Rymer, and R. J. Wilson, Rate of radial transport of plasma in Saturn’s inner magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2010JA015412, 2010.

 

 
 

Coates, A. J., A. Wellbrock, G. R. Lewis, G. H.Jones, D. T. Young, F. J. Crary, J. H. Waite, R. E. Johnson, T. W. Hill, E. C. Sittler, Jr., Negative ions at Titan and Enceladus: recent results, Faraday Discussions, doi: 10.1039/C004700G2010, 2010.

 

 
 

Dong, Y., T. W. Hill, B. D. Teolis, B. A. Magee, and J. H. Waite, The water vapor plumes of Enceladus, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A10204, doi:10.1029/2011JA016693, 2011.

 

 
 

Liu, X., T. W. Hill, R. A. Wolf, S. Sazykin, R. W. Spiro, and H. Wu, Numerical simulation of plasma transport in Saturn's inner magnetosphere using the Rice Convection Model, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2010JA015859, 2010.

 

 
 Book chapters
 

Mauk, B. H., D. Hamilton, T. W. Hill, G. Hospodarsky, R. E. Johnson, C. Paranicas, E. Roussos, C. T. Russell, D. Shemansky, E. Sittler, and R. M. Thorne, Fundamental plasma processes in Saturn’s magnetosphere, Chap. 11,  Saturn from Cassini-Huygens (M. Dougherty, L. Esposito, and S. M. Krimigis, eds.), Springer Verlag, Dordrecht, 2009.

 
 

Michell, D. G., J. F. Carbary, S. W. H. Cowley, T. W. Hill, and P. Zarka, The dynamics of Saturn’s magnetosphere, Chap.10, Saturn from Cassini-Huygens (M. Dougherty, L. Esposito, and S. M. Krimigis, eds.), Springer Verlag, Dordrecht, 2009.

 
Presentations
 Invited Papers
 

Hill, T. W., Charged nanograins in the Enceladus Plume, American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 3 December 2012.

 
 

"Tails of three planets." American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December 12, 2006)

 
 Invited Talks
 

Hill, T. W., and Xin Liu, Numerical simulation of injection-dispersion events in Saturn's inner magnetosphere, presented at AGU Meeting of the Americas, Cancun, Mexico, May 16, 2013.  

 
 

Hill, T. W., Charged nanograins in the Enceladus plume (P14B-04, Invited), Fall AGU meeting, San Francisco, CA, 5-9 Dec. 2011.

 
 

Hill, T. W., "Radial plasma transport in Saturn's magnetosphere" (invited), American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco, CA, 15 December 2010.

 
 Hill, T. W., Scale size of injection structures in Saturn's inner magnetosphere (invited), AGU Joint Assembly, June 2008.
 
 

author, presenter.  "The "Hill model" revisited." Cross-Polar-Cap Potential Workshop, Univ. Michigan, Ann Arbor. (May 2008)

 
 

presenter.  "Giant Planet Auroras and their Time Variations." NSF -- CEDAR, Santa Fe, NM. (June 30, 2005)

 
 

presenter.  "Magnetospheric Physics at Saturn." American Geophysical Union, New Orleans, LA. (May 23, 2005)

 
 

presenter.  "Rotationally-driven dynamics in the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn." Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets, University of Leicester, England. (August 11, 2005)

 
 Other
 

Hill, T., R. Baragiola, A. Coates, F. Crary, Y. Dong, M. Horanyi, R. Johnson, G. Jones, G. Lewis, D. Mitchell, M. Thomsen, R. Tokar, R. Wilson, D. Young, and J.-E. Waylund, Charged nanograins in the Enceladus plume, Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets Conference, Boston, MA, 11-15 July, 2011.

 
 

Dong, Y., and T. W. Hill, Distribution of charged nanograins in the Enceladus plume (SM23D-03), Fall AGU meeting, San Francisco, CA, 5-9 Dec. 2011.

 
 

Rymer, A., D. Mitchell, T. Hill, E. Kronberg, and N. Krupp, Saturn's magnetospheric period, Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets Conference, Boston, MA, 11-15 July, 2011.

 
 

Liu, X., and T. W. Hill, The growth of plasma convection in Saturn's inner magnetosphere, Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets Conference, Boston, MA, 11-15 July, 2011.

 
 

Dong, Y., T. Hill, B. Teolis, B. Magee, and H. Waite, The water vapor plumes of Enceladus, Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets Conference, Boston, MA, 11-15 July, 2011.

 
 Rymer, A. M., B. H. Mauk, C. Paranicas, T. W. Hill, N. Sergis, P. Schippers, and D. T. Young, Plasma injection and circulation at Saturn, AGU Joint Assembly, June 2008.
 
 

presenter.  "Observations of plasmoids in Saturn's magnetotail." American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (Decemer 13, 2006) With M. F. Thomsen, M. G. Henderson, R. L. Tokar, and seven others

 
 

presenter.  "Interchange Injection and Drift Dispersion of Hot Plasma in Saturn’s Magnetosphere." American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December 17, 2004) With Rymer, A. L., et al.

 
 Posters
 

Hill, Tom, Xin Liu, Stan Sazykin, and Dick Wolf, RCM simulation of interchange transport in Saturn’s inner magnetosphere (poster), presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, December 10, 2013

 
 

Dong, Y., and T. W. Hill, Charged Ice Grains in the Enceladus Plume, American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 4 December 2012.

 
 

Liu, X., and T. W. Hill, Numerical simulation of the injection/dispersion signatures in Saturn’s inner magnetosphere, American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 4 December 2012.

 
 

Liu, X., and T. W. Hill, Effects of finite plasma pressure on centrifugally driven convection in Saturn's magnetosphere (SM11A-1999), Fall AGU meeting, San Francisco, CA, 5-9 Dec. 2011.

 
 

Livi, R., J. Goldstein, A. M. Rymer, T. W. Hill, and A. D. DeJong, Electron injections and associated moment analysis in Saturn's magnetosphere (SM11A-1998), Fall AGU meeting, San Francisco, CA, 5-9 Dec. 2011.

 
 

Rymer, A. M., D. G. Mitchell, T. W. Hill, E. Kronberg, and N. Krupp, "Saturn's global magnetospheric mode" (poster), American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco, CA, 14 December 2010.

 
 

Liu, X., T. W. Hill, R. A. Wolf, H. T. Smith, and Y. Chen, "The growth of plasma convection in Saturn's inner magnetosphere" (poster), American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco, CA, 14 December 2010.

 
 

Dong. Y., and T. Hill, Neutral H2O density in the Enceladus plume (poster), Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets Conference, Cologne, Germany, July 27-31, 2009,

 
 Hill, T. W., Y. Chen, H. Wu, R. E. Johnson, and B. H. Mauk, Injection Structures in Saturn's Inner Magnetosphere (poster), Saturn after Cassini-Huygens symposium, Imperial College, London, 28 July - 1 August, 2008.
 
 Chen, Y., and T. W. Hill, Width of injection/dispersion events in Saturn's inner magnetosphere (poster), AGU Joint Assembly, June 2008.
 
 

presenter.  "Variations of Jovian and Saturnian Auroras Induced by Changes of Solar Wind Dynamic Pressure." Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets, University of Leicester, England. (August 8 - 12, 2005) With Gong, B

 
 Seminar Speaker
 

"Saving the Io torus from itself." Rice University, Houston, TX. (September 18, 2006)

 
 

"The other kind of Magnetosphere." Boston University, Boston, MA. (April 6, 2006)

 
 

presenter.  "CAPS finds the smoking gun of the centrifugal interchange instability at Saturn." Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX. (March 23, 2005)

 
 Workshops
 

Hill, T. W., and Xin Liu, Numerical simulation of injection-dispersion events observed by CAPS in Saturn's inner magnetosphere, presented at Cassini Magnetospheric and Plasma Science Workshop, San Antonio, TX, March 21, 2013.

 
 

Hill, T. W., et al., "Charged nanograins from Enceladus", Cassini/MAPS Workshop, Annapolis, MD, 27-29 April 2011.

 
 

Liu, X., and T. W. Hill, "The growth of plasma convection in Saturn's inner magnetosphere", Cassini/MAPS Workshop, Annapolis, MD, 27-29 April 2011.

 
 

Dong, Y., and T. W. Hill, "The water vapor plumes of Enceladus", Cassini/MAPS Workshop, Annapolis, MD, 27-29 April 2011.

 
 

"Electron butterfly pitch-angle distributions: an alternative interpretation." University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. (November 14, 2006)

 
Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Han Wu, M.S. Numerical simulation of fine structure in the Io plasma torus. (2006) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Han Wu, Ph.D. Rice Convection Model Simulations of the Centrifugal Interchange Instability in the Magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn . (2009) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Yi Chen, Ph.D. Centrifugally Driven Radial Convection of Plasma in Saturnís Inner Magnetosphere . (2010) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Yaxue Dong, Ph.D. A model for the neutral H2O density in the Enceladus plume. (2013) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Xin Liu, Ph.D. Modeling the plasma convection in Saturn's inner magnetosphere. (2013) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Xin Liu, Ph.D. Numerical simulation of plasma transport in Saturn's inner magnetosphere using the Rice Convection Model. (2013) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Yaxue Dong, Ph.D. The Water Vapor and Dust Plumes of Enceladus. (2014) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)