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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Paul Andrew Cloutier
Professor
Professor
 
e-mail:pac@rice.edu
 
  • B.S. (1964) University of Southwestern Louisiana
  • Ph.D. (1967) Rice University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Research Areas
 Theoretical plasma physics related to solar wind interaction with planetary atmospheres, magnetic fields in space.
 
Research Statement
 Paul Cloutier has been a faculty member in the department since 1967. During the next decade, Cloutier's group at Rice developed rocket-borne vector magnetometer systems to study mid-latitude and auroral zone ionospheric current systems, and Cloutier served as Principal Investigator of 13 NASA ionospheric sounding rocket probes during that time. From 1968 to the present, he has also performed theoretical and experimental studies of the atmospheres of other planets, particularly Venus and Mars. He was Co-Investigator on the Pioneer Venus Bus and Orbiter Ion Mass Spectrometer experiments from 1977 to 1988, and served as Principal Investigator of that experiment from 1988 to the present. He was a Co-Investigator on the Mars Observer magnetometer experiment. He is a Co-Investigator on the Mars Global Surveyor Spacecraft MAG/ER experiment which is currently in orbit around Mars.
 
Selected Publications
 Articles
 

P. Cloutier "Comparative Planetology: History of Water in the Inner Solar System." Publication of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 26, No. 10 (October 2007)

 
Presentations
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"Probing Mars' crustal magnetic field with the MGS Electron Reflectometer." American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, (May 2001) With With D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, H. Reme, J. E. Connerney, M. H. Acu?a, and N. F. Ness

 
 

"The extent Mars ionosphere and its response to solar variability." European Geophysical Society XXVI General Assembly , (March 2001) With With D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, H. Reme, M. H. Acu?a, J. E. P. Connerney and N. F. Ness

 
 

"Crustal Magnetocylinders at Mars." American Geophysical Union Meeting, (Spring 2000) With With D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, H. Reme, J. Connerney, M. Acuna and N. Ness

 
 

"Crustal Magnetocylinders at Mars." (Poster) Comparative Aeronomy in the Solar System, Yosemite. (2000) With With D. Mitchell, R. Lin, H. Reme, M. Acuna and N. Ness

 
 

"Crustal Magnetospheres Observed in the Martian Night Hemisphere." American Astronomical Society, DPS Meeting #31, (December 1999) With With D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, H. Reme, M. H. Acuna and N. F. Ness

 
 

"Ionospheric Magnetic Fields at Mars?Mars Global Surveyor Results." Comparative Aeronomy in the Solar System, Yosemite, CA. (February 2000) With With D. Crider, M. Acuna, J. Connerney, D. Mitchell, R. Lin, H. Reme, C. Mazelle, N. Ness and S. Bauer

 
 

"Mars Global Surveyor MAG/ER Observations of Mass Loading at Mars." American Geophysical Union Meeting, (Spring, 2000) With With D. H. Crider, M. H. Acuna, J. E. Connerney, D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, N. F. Ness, H. Reme and C. Mazelle

 
 

"Mars Global Surveyor Observations of the Martian Magnetosheath." American Geophysical Union Meeting, (Fall 2000) With With D. H. Crider, M. H. Acuna, J. E. Connerney, D. A. Brain, Y. Chen, D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, D. Vignes, C. Mazelle, H. Reme, D. Winterhalter, N. F. Ness and A. M. Krymskii

 
 

"Mars Ionosphere: Influence of Crustal Magnetic Fields and Solar Ionizating Radiation." American Astronomical Society, DPS Meeting #32, (October 2000) With With D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, H. Reme and M. H. Acuna

 
 

"Nonlinear Low Frequency Waves Observations by Mars Global Surveyor." American Geophysical Union Meeting, (Fall 2000) With With C. H. Mazelle, H. Reme, D. Vignes, M. H. Acuna, D. Brain, J. E. Connerney, D. H. Crider, R. P. Lin, D. E. Mitchell, D. Winterhalter, and N. Ness

 
 

"Plasma Diagnostics in Space." (Invited) Workshop on Plasma Diagnostics and Industrial Applications of Plasmas, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. (October 2000)

 
 

"The Shape of Mars' Ionosphere and its Response to Solar Activity and Crustal Magnetic Fields: Observations by the MGS Electron Reflectometer." American Geophysical Union Meeting, (Fall 2000) With With D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, H. Reme, J. E. Connerney, M. H. Acuna, and N. F. Ness

 
 

"Analysis of the Position and Shape of the Martian Bow Shock and Magnetic Pile-up Boundary." European Geophysical Society XXIV General Assembly, The Hague. (April 1999) With With D. Vignes, C. Mazelle, H. Reme, J. A. Sauvaud, C. d'Uston, M. Acuna, J. E. P. Connerney, P. Wasilewski, R. P. Lin, D. Mitchell, K. A. Anderson, C. W. Carlson, J. McFadden, D. W. Curtis, D. H. Crider, C. C. Law, S. J. Bauer, and N. F. Ness

 
 

"Electrons in the Magnetic Pileup Boundary at Mars." Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Boston, Mass.. (June, 1999) With With, D. H. Crider, C. Law, P. Walker, Y. Chen, D. Mitchell, R. Lin, M. Acuna, J. Connerney, D. Brain, C. Mazelle, D. Vignes, H. Reme, C. d'Uston, and N. Ness

 
 

"Local and Global Ionospheric Interaction Models of Martian Surface Magnetic Anomlies." Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Boston, Mass.. (June, 1999) With With P. W. Walker and Y. Chen

 
 

"Magnetic Crustal Anomalies on Mars and Water Loss." Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX. (July 1999)

 
 

"Mars Crustal Magnetism: Implications of its Global Distribution and Morphology." Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Boston, Mass.. (June, 1999) With With M. H. Acuna, J. E. Connerney, P. Wasilewski, N. Ness, H. Reme, D. Vignes, C. Mazelle, R. P. Lin, and D. Mitchell

 
 

"Observations of 10 eV-20 eV Electrons in the Martian Ionosphere." Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Boston, Mass.. (June, 1999) With With D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, M. Oieroset, D. Crider, C. Law, P. Walker, C. Mazelle, H. Reme, J. Connerney, and M. Acuna

 
 

"Physics of the Pile-up Boundary in the Solar Wind Interaction with Mars." European Geophysical Society XXIV General Assembly, The Hague. (April 1999) With With D. Crider, C. Law, P. Walker, Y. Chen, M. H. Acuna, J. E. P. Connerney, P. Wasilewski, D. Brain, R. P. Lin, D. Michell, K. Anderson, C. Carlson, J. McFadden, D. Curtis, H. Reme, C. Mazelle, D. Vignes, J. Sauvaud, C. d'Uston, S. Bauer, and N. F. Ness

 
 

"Solar Wind Interaction With Martian Crustal Magnetic Anomlies." Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Boston, Mass.. (June, 1999) With With D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, M. Oieroset, D. Crider, C. Law, P. Walker, C. Mazelle, H. Reme, J. Connerney, and M. Acuna

 
 

"The Solar Wind Interaction with Mars After Mars Global Surveyor Observations." EGS, The Hague. (1999) With With C. Mazelle, H. Reme, D. Vignes, M. H. Acu?a, J. E. P. Connerney, R. P. Lin, D. Mitcell, P. A. Clouter, and N. F. Ness

 
 

"Analysis of the Magnetic "Pile-Up" Boundary at Mars." Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December, 1998) With C. Mazelle, D. Vignes, H. Reme, J. Sauvaud, C. d'Uston, M. Acu?a, J. Connerney, P. Wasilewski, R. Lin, D. Mitchell, K. Anderson, C. Carlson, J. McFadden, D. Curtis, D. Crider, C. Law, S. Bauer, N. Ness and D. Winterhalter

 
 

"Mechanisms of Post-Shock Magnetic "Pile-Up" at Mars." Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December, 1998) With D. H. Crider, C. Law, M. H. Acu?a, J. E. Connerney, P. Wasilewski, R. Lin, K. A. Anderson, C. W. Carlson, J. McFadden, D.Curtis, D. Mitchell, H. Reme, C. Mazelle, D. Vignes, J. A. Sauvaud, C. d'Uston, A. Cros, J. L. Medale, S. J. Bauer and N. F. Ness

 
 

"Observation of Ion Cyclotron Waves with MGS MAG/ER." Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December, 1998) With D. A. Brain, M. H. Acu?a, J. E. Connerney, F. Bagenal, D. Mitchell, and D. H. Crider

 
 

"Observations of 1 eV to 20 keV Electrons Within the Martian Ionosphere: Results from the MGS Electron Reflectometer." Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December, 1998) With D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, D. Crider and M. H. Acu?a

 
 

"Observations of 1 eV to 20 keV. Electrons Within the Martian Ionosphere: Results from the MGS Electron Reflectometer." Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December, 1998) With D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, D. Crider and M. H. Acu?a

 
 

"Observations of 10 eV-20 keV Electrons Within and Below the Martian Ionosphere." Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Boston, Mass.. (May, 1998) With D. L. Mitchell, R. P. Lin, K. A. Anderson, C. W. Carlson, J. McFadden, D. W. Curtis, H. Reme, A. Cros, C. Mazelle, J. L. Medale, J. A. Sauvaud, C. d'Uston, M. H. Acu?a, J. E. Connerney, P. Wasilewski, S. J. Bauer, M. Mayhew, and N. F. Ness

 
 

"The Venus-Like Nature of the Solar Wind Interaction with Mars." Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Boston, Mass.. (May, 1998) With D. H. Crider, C. C. Law and M. H. Acu?a

 
Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Yue Chen, Ph.D. Effects of the Charge Exchange of Solar Wind with the Martian Exosphere. (2002) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Jared Espley, Ph.D. Low Frequency Plasma Waves at Mars. (2005) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)