About Me

I’m a University Researcher at the space physics group, University of Helsinki, Finland. My current research topics include petascale simulations of ion-kinetic plasma physics the Earth’s magnetosphere and bow shock, focusing on particle injection and acceleration in addition to foreshock physics. I am one of the main code developers for Vlasiator and am the author of the eVlasiator electron model, now leading our project in GPU acceleration. In the past I have been involved in research on the acceleration, propagation, and detection of Solar Energetic Particles. I’m most interested in researching new ways to investigate plasma physics phenomena through computational physics. In 2023, I was awarded the title of Docent in Plasma Physics by the University of Helsinki.

I’m happy to participate in outreach events in both Finnish and English – please get in touch if you’re interested. Past media appearances (in Finnish) include events from the the Look Up space event week:
Neljä asiaa, jotka jokaisen kannattaa tietää avaruudesta (four things everyone should know about space)
Avaruuden osaamista tarvitaan tulevaisuudessa monilla aloilla
Avaruus 10 minuutissa (space in 10 minutes)
a collaboration between Tiedekulma and BolyBros:
MolyBros tiedematkalla | Avaruus (MolyBros on a science journey | space)
and speaking at a PechaKucha event in November 2022.

See also our group websites at:

My primary non-academic hobby is scuba diving, including technical diving to Baltic sea wrecks and cave diving both in natural caves (Mexico, Florida) and flooded mines in the Nordics.

Contact information

name: Markus Battarbee
e-mail: markus.battarbee (at) helsinki.fi
Address: Department of Physics, University of Helsinki
PL 64, 00014 Helsingin Yliopisto, FINLAND